Family Traditions Run Deep on Mendocino Coast Little River Inn

Little River Inn

Little River, California is located near the coastal town of Mendocino and has a population of around 115 – in other word’s the town is tiny, but friendly. Located on the scenic CA Route 1, Little River is home to the Little River Inn. The Inn has been in the family for five generations, and doesn’t intend to change the tradition anytime soon.

Coombs Cottage

Coombs Cottage at Llittle River Inn

The history behind Little River Inn

 Current innkeeper Cally Dym is a fifth-generation proprietor. Cally’s great-great-grandfather built the original house on the property in 1863, and her grandparents turned the house into an inn seven decades ago.

Little River Inn today

The current Inn features 66 ocean view rooms, 2 one-bedroom suites, and a two-bedroom suite. Little River Inn offers plenty of ways to keep guests busy and entertained. Vacationers may eat at the Inn’s restaurant and bar, play a round of golf on the 9-hole course, hit a few tennis balls on the courts, hike the surrounding nature trails, visit nearby Mendocino, or simply relax at the day spa. If you are staying on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day the whole family will receive a free round of golf – yours for the asking.

If you’re looking to make your trip a little more romantic, Little River Inn’s hot tubs and in-room fireplaces might be just what you need to ignite that spark.


BeeKind bath amenities

Amenities at Little River Inn

 Part of its commitment to the environment, Little River Inn provides guests with BeeKind bath and body products from Gilchrist and Soames. The products are wrapped in paper bottles, which, compared to plastic bottles, are a 59% reduction in packaging material and 92% reduction in waste space – every little bit helps. BeeKind products are also free of parabens, propylene glycol, and artificial dyes and colors – good for your skin and the environment.

Bring your kids and pets to Little River Inn

Coombs Cottage Rockers

Coombs Cottage Rockers

If you are traveling with kids, children under age 16 stay free, yet another family-friendly feature of the Little River Inn. There are also kid-friendly food options on both the restaurant and room service menus. The inn hosts an array of child-appropriate activities that vary by month.

Don’t want to leave your four legged friends at home? Don’t worry, Little River Inn allows pets, for a fee of $25 per night, per pet. Pets are more than welcome, and will even be greeted with a doggie goodie bag upon arrival and a dog-friendly map to the local beaches and parks.


Check prices at Little River Inn  1-888-INN-LOVE.

Hotel review and photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. BrownI was a guest of  Little River Inn.




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