Perched above the Pacific with out of this world views, a home away from home feel and a restaurant sure to satisfy was just what the doctor ordered. I have long admired Little River Inn and have only dreamed about staying there one day. A few weekends back this dream became a reality when we were packing our weekender bags and pulling up directions to take us to my most desired California destination...Mendocino county. After a quick drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and through Marin County, we suddenly found ourselves on the grape lined hills along Highway 128 with tasting rooms and run down barns in the middle of golden fields. After a couple hours in the car, we were ready to stop in Boonville at Anderson Valley Brewery for lunch and a tasting flight. After the quick stop there, we headed further and eventually the 128 turned into redwoods galore. With the windows down, sunroof open and the music a little louder then usual, my eyes were wide with wonder and fulfillment.
Out of the redwoods and onto the coast, we caught the most amazing views the first day we drove in. The weather was stunning and the usual fog filled skies were absent and the Pacific Ocean was shimmering with different shades of blues and greens. Once we spotted the bright white main house standing tall surrounded by accompanied smaller cottages, we knew we had arrived at Little River Inn. We made it to our destination earlier than expected and got lucky that our Ocean View Jacuzzi Deluxe room was all ready for us. The staff at the front desk were so friendly, I knew at that moment we had picked the most perfect inn for our North Coast getaway. I have to admit I was awfully giddy when the receptionist handed us over solid, old school keys to our oasis in place of the typical plastic key cards. Once we entered our upstairs room equip with high vaulted ceilings, a soaking tub for two, king size bed, a fireplace and more than enough space, we quickly settled right into the side by side rocking chairs on our private balcony. We had packed a few picnic baskets before had full of cheese, salads, olives, and other supplies and it was perfect because the room had both a refrigerator and a large space to prepare appetizers nightly.
Little River Inn offers both tennis and golf on the property and we wanted to take advantage of the warm temperatures, so we rented racquets and played the same day we arrived. We had such a great time working up an appetite on the courts that we were soon ready to dine at the restaurant. After roaming the property lined in succulents, pastel rose bushes, and blooming purple wisteria, we went back to the room to enjoy a glass of wine before heading down for a romantic dinner. The first night we ate in the pink walled, ocean view dining room and had a fantastic meal. The following evening we decided to spring for the more causal setting at Ole's Whale Watch Bar. I ordered the fish tacos and they were the best I've tasted in a long time!
The following morning we went back to experience their Sunday Champagne Brunch, and it was just delightful. I sprung for a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice and their famous Swedish Hotcakes topped with blueberries and strawberries. I'm still working up the courage to try my hand at making them at home because they were heavenly. After brunch, I wasn't ready to go, but the time had come to return our rented VHS movies we watched the previous evening and head home. The easy going vibe at Little River Inn was unparalleled and it was the perfect romantic getaway away from urban life in San Francisco.
The inn began as a family home in 1857 and still remains in the original family today! You can learn more about the history of this iconic Mendocino landmark here. Unfortunately we were too busy exploring the surrounding areas along the coast (including Fort Bragg) to experience the onsite day spa, but every treatment sounds like pure bliss! From the location on Highway One, to the stunning views and endless exploring opportunities, Little River Inn goes above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and special on your vacation. I'm already daydreaming of our next escape to Mendocino and Little River Inn.
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