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Little River Inn – An inspiring gem on the Northern California coast!

If you want to take some time off from the hurried pace of your daily life then Little River Inn on the Pacific coast in Mendocino County is a perfect choice. I recently visited the beautiful Pacific coast in northern California and stayed at the Little River Inn which I found to be an inspiring gem. The beautiful surrounding instills peace with a seeping certainty. The warm welcome that I received even at night around 11:15 pm, made me comfortable instantly. The gracious, good-hearted and gentle people in this beautiful hotel made my stay an unforgettable one.

Little River Inn – An inspiring gem

On one side lay the beautiful blue Pacific and on the other side, I saw lush greenery. In the morning my guest was a beautiful seagull followed by several other birds and the evening gifted me a perfect sorbet colored sunset. The vibrant and beautiful flowers all over the place were a treat to my senses. I slowed down naturally and was flooded with inspiration. I read, wrote and contemplated.

If you want to take some time off from the hurried pace of your daily life then Little River Inn on the Pacific coast in Mendocino County is a perfect choice. Click To Tweet
Little River Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Northern California

The sea breeze, the quaint hotel, and a pleasant temperature were perfect for reading.

Mornings in Little River Inn were a pleasant surprise. Seagulls and many beautiful birds wished us good morning!

Mornings in Little River Inn were a pleasant surprise. Seagulls and many beautiful birds wished us good morning! Click To Tweet
Little River Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Northern California

Look who was my guest in the morning!

Nature, comfort, peace, picturesque and kind-hearted people are some of the words that come to my mind when I think of Little River Inn.

Nature, comfort, peace, picturesque and kind-hearted people are some of the words that come to my mind when I think of Little River Inn. Click To Tweet

Today my office is in @littleriverinn in Mendocino, some 150 miles away from San Francisco – a perfect place for peace and to slow down from the breakneck speed of the Silicon Valley. . The Pacific ocean in front is slumbering in its blue robe. I woke up to birdsong today morning; I could see vibrant, beautiful and blooming flowers all over. The wind is pleasant. I am being flooded with inspiration. . I saw a man walking slowly towards the sea; I saw a woman with a book reading quietly; I saw a young girl looking towards the green forest afar! From all these scenes I saw one thing in common; all of their eyes are deep and unperturbed. Magic I would say; its sheer magic in @littleriverinn amidst nature. . #littleriverinn #TravelRealizations #ilovecalifornia

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One of the evenings at the Little River Inn is especially etched in my heart. We finished our dinner and I suddenly saw the day was nearly gone, the sky had taken on a pink and purple patina and I heard rolling waves. After sometime when I stood on the balcony, I found myself standing under millions of stars. I was not thinking or doing anything. I was enjoying my self-presence in the dark under stars after a long time. This place was sheer magic at night under the starry sky and vast ocean silently rolling in front.

I was enjoying my self-presence in the dark under stars after a long time. This place was sheer magic at night under the starry sky and vast ocean silently rolling in front. Click To Tweet

Our romantic room in Little River Inn

As soon as we entered, the tastefully decorated room instantly took away the tiredness of hours and miles of driving. We were pleasantly surprised by the detailed decoration for the guests. The sublime subtlety in every corner of the room showed Little River Inn cares for their guests.

Little River Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Northern California

An exquisite wine for us!

Little River Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Northern California

A super comfortable bed!

Little River Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Northern California

I especially enjoyed the cozy fireplace!

The restaurant in Little River Inn

The food in the restaurant is of the highest quality and so is their service. I went in for breakfast and dinner and was delighted both the times. Large glass windows and doors from which I saw rhododendrons, begonias, camellias, fuchsia and many other beautiful flowers instantly filled my day with colors. The beautiful flower decoration in the middle of the dining hall is exquisite and adds a fresh charm.

I visited with my two and a half year old daughter and my husband and really loved the way the staff helped us settle down. They were very friendly and my daughter loved being there. She enjoyed her favorite fresh orange juice during breakfast and pasta for her dinner from the kid’s menu.

Little River Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Northern California

A restaurant with big windows and doors and lots of greenery all around.

The Golf course in Little River Inn

The immaculately manicured golf course was inviting. If anyone wants to indulge in some golf then the course here is perfect; bonus – beautiful pine trees, chirping birds and balmy air!

Little River Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Northern California, golf course

Little River Inn and its surroundings

It is hard to describe the beauty of this place only in words and photographs. I thought of making a short video to present the inspiring surroundings of Little River Inn.  

Exploring Mendocino

To awaken in an unknown town is one of the most pleasant sensations for an explorer. The uncomplicated joy of meeting a new day with no past, with no plan often gifts us some beautiful memories.

Glass Beach

When I heard that years of dumping garbage into a nearby area of coastline created sea glass I was thrilled and wanted to visit the place. Only nature has such power. It can even transform trash to treasure. The process of making sea glass is a simple one – it is the weathering, tumbling, and aging in sand and saltwater that gives real sea glass its unique “frosted” appearance, and “soft” texture.

Glass Beach, California, Mendocino, Northern California

Glass Beach, California

Skunk Train

After spending 6 beautiful years in Switzerland, trains have become my favorite mode of transport. When I heard about the 131-year-old Skunk train which takes travelers through a forest, there was no question of missing it!

Skunk Train, Mendocino, Northern California

I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. ~ Paul Theroux

A train ride through the forest is beautiful. We were standing on the open carriage of the train and enjoyed the views. This is a must if you have a child. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed this ride. Each time we passed through the large trees, she looked at them with awe! I loved seeing the wonder in her eyes.

Skunk Train, Mendocino

No matter if we are an adult or a child, we all need a tonic of the wilderness!

Trillium Cafe

After all the activities we were tired and also a bit hungry. We wanted a restaurant with quality food and a cozy atmosphere. We chose Trillium Cafe in Mendocino village.

Trillium Cafe, Mendocino, California

At the entrance of the Trillium Cafe

It was a hot summer day. As soon as I entered I asked for a glass of cold tea. After the first sip, I was relaxed. The ambiance and the decoration of the restaurant are just perfect.

Trillium Cafe, Mendocino, California

If you want to enjoy an organic and high quality lunch then visit this beautiful restaurant

The location of Trillium Cafe is near the coast. We took a lazy stroll after our lunch. If you want some good food and a cocktail of sea view and your favorite drink then just hop into this restaurant.

Trillium Cafe, Mendocino, California

Ocean beckons!

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Before putting all our luggage inside the car, I bid farewell to the beautiful Little River Inn; I whispered –

Adieu!

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3 Comments

  1. What a beautiful little gem! I love mendocino county, but I’ve never heard of this place before! Definitely saving this for a later date. It looks so relaxing and has such a classic charm.

  2. Jenny Ventura

    This looks like the cutest inn with incredible views. Definitely a great romantic weekend getaway I would like to try!

  3. Wow, this place looks beautiful!! It’s always a treat to have a place with a fireplace, and that patio/deck looks unbeatable. There’s something so awesome about eating/relaxing on a patio for sure .

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