Welcome to Eureka
Rich in character and natural splendor, this city is the spellbinding epicenter of Humboldt County
Named for an ancient Greek term synonymous with joyful discovery, the city of Eureka has defined itself as a coastal haven rich with natural splendor. While dazzling Victorian architecture and a lively personality have helped to differentiate this bustling town from other NorCal cities nestled within “The Redwood Curtain,” Eureka is still graced with the same jaw-dropping landscapes.
As the oldest city in Humboldt County, Eureka boasts a long and fascinating history. The first European settlers to the town built Eureka as a trading and supply post for miners working in the Trinity Mountains. Since its incorporation in 1856, Eureka has grown into the cultural heart of the county and the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Oregon.
The residential real estate in Eureka is as varied as its eclectic population, reflecting both historic and modern styles in a cohesive tapestry of architectural beauty. Carefully preserved Victorian homes, craftsman bungalows from the 1920s, and brand-new, single-family homes are spread throughout the busy downtown district and the more rural coastal hills.
What to Love
- Old-growth redwood trees
- Local history museums and galleries
- Boating access and excellent fishing
The invigorating pulse of Eureka, Old Town
is an amalgamation of local eats, boutiques, cultural offerings, and, of course, stunning architecture. Eureka’s history comes to life in this thriving center, which is recognized as one of the last well-preserved downtown districts in the state. Whether taking a charming carriage ride or people-watching from sidewalk cafes, Eureka offers a homey and enchanting lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Exploring the bounty of Old Town Eureka is almost as invigorating as exploring the nearby redwood groves. Those searching for shopping will likely fall in love with the town’s many unique local shops, including The Humboldt Mercantile
. Part general store and part boutique, this distinctive little shop offers everything from locally processed foods to apparel, gifts, home goods, and wellness items.
Much of Eureka’s best dining is hidden in the town’s most beautiful historic structures. Restaurant 301
, for example, is tucked inside the immaculate Victorian home-turned-inn known as Carter House
. Here, diners will enjoy a three-to-five-course prix fixe menu of upscale cuisine, available through reservation only on weekends.
Close enough to the water to smell the salt-scented breezes, Five Eleven
is an excellent restaurant known for its modern, artsy atmosphere and farm-to-table North Pacific cuisine. Cozy and intimate, Brick & Fire
is the go-to for artisanal pizzas. Craving seafood? Humboldt Bay Provisions
is revered for its top-notch oyster bar. Wine enthusiast? Book a tasting at The Wine Cellar
for an outstanding education on what makes California’s wines special.
Things to Do
There’s no shortage of ways to have fun in Eureka, and the city has a wide enough array of activities to appeal to nearly every interest. Need a family-friendly activity? The Sequoia Park Zoo
is the oldest — and one of the smallest — zoos in California and offers engaging educational programs on everything from local wildlife to redwood conservation. History buffs will also want to visit the Carson Mansion
in Old Town, an ornate, Victorian home renovated into a private club.
Those looking for social interaction can take advantage of the city’s myriad community events, such as the weekly Friday Night Markets
. Held during the summer, these festive gatherings feature local mom-and-pop shops, live music, artisan crafters, farmers, and more. Each year, the Arts Alive event invites locals and visitors alike to stroll the city’s waterfront and historic district to explore galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops — each showcasing local art.
The Redwood Coast Music Festival is held in Eureka at the end of summer each year. Over a four-day event, it boasts an impressive lineup of folk, country, Americana, rockabilly, blues, and jazz music. Eureka’s Summer Concert Series extends the entire length of the warmer months, taking place on the Boardwalk at C Street and providing diverse live music performances.
Eureka residents are served by the Eureka City Schools district. Students may attend:
St. Bernard’s Academy, grades 7–12 (highly rated, private Catholic boarding school)
Eureka Senior High School, grades 9–12 (well-rated public high school)