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... run upon a bear. The trees and other flora truly were spectacular, as you can tell by the pictures. Signage was REALLY bad. For the first two hours I wasn't too worried---just glad I had decided to NOT take a 14 mile bicycle ride early in the day before we took this jaunt. But a bit past 2 hours the flora and fauna were getting old and we were NOT getting any closer to 'highway sounds'. I was starting to worry that the ...
... site along the way. Trinidad was especially scenic with its boat mooring field tucked behind its promontory. They use a cable car system to pull boats up the top of a ramp and a hoist loads them onto trailers from there. Old School.
The visitor’s center at Redwood National Forest offered lots of information on the old growth redwoods, an informative video on the same and great information on campsites. Barb learned a lot and Bill was ...
... We would easily have spent half an hour or so just wandering around seeing what was there. Back in our motel room we relaxed for an hour or so and then headed out for dinner, at the restaurant within one of the local casinos. Wayne was keen to check out if there were any differences between these casinos that all appeared to be on Indian reservation land (?) and those back in NZ. I guess the main difference was that it was only small, there were windows so you could ...
... taste of the size of Redwoods on the loop trail. From there we drove through fields with wild Elk roaming, down to a pull in for The Big Tree! It stands 304ft tall, 21.6ft diameter, 68ft circumference and is estimated around 1500 years old. From there we went up the road to another tree called the Corkscrew because it had 3 trunks that twisted around each other forming a pretty amazing looking tree. On the way back to the road we found ...
... had never seen before. The river was beautiful as well.
After getting some wood, candy and a beer (hey, it’s the last night of the trip!), we went to the campground back at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and settled in for the night. While I put up the tent, Layla worked on chopping kindling with the hammer (hey, we didn’t have room for a hatchet!), and Heather and Kae made a great spaghetti dinner. After we all ate, the kids and I wandered ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCurly Redwood Lodge Crescent City
Basic motel with a flair....beautiful redwood paneling, very clean room, very big room, average bed comfort. Good value for the price.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Curly Redwood Lodge Crescent City
Interesting but very old and run-down
This place was nice enough, but it was a little too old for our tastes. But it seemed to be clean and the owners were friendly. It was interesting that a lot of the wood was made from one giant redwood tree. There was no hairdryer, microwave, or fridge, but it was quite cheap. The town was a really neat place to see and if you get a chance ask the owners where to eat. They'll recommend this really quaint little restaurant located on the end of a pier. It was a great experience to eat by the window while watching the locals fish.
Curly was clean!
We stayed at the "Curly" for one nite in June 2004. What a nice place! We got the family suite (family of four with 2 teens) and found the rooms spacious, clean and fresh. The staff was pleasant and courteous. We used the free breakfast coupon for the restaurant across the street and found it very nice as well. The whole experience had a nice "small town" feel to it. I would say it is important to know that the Curly is not a large chain-type motel and is minus a few of those type amenities and the comments about the towels being thin, as in a previous review, were accurate. Overall, a nice place, reasonably priced. We would stay again.
Stayed here in March 2004. Nice place, very clean, $45/night, free bkfst, bed was great, towels were fine.
Only complaint was that the mgt tends to put guests right next to each other (even if the hotel is almost empty). This can get annoying because you park your car right in front of your room (like 5 feet from the door) and so you are very likely to hear your neighbor's car/big truck starting/doors slamming/alarm-horn going off/etc.
Didn't check out the other places in town but we liked this location (easy walking to several spots).
Coming back this winter
We stayed here in the late fall of 2003, during a road trip. The night before we had a horrible shock with the place we had reserved, of course we didn't stay there. When we arrived at Curleys, it being older we asked to see the room. The woman at the front desk said that it was mine whether I liked it or not. That was a rad flag, so we went and took a very close look.
It was lovely, we had a very spacious, clean comfortable room. We could hear the seals and birds all night, it didn't disturb, it was wonderful. If you want a Sheridan you might be disappointed but if you love to really experience the places you visit you'll come again and again as we will.
The Best of The Best
My folks stayed here in the 70's and now my husband and I always stay here when on the coast. We now bring our car club here every year for the Sea Cruise car show. The cleanest rooms, nicest office people, gorgeous view, easy access to everything & anything you need.
Interesting but not worth it.
So we read the reviews and checked out their website, ..., and we were thinkin' pretty cool lookin' place.The place looks kind nice from the outside, and all the interiors are real curly redwood paneling. The management is friendly but I can't say it's a good value. I think the hotel is living on a reputaion that has long since past.Most motels in the area offer breakfast, or a coffee maker in the room at lower prices. This hotel needs an infusion of money to bring her back to her glory days. The shower needs an update and the towels could double as sand paper. The non wood interior walls could use a coat of paint.I might advise that you spend the night in a nearby hotel and then check out this hotel's lobby to see the nice wood paneling.
Blast From the Past
We are from the east coast of Canada, and booked this motel because of reader reviews. When one reviewer said it was like stepping back into the 1950s, they weren't kidding. The chairs and lamps were only missing the plastic wrap from my childhood, and the double-deck end table had the same little, metal shields on the feet. The TV had to be at least 15 years old. We had the family suite, which consisted of two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, and one with two double beds, connected via the bathroom.
On the plus side, the room was clean and spacious, however it was lacking in so many amenities modern travellers are used to. The towels were paper thin, there were no ice bucket, no shampoos or other toiletries, no hair dryers, no iron or ironing boards, etc. As soon as we drove in the yard, my teens were up in arms. I said, "Just let's look at the room and if we don't like it, we'll go back to one of the newer hotels." However, the lady at the front desk informed me that the room was mine whether I liked it or not. Again, this is a 1950s attitude towards consumers, and something you do not see very often in modern hotels. I didn't find that the price compensated for the lack of modern service, and wonder how a place like this can stay in business.
Be aware that this motel is clean and spacious, but do be prepared for the spartan accommodations, and quaint attitude towards the traveller.
This place is incredible. Very clean and huge room with queen size bed, two easy chairs near a reading lamp on a small table with extra room for at least a couch and small dining table. Price includes a delightful breakfast at the nearby Fisherman's Restaurant, making this an amazing value with our AAA discount and way more fun than one of the universal hotel chains. We woke to the sound of birds outside, rarely heard a car pass all night as the highway is hardly used then. Even when motorcyclists stayed next door we had a quiet, restful night. The history of its construction adds to the charm.
My sister and I stayed here in July of 2002; unfortunately we only had one night. It was as if we returned to the 1950s - we felt like we had stepped back in time. I hope the owner keeps this motel going for many more years. It is hard to believe all the redwood came from one tree. The only furnishing which seemed out of place was the color TV set - we half expected to see a small black-and-white!
We would recommend this to others who want to see how "the good old days" were, when traveling people had a little more style in motels.
Stay here if you possibly can, folks, it is a rare chance to enjoy a one-of-a-kind motel. There is a lot to do around the area also, so you will not be bored.
All This From One Curly Redwood Tree
What a wonderful, fun and unique place. The motel was built in 1952 (I think) from one redwood tree. The owner now has had it since 1962. She has pictures of the one tree and loves to tell the story. The woodwork is beautiful in and out of the rooms, which are huge. We had a family suite - one large room with a king and an adjacent room with two smaller beds - connecting bath, large desk - it was nice. Right across the street from the harbor with a view of the ocean. Nice personal touches - you can tell the owner is on site.
If you like big modern hotels - this is not for you, but if you want something clean, comfy, and unique - this is the place.