My family and I planned a family get together to celebrate my father's 65th birthday in the middle of the ancient redwood forest. We chose the Hiouchi House because of the location and the photos of the house, however the photos DO NOT, DO IT JUSTICE! This house is immaculate and beautiful. Wow! The house is much larger than we had anticipated, there was ample room for the 10 of us. The kitchen was extremely well stocked, the kitchenware was as nice or better than I have in my own kitchen at home. Sometimes rentals have left over stuff , this house is first rate! Most mornings were spent on the gigantic deck looking over the Smith River sipping coffee listening to the waterfall under the covered bridge dance over the rocks. The natural wildlife abounds. We were amused by a river otter, awe struck by a pair of Bald Eagles, and fascinated by an Osprey catching its breakfast. The kids thoroughly enjoyed lazy afternoons walking down to the private beach behind the house to float on the beautiful, clear, jade, green river. Our only difficulty was trying to get motivation to leave the house to venture out into the Redwood Groves or take a 15 minute drive to the Pacific Ocean. Once we did venture out we were so amazed at the beauty of Jedidiah Smith State Park. If you haven't been to Stout Grove (a 5 minute drive away) you must treat yourself at least once in your life.
To sum it up the Hiouchi House is amazing and the the surroundings even more so. I only hesitate to leave an honest review because it will make it more difficult for me to get my reservation next time, as it was I booked 9 months in advance to get the particular dates we needed.
Johnny and Nancy were perfect hosts, to put it inte their own words," We are here if you need us, otherwise we are out of sight". We are already planning our return trip, the kids are still buzzing about their trip to the Hiouchi House
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