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Little River Inn, Mendocino CA

Romance for Two

Little River Inn

7901 N. Highway One
Little River
707-937-5942

Day One
Take scenic Highway 128 to Mendocino and you will wind through gorgeous redwoods and numerous wineries along the way. Once you arrive at Little River Inn, you will be greeted by a warm, congenial staff that treats their guests like family. Little River Inn has a long history of its family tradition and genuine hospitality - its owner, Cally Dym, is a fifth-generation innkeeper!

Dine at the property's restaurant, where Executive Chef Marc Dym prepares recipes that have been around during many of the Inn's five generations as well as new recipes that tantalize the palate. We loved the Cioppino and the "Flat Iron" Steak Diane. Try the award-winning Dungeness Crab Cakes and pair your dinner selections with local wines from Mendocino County (try Londer Vineyards' 2006 Pinot Noir paired with the "Flat Iron" Steak Diane). Don't miss dessert - the Chocolate Decadence is phenomenal! The ingredients for the hot fudge sundae are made entirely on-site, and the Banana Foster Bread Pudding is a creation from the Inn's new pastry chef.

Enjoy a majestic view of the ocean from your room. Lounge on your patio and watch the sun disappear beyond the horizon as you sway in your rocking chair. Slip into your robes and relax by your fireplace as you watch a movie from the Inn's wide selection.

Day Two
If you thought dinner was sensational, then you must also try breakfast at the Inn. Served from 7-10:30am, the Little River Inn's Restaurant serves a fabulous breakfast. Order an original recipe from the first generation of the inn - Ole's Swedish Pancakes. Like eggs? Try the Bacon Avocado Omelet that comes with hash browns and your choice of toast. Request a seat by the window and look out at the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The Inn's charm and scenery is endearing and unforgettable.

Be sure to explore downtown Mendocino, a town filled with small art galleries, delis and shops, where everyone greets each other with a smile. That's the charm of Mendocino - it's small enough that everyone knows each other and it has also been untouched by the modernizing big-box stores that most of the rest of the nation has been covered with.

Experts have said that couples in successful relationships share experiences together to instill new memories. Mendocino is a fantastic location to create memories. Be adventurous together! Book a kayak tour with Kayak Mendocino for your second day. Kayak Mendocino specializes in tours through Mendocino sea caves. You can take the Little River Inn's private path down to Van Damme State Park's beach. There, you'll meet Craig, the owner of Kayak Mendocino, who radiates enthusiasm for the ocean and its inhabitants, whether it's sea lions or seaweed.

For $50/person, you can don a wetsuit, jacket and lifejacket (supplied by Kayak Mendocino) and climb into either a tandem or single kayak. Don't forget to take pictures of each other in the wetsuits - you can't help but laugh! Once you battle the shoreline to get out into the water, you'll find yourself in calm waters. Craig will lead you and a small group along the coastline, staying a safe distance from the rocks. He'll offer a small background on the area's sea life while pointing it out to you. Craig will bite into some edible seaweed and offer you some! You'll wind along the rocky coastline, weave through two sea caves and likely be able to witness sea lions lounging in their natural habitat. It's an extraordinary adventure that will have you reminiscing for years to come.

An insider note: Craig informed us that he is teaming up with Little River Inn to offer a private tour and a romantic Little River Inn catered dinner.

If battling waves isn't your thing, the Little River Inn also boasts free tennis, a driving range and a 9-hole golf course that was actually made by the original owner, Ole!

By Kristin Novotny
Updated October 2009

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