We spent Memorial Day weekend in Eureka and spent two nights at Abigail's which is a national landmark. The house is a beautiful large Victorian with four bedrooms, three parlors, a dining room, a library, many bathrooms, a sauna, a garden, and numerous other rooms. The entire thing is so authentically decorated, it's like stepping back in time. The innkeepers (Lily and Doug) live on the premises and are incredibly friendly, and also very helpful. They recommended great restaurants, made restaurant reservations for us, gave us ideas of things to do, and told us interesting anecdotes about the area.
My husband and I had the Lily Langtry room (she actually stayed in the house at one time!) and our friends had the Van Gogh room. The Lily Langtry seemed brighter, but the Van Gogh had an adorable little reading nook. Both were very comfortable, clean and authentically decorated.
We didn't have breakfast there but it smelled good! We were out most of the day, but in the evenings, you can recline in the comfy leather armchairs and sofas and watch movies from Lily and Doug's incredibly huge and well-organized collection of movies ranging from the 1910's to the 1950's or 60's. Or you can play board games in the library, or read one of the fascinating Victorian catalogues or books that are lying just everywhere! Lily set out tea for us one evening when we came home tired, and we sipped it out of delicate china in the Chinese parlor which was fun.
The sauna was great too, and there's a shower right next to it.
Even with eight people in the house, it felt huge, and you never felt like you were tripping over anyone. Lily and Doug give you a key so you can come and go as you please.
This is probably the best b+b I've ever stayed in, and it made our trip to northern northern California a much richer experience than it would have been otherwise. Every touch was friendly and welcoming, down to the plethora of towels and soaps in the bathrooms and the Ferrero Rocher chocolates that are placed in your bedroom every morning! We would love to go again!
Things to do around Eureka:
-Have oysters and beer at the Lost Coast Brewery.
-Have good seafood at Sea Grill and enjoy their fantastic salad bar.
-Have a meal at Restaurant 301 which is expensive and a little snooty but worth every penny.
-Take a picture in front of the Carson Mansion.
-Go up north and see really big redwoods and a giant Paul Bunyan and Babe at Trees of Mystery.
-Check out photos at Samoan Cookhouse but have breakfast on the patio at the Marina Cafe.
-On Memorial Day weekend, go to the Kinetic Sculpture Race.
-Buy cheese in Loleta.
-Have a malt shake in Ferndale.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 3 Diamond property RECOMMENDED by AAA, Fodor's, Frommer's, Mobile, Wall Street Journal, N.Y.Times, etc. This Victorian Mansion is an 1878 NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK of opulence, grace and grandeur - a Living-History House-Museum of the 1890s. It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood of other fine Victorian homes. We are only a few blocks from historic "Old-Town", with its many fine restaurants. Redwood Parks, and beaches of the Pacific Ocean are nearby. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Abigail`s Elegant Victorian Mansion - Historic Lodging Hotel Eureka