I must admit right up front, we did not stay at the Palm Motel, as we were camping in Trinidad....but....If you are in need of a plca to stop along the Redwood Highway, this is it. From the outside, it looks a little rustic, and probably a little daunting, but as the only motel in this town, it is fantastic...but the real gem lies in the Cafe.
We stopped here with our group, and wanted a slab of pie, and coffee, and it looked sort of "locals only" kind of place. Inside, the owners were seated having coffee, and the younger front man was slinging a hamburger to the only other couple in the place. We were greeted well, and sat ourselves, immediately handed water and menus. Frienly and good as gold staff made us feel welcomed, and valued, as we ordered our pie. I am no chef, or baker, but the pies we received were some of the best ever. There was peach, apple, lemon merangue, chocolate and maybe others. We shared with each other, and marveled at how good this pie really was.
The next evening, we went back, giving us more time to speak with the locals, and the staff at the cafe. Frienly, golden service will always keep us coming back to a place, but that pie.....yes, it is that good. This night, there were even more, many of which the 85 year old owner and her sister whip up in the morning....and I was lucky enough to have the best lemon merangue pie I had ever eaten. (in fact, I odered two, lemon, and key lime) The owners also brought out some apple dumplings for us to try, which still give me goosebumps, how good they were.
I could go on and on, but I really want to make this clear: This is by far the neatest stop you will make on your trip through the Redwoods, on the Redwood Highway. Stopping eben for a slab of fantastic pie, will ensure this coastal institution will stay in business for a long time. I liked it so much, that if you stop there, and do not like what you had, I`ll pay for your meal. In short, a little place like the Palm Cafe is really, really a memorable stop, and you will tell your friends as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Orick is a great little town with lots to offer. We're just a couple of mils from the Pacific Ocean, where there are several local beaches to walk up and down. We have several wood carving booths and a score of gift and specialty item stores to find the perfect memento of your visit! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Palm Cafe And Motel
- Palm Cafe Hotel Orick