Historic Requa Inn

451 Requa Road, Klamath, California 95548
Innkeeper(s): Janet & Marty Wortman
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to the most unique and historical bed and breakfast in the Redwood National Park. At the mouth of the Klamath River along California's northcoast, the Historic Requa Inn offers a special lodging experience in the heart of California's Redwoods and less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean. In fact, we were named one of National Geographic Traveler's 2009 "Stay List" - a collection of 129 of the must stay places in the United States, Canada and Mexico; earned a 2012 Fodors Choice Distinction from Fodor's Travel; and was recently featured as a great Northern California redwoods getaway by the ever popular Weekend Sherpa.

    Offering spectacular river views and rustic accommodations, our central location in the Redwood National Park (we're literally in the middle of the Park) makes the Historic Requa Inn your ideal base camp to explore where the Redwoods meet the Sea. Unwind at the end of an adventuresome day in our simple, yet comfortable, rooms; soak in the hot-tub; savor delicious home-cooked meals; and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow guests.

    Our guests are hikers, fishermen, paddlers, cyclists, birders, beachcombers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds from all over the world. The inn is also a haven for writers, photographers, dreamers, planners, and those who simply want a peaceful getaway. Built as a 22 room hotel in 1914 after a fire destroyed an older hotel built on the same site in the late 1800s, this old building has a character that we invite you to experience. As responsible stewards of this wonderful Inn and this beautiful area, we offset our carbon footprint thanks to The Carbon Farmer.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Janet & Marty Wortman for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Hiking in the Redwoods – or bird watching.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The homey atmosphere – We are a family owned business, and we ALL live on site, my son Thomas, the Executive Chef, Geneva our daughter and her two daughters, age 7 and 5 and my husband and myself. We love that our Dinners’ are Four Star Michelin worthy! 

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To visit the Redwoods.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    That people feel like they’ve been at home.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The feeling of being on the River in a boat – it’s magical.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Hike, fish, spend time at the beach, and eat at the Inn!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Inn is very remote – the River is only about 50 yards from our front door.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our breakfasts and our four course dinners made from local organic ingredients.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We have developed an App – Redwood.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    13 rooms at the Inn and then we have a 3 bedroom house a half mile from the Inn.

    Do you accept pets?

    No we don’t accept pets. The Motel Trees about three miles away accepts pets.

     

  • Our Story

    The town of Requa (pronounced Rek-wah) was a bustling fishing center on the Klamath River in the late 1800s when a hotel was first constructed to serve the Klamath's numerous fish canneries. Although the bustling commercial center is now a sleepy village in the Redwood National Park, the Historic Requa Inn has been a feature of the area for almost 100 years. Built in 1914, the plain, almost utilitarian arts and crafts Bed and Breakfast continues to be a special place today. And this is a special place. Since time immemorial the Yurok people have had a village at Rek-woi - making Requa one of the longest, continuously inhabited places in California.

    Janet and Marty Wortman, their son Thomas and their daughter and son-in-law, Geneva and Reweti Wiki took over in 2010  Janet, Geneva and Tom are Yurok tribal members whose family has lived at Requa since the beginning of time. We're excited to continue a tradition of hosting excellence at the Requa Inn and we look forward to meeting you when you drop by the Requa Inn!

  • Inn Offerings

    On your arrival at the Requa Inn you'll find homemade cookies or nut-loaf fresh from the oven waiting for you when you arrive. Where possible, we also like to stock organic, locally produced (and very tasty) wines, beers, cheeses, jams and other foods. We're always on the lookout to support locally produced food not only because we feel great about supporting local entrepreneurs, but often because the food just tastes so much better!

    We have wi-fi coverage over the entire Inn so feel free to bring your laptop and surf the web. However because we are rural we have a satellite connection that limits our bandwidth. You'll be able to surf the web and check emails but skyping, downloading music or watching streaming video (via Hulu or iTunes) will shut down our system!

    The Inn is in a remote location on the California coast, so we have limited cell phone coverage by major carriers. Only Verizon and U.S. Cellular phones receive coverage at the Inn. We've heard tales of an AT&T signal at the top of the hill in the parking lot of the Requa Overlook, otherwise there is no AT&T signal until Trinidad to the south and Crescent City to the north.

    Our sunroom and living rooms features a fireplace and large comfortable chairs to relax in. We have an ample supply of binoculars and local birding guides for the avid (and casual) birder. It's not unusual to see seals, sea lions, bears and bald-eagles from our sunroom. We also have a selection of games, puzzles, cards and books to enjoy in front of the fireplace during the relaxing evenings while you're here.

    Our in-room lotions and toiletries are produced by Sister Sky an Indian-owned business (it really is run by two sisters) based near Spokane, Washington. Sister Sky produces parabin-free, sustainable beauty products that utilize traditional Indian herbs and grasses. We, and our guests, love their scents and philosophies. We also offer a range of USDA certified organic soaps and lotions produced by Organic Essense - a Crescent City based producer and innovator of organic lotions and soaps.

    Across the road from the Inn, we also have a lovely garden area with a gazebo and swing to sit and enjoy the mighty Klamath River as it meets the Pacific Ocean. Around the back of the Inn is our hot-tub - a perfect place to relax after a long hike (or a short hike, or just because it's always nice to sit in a hot-tub!). There is a sign-up board for the hot-tub outside Room 12 "Yurok Loop". GazeboDon't be fooled - the hot-tub is outside and not in Room 12 as some unsuspecting guests have found out (including the occupants of Room 12 on several occasions).

    We have a microwave and refrigerator for your use in the main dining room. Ice water, coffee and a selection of teas are available 24 hours a day. In addition to beer and wine, we stock soda, juices and sparkling water. Ask us about the selection we have on your arrival.

    The food at the Requa is like the Inn itself: substantial and without a lot of frills. We focus on fresh ingredients -- organic and regional when possible - with simple, straight forward preparation.

  • Dining

    Breakfast

    Breakfast is always included with your room at the Requa. Our self-serve coffee and tea service are ready around 7 a.m. each morning for early risers (almost everyone becomes an early riser during their stay at the Requa - mornings are too beautiful to sleep through).

    From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. from May 15 - October 31), we serve a hearty hot breakfast that includes lots of choices: organic eggs from pastured poultry (raised on a farm nearby) cooked any style; bacon or sausage (when available); fluffy buttermilk hotcakes; homemade whole-wheat toast; homemade creamy whole-milk yogurt; homemade California granola; Scottish oatmeal; seasonal fresh fruit; and a variety of juices. You'll be well prepared for hiking, kayaking, fishing, beachcombing, or any outdoor activity you choose in the redwoods! We try our hardest to make sure that every dietary need is taken care of. Let us know in advance of staying if you have any special needs so we can make your stay as enjoyable (and hassle free) as possible.

    Dinner

    For thousands of years people have been living and traveling to Requa (Rek-woi) for the beauty and the food. We are proud to carry on that tradition. The dinners at the Requa Inn showcase the natural abundance of the area, from the river, sea, forest and farms. Chefs Thomas Wortman and Paul Hess have set out to create a new American, regional cuisine based in the traditions of fine modern American dining. With inspiration and respect to the natural surroundings and ingredients that the native people's of this area have used for millennia, the two chefs have created a unique dining experience that can only be found at the mouth of the Klamath River. The dinning experience is exemplified by the Salmon caught less than two hundred yards from the Inn, the wild mushrooms and greens foraged by the chefs seasonally, the modern use of traditional Yurok delicacies, and the produce and livestock raised by our local farmer friends.

    High Season April 1 - Oct 31: Dinner is a single seating at 7pm, communal dining (i.e. everyone sits at the same table). Four courses. $45 per person. Reservations essential - at least 24 hours in advance. Reservations are available at this time for guests not staying in the Inn as well.

    Off Season Nov 1 - March31: A light meal, usually soup, main course and dessert is served throughout the week at 6pm. $17 per person. Reservations essential - at least 24 hours in advance.

    If you are not dining with us, dinner options in this small, remote town of Klamath are very limited in the off season, with a few more options available in the summer. Crescent City is 25 minutes away and has a few additional dining options. We can provide dinner recommendations based on your food preferences. If you aren't joining us, you may want to consider packing a picnic or bringing something along.

    Beverages and Snacks

    We have a beverage bar in our dining room that is available to you 24 hours a day with coffee, hot water for tea and cocoa, and ice water. We also sell wine, beer, soft drinks, and juice. When you check in or come back from a day hiking in the redwoods, you'll find some baked goodies - our Pumpkin Bread is a crowd favorite as are our chocolate chip cookies - to enjoy before dinner.

  • How To Find Us

    Getting to our perfect secluded spot is actually pretty easy. Klamath lies along Hwy 101 and the Inn is approximately one mile off the "101". We're easily reachable via car and plane. If you're adventerous you could probably sail here too!

    Driving to the Redwood Coast

    We're 60 miles north of Eureka and 19 miles south of Crescent City on California's Northcoast. Coming from the north into Klamath, turn west onto Requa Road; approximately 3 miles south of the Trees of Mystery. Coming from the south turn west onto Requa Rod approximately 2.5 miles north of the Klamath River Bridge. The Inn is one mile up Requa Road - don't worry you can't miss us!

    Flying to the Redwood Coast

    Crescent City Airport (airport code CEC) is approximately 21 miles north of the Inn and is serviced by Sky West / United Airlines with daily service to San Francisco and Sacramento. Arcata Airport (airport code ACV) is located 60 miles south of the Inn with daily service to San Francisco, Sacremento and Los Angeles provided by United and Horizon. Rental cars are available at both airports. The Andy McBeth airfield also serves Klamath if you want to fly right into the Klamath Glenn.