Sometimes a hotel is just a hotel, and other times you can’t wait to go back. The Historic Requa Inn (pronounced Rek-wah) is located above the Klamath River, just before it enters the Pacific Ocean. This 100+-year-old inn is the perfect spot to make home-base to explore the wilds of Northern California, both ocean side and amongst the coastal redwoods. A visit in any season will be memorable but I sure would like to go back for a salmon run.
The hotel is cozy but well appointed and the staff and guests are so friendly. Grab a glass of wine by the fire or sit on the front porch and take in the views. The family style dinner was a hit and included a mix of travelers and locals. It was fun to compare notes with fellow adventurers and we were lucky enough to have a couple join us that live nearby. The wife is a Yurok Indian, which I learned are indigenous to this region, one of the few, if not the only, tribes that have never been relocated. In this area, you are on both native American and state and national parkland. You can feel the history and the sacredness of this place under your feet.
After a long day of exploring, this was one of the most memorable meals of our trip, the farm-to-table food was wonderful, the local wines superb, but it was really the conversation amongst our group of strangers that made it so special. We retired to the front porch and continued our conversation well into the evening. Isn’t that what traveling is all about?
Leave time to hike and explore, or just sit by the ocean for a bit. Whatever way you choose to soak in this area, it will stay in your bones.
I’m a bit infatuated with the northwest coast of the US from San Francisco up into Alaska and Canada. I would love to hear where else I should visit, stay, and travel to.