The Lost Whale Inn is the perfect place to stay while visiting the Redwood Coast of Northern California. Located off the 101 in Humboldt County, just north of Eureka, it’s close to Patrick’s Point State Park, Redwood National Park, Lady Bird Johnson Grove, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The inn is situated on a bluff high above the Pacific. There are eight charming rooms and suites, several with balconies and ocean views. Do not miss the home-cooked breakfast, which is really really really good…and overflowing with many hot and cold options. Also, do not miss the trail down to Abalone Cove, the private beach at the bottom of the bluff. The hike down is a nature lover’s dream, lush with wild berry bushes and ferns growing beneath the rainforest-like canopy. At the foot of the trail is a hanging ladder that drops down to the beach, which is so quiet and serene that you won’t want to leave.
(Last visited in July, 2011)