You don’t hear much about the Eureka Inn these days. When the current owner took over, the whole town turned out to welcome him but since then things have been pretty quiet. There hasn’t been much promotion, the service clubs that used to meet there have gone elsewhere and only the occasional music performances seem to be bringing people in.
I had a friend stay there over the Fourth . Her room was fine, the cold breakfast was acceptable but check this out: there is NO TELEPHONE ACCESS to the Inn from 8am until around 930!!!! I was calling to reach my friend and kept getting transferred to another number that no one ever answered. I finally reached her on her cell but by that time I wondered what would people do in an emergency. I called back about 930 and the woman who answered told me nonchalantly that, yes, there was no telephone response during breakfast hours because they don’t have enough staff to answer the phone and serve coffee, rolls and hard boiled eggs at the same time.
So this is where they’re at after several years. The owner’s lack of ambition and , apparently, money, have left us with exactly the kind of operation we dreaded upon hearing that his background consisted of owning a Day’s Inn, I think it was in Monterey.
I’m sure they are nice people but PLEASE GOD LET SOMEONE BUY THE EUREKA INN who knows how to run a fine establishment. It can limp along forever but what a damn shame. This is the place where Shirley Temple and Cornelius Vanderbilt stayed (not together). If only someone with smarts and money would take over this wonderful place, which used to be the heart and soul of the community. Light a candle.