Samoa Island, Eureka
Samoa Island is a scenic 5-minute. drive from town across the Samoa Bridge, Before the bridge was built in 1972, people traveled here by ferry.
●Samoa Cookhouse 908 Vance Ave., off Cookhouse Rd. (call for directions), (707) 442-1659. B-L-D daily; adults B $12.95, L $13.95, D $16.95; kids 8-11 $6.95, 5-7 $4.95, under 5 free, 60+ 10% discount. No reservations.
Originally built in the 1890s by the Georgia-Pacific Corporation to feed its loggers, this is the last surviving cookhouse in the West. There is no menu. Just sit down at one of the long, boarding house-style tables and a hearty, delicious, family-style meal starts arriving. Though the menu changes daily, a typical breakfast consists of biscuits and gravy, fluffy scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, and coffee or tea. Lunch might be a marinated three-bean salad, long-simmered and flavorful Florentine tomato soup, fresh-baked bread with butter and assorted jams, green salad with ranch dressing and croutons, rice pilaf, lemon-pepper chicken, saucy beans, peas, chocolate cake with chocolate pudding frosting and whipped cream topping, and coffee or tea. My most recently lunch here included fluffy housemade white bread with butter, chicken and rice soup, crispy salad with croutons, marinated 3-bean salad, roasted potatoes, pot roast with carrots, baked beans, peach cake, and iced tea. It is a fantastic value! Most dishes are prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. The only items not included in the fixed price are milk and sodas.
After dining, wander through the free Historic Logging Museum of artifacts and historical photos located in the back.
●Work up an appetite before, or work off some calories after, with a walk along one of the area's driftwood-strewn beaches. To find them, follow any of the turnoffs from Samoa Boulevard.
●Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum 77 Cookhouse Rd., (707) 444-9440. Tu-Sat 12-4. By donation, $3.
Located next door to the Samoa Cookhouse, this small museum operates inside a replica of the oldest commercial building in Eureka. It displays vintage photos and artifacts that tell the maritime history of the north coast. Shipwrecks and disasters include a submarine that ran ashore in 1917. Eureka is one of only two official Coast Guard Cities in the U.S., so you’ll learn about the local legacy. Many artifacts came from offshore shipwrecks, and displays include vintage tools and instruments as well as a 4th-order Frensel lens from the long gone Table Bluff lighthouse and a cupola from the Humboldt Bay lighthouse. Museum volunteers are on hand to tell stories and answer questions.
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