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Mendocino’s Must-Visit: Little River Inn Brings Memories this Spring: Mother’s Day brunch, Anderson Valley Pinot Festival and more!

Mendocino Little River Inn Brings Memories this Spring: Mother’s Day brunch, Anderson Valley Pinot Festival and more!

This time of year brings all kinds of delights to the historic Little River Inn on the splendid Mendocino Coast of Northern California.

Their lavish gardens are bursting with colorful flowers, Sunday brunch will once again be served at their restaurant, a Mother’s Day brunch to remember is planned, wine-lovers can take advantage of a Pinot festival package in the nearby Anderson Valley, and epicureans will be thrilled by an Uni and Whiskey pairing dinner that coincides with the coast’s popular Urchin Fest this June.

Sunday Brunch is Back

The return of Sunday Brunch at Little River Inn’s restaurant.

The public and the Inn’s guests are welcome to indulge from 8am to 11am every Sunday. Dishes on offer include Ole’s Favorite Breakfast, which is two Swedish hotcakes, two eggs, and a choice of bacon, pork sausage or chicken apple sausage; Avocado Toast with Radish, Sprouts, Tajin, Cotija cheese, and a Baby Lettuce Salad; and a Seasonal Frittata with Baked Eggs, Chef’s Selection of Seasonal Vegetables, Cheese, Homestyle Potatoes, and a Choice of Toast.

Celebrate Mom!

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, Moms will be treated to a feast at brunch from 8am to 12pm.

The regular brunch menu is available, plus specials for Mother’s Day, including a crispy Croque Madame sandwich and delectable Bread Pudding French Toast. Mimosa flights will be on offer, with exclusive flavors like Pineapple/Lime/Cayenne, Grapefruit/Thyme, Guava/Rosemary, and Strawberry/Mint. Guests pay an additional $35 for four 6-ounce mimosas. To make a reservation, call 707.937.5942.

Mendocino's Must-Visit: Little River Inn Brings Memories this Spring: Mother’s Day brunch, Anderson Valley Pinot Festival and more!

Experience the AV Pinot Festival Package

Nobody does Pinot Noir like Anderson Valley, with an unmatched combination of ruggedly beautiful terrain and casually elegant tasting rooms, it is a true hidden gem.

There’s no better way to experience fantastic wines and stellar atmosphere than at this year’s Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival (May 17-19).

Little River Inn has crafted a package – good May 16-20, 2024 – that includes two nights in an Ocean view room and two tickets to the festival. More than 50 wineries will pour, including more than a dozen prestige labels from Napa and Sonoma that covet the fabulous local fruit.

Some of the county’s best chefs will serve Pinot-perfect pairings, and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive wine and experiences during the ever-popular silent fundraiser.

There will be a Grand Tasting that includes Rosés and Sparkling Wines in addition to those phenomenal Pinots, educational seminars with winemakers, live music, a BBQ, and more, all set next to the beautiful vineyards of Anderson Valley. AV Pinot Festival Package, good May 16-20, 2024, $990 for three nights or $714.50 for two nights (two-night minimum). To book, go to and search for the festival dates.

Uni Meets Whiskey at an Exclusive Dinner

Little River Inn’s Chef de Cuisine Joe Perez crafts delectable uni-centric dishes and whiskey expert Jonathan Darrow brings his wisdom around Japanese whiskies to create a one-of-a-kind pairing experience in this not-to-be missed dinner. Guests learn about urchin and the local tidal environment while enjoying 6-courses and a variety of Japanese whiskies, along with one special cocktail. The event is timed to take place during the area’s annual Mendocino Coast Purple Urchin Festival from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, when the coast hosts multiple urchin-related events and local restaurants offer special uni dishes. Uni and Whiskey Pairing Dinner, Saturday, June 15, 2024. Little River Inn’s Abalone Room, 6:30 pm, $250 per person, and tickets can be purchased here.

Exceptional Oceanic Cocktail for Kelp and Urchin Fest 

Little River Inn has confected a cocktail specially for Urchin Fest (which is joined this year by the North Coast KelpFest!, a month-long exploration of the beauty and benefits of the irreplaceable underwater ecosystem). The Van Damme Seaweed Spritzer is composed of locally foraged seaweed- and cucumber-infused vodka and dry cucumber soda, and garnished with a seaweed pickled cucumber ribbon. Available for the duration of the KelpFest! at the Little River Inn restaurant and Ole’s Whale Watch Bar, from May 18 to June 16, 2024. Price: $15.

Little River Inn

Little River Inn is a family-owned and operated historic resort in Northern California that is home to a chef-driven restaurant, a nine-hole Audubon-certified golf course (suitable for all skill levels), professional tennis courts, and the friendliest service on the Mendocino Coast.

Ideal for the entire family (and pet-friendly as well), the Inn has 65 guest rooms ranging from the economical to the luxurious. Several private meeting and special event spaces with stunning ocean and garden views make the Inn an excellent venue for small- to medium-sized events and corporate retreats.

The restaurant, helmed by CIA-trained Executive Chef Marc Dym, is a destination unto itself and the delicious, often hearty California coastal cuisine has a dedicated following, with many items, such as Ole’s Swedish Hotcakes and the Blackberry Cobbler, lauded by visitors and locals alike.

The dinner menu can be enjoyed in the charming dining room or outdoor garden area, while breakfast is available via room service, to be savored from the comfort of one’s own private deck (or even in bed).

Ole’s Whale Watch Bar is a classic local hangout where guests gather for libations or a casual bite, and at certain times of the year, to watch the migration of the gray whales. The Inn also offers massage services in both the spa room and also in-room. Overseen by fifth-generation owner Cally Dym, Little River Inn was proud to celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2019.

Little River Inn is located two miles south of Mendocino overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at 7901 N. Highway One, Little River, CA 95456. For reservations and additional information, call 707.937.5942 or visit

Elizabeth Delphin
Elizabeth Delphin loves a good time! A fun concert, a good dinner out with friends, those weird artsy-fartsy festivals. If she's not at the office or at home, she's likely walking her dog Milo at Runyon Canyon (seriously, sometimes she goes 2-3 times a day).
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