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Charming One-bedroom Cottage. Upscale quiet neighborhood. Convenient location.

116 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Pacific Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom-Queen sized bed + sofa bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Arcata is located on Humboldt Bay just 7 miles north of Eureka, 10 minutes to beaches, and less than an hour's drive to State and National Redwood Parks, home to the tallest trees in the world.

Enjoy lush redwood groves, miles of pristine coastline, a famous wildlife refuge and a lively town square in a progressive and colorful city. Arcata, which is located between scenic Humboldt Bay and a forested hillside, is a popular destination for visitors who come to experience the tallest trees in the world, enjoy rafting down swift flowing rivers, walk along uncrowded beaches and attend events on the town square, including the Kinetic Sculpture Race, the Oyster Festival, Pastels On The Plaza, the North Country Fair, Arts Alive and the Farmers Market (Saturdays only).

Within a 15 to 30 minute drive from Arcata other popular destinations include Eureka's Waterfront District, also known as 'Old Town', the Victorian Village of Ferndale (where parts of the Majestic and Outbreak were filmed), the quaint fishing village of Trinidad and Patricks Point State Park.

This craftsman-inspired cottage is in a quiet neighborhood adjacent to Stewart Park and is only a ten minute walk to the city center or to the Humboldt State University campus. The cottage interior is comfortable and well appointed, with open floor plan which includes a living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a range, microwave and a refrigerator. The tiled bathroom features a tub/shower combination. The living room sofa makes into a bed which can sleep either one additional adult or two children. Also included at no additional cost is a large selection of DVD movies, wireless internet and many books. Beautiful maple floors, hand woven carpets, a leather sofa and chair, historic photography and original works of art add warm ambiance to the main living area. PARKSIDE COTTAGE is a one bedroom (not a studio)unit which allows privacy from the guest using the sofa bed in the living area. Enjoy a good nights sleep on the queen sized bed which features an ultra-plush pillow top mattress, down pillows and fine linens. Paintings by the owner, an accomplished artist, enhance the bedroom decor. Our accommodation is child friendly and for a small additional charge we can provide guests with the following items: Graco Pack And Play, a safety gate, a high chair and a stroller.


Keywords: Cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Jim Gurman
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016
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About Jim Gurman

We have lived in Arcata since 1978, which is a testament to how much we enjoy this area. Humboldt County is a unique area which includes mountains, rivers, lagoons, forests, beaches and of course the Pacific Ocean. Because of so much diversity, we are able to enjoy many different species of birds, wildlife, trees, fungi, etc. Christine enjoys visiting the Arcata Marsh, which attracts native birds as well as migrating birds. Jim enjoys hunting for highly prized edible mushrooms, which grow in abundance here. We both enjoy bicycle riding, especially going up into the community forests on our mountain bikes. Riding our road bikes to other communities is another favorite activity. Preparing tasty meals is a passion for us and fortunately we have access to an abundance of fresh ingredients, especially when the farmer’s market on the Plaza is happening.

Why Jim Gurman chose Arcata

We purchased a vacant lot in a newly developed subdivision in 1986. What was unique about this subdivision is that the land it was created from was originally used as a playground/ball field for the public school that it is adjacent to. Because of earthquake safety, the school had to be relocated and the property, including the structure that was used as a school, was sold to private developers. Originally, these investors wanted to develop a medium density multi-unit subdivision without a park. The surrounding neighbors protested vehemently and ultimately the subdivision was reduced down from 39 living units to just 17, which also included a 1.25 acre park. Only 3 of the 17 building lots were designated for a supplemental living unit, ours being one of the 3. The other unique feature about our subdivision is that because it is surrounded by historical homes, we were required to build a structure that had historical architecture. This wasn’t a concern for us because we wanted to build a Craftsman style home anyway, which we did. The end result of all of our efforts (community members and neighbors) is that we created a highly desirable area in which to live and it now serves as one of the “jewel” neighborhoods of Arcata. We moved into our cottage in 1987 and lived there until our house next door was completed. What we offer you is a charming place to stay in a quiet, secure neighborhood conveniently located in Arcata.

What makes this cottage unique

Enjoy staying in a comfortable cottage in a desirable neighborhood. Because of the park, which is only a short distance away, we live on a dead end street, so consequently there is no traffic noise.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Such a peaceful cottage environment--small yet full of space. We love the beautiful trees nearby, the interesting book collection, a movie for every taste, lovely art on the walls--a charm to share with our family members who live here in Arcata and McKinleyville--a great way to be an Arcatan for awhile! Thanks.........Marsha
Jun 2009
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Charming One-bedroom Cottage. Upscale quiet neighborhood. Convenient location.
average rating of 4.974138 based on 124 reviews

Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Parkside cottage. Jim was a great host...Easy to communicate with and very responsive/accommodating. He seems to truly care about and be interested in his guests and their comfort. The cottage was delightful and a perfect size for the two of us. It had everything we needed and we appreciated the attention to aesthetics and detail, with lovely rugs, art and wood trim throughout. The location is perfect, being an easy walk downtown. We also enjoyed the walk to the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot for visiting our son and Arcata. Comfortable, clean, tidy and well-appointed!

  • 4 of 5

Your property is a three minute walk across a park to our son's home in Arcata. We very much enjoyed staying in your sweet cottage and everything was comfortable and just what we needed. The bed and linens are lovely, the furniture and kitchen appliances perfectly chosen and just right. The location is great, a nice walk into town and food, nice walk over to HSU, easy drive all over the gorgeous area. We had a great time.

Thank you, Jim, for the extra treats! The wine was tasty, the grapes delicious and the bread lovely. Yum! Thank you for your solicitude.

Our only challenge was the internet. We had a very difficult time staying connected and it made the 1/2 day of work we needed to do impossible. We would recommend your place to any and all if the internet was working. Some must be connected when they travel and, for now and unfortunately, we are included in that group.

Thank you for your attention to detail in your home away from home. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bob and Nancy, Thanks for taking the time to write a review and for all of the praise regarding the amenities of our cottage. You are welcome for the treats, which we provide when we can depending on the season and the availability. I do wish to comment on the difficulty you experienced with accessing the internet. There are two possibilities for accessing the internet from the cottage. One is directly from the router which is located approximately fifty feet away in our house. The second, which is the one we instruct guests to use, accesses the internet via a range extender located inside the cottage. The range extender provides a strong and reliable internet connection and if you had contacted me and communicated your difficulty, I would have known immediately that you were connected directly to the router and not the range extender.
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

If you are 1 person or a couple looking for the perfect place to stay in Arcata for 2 nights or more, this is your place. Clean, quiet, and comfortable. Great location. Tastefully decorated. Nice owners.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome experience and wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

The Parkside cottage was perfect for two adults and a child. The kitchen was well stocked with high quality pots, pans and knives, and everything was clean and well cared for. We appreciated the generosity and kindness of Jim and Christine, and a big treat was being offered fresh blueberries from their garden. Close access to the park was perfect for playing catch and the cottage is located within a few minutes walk to grocery stores and excellent restaurants. We definitely hope to stay here again on our next trip to Arcata. Thank you Jim and Christine for being such wonderful hosts!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More Than a Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location! Private yet walkable to everything.

Wonderful accommodations for sleeping, cooking, relaxing!

So clean and comfortable! Loved how everything was thoughtfully designed to maximize space and meet every personal need.

Hosts were welcoming and helpful throughout our stay - often going above and beyond!

Will definitely return to this lovely cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Happy Place

  • 5 of 5

Parkside cottage is one of the most charming and comfortable rentals we have ever found. The owners have created a private, comfortable space that has everything you could want. We were greeted personally, given a tour, and a very nice bottle of wine. Everything was of high quality, from the kitchen supplies to the sheets and we left wishing we could stay much longer. A highly recommended find in beautiful Arcata.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: not necessary

Bicycling, Mushrooming, Beaches, Rivers, Mountains, Humboldt State University, Redwood Trees (tallest in the world), Jet Boat tours, Ocean & River Fishing


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tourism Fee $1
Tax Rate 10.0%

For guests staying 3 to 4 nights, we are offering a discounted rate of $145.00 per night; 5 to 6 nights will be discounted to $135.00 per night; 7 nights and longer will be discounted to $125.00 per night. Use of the sofa bed is $10.00 per night. A ten per cent (10%) bed tax and a two per cent (2%) Tourism Fee must be charged to guests staying less than thirty (30) nights.

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Pacific Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom including a tub with a shower faucet. Titled floor and tub surround.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen-sized bed with Sterns and Foster mattress in the bedroom. Sofa bed with full size mattress in the living area (memory foam available upon request).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Full Kitchen complete with a range, refrigerator, microwave, pots, pans, dishware and utensils. Multipure water filter for drinking and cooking. Also included: Wireless Internet, flat screen high definition television, DVD/CD player, bed linens, towels & DVD movies. Bathroom features a tub/shower combination. Baby/Toddler Accommodations Available to guests for an additional charge are the following: Graco Pack n Play playpen, safety gate, high chair & a stroller.

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