NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

The Requa InnThe Requa Inn sits on a bluff above the Klamath River just outside the village of Klamath and offers classy accommodations to travelers driving the north coast, anglers fishing for salmon or steelhead, or explorers looking for a base camp with close proximity to the Redwood National & State Parks. Three state parks (Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Jedediah Smith Redwoods and Prairie Creek Redwoods) and the aforementioned Redwood National Park combine to preserve and protect large swaths of coast redwood forest and offer countless recreational opportunities for campers, hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers and readers of good books. Above the inn sits the Klamath River Overlook, one of the best places in the world to view gray whale migrations; its high on a bluff with unobstructed views of the ocean below and happens to be a place where the whales like to linger. You will too.

The inn has a place in history. The original Requa House (hotel) was built in 1850 as a resting place for travelers making the arduous 35 mile trek from Orick to Crescent City. In 1868 a cannery was constructed near the mouth of the river. In 1878 the post office was built. In 1896 ferry service begins, facilitating travel between Crescent City and Eureka. By 1902 Requa boasts two saloons, a dance hall and a hotel. By 1914 it thrives as a distribution center for goods from canneries, a cheese factory, dairy farms and the logging industry. Later that year a fire destroys it all.

Later still, rebuilding begins. The current Requa Hotel is completed at a cost of $4,000. In 1930 inside plumbing is added. In 1933 commercial fishing is banned on the Klamath and other northern California rivers; the canneries close. In 1955 a 100-year flood destroys Klamath; the hotel is unscathed. On Good Friday 1964 a 9.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Alaska, triggering a tsunami that destroys much of downtown Crescent City to the north but spares Klamath and the hotel. Later that year record snowfall in the Cascade Range, combined with record rainfall, creates flood conditions in the Klamath that topple a bridge and destroy the town; the hotel again survives unscathed and serves as an interim school for several months. In February 2010 a local Hurok family (husband, wife, daughter and son-in-law) purchase the hotel and begin a new era, the first Hurok family to own the hotel in its history although it sits in the heart of what has been Hurok country since well before Europeans set foot in the New World.  All so that you, the intrepid traveler, can lie under your comforter and contemplate the meaning of life.

The inn caters to discriminating adults who are looking for a quiet respite from the real world so young children (under eight) and pets are not allowed. Smoking is not permitted in the rooms. All of the 10 rooms are furnished with antiques and quality linens and boast bathrooms with either showers, or showers and tubs. There are no phones or televisions in the rooms. There is a large common area downstairs and a separate dining room; papa makes the soup. The season is May 1- Sept. 30; the off-season starts Oct. 1 until it closes in winter. Check with the inn for availability during the off-season. Prices are very reasonable, with rooms in the back as low as $79 per night and those in the front topping out at $169 (2010 prices).

Directions- Easy. On Hwy. 101 drive 60 miles north from Eureka or 20 miles south from Crescent City to just north of the village of Klamath. Turn west on Requa Road and drive one mile to the inn on the right. Park in back.

Requa Inn451 Requa Road

Klamath, CA  95548

866-800-8777

www.requainn.com

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