I had waited about two years to visit this bed and breakfast in Klamath, CA. I found it originally when I had been searching for places to stay on our trip last summer. Blake had already booked it when he surprised me with plane tickets to Medford, OR for our four year anniversary. (He had actually booked everywhere we were staying.)
The Requa Inn is about 20-30 minutes south of the Oregon/California border, a short way off of US 101, and right near the Redwood National Park. Mixed reviews online leave you wondering whether or not you should go. And you should be aware of what other people say before you go, but I wouldn’t knock it before you try it because it was probably the best food we had the whole trip.
The inn sits next to the Klamath River right where it meets the Pacific Ocean. From the front of the inn you get spectacular views of the river as it curves around to feed into the ocean. If you can, book a room facing the river. The downfall is you will hear a few pick up trucks roar by on the way to go fishing, but it isn’t too disturbing, especially if you’re a big city person used to more sounds than that.
Jan greeted us at the front desk when we checked in and immediately gave us directions to a hidden beach access point nearby. There were also homemade chocolate cupcakes with white frosting for guests. (They put out sweets every afternoon.) At the front desk a sign listed where everyone came from that was staying the night. It was really neat to see all the different locations, including a few international ones, and of course it was cool to see our hometown of LaGrange, IL listed.
Jan took us to our room “Cathedral Trees” that had great views overlooking the Klamath. It had a little sitting area and in the corner a clawfoot tub, so you could relax and soak while staring out at the water. The shower and toliet were behind their own closed door. The innkeepers did a nice job of combining antique furniture with the room to keep the historic feeling of the inn.
All guests are invited to sign up for dinner at an additional cost from your room rate. Dining options are a bit limited in the area, so it is nice that they offer this. The first night we sat down in time to see a black bear across the river. Not wearing my glasses, the waitress was kind enough to get me a pair of binoculars so I could see. Blake and I couldn’t believe our luck of staying at such a nice place with nice people and then spotting a bear. We immediately order the $14 bottle of Barefoot Bubbly to celebrate.
We started dinner by splitting a salad. If I could make salads like that one I would eat salads every day. The lettuce was fresh and had bits of lox in it. For dinner I had fresh Klamath salmon and Blake had a ribeye. Our dessert consisted of butter biscuits with strawberries and honey butter. I sometimes wonder if it’s the ambiance that makes the food so good or what. When my dad and I used to go skiing, food would taste so good at mid-mountain we’d ask ourselves it it was so good because we had worked up an appetite on the mountains, so anything would taste great, or the food really was good. I think in this instance the food really was good.
For the rest of the night, we cuddled up on the porch in the rocking chairs drinking our champagne, chatting with guests and watching the full moon rise over the Klamath River.
Every morning the fog rolled in over the river and was a sight to see. I struggled to get out of the warm bed just so I could photograph it. By mid morning the fog had burned off to reveal sunny blue skies. Breakfast was another sight to see. The pancakes looked just like their website – big, fluffy buttermilk pancakes. The scrambled eggs were whipped and fluffed to perfection and the bacon was perfect, not too crispy, and not too undercooked and floppy. I’m not quite sure there are words to describe the feast we had before we ventured out for the day, but we certainly didn’t need to eat lunch.
After the Redwoods, we found the beach later in the day that Jan had recommended when we checked in. We took our little rental car up the steep road and then down an even steeper gravel road. We hoofed it the rest of the way. We brought snacks and enjoyed them out on the rocks we had climbed over. We watched seals swim by, pelicans and seagulls fly in mass overhead and fishermen catching massive salmon with only nets. It was perfect.
Dinner that night consisted of another fabulous butter leaf lettuce salad, smoked chicken legs for Blake and duck for me. We then had carrot cake with mountain green tea gelato. I highly recommend the carrot cake over the butter biscuits with strawberries. Blake summed up our dining experience here as “when people die and go to heaven, they come here to eat.”
We enjoyed the hot tub they have in back that night. Kitchen staff leaves around 10:30 p.m., and since it’s right behind the kitchen, the lights shine into the hot tub. Sign up for your hot tub time after 10:30 p.m. and then go out and enjoy looking up at the gorgeous starry skies.
For breakfast in the morning we had toast and jam, sausage patties and scrambled eggs. The resident black bear across the river even came back out for his hello and goodbye to us.
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you’re in the Redwoods, this is it. The inn is historic, and they have thinly insulated walls made out of solid Redwood and sawdust, but I never heard anyone and there was a packed house while we stayed. If you want two great meals, fabulous views while you eat and sleep, and a kind staff – there is no other place to go except here.
Room rates: $89 – $179