Located in Little River, California, Little River Inn is a coastal resort which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and has done so for the past five generations. The inn features 67 elegant, cozy rooms within the beautiful Victorian style exterior. The front porch is the perfect place to pause and take in the peaceful Mendocino coastline.

There is on-site dining, golf, and many opportunities to unwind and relax at the salon and spa. There are many repeat guests at Little River Inn since they are well renowned for their family-friendly hospitality and customer service. Guests will also love the gorgeous trail to the beach and the close proximity to Van Damme State Park, with its hiking trails, kayak tours and natural beauty.

1. Little River Inn Rooms & Suites

Little River Inn Rooms & Suites
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There are 67 rooms within the Little River Inn and 21 of those are pet-friendly accommodations. All rooms boast stunning ocean views. There are several categories of rooms, which each have their own distinct flare.

The Seaside Luxury rooms/cottages are set atop the bluffs, providing guests with private, uninterrupted views of the ocean. These units all feature fireplaces, whirlpool bath tubs, king size beds and private decks with a hot tub. Each room or cottage is elegantly appointed providing luxury and comfort.

The Ocean View Luxury rooms/cottages are set a little ways off from the main grounds of the Inn. They provide ultimate comfort with their modern design and location. Rosie's Cottage boasts a wide view of the ocean, an oversized romantic fireplace and a private deck with its very own hot tub. It features two bedrooms, one with a king and a walkout to a deck at the front overlooking the forestry and the other with a queen size bed. This cottage can be rented as a one or two bedroom suite, depending upon guests needs. Ole Point is located on the south wing of the main house and also has a fireplace, private deck and hot tub but also features a relaxing rain shower in the bathroom.

2. Little River Inn Suites

Little River Inn Suites
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The Garden Retreat suites are located in-land and feature views of the lush gardens and grounds on the resort. The Llama Barn Suite is located a mile north of the Inn's property on a wooded estate. This suite has a king size bed, fireplace and a living room with a sofa bed for additional sleeping space. The French doors lead out to a private hot tub surrounded by gardens for an ultimate relaxing experience. This unit is pet-friendly. The Johanna Brock unit is found on the ground level of the Mallory House. It is an accessible unit for those with such needs, and features a king bed, and a private hot tub on the deck overlooking the grounds.

The Ocean View Fireplace rooms are on the north end of Little River Inn resort property. They boast ocean views from the room and the deck. Inside the room, guests will enjoy a classic wood-burning fireplace for those chilly evenings. Some of these suites also feature a relaxing steam shower in the bath. The rooms are available with a choice of one king bed or two double beds.

The Traditional Ocean View rooms offer views of not only the Pacific Ocean but also Little River Bay. Each room features a glass door leading out to a massive veranda, perfect for whale watching or just sipping a drink at sunset. Guests can choose either one king bed or two queen beds.

3. Little River Inn Dining

Little River Inn Dining
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The Little River Inn Restaurant is the perfect combination of a relaxing, family oriented restaurant with delicious high end quality taste. It is open for breakfast and dinner daily and offers guests both garden and ocean views while they dine.

Breakfast consists of classic favorites like bacon and eggs but also offers a great selection of various styles of Eggs Benedict including Crab Cake Benedict. Other delicious offerings include House Specialties like Ole's Swedish Hotcakes and Huevos Rancheros. If a hearty, protein-rich breakfast is in order, Flat-iron Steak and Two Eggs will keep guests going all day.

Dinner features many delicious choices ranging from burgers and sandwiches to Little River Inn Specialties like Bouillabaisse—a fish stew with a blend of scallops, green lip mussels, clams and shrimp; or Sole Almondine—a pan seared sole served with gulf shrimp, almonds and done in a brown butter sauce. Being that Little River Inn is located on the ocean, there are many seafood options available. Chef Marc Dym uses many local, fresh ingredients and also offers a selection of seasonal dishes.

Room service is available should guests wish to dine in-room. The hours for room service follow the same hours as the restaurant.

Bars and Lounges

Ole's Whale Watch Bar is the Inn's on-site bar with a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the lighter fare offered at the bar, including Chef Dym's signature Fried Calamari served with Asian Slaw. The bar is open to the public as well, offering an opportunity to mingle with the locals. Guests will love watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean while sipping on a cocktail. The view is spectacular.

4. Spa

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Little River Inn Salon & Spa is the perfect place for guests to unwind, relax and indulge in a spa treatment to soothe their soul. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the spa and salon offers many different treatments and services for guests to choose from including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures and also hair styling and cutting services. Guests will love the Little River Warm Stone Massage, where the therapist places warm, smooth stones over different areas of the body to relieve energy blockages and soothe sore tired muscles.

Other body treatments include the Seaweed Body Scrub, and the Silky Skin Full Body Polish. The facials offered at the spa are quite extensive and include services such as the Eye Lift Glow, which smooths the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and gives the skin around the eyes an instant lift, or the Little River Signature Facial which is tailored towards each guests skin type and gives a deep tissue treatment along with a hand and foot massage. Waxing services are also available at the spa, should guests wish for such services.

While on vacation, guests can treat themselves to a new hairstyle, with professional stylists offering highlights, all over color, perms and even Keratin Smoothing Treatments.

For guests looking for a number of services, there is the Seaside Escape Package which includes a deep, cleansing facial, a one hour massage and to finish it off, a paraffin hand treatment to soothe tired, sore hands. This package is an hour and a half of treatment time.

Guests who wish to stay in-room can reserve a massage therapist to come and perform the massage right in the privacy of their suite. As well, brides and their bridal parties, can book the services of the spa and salon for the big day, since the spa has a dedicated service menu for such occasions.


The Little River Inn is proud to boast the only golf course on the Mendocino Coastline. Nestled in the hills and trees, guests will enjoy a gorgeous and challenging nine hole course complete with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Guests are often taken aback by the beauty of the area, including the wildlife such as deer which they might see while out on the greens. It is an Audubon-certified sanctuary, which means the Little River Golf Course works to preserve the natural environment surrounding the course, including the habitats of many of the animals in the area and reduce the impact of running a golf course in the area.

The course opened in 1957 and is 5458 yards and is nine holes, which can be played as 18 holes as well. There is a driving range, putting green and a full service Pro Shop for all golfers needs. There are rental clubs, pull carts and motorized carts available from the Pro Shop should guests require them.

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5. Weddings & Meetings

Weddings & Meetings
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Weddings at Little River Inn are unforgettable with the gorgeous surroundings of the ocean and lush green property. Couples will enjoy the multiple services available at the Inn from spa treatments, a round of golf with wedding guests or even a tennis match on the courts. There are four venue options for couples to choose from at the Inn.

Abalone Hall will accommodate up to 100 guests and features a fireplace to cozy up to and an attached deck. This room boasts beautiful views of the ocean. If couples wish to have a bar area, the deck can be tented off to serve this purpose.

Twin Court is the original garden area of the Inn. The beauty and peaceful surroundings make for a gorgeous wedding day. This area can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Mallory House sits at the edge of the coastal bluffs overlooking the Pacific. It can accommodate up to 200 guests and offers the most private venue at Little River Inn. This venue offers breathtaking photo opportunities for couples to consider.

The Main Dining Room offers guests views of the property gardens and all they have to offer. Up to 80 guests may be seated in this venue and it is located at the center of the Inn.

The resident wedding planner at Little River Inn will work endlessly to ensure each wedding is exactly what the bride and groom want and hope for. This includes arranging and co-ordinating other services if the couple wishes and being present on the day of the wedding to keep things running smoothly. Weddings of any culture, religion or belief systems are welcome at the Inn and the planner can assist with all of them. The couple is not obligated to use the wedding planner at the Inn, however, they can have their own or none at all.

Little River Inn's chef, Marc Dym will work with the bride and groom to create a delicious menu which will please the crowds and work within the couples budget. There is also a Wine Consultant available at the Inn to assist in choosing just the right wines to serve at the wedding to compliment the chosen menu items.

Meetings and other events are always welcome at the Inn. The Abalone Room is perfect for meetings, reunions, corporate events, anniversaries and so much more. It really is an all-in-one room with a kitchen area, attached deck and reception area and it accommodates up to 100 people. The staff at the Inn are happy to assist in planning a meeting or other event at the Inn and will work to ensure all needs are met to have the event go off without a hitch.

6. Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation
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The cottages at Little River Inn provide the perfect place for families to enjoy enough space and privacy for a family vacation. Kids will love the beaches and swimming in the ocean, while parents can sit and watch the kids romp and play. Also on the ocean, children will be awe-struck during whale watching season when they may witness large whale tales swimming above the waters.

There are other attractions in the area to keep families busy, including bike and kayak rentals, horseback riding on the beach and even a Frisbee golf course. If families are looking for a fun little adventure, they could try a Skunk Train Ride and travel through the scenic Redwoods. There is an extensive playground and baseball field in Mendocino which families will enjoy using, as well.

Little River Inn is happy to welcome pets to their resort in selected rooms. Guests can vacation with their four-legged friends for a minimal charge per night, up to two pets per room. The Inn features on-leash walking paths equipped with doggie bag dispensers for easy clean up and convenience. Upon arrival, guests will have use of covers for the furniture so their pet can enjoy cuddles on the couch too, water and food bowls for use during their stay, a pet towel and even welcome treats. Reservations to bring along your pet must be made ahead of time, since not all rooms are pet-friendly.

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