Little River Inn, Mendocino County

Little River Inn, Mendocino County


Posted 2022-03-14 by Julie Diebolt Pricefollow
Visiting Little River Inn is like visiting your grandparent's cottage. Cally Dym, the Fifth Generation Innkeeper, and her husband Marc Dym, the Executive Chef, offer hard-to-beat hospitality. After 80 years, they have perfected the experience.

Breathtaking scenery along this rugged coastline and friendly locals make this Mendocino County destination one for the memory books.

The History of Little River Inn

The original Victorian-style house was built in 1853 by Silas Coombs and has remained in the family ever since. Turned into an inn in 1939, the family continues to be a steward of the land and makes you feel more than welcome.

Several Hollywood stars stayed here while filming movies in Mendocino. The Inn saw the likes of James Dean, Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan, and Jonathan Winters in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Where is Little River Inn?

Little River Inn, located on the Mendocino Coast in Little River, California, is 151 miles north of San Francisco. The closest airport is in Santa Rosa, a mere 97 miles away. Or you can fly into the municipal Little River Airport and get transportation to the Inn.

Driving from the north, take Highway 1 along the coast from Leggett through Fort Bragg. Take Highway 1 from San Francisco to enjoy lighthouses and picturesque points along the Pacific Ocean. If you take Highway 101 north from San Francisco, you will pass through wine country, cross through Anderson Valley, and arrive at the coast just south of Mendocino.

What Amenities are Offered at Little River Inn?

Little River Inn offers a variety of accommodations for guests and their pets. They provide rooms for all budgets.

We enjoyed a king bed, ocean view room, a fireplace, desk for work with free Wi-Fi, large-screen TV, and spacious dining area. I loved the rocking chairs on the balcony. It was the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine and the coastal breeze.

The large bathroom included a luxurious soaking tub, a long counter with two sinks, and a separate shower.

Conveniently located near the door are a wet bar and small refrigerator, baggage storage shelf, and recycling basket by the door.

I think I have found my own 'old favorite' from the sixty rooms from which to choose.

The gift shop features board games and DVDs to borrow and robes for purchase.

Behind the Inn, you can play a round of golf on the nine-hole Audubon-certified sanctuary with stunning ocean views. The historic course opened in 1957 and offers free rental clubs for guests.

Little River Inn Spa, located behind the Inn next to the golf starter's office, offers deluxe massages with your choice of treatments and modalities.

Two lighted championship tennis courts are free for guests and don't require a uniform. You can also borrow a racquet.

Walk down the hill to Van Damme State Park or Van Damme State Beach to discover the tide pools or take a kayak out on the water. Explore the Pygmy Forest and redwood forest on miles of gentle hiking trails.

The Pygmy Forest boasts a handicapped-accessible boardwalk with signs describing the forest and why the growth is stunted. It gave way to the giant redwood trees and was perfect for my first forest bathing experience.

Little River Inn Restaurant

Ole's Whale Watch bar, filled with historical photos, is a great place to have a cocktail during whale watching. While one can eat at the bar, we chose to dine in the delightfully decorated and heated tent in the Little River Inn Restaurant.

The Chef de Cuisine, Jason Azevedo, develops relationships with local makers, growers, and fishermen. Fresh produce from the Little River Inn garden, fresh fish from the local Noyo Harbor, hand-made pasta, cured meats, and preserved vegetables are a treat on the dining table.

The meals are creative and attractive whether served in the dining room or delivered by room service.

Final Thoughts

Little River Inn, perched on the bluffs of the Northern California Coast, is a unique destination on the edge of the world.

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