about the Inn
Aiy-yu-kwee'The Inn is in the heart of a series of co-managed redwood parks that have been declared both an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.
The town of Requa (pronounced Rek-wah) was a bustling fishing center on the Klamath River in the late 1800s when a hotel was first constructed to serve the Klamath’s numerous fish cannieries. Although the bustling commercial center is now a sleepy village in the Redwood National Park, the Historic Requa Inn has been a feature of the area for 100 years. Built in 1914, the plain, almost utilitarian arts and crafts Inn continues to be a special place today. And this is a special place. Since time immemorial the Yurok people have had a village at Rek-woi – making Requa one of the longest, continuously inhabited places in California.
Janet & Marty Wortman
Innkeepers at the Historic Requa Inn are Janet and Marty Wortman together with their daughter and son-in-law Geneva and Reweti Wiki and son Chef Thomas. Jan, Geneva and Thomas are Yurok Indians, whose family has lived at the village of Requa since the beginning of time. The family purchased the Inn in 2010 and are happy to be home!
Having raised their children, Geneva and Thomas, in Oregon, Jan and Marty left their careers – and moved to Del Norte County in 2004. Marty often says, “the worst day at Requa is better than the very best day in Beaverton”.
Together, we are one big happy family and we’re passionate about sharing this wonderful Inn and our wonderful culture and place with you.
We Love Our Old Inn
BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT STAYING IN AN OLD BUILDING IN A REMOTE TOWN IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Remote area:We are in the middle of a world heritage site! It is remote and beautiful, which can also mean a loss of power in storms, unreliable internet access and limited access to some modern conveniences (ATM’s, espresso, dinner after 8pm).
Road: a road runs in front of the Inn that is normally quiet but can get very busy during fishing season in August and September. River Fronting Rooms are most affected, but most guests don’t mind.
Thin Walls: The Inn is built of solid redwood with sawdust insultation- which isn’t a great sound barrier. Loud voices will be heard by your neighbors.
No TVs or phones: Guest may use the Inn phone to make domestic calls only. If there is a chance you will make an international phone call while you are here using our phone, please have a calling card.
We want you to feel at home when you stay with us.
Good food and good people make for a great time and a unforgettable vacation.
In the summer time, the Inn showcases local, organic produce. We work exclusively with one farm 30 miles north of the Inn. Our kitchen team strives to put together wholesome memorable meals with a focus on quality of ingredient and technique. Be sure to make dinner reservations with your stay! In the Winter time things slow down and dinner is sometimes a hot sandwich, soup or salad.