Historic Charm on the Mendocino Coast – Our Stay at Little River Inn!

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The charming Little River Inn has been welcoming visitors to the Mendocino Coast for over 80 years and it’s no secret why! Located just 3 hours North of San Francisco, overlooking the beautiful Northern California Coast – right on California HWY 1, it’s the perfect weekend escape!


Little River Inn

📍 7751 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
📞 (707) 937-5942
🖥 https://www.littleriverinn.com/
💲Prices: ~$200-350/night

The property is so beautiful with Victorian cottage style lodging, sweeping ocean views, and flowers everywhere you turn!🤩🌸🌷💐


As soon as you walk into the front office you’ll be greeted with lovely old fashioned Victorian charm!😍 This is where you’ll go to check into your room, and they also have some Little River Inn souvenirs if you want to bring something home to remember your stay!☺️

Right next to the check-in desk is the parlor room where you’ll go to grab your guest bag which has a copy of the property map, their breakfast and dinner menus, some amenities for your room, and an envelope with your room key. This is a precaution they’re taking because of Covid-19 to make it safer for everybody!

Rooms with a View

The Inn is broken up into several different buildings. Many of them have rooms with private decks facing the Pacific Ocean.🤩

We stayed in room 160, their Ocean View Deluxe room with 2 queen beds. Our room had everything we needed, very comfortable and cozy!

There are parking spaces at every building with your own designated spot.🙌🏼

As soon as we walked into the room we were greeted with a complimentary bottle of wine from Husch Vineyards, a family owned winery in the Anderson Valley. Which we were very excited to try because we had plans to visit the winery later that week!🍷 They even left us a LRI wine key to use. It’s the little things like this that make your stay so much more special!☺️🙌🏼

In between the two beds was the nightstand which had a few drawers, a lamp, and a basic alarm clock.

The room had a small kitchenette with a sink, Keurig coffee maker, mini fridge, and an extra storage space to the left.

Next to the kitchenette, was a rather large desk/media center with the phone, a TV, DVD/VHS player, drawers for your belongings, and a cool antique lamp. It definitely went along with the Victorian vibes of LRI!

The living area had a nice fireplace which we really enjoyed on the chillier nights!🪵🔥

The bathroom was extremely spacious! Which was perfect for two girls getting ready.😜 lol It had a long counter top with double sinks and both a jacuzzi bathtub and a separate shower. The bathroom had so much space we could have all our stuff sprawled out everywhere and still have plenty of room to spare!

We loved the beautiful wildlife photography above the tub that fits in perfectly with the Northern California nature theme!🐦🌲

The closet by the door had space to hang your belongings, along with some robes, an iron and ironing board, and extra blankets incase you get chilly at night. And of course, California being very eco-friendly, they had a recycling bin in the room right next to the trash can!♻️🙌🏼

But our absolute favorite part of the room was the balcony of course! The room had floor-to-ceiling windows which led out to the most amazing views of the Pacific Coast!😍🌊

Just a few hundred feet from the Pacific waves crashing, we loved sitting out there to start our day as well as ending it watching the sunset with a glass of wine!🤩🌅

Dining at Little River Inn

From fine dining to a hearty meal, Little River Inn is sure to have something for everyone!


LRI is are currently closed for breakfast service in their restaurant due to Covid-19, however you can order breakfast to be delivered to your room. And with views like this we didn’t mind at all!😍

Ole’s Whale Watch Bar

Closed for sit-down due to Covid-19

Craft cocktails, tasty bites, and whale watch views is what you can find at Ole’s Whale Watch Bar!🐋🦪🍻 It’s currently closed due to Covid-19 so we didn’t get to experience it during our visit. But in normal times, once re-opened, you can come here and get crab cakes, calamari, St. Louis Style Ribs, baked brie, just to name a few menu items!😋

🌟Fun fact: James Dean drank here during the filming of East of Eden in 1954!


Served nightly from 5-8pm, 7 days a week. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Check out their dinner menu here.

For dinner guests, they have a podium setup outside where you’ll get your temperature checked and wait to be seated at your table. Because of Covid-19, they have you grab a menu while you’re waiting and you can place your dinner and drink orders at the bar (one group at a time). Once your seated at your table, the servers will bring your food and drinks, come to check on you, and are available for any additional drinks/desserts, but the dinner order is done ahead of time.

They’re currently seating outdoors only due to Covid-19, but it is tented and heated! Lucky for us we love to eat outdoors any chance we get, and with views like the Pacific Ocean who wouldn’t want to!🤩🙌🏼

Their outdoor patio was like a dreamy garden with lush greenery and flowers all over the place!😍🌸🌿

We started off with their Butternut Squash Soup, which was so incredibly delicious we had to order a second one!😋 And since we love our vegetables, we also tried their Cauliflower appetizer which was tahini and almond crusted with Calabrian chili and whipped goat cheese, SO good!

For our entrees we got the Local Salmon and the Eggplant Curry. Both meals were very flavorful and did not disappoint!🤤 I’d definitely recommend dining at LRI even if you’re not staying on property!

And of course, we had to finish it off with a delicious dessert! Because what’s dinner without dessert?😋

Spa at Little River Inn

Temporarily Closed due to Covid-19
🖥 https://www.littleriverinn.com/spa/

When the Spa at Little River Inn re-opens you can make an appointment to pamper yourself with anything from a massage to skin care and facials for the ultimate relaxation!🧖🏼‍♀️

Golfing at Little River Inn

🖥 https://www.littleriverinn.com/golf/

Tucked among the redwoods with unbeatable ocean views, you can golf at their Historic local golf course. And if you’re staying at Little River Inn, they offer free rental clubs for you!🏌🏼‍♀️⛳️

Take a Walk down to Van Damme State Park

📍 8001 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456

Just a short walk down the hill from the main Inn, you’ll find the beautiful Van Damme State Park. Explore the redwoods on their miles of hiking trails, take a kayak out, or just relax on the beach. Van Damme has something for every kind of traveler!

Meeting & Event Space

🖥 http://www.northcoastweddings.com/

Little River Inn has been organizing events since 1939! From weddings and elopements to any kind of special event in your life, they have 4 gorgeous event spaces to hold your special event!

Other Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • Free Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Ocean Views
  • Gas Fireplace in most rooms
  • Board Games & DVD’s available to borrow
  • Free rental clubs for guests at the golf course
  • Computer, printer, and fax machine available for use


  • Great location, just minutes from Mendocino village!
  • Gas Fireplace in the room. It was really nice to have because it gets chilly on the coast!
  • Private balcony
  • Incredible ocean views!🤩
  • On-site restaurant
  • Prompt Room Service
  • Amazing food
  • Hospitable, Accommodating, and Friendly Staff


  • Alarm clock outdated, not iPhone compatible

If you’re a fan of charming inns and amazing coastal views then book your stay at Little River Inn while exploring the Mendocino Coast! We absolutely loved waking up to views of the Pacific Ocean every morning and watching the sun go down with a glass of wine every evening of our stay! There’s truly nothing better.🙌🏼 Their amazing food, even better ambiance, and endless beauty among the property makes it the perfect place for any girls’ trip or romantic getaway!

**Thank you to Little River Inn for hosting my stay and sponsoring this blog post!

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