What to Do in Mendocino & Little River

Go golfing
Click for more information on Go golfing.  Little River Inn has spectacular ocean views overlooking a sandy beach, with a large selection of rooms, most with fireplaces. This full service ocean front resort offers a challenging golf course, tennis courts and a complete day spa, plus a world-class restaurant with an ocean view bar.
Rent a Canoe & Bicycle Too!
Click for more information on Rent a Canoe & Bicycle Too!.  Stanford Inn is located right on the Mendocino Big River Estuary, offering Bicycles for rent/sale and rentals of Kayaks, Canoes and Outriggers that hold from 1 to 10 people. Children and dogs are welcome!
SPA at Little River Inn
Click for more information on SPA at Little River Inn.  Treat yourself to a full massage utilizing a creative blend of techniques and oils. A trained professional will help you to unwind, relax and rejuvenate your body and soul. Enjoy a classic facial or special body treatments.
Mendocino Headlands and Big River Beach
Click for more information on Mendocino Headlands and Big River Beach.  Mendocino Village is surrounded on three sides by gentle trails that meander along the rugged coastline providing spectacular views of sea arches, ancient blow holes, hidden grottos and the ever changing Pacific Ocean.
Visit a Lighthouse
Click for more information on Visit a Lighthouse.  Join our knowledgeable docents for a leisurely stroll through the meadows and along the windswept bluffs of the 300 acre Point Cabrillo Preserve. You'll learn a little coastal ecology and some Mendocino history including the story of the Frolic, the 1850 shipwreck that changed the north coast forever.
Discover Oceanfront Botanical Gardens
Click for more information on Discover Oceanfront Botanical Gardens.  Located on 47 Ocean Front acres, this magnificent landscape includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, a closed-cone pine forest and a varied array of floral and plant collections.
Bring a Picnic!
Take a Tour Big River
Click for more information on Take a Tour Big River.  Come aboard a new ultra stable 9 person outrigger, and experience Big River in a completely new and relaxing way. Specialized Tours include: Sunset 'Til Dark Bioluminescence, Birding, Historical, Fitness and Outrigger Sailing Canoe. Watch for seals, river otters, bird life and more!
Russian Gulch State Park
Click for more information on Russian Gulch State Park.  Perfect for exploring and hiking, this park features 1,162 acres with 7,630 feet of ocean frontage, with rugged headlands, beaches, tide pools and the Devil's Punch Bowl sea cave on one side and on the other side you'll find the heavily forested Russian Gulch Creek Canyon and the 36-foot high waterfall.
Pygmy Forest in Van Damme
Click for more information on Pygmy Forest in Van Damme.  Because of poor soil characteristics, and a hardpan that precludes penetration by roots or water, trees on this site are dwarfed. The same species in the surrounding forest off the pygmy soils, attain full height.
Relax at a day spa
Click for more information on Relax at a day spa.  Stanford Inn Day Spa You'll feel as if you're floating - stress free with greater flexibility, improved circulation and strengthened immune system. Their massage therapists are certificated in shiatsu, acupressure, Esalen, deep-tissue, Swedish and Thai massage, blending these techniques to fit your needs.
Mendocino Massage
Click for more information on Mendocino Massage.  Danielle Belinger and her staff of licensed massage therapists are certified with years of experience to provide relaxation and rejuvenation, in 4 rooms that accommodate up to 6 clients. Treat yourself to custom spa treatments in their unique "Garden Massage Studio" within walking distance from your Mendocino Inn.
Enjoy a Hot Tub And Massage
Click for more information on Enjoy a Hot Tub And Massage.  Hot tubs and saunas, both private and public with an experienced massage staff will provide the special touch to complete your Mendocino experience. Sweetwater spa offers a healing and peaceful environment for your relaxation and renewal.
Curl up with a good book
Click for more information on Curl up with a good book.  This independent bookstore's outstanding selection of books as well as a knowledgeable staff who will accompany a customer to the shelves to find a book or make suggestions, this bookstore a Must-See.
Bookwinkles, has a huge selection of children's books & gifts.
Mendocino Theater Co.
Click for more information on Mendocino Theater Co..  Mendocino Theater Co. performs in the intimate 83 seat Theatre, located in Mendocino, at the Mendocino Art Center. Live theater presents a variety of plays ranging from great literary classics to modern comedies to original dramas.
Mendocino Art Center
Click for more information on Mendocino Art Center.  Explore the arts! Take a class, listen to a concert, enjoy the theater, relax in the gardens, view our exhibits, buy a piece of local art, talk with artists, go on a garden tour, join the fun. There's always something going on.
Murder She Wrote
Click for more information on Murder She Wrote.  The popular television series starring Angela Lansbury, features the exteriors of Mendocino Village. A Victorian bed and breakfast in Mendocino was used as Jessica Fletcher's home in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine.
Temple of Kwan Tai
Click for more information on Temple of Kwan Tai .  The oldest of California's Chinese houses of worship in continuous use, the temple may date back as far as 1854, though its documented history reaches only to 1883. The Chinese built many temples in California, but no others remain on the North Coast.
Kelley House Museum
Click for more information on Kelley House Museum.  Constructed in 1861 by William H. Kelley, one of Mendocino's founding fathers. Located on Main St. in Mendocino, overlooking the mouth of Big River and Mendocino Bay; it houses an extensive collection of photographs and family histories.
SAT, 11am - Docent lead Historic Walking Tours
Masonic Temple
Click for more information on Masonic Temple.  The Masonic Hall in Mendocino was built over a century ago in 1866. The statue on top of this beautiful building was hand carved out of one piece of a giant Redwood trunk on Big River beach.
Presbyterian Church
Click for more information on Presbyterian Church.  This is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in continuous use in California. Organized as the Presbyterian Church on November 6, 1859, the building constructed of local redwood, was dedicated on July 5, 1868.
Out of this World
Click for more information on Out of this World.  Located on the corner of Main and Kasten in Mendocino. You'll find the largest selection of telescopes, spotting scopes, cameras and fascinating science toys. Great shop for curious kids of all ages.
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