Northern California is one of our favorite spots for weekend escapes, especially along the coast. Only two and a half to three hours from San Francisco lies Mendocino and Fort Bragg, both along the coast, but with lots of cute shops and cafes in their small downtown areas as well. We’ve been up here many times in the past and have reviewed other properties as well so be sure to see our previous articles for more things to do and see that we didn’t cover this time, such as the Botanical Gardens and Glass Beach.
On this trip, we stayed at the Glendeven Inn & Lodge and Little River Inn — read on for the details.
Glendeven Inn & Lodge
Glendeven Inn & Lodge has several buildings on its property with room offerings of various types. In other words, some are more modern and others a bit more traditional. All rooms include wood burning fireplace, flat screen TV, fridge, coffee maker, and microwave, to name just a few of the amenities. The Glendeven Lodge (it houses the lobby area where you check in), was originally built in 1987 and as you can see, has tons of windows.
One of the things that we love about the property is that it is spread out and sits among nature. One of the more charming ones is the historic farmhouse (1867), which houses five rooms, four of which offer ocean views. It is sheltered from the ocean winds and yet, it still has terrific views of the stunning coastline.
Below are some of the building shots that we took during our stay.
Here, you can get an idea of the expansive nature of the property and the green lawns and trees which surround the buildings.
The Stevenscroft buildings (upper right) has a “L” shape so the rooms upstairs and downstairs are not side-by-side but rather corner to corner. Three of the rooms (Briar Rose, Pinewood, and East Farmington) have outside ocean-view areas accessed through French doors, all of which have incredible views down the coast.
Below, an example of one of their more modern rooms.
It’s not just the lush gardens which make this property so beautiful but they also have chickens and a llama pasture. How fun, right? Who doesn’t love llamas? Their Carriage House (below) is home to their upstairs Carriage House Grand Suite. The main floor houses the art gallery which also overlooks the courtyard.
The Carriage House Grand Suite has the largest bathroom on their property with a double-headed shower, and tons of light with its four closeable skylights — we are a huge fan of skylights.
We stayed in a room they refer to as the BAY LOFT which is a second floor ocean view room with dramatic high-vaulted loft ceilings. Its huge bay window overlooks the gardens with a corridor view straight to Van Damme’s “Stag Rock.” You can see the llamas outside the window.
The Bay Loft has a queen size feather bed tucked away in a nook room across from three skylights so you can see the magnificent north coast stars from your bed. There is a tile-hearth wood-burning fireplace with swivel-chair seating, which is cozy for reading and watching the fire or viewing the ocean. The dining table is set right in front of your bay window so you float above the garden while you have a glass of wine, tea or morning breakfast. (below)
The bathroom has a marble tiled shower with chrome finishes, (above). Included is a three-course, hot, in-room breakfast using their local farm-raised chicken eggs, a hot or cold fruit dish of the day, and homemade baked goods, with organic fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee or tea, PLUS complimentary wine daily. Yes, really. Our breakfast included OJ, citrus salad with gingered yogurt, a Colorado chili quiche with blistered pasillas (pictured below the basket), and homemade corn bread with honey.
Note: the breakfast menu changes, for one the second day, they gave us a Spinach Souffle (so fluffy, airy and light), Berry chia pudding with granola and oat milk (OMG, this was scrumptious) and homemade soda bread. Whoever the chef is, we say “bravo bravo!” It’s rare to get such fresh and delicious breakfast, especially in the midst of the pandemic, which continues to be a bit stricter in Mendocino county than it is further south.
One of the most precious things about the property is that it has many trails you can take and even if you’re not a trail walker, there’s plenty of natural beauty on-site. See below for some of the shots we took during our stay.
More fruit trees on the grounds.
We also went for a few walks on the grounds as well, one of which took us into the woods, down a hill and over a bridge. I felt like we were in Middle Earth at times. We also passed some wild mushrooms along the way.
They don’t charge extra for their Wi-fi, homemade cookies, self-serve coffee and tea stations, hiking trails, personalized parking, farm animals, or their manicured (and edible) gardens.
Glendeven Inn & Lodge
8205 N. Hwy 1, Little River, CA 95456
707-937-0083 or 800-822-4536
Little River Inn
Perched on the edge of the Pacific, just miles south of the village of Mendocino, the family-owned Little River Inn has been running it for five generations. Many of the Little River Inn rooms have ocean views, fireplaces, steam showers, Jacuzzi tubs, or individual hot tubs. There are many pet friendly accommodations from which to choose as well.
One of the best things about staying here is the fact that it is surrounded by nature on all sides. And of course, the ocean views off in the distance. There’s actually a small beach nearby you can actually walk to which is on the way to downtown Mendocino.
We stayed in one of the three rooms/suites that are part of what they call the MALLORY HOUSE. All three rooms face the ocean and are surrounded by trees and deer who graze casually on the lawn outside your room. Each room faces a slightly different direction, aka Electra which faces west is a top floor suite.
We stayed in a room called the Johanna Brock, which was an eastern view room that was also part of the Mallory House.
Below, is our bathroom in the Johanna Brock room.
There are also more traditional rooms which face the ocean as well if you want to stay on the main property.
There’s also the White Cottage which is on the ground floor and the Hannah Madison (pictured below).
For more information, be sure to visit their website to view the various types of rooms they offer, including rates, and information about their restaurant.
Little River Inn
Little River, CA 95456
Want even more spectacular views and walks, then head into Mendocino where there is a cliff walk you can take (photos below). You can also browse some of the quirky and creative shops, cafes and museums.
We were hosted by the properties but all opinions expressed are entirely our own.