Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?
You should bring suitable clothing for hiking, beach-going, and other active outdoor activities.  Also, bring something that you can layer in to keep warm.   Rain can happen at any time of the year, so a good rain jacket and pair of water-resistant shoes is a good idea.  We have a hot tub so a swimsuit or some other bathing clothes is appropriate.  A day-pack  for carrying water and snacks for your daily excursions is also helpful.  Don’t forget your camera and any other goodies for remembering your trip!

How long are the drive times from…?
San Francisco, CA: 6 hours on HWY 101
Redding, CA: 4 hours on HWY 299
Crescent City, CA: 1 hour on HWY 101
Eureka, CA: 30 minutes on HWY 101
Portland, OR: 9 hours on I5 (101 to 199 to I5)
Grant Pass, OR: 4 hours on HWY 101 to 199
Eureka-Arcata Airport: 10-15 minutes on HWY 101
Trinidad, CA: 5 minutes on Patrick’s Pt. Dr.

What airlines can we fly?
We are serviced by United Express and Horizon Air. United has flights all day, but from San Francisco airport you’ll need to get in as early as possible to avoid delays due to SFO’s predilection to closures, once in at SFO try to get on an earlier flight than the one you are scheduled for.  Horizon is the only carrier that flies north to Portland.

Are there rental car companies in the area?
Yes, we have all the major car rental companies, Hertz, Avis, and National, located at the Eureka-Arcata Airport (which is really in McKinleyville!). There are several others that have offices in Arcata and Eureka.  There are a few cabs that work in the area, Yellow Cab Company and some private folks. A car is necessary if you plan on staying at the Inn. There is an shuttle located at the airport named “Door to Door.”

What is the weather like?
The average temperature is 58′ year around.  In the winter we will get as low as 30′ but only for a few nights in Jan. or Feb.  In the spring we get sun and wind… summer is morning fog on the coast and hot temperatures inland, up to 100′ just 15 miles in. During the fall we get wonderful weather, 68′ most every day, and sun without the wind or fog. Mostly it rains in the winter, which usually starts in Nov. and continues till April, on and off. Storms are wonderful at the Inn , especially now that we have our new 10k generator!

What is there to do in the area?
There are numerous outdoor activities that you can engage in. Hiking, back-packing, beach-combing, bird-watching, fishing, hunting, river rafting, surfing, kayaking and canoeing, horseback riding, and bicycling are just a few. Center Activities can help you rent the things you’ll need to enjoy yourself.  There are golf courses (two), and Humboldt State University has gyms, tracks and ball fields of all types.  In the summer enjoy a semi-pro baseball game with Arcata’s own farm team, one of the best in the state. You can still get your fix of shopping too at several malls and in “Old Town” in Eureka!

Is there “night-life” in the area?
Center Arts works very hard to provide local shows that highlight some of the best entertainment in the country. They have numerous shows that will delight and entertain you. Local clubs provide surprising shows that are both novel and professional, providing “live” music and dancing. Dell Arte, the Ferndale Repertory Theater and the Northcoast Repertory Theater put on some wonderful semi-professional theater. All in all you can’t go wrong with a night out here in Humboldt!

PLUS Try these links for lists of current information on night life and activities:
North Coast Journal Online
Humguide

What are the “outdoor activities” in the area?
There are numerous outdoor activities that you can engage in.  Hiking, back-packing, beach-combing, bird-watching, fishing, hunting, river rafting, surfing, kayaking and canoeing, horseback riding, and bicycling are just a few. Center Activities can help you rent the things you’ll need to enjoy yourself.  There are golf courses (two), and Humboldt State University has gyms, tracks and ball fields of all types.  In the summer enjoy a semi-pro baseball game with Arcata’s own farm team, the Humboldt Crabs, one of the best in the state.  You can still get your fix of shopping too at several malls and in ” Old Town ” in Eureka!

What is the Inn’s daily schedule?
Our staff is in from 6:00 AM till 9:00 PM daily, and Guia and Gary can be reached just about all the time! We serve breakfast at 9 AM for all the guests.  We do a buffet style serving in our dining room. The Hot Tub is always available to the guests, who somehow know how to not intrude on each other.  The sauna can be lit virtually anytime during the day – please let us know approximately one hour prior to the time you would like your sauna and note: because of all the “critters” (raccoons and, yes, skunks) that like to walk around in the dark, especially on the north side of our Inn, the sauna is not open after dark. Our afternoon wine reception comes out around 4:00 PM and we’ll leave it till 6:00 or 7:00 PM.  Our wine is out well into the evening. We have a refrigerator and a microwave for our guests that can be accessed at any time.  We have no closing times for the fire-pit area, we just ask discretion with the size of your fire.

Are there good restaurants in the area?
Yes, we recommend Larrupin’s, Sunset Room and Moonstone Grill all located in Trinidad just down the street, and we have a “Book of Menues” featuring many other fine restaurants in both Arcata and Eureka. For a searchable listing of restaurants with reviews visit HumGuide’s Dining Guide.