My husband and I stayed at the 'Spa' cottage over Labor Day in 2008. We wanted to go up to Humboldt/Trinity county to do some whitewater rafting and enjoy the outdoors. The cottages (there are 5 of them) are on the outskirts of a very small town, Willow Creek, which is in a very scenic location about 1 hour drive east of Eureka/Arcata. It looks as if 4 of the 5 cottages are brand new (the 'Tao' looks to be older and not as nice).
The interior of the Spa cottage was beautifully decorated, with a huge king bed with soft linens and a down comforter. The entire place was very tastefully decorated, like a luxury hotel. There is a fireplace (non-operational at the time, but it was summer) with leather chairs around it, and big new bathroom with a separate room for tub and shower. The entire cottage is loft-like, great for a couple but you wouldn't want to have more people than that b/c it is pretty open. There is also a little convenience kitchen, with microwave, sink and fridge. There is a huge, screened in porch with a huge new grill with a side-burner, so you basically have a full kitchen.
Spa cottage was in the best location compared to the other cottages - over on the far side of the property looking at some trees with a bit of a river view. Some of the other cottages, notably the 'Fish Camp', seemed a little crowded in. The location of Coho Cottages is close to town, so if you are looking for a completely isolated cabin this probably isn't right for you. You can walk about 3 minutes to the local grocery store, but also a park and river access is walking distance just down the road.
People in the town were SUPER friendly. The owners are long-time Willow Creek residents and also own Bigfoot Rafting. I never actually met the owners, Mark and Londa, because the don't like onsite at the cottages (they just give you a code for the door when you reserve the cottage). But we were stopped twice by Willow Creek residents asking if we were staying at the Cottages, and welcoming us to town. The California forest fires hit this area pretty hard this year, but you can't see it until you drive about 10 miles further East from Willow Creek. The business was defintiely welcome after a tough tourism year.
I highly recommend Coho Cottages for a relaxing and romantic getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury cabins nestled in the rural mountain community of Willow Creek along the banks of the Trinity River. Coho Cottages is just a short drive from Redwood National Park and Trinity Alps Wilderness on Scenic By-way Highway 299 in Bigfoot‘s home town. The cottages offer casual elegance with oversized tiled showers, heated floors, soaking tubs, quality linens, original artwork, wi-fi, xm radio, direct dish satellite TV, fire places, and large screened in porches with outdoor grills overlooking spectacular mountain views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Coho Cottages Hotel Willow Creek