PResent and PAst...
Humboldt Bay Social Club is located on the southern end of the Samoa Peninsula on Humboldt Bay.
To the West, our boutique hotel is located on the historic grounds of a WWII blimp base. After the war, the base became Samoa Airfield, which continues to operate as a tiny municipal airstrip that lands about 1 private plane per day. The officers’ quarters were transformed into a fly-in bed and breakfast, which operated through the 1970s. Humboldt Bay Social Club recently renovated the abandoned building and reopened as Samoa Field in May 2017.
To the East, vacation rental homes are scattered across 16 bayfront acres called Oyster Beach. Oyster Beach is not a resort with manicured lawns, cabanas on the beach, or spa facilities. It is a secluded, wild, and scenic place. The land was a family ranch established in the 1890s, and each home has been restored in homage to its historic roots. The homes at Oyster Beach are cozy and stylish, but simple by design.
We (Jon O'Connor and Amy Cirincione O'Connor) met on the Deschutes River while working for a wilderness therapy company in Oregon. After a few years of living out of backpacks and truck beds, we bought the cheapest commercial building for sale in Eureka and set about gutting it and turning it into a home.
We discovered Oyster Beach while on a walk. We had been talking about finding another renovation project, this time one with a yard. Oyster Beach's 22 acres of overgrown eucalyptus forest was a little more than we had envisioned. But the place felt magical.
It seemed abandoned, but we found out it had been in foreclosure for years. We bargained with banks and private trusts and the county for a while, and eventually were able to buy it for a sum we could sort-of afford. We've been knee-deep in invasive plant removal and old-growth redwood salvaging ever since.
We originally designed Waterfront #1 for us. When we found out we were pregnant, we decided to renovate Waterfront #2 so we would have room for a baby. When we found out we were having twins, we freaked out.
Eventually we calmed ourselves down and renovated the Ranch House to fit our rapidly growing family, including an attached Mother-in-Law suite designed to entice/beg our faraway family to come help us with the babies.
We never have any idea what we're getting into when we start these projects, and each time they end up better than we could have expected. Thank you for coming along for the ride.
So...where to now?