We go to REI a lot, but for camping and hiking supplies Mel Cottons is a winner as well. Excellent selection with friendly, helpful staff. They have good sales and other special events.
We had Golden Painting come paint two bathrooms plus a laundry room in our house. They brought three people and were done in no time. They did a neat and clean paint job; only found one drip on the floor! My only complaint was that one bathroom had been remodeled and the walls needed to be re-textured in places prior to painting. They didn't do a thorough job with this....
We took our two boys rafting this summer on the Trinity River with Big Foot Rafting Company. We had a great time!! The guides are friendly and competent. The water was a little low this summer so they changed the route from the lower Trinity to the Upper. They made lunch for us (included in the all-day trip) and it was good. We were able to get out of the boat and swim some of the smaller rapids. Swimming in the river with bald eagles overhead; it doesn't get much better than this! Only drawback with the Trinity River is it parallels the road....we would have preferred a little more wilderness. But it was still a beautiful, fun trip.
Right downtown, a block away from the mall, lies a wonderful place for Cajun food. I love the jambalaya, but have never had anything here I didn't like here. ( Okay, maybe the grits..) Friendly service in a casual atmosphere at a highly resonable price. Popular spot with the locals. Not too many tourists find their way here....
We stayed here 4 nights while hiking and rafting in the surrounding parks and rivers. Clean, comfortable, with a small extra room that qualifies this as a suite. Personally, suites work very well for our family. The rooms were nice, clean, and the place is fairly new. The pool was nice and the staff was pleasant. The included breakfast turned out to be a good deal; cooked item of the day (pancakes one day, eggs and bacon the next, etc) plus lots of cereal, fruit, toast, coffee. Would stay here again if we go back to Redding.
We needed a room in Fort Bragg on a fully-booked summer weekend and ended up here. We discovered the lock on the sliding glass door was broken! A bit unsecure! Their claim to fame is their own beach a short walk down a path, which is definitely a plus, but the place is not that nice for the price! Their "continental breakfast" is a loaf of bread and a jug of juice sitting on a table in reception. There was a 2-night minimum, but they let us leave a day early without penalty.
We had heard people talk about the Skunk Train for years so decided to take a ride this summer. If you never hike, and never see beautiful redwoods, then you should definitely take the ride (e.g. take your out-of-state guests here). We love to hike through redwoods, so while we found the ride enjoyable it was not really worth the price (or trip to Fort Bragg). We did the Sat evening BBQ, which was supposed to be "great for families." Had some nice salmon, but the rest of the dinner was mediocre, and the "live music" turned out to be one guy with a guitar singing train songs one-way on the train. He was fun, but I was expecting a little more!
We used this hotel last summer during our vacation. It is located right on Hwy 1, so a better choice would be something a few blocks off the main drag in the old town part of Eureka. The hotel was not as fancy as some Red Lions, but it was nice and clean. The traffic noise was not bad, but we had an ugly non-view room (one of those where you keep the curtains closed). Small, clean pool and jacuzzi. The staff wasn't super friendly, and more disturbingly recommended the Chinese Buffet adjacent to their parking lot, which was highly disappointing. Otherwise this hotel was fine.
We had these guys do our taxes and they were very competent. We lived out of state, out of country, had financially complicated moves, sold a house, have a rental property, etc, etc, and they handled it all without a hitch. And yes, we got refunds (from CA, Illinois, and the Feds!)
This is your basic 2-star motel. There are only maybe 2 or 3 motels near Lava Beds National Monument (which is super cool and worth the trip to nowheresville, BTW). This is supposed to be the best of the 3 motels. It's right off the "highway" but there's not that much traffic, so it didn't keep us awake. The owner was pleasant and the place was clean, and even had a small kitchen. I would not want an extended stay here, but it did the job on our trip to Lava Beds, and there ain't much else to choose from!