It is possible to get tired of too much sunshine. Head north to the moody majesty of redwoods country on the North Coast this summer, where stunning coastline and ancient forests seem a lifetime removed from the hustle and bustle of Sacramento. Eureka’s Old Town is a window to California’s past, where mansions minted by timber barons now house gems like the Carter House Inns—a group of gorgeously-restored, Victorian painted ladies.
Recommended Getaway: Carter House Inns. B&B meets wine and dine. Luxury lodging at its finest, Carter House Inns unite contemporary good taste with the gracious elegance of a bygone era, achieving a synthesis of styles which is absolutely unique. Large windows invite glorious streams of sunlight into the mansions, where rich fabrics, original local art and fresh flowers splash vibrant color in every room. There are four Victorian buildings with contemporary style to choose from. If you are looking for a charming hotel experience, this is it.
Check In: 301 L Street in Eureka. 800-404-1390, carterhouse.com
Check Out: The Spa. What better way to enhance your stay at Carter House Inns than with an indulgent spa treatment in the privacy of your room or suite. A great idea after a day in the redwoods or hiking on the beautiful Redwood Coast beaches, these massage treatments will relax and renew. In-room massage available for $120/hour or add aromatherapy accents, scented candles and essential oils, for an additional $30. A duet massage for two offers a full body massage by candlelight in your room with your mate for $230/hour.
Don’t Miss: The excellent Restaurant 301 makes good use of the bounty of Humboldt County, and much of the menu is drawn from the inns’ own extensive gardens.
The voluminous Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list is reason enough to linger, but skip over the trophy wines and try some of the zingy, local whites—like Fieldbrook’s excellent sauvignon blanc made from organically grown grapes. It’s clean and green, just like this beautiful part of California.
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Always a Bridesmaid Columnist, Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Carter House Inns.
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