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Celebrate at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights

It just wouldn’t be the most wonderful time of year without the magic of twinkling lights, crisp, fresh air, and festive decorations. As the holidays near, houses start to sparkle and towns everywhere begin to transform into winter wonderlands. This is especially true here in Mendocino, California, where our gorgeous Botanical Gardens come alive during the annual Festival of Lights. You’ll be awestruck by a forest of decorated trees and can enjoy a hot drink and dessert, shop for special treasures and gifts, and celebrate the holidays surrounded by the natural beauty of Mendocino.

Visit the Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights

This year, start a new holiday tradition and visit the Coastal Gardens during Christmastime. Located on 47 stunning acres in Fort Bragg, California, the garden property includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a pine forest, and is just a short drive from your room at the Inns of Glendeven! Here’s what you’ll see at the 2015 Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights.

A Mendocino Tradition

The Festival of Lights is a beloved holiday staple here on the Mendocino Coast. Thousands of lights glittering and sparkling create delightful visuals as they light up the clifftop garden and enchant locals and visitors of all ages. This year, the lights return Friday, November 27th and continue each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 PM to 7:30 PM through December 20th, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience their magic and wonder.

At the Gardens, guests can enjoy live music, food, drinks, and fun in the big tent each evening of the festival. The Holiday Sweets Café is filled with all kinds of fresh-baked goodies, and delicious hot cocoa or cider will warm you up from your head to your toes. You can even get some of your holiday shopping done at the Garden Store! Outside of the tent, take a stroll through the Gardens for a breathtaking show of everything from glittering jellyfish and birds to tunnels of light and luminous mushrooms.

Family Fun

The Festival of Lights is the perfect place to spend quality time with friends and loved ones. Kids will love having their faces painted, enjoying free candy canes, and getting toasty by the campfire while roasting marshmallows. And, of course, you can take pictures with Santa Claus! Plus, children age 16 and under can attend the festival free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Festival of Lights Gala. The community love and effort that goes into the festival is the epitome of selfless Christmas spirit.

Christmas in Northern California

After a long day full of holiday cheer at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights, head back to our lovely bed and breakfast for a comfortable and relaxing nights sleep. You can unwind by the crackling fireplace or slip into the warm jacuzzi, then spend the rest of the night dreaming about your Christmas wishlist! For more information on how to have the perfect holiday getaway in Mendocino, download our free vacation guide.

How to Have the Perfect Northern California Honeymoon

After you cut the cake, toss the bouquet, and drive off into the sunset, the next best part of your wedding is the honeymoon! You and your sweetheart will have time to relax, explore, and enjoy each other’s company after the stress and anticipation of the Big Day is over. Private dinners, walks on the beach, and luxurious massages are the perfect way to restore and bond with your life partner, and you’ll experience it all when you take your Northern California honeymoon.

Fall in Love with Mendocino

Situated in California’s stunning wine country, Mendocino is an incredibly romantic destination for you and your special someone. From dining at award-winning Little River restaurants to touring one of the many Anderson Valley wineries, you can experience the gorgeous scenery and comfortable weather of the area at any time of year. From the moment you arrive, you’ll start your love affair with Northern California and will enjoy the ultimate in post-wedding bliss.

Enchanting Lodging

One of the most important aspects of a fabulous honeymoon is having the perfect homestead to return to. Privacy, comfort, and romance should greet you after a day spent exploring the area, and with so many things to do in Mendocino, you’re going to want a little R & R. At the Inns of Glendeven, our elegant rooms and picturesque property are ideal for honeymooning couples.

Inside our stunning rooms and suites, large, cozy beds will wrap you in luxurious linens, and a crackling fireplace and bubbling bathtub will melt all of your troubles away. Each morning, you’ll be delivered a picnic basket three-course, hot breakfast made with farm-fresh ingredients, and can enjoy wine hour in our exclusive Wine Barn each night. Exquisite ocean views and a chance to bond with our friendly occupants (including llamas and chickens!) will add even more joy to the most special time of your life.

Delightful Activities

With so much to do and see in our area, you’re guaranteed to have a relaxing and fun-filled honeymoon. Feel free to kayak through the caves off Van Damme Beach, horseback ride through the redwoods, or stroll through the incredible Mendocino Botanical Gardens. Plus, when you stay at our inn, you’ll be just steps away from all of the action. No matter what you choose to do, the California Coast will leave you with incredible honeymoon memories. Just be sure to bring a camera!

Before Your Nothern California Honeymoon

Our bed and breakfast is a very special venue, and our elopement package is ideal for couples who prefer a small, intimate ceremony. Just bring your closest friends and family (6 guests max), and we will provide all the rest! Our package includes everything from an experienced officiant and photographer to a delicious wedding cake and flowers. Celebrate by popping the cork off of our complimentary Roederer Brut sparkling wine and spend the rest of the night stress-free with the people you love the most.

Just Say “Yes”

What’s better than taking your dream vacation just hours after tying the knot to the love of your life? Nothing! In Mendocino, our incredible amenities and exciting atmosphere will make you feel closer to your partner than ever before. So let love in, and start planning your Northern California honeymoon today!

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Where Can I Get the Best Mendocino Wine?

Northern California’s diverse geography and climate are ideal for growing complex and flavorful wine grapes throughout the year. In particular, Mendocino County has become known as one of the best growing regions for many varietals. Outstanding red wine grapes, especially Pinot Noir, benefit greatly from the mild, cool temperatures at night and warm, sunny temperatures during the day. In addition, white wine grapes like Alsace varietals have adapted to the cool growing conditions and create excellent, full-bodied wines. Each variety is unique and delicious in its own way and proves that Mendocino wine is some of the best in the world.

Taste the Mendocino Wine Difference

To experience a glass of vino like never before, a visit to our area is a must! You’ll learn all about a wine grape’s journey from vine to bottle and will taste fresh, pure flavors that will surprise you again and again. Here are some of our favorite places to go to get the very best Mendocino wine.

Anderson Valley Wineries

Situated on the coastal region of Mendocino County, the Anderson Valley is home to a variety of exquisite vineyards and wineries that produce impeccable wine. A day trip to Anderson Valley Wineries is a great way to learn about the winemaking process as well as enjoy plenty of other activities and events. You can tour the rolling hills of grapevines and sample limited-edition wines during a private wine tour, or spend the day exploring one of their many annual wine festivals. It’s the perfect way to get a behind-the-scenes look at how vintners create your favorite flavors!

Alder Springs Vineyards

The history of Alder Springs Vineyards is as rich and fascinating as the vintage wines that are produced there. When searching for the perfect location to test out his grape growing theories, founder Stuart Bewley stumbled upon the magic of the dirt in Mendocino. In addition to water, proper drainage, and sunlight, he found that Mendocino’s soil had the perfect mixture of minerals and nutrients and was ideal for growing extraordinary grapes. Today, these grapes produce wines that have gained a national reputation for their high quality and complex taste. A visit to this unique vineyard will give you a whole new appreciation for Mendocino wine.

Rivino Winery

Located along the Russian River in Mendocino county, Rivino Winery takes pride in handcrafting their wines from family-owned Schrader Ranch Vineyard. Creating small-production wines allows them to have complete control over the winemaking process and makes each bottle special. During harvest, Rivino Winery makes sure that all of their grapes are minimally handled and in the gentlest way possible, and monitors their transformation from vine to bottle. Their attention to detail ensures an individual and delicious product, from the beginning of the process to the moment it hits your lips.

Wine Hour at the Inns of Glendeven

Our lovely Wine Bar[n] is available exclusively to guests who stay at our Mendocino bed and breakfast! Each evening, enjoy a casual gathering in the barn with wine and hors d’oeuvres before you head out for a night on the town or to a delicious dinner at one of many amazing Little River restaurants. Our wine barn carries only Mendocino-made wines and focuses on wineries that are off the beaten path, many of which do not have tasting rooms and offer small-production wines. Our Wine Barn selection depends upon the season and availability of locally grown vintages, so you won’t find these flavors anywhere else!

Plan Your Getaway to Wine Country

While visiting Northern California, just a taste of some of our incredible wines will make your trip that much better. With tons of vineyards to see and plenty of different varieties to try, Mendocino is the perfect place to relax and experience the winemaking process firsthand. Plus, comfortable and luxurious accommodations at the Inns of Glendeven will help you recover when you’ve had a little too much, or just enough! For more information on things to do in Mendocino, download our free vacation guide.

Have Fun with Fungi at the Mendocino Mushroom Festival

Get in touch with your inner fungi-lover at this year’s Mendocino Mushroom Festival! From November 6th through the 15th, mushroom dinners, wine and beer pairing workshops, cooking classes, and guided mushroom foraging tours will showcase the magical season of mushrooms and provide guests with an entertaining and educational experience. Whether you love eating mushrooms or are content with admiring their beauty from afar, the Mendocino Mushroom Festival will be an amazing event that you can’t miss!

Explore the Mendocino Mushroom Festival

With over 3,000 varieties of fresh mushrooms in Northern California, this annual event celebrates the unique shapes, colors, and flavors of local dirt-dwellers. Plus, our beautiful Little River bed and breakfast is just a short drive away! Here are some of the exciting things you’ll see at the Mendocino Mushroom Festival.

Daily Events

Guests can learn about the natural history of the mushroom during daily mushroom exhibits at Ford House Exhibits in Mendocino. Photographer Laura House will present close-up images of the fungi that will give you a whole new perspective on this incredible species. In addition, guided horseback rides will take place every day during the festival, where guests can seek out varieties while atop a saddle. Or, try an LFK Mushroom Paddle, where you’ll kayak through the calm waters of the Noyo River in search of wild mushrooms.

Mushroom Exploration Tours

To get up-close and personal with your favorite fungus, try going on a guided mushroom hunting tour. At the Mendocino Mushroom Festival, exploration tours allow guests to head into the woods where they will learn how to seek out edible mushrooms, identify poisonous varieties, and determine the type of climate ideal for mushroom growth. Local experts will tell you how certain varieties affect the body and will explain their interesting biology. The mushrooming tours are both fun and fascinating and are a great way to hunt your own mushrooms without the risk of illness.

Mushroom Excursion Train

All aboard the historic Skunk Train! While at the festival, be sure to take a ride on the Mushroom Excursion Train, where you’ll travel through the majestic Redwoods to spend the day at Camp Mendocino. Once there, guests are invited to watch a mushroom cook-off, where you can learn expert mushroom cooking tips and techniques as well as sample various wine and beer pairings. Or, feel free to cheer on contestants as they submit their colossal creatures to the Largest Mushroom contest. Stunning surroundings, live music, and delicious chocolate truffles are the perfect way to spend the day at the festival.

Get Your ‘Shroom On!

Buttery chanterelles, luxurious truffles, and rare candy caps are just a few of the intriguing mushroom varieties you’ll be happy to find at the Mendocino Mushroom Festival. You’re guaranteed to leave the event with a newfound appreciation for Mendocino’s mysterious mushrooms! When you begin planning your trip to the area, be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven. You’ll come back to a beautiful room complete with ocean and garden views that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed after a wonderful day at the festival.

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6 Of the Best Mendocino Trails for Hiking and Biking

Not only are we surrounded by numerous Mendocino trails that are perfect for exploring, we are fortunate to have a perfect climate for getting outside! Exploring Northern California’s incredible and vast trail systems is a beloved activity for locals and visitors alike.

Mendocino’s diverse terrain includes winding hills, sandy beaches, and rocky cliffs that allow backpackers, hikers, and cyclists to see Northern California in a completely new light. The weather is mild and enjoyable all year long, so our guests are able to have a wonderful outdoor experience during all four seasons.

Our Favorite Mendocino Trails

Our luxurious Little River bed and breakfast is just a short drive from fantastic hiking and biking locations and is the perfect place to lay your head after a day spent exploring Mendocino trails. Here are some of our favorites!

1. Van Damme State Park

Featuring both beach and upland on the Mendocino coast, Van Damme State Park is home to the Fern Canyon scenic trail system, the Mendocino Pygmy Forest, and even a bog where skunk cabbage grows. Our guests especially enjoy this park because it surrounds Glendeven Inn and the Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk on three sides. Right off the grounds, you can walk to the headlands to the west of us, the wooded trails along Van Damme’s Fern Canyon to the east, and south to Van Damme beach, which is right out the front door of our Beach Trail Cottage!

2. Russian Gulch State Park

The stunning Russian Gulch State Park is known for the heavily forested Russian Gulch Creek Canyon, which has a large, collapsed sea cave filled with churning water, a beautiful beach, and a 36-foot high waterfall. Here, guests can enjoy miles of scenic hiking trails and bikers can follow a paved three-mile bicycle trail. With breathtaking views and exciting recreational activities, you’re sure to enjoy a day spent at this State Park.

3. Big River Haul Road

Deemed “Mendocino’s Favorite Walk,” this picturesque road is ideal for all levels of walkers, hikers, joggers, and bikers. Guests are welcome to explore Big River Haul Road and the numerous connecting trails which are perfect for an extended hike! Those looking for a more serious Mendocino backpacking trip can make their way along the remnants of the road, ten miles into the serene Mendocino Woodlands.

4. Headlands Beach State Park

One of the best places for Mendocino coast hiking, this California State Park is known for miles of cliff trails that give guests spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottos. Because of its immense beauty, the park often attracts photographers and painters who wish to capture the scenic wonders of the California coast. Enjoy a leisurely walk or heart-pumping bike ride, and don’t forget to bring a camera!

5. Montgomery Woods State Park

To see the magnificent California Redwoods firsthand, be sure to visit Montgomery Woods State Park. Hikers and bikers can take a three-mile looped trail that follows Montgomery Creek, where they’ll see several species of redwood trees including the Sierra Redwood and the Cost Redwood. You’re guaranteed to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience out in the California wilderness.

6. Jug Handle Natural Reserve

At this unique reserve, guests are invited to travel through a 2.5-mile self-guided nature trail where they can explore five terraces formed by glacial, oceanic, and tectonic activity. Each level of these fascinating terraces was uplifted from sea level 100,000 years before the one below it! At Jug Handle Natural Reserve, hikers and bikers will enjoy experiencing the power and awe of mother nature.

Start Planning Your Trip!

Spending the day on these trails is one of our guests’ favorite things to do in Mendocino. After a fun-filled day exploring Northern California, come home to total comfort and relaxation in one of our charming rooms or suites!

At the Inns of Glendeven, our wonderful accommodations and expert recommendations for activities in Mendocino will give you the best California vacation ever. Download our Mendocino Vacation Guide today and start planning your trip!

4 Ways to Experience the California Coast

Due to the sheer size of the state, it may seem impossible to get your fill of the incredible California coastline in just one trip. With so many things to do and see, it could take you days (or more realistically, weeks) to see every beautiful inch of the stunning shoreline. To make planning your trip a little easier, we’ve come up with a list of some of our favorite things to do that will give you the ultimate West Coast experience. Read on to find out what they are!

How To Take On California

When planning your trip to the Golden State, the best place to start your journey is at the Inns of Glendeven. You’ll love staying in one of our luxurious rooms or suites on the Northern California, and can make us your home base as you explore the rest of the coast. Which brings us to #1:

1. Stay in Mendocino

Our guests agree- staying in stunning Mendocino County is the perfect way to experience the Northern California coast. Mendocino has everything from incredible dining and shopping to outdoor excursions and sightseeing, and when you stay with us, you’ll get a taste of it all. Feel free to take a tour of nearby Anderson Valley Wineries, or have a spectacular meal at one of these amazing Little River Restaurants. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a variety of recreational activities including hiking, biking, and horseback riding will allow you to breathe in the fresh California air. Whatever you choose to do, Mendocino always delivers a remarkable experience.

2. Whale Watch

Beautiful and majestic Gray Whales are a sight to behold and are the most commonly seen whales off of the California coast. There are multiple cruises that leave out of San Diego, Long Beach, and San Francisco that allow you to see these giants up close, or you can simply observe from land on any part of the coastline that juts into the sea. The best time to watch for this fascinating creature is from December through January, when the Gray Whales start swimming south from Alaska, and again in February and March when they return to their feeding grounds. Whale watching is a beloved activity by visitors and California natives and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

3. Roadtrip Highway 1

If you just can’t stay in one place, the best way to see everything there is to see on the coast is by following the scenic California 1 highway. Starting with us at the northern end of the state, you’ll begin by traveling south toward stunning San Francisco. On your way, make sure to stop at the Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum. Then, as you near San Francisco, cross the stunning Golden Gate Bridge and make a stop at the famous Muir Beach Overlook. And if you’re a movie buff, you’ll want to swing by the Bodega Schoolhouse, made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Throughout the journey, you can see beautiful stretches of sand, eat fresh-caught cuisine, and climb golden hills and mountains. Wherever you go, following this route will guarantee you the best California road trip ever.

4. Discover the Redwoods

For a day trip full of sightseeing, head up the coast from Mendocino to northeast California and visit Eureka, a Victorian seaport situated between extensive redwood forests like the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Many suggest driving the Avenue of the Giants to best appreciate the beauty of the forests. This road is a much less traveled route that parallels US 101, and is a peaceful oasis away from the noise of traffic. On your drive up, you’ll see that the trees become noticeably larger, and finally the awe-inspiring redwoods will appear. It will be a sight you’ll never forget.

Book Your Stay on the California Coast!

Now that you know some of our favorite things to do up and down the coast, it’s time to start planning your trip! After booking your room at the Inns of Glendeven, be sure to check out our free vacation guide. It’s full of tips on how to make your coastal vacation the trip of a lifetime.

Photos: John Lemieux | Flickr

Our Guests’ Favorite Things to Do in Mendocino

At the Inns of Glendeven in beautiful Mendocino, our guests have a sense of adventure. Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two or a family-fun vacation, they always find exciting, memorable activities in Northern California. From horseback riding and boating to dining and shopping, this area has it all – you’ve just got to make the trip! After a restful night’s sleep in one of our luxurious rooms, you’ll be ready to take on the day. Here are some of our guests’ favorite things to do in Mendocino.

Take a Sea Cave Tour

During this once-in-a-lifetime excursion, guests can take a guided tour by kayak through the caves of Mendocino. You’ll have a smooth ride alongside harbour seals, starfish, and birds as you paddle through this incredible and diverse habitat. The tour leaves out of Van Damme State Park and will journey through narrow coves and passageways that will lead to three immense caves. All levels of kayaking skill are welcome to experience the Pacific like a California native.

Walk the Glass Beach

Believed to have the highest concentration of sea glass in the world, the Glass Beach is a must-see for Mendocino Coast visitors. There, you’ll see several coves dazzling with huge amounts of sea glass that have been smoothed and polished by the ocean waves. You can find pieces of various colors and shapes, and may even see some that look like gemstones. Rare sea treasures and irreplaceable memories make traveling to this unique beach one of the best things to do in Mendocino.

Climb a Lighthouse

At Point Arena Lighthouse, you can climb 115 feet to the top of the tallest lighthouse on the Pacific Coast. The hike is worth it, because once at the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of the California coast and will be surrounded by complete serenity and peace. You can also take a guided tour of the light station museum or visit the gift store, where you’ll find exquisite jewelry and artwork created by local artists. The lighthouse is the perfect place for exploring, sightseeing, and taking awesome photos!

Attend a Wine Festival

Each March, the annual Pinot Noir Festival takes place in Anderson Valley and is an event that’s cherished by our wine-loving guests. At the festival, you’ll be able to experience some of California’s finest wines made from locally grown grapes. There will also be a social barbeque, wine tasting, and open-house tours at various wineries. For more information on the festival and other valley events, check out our blog about Anderson Valley Wineries.

Stay With Us!

After a wonderful day spent in Mendocino, our guests love coming back to Wine Hour at the Inns of Glendeven. Each night, we offer delicious hors d’ouevres and wine pairings that are a lovely ending to a fun-filled day. In addition, our beautiful grounds and comfortable, rustic atmosphere make all of our visitors feel right at home. Once you’ve booked your stay, be sure to download our free vacation guide! You’ll find more tips and ideas on some of the best things to do in Mendocino and surrounding areas.

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2 Horseback Tours Near Little River CA

Horseback riding is not only great exercise, it’s also a romantic, intimate way to experience the world around you. With picturesque views and a comfortable riding climate at any time of year, the Mendocino Coast is the perfect place to take horseback tours. Whether you’re an equestrian expert or have never sat on a saddle, horseback tours are a wonderful way to adventure through Northern California.

Plan a Horseback Tour

Be sure to book your stay at the Inns of Glendeven for a relaxing, refreshing homestead. A beautiful, historic room at the Farmhouse will make you feel like you were born to ride! Here are some of the best places to take horseback tours in the Little River area.

1. Ricochet Ridge Ranch

Ricochet Ridge offers a unique riding experience for visitors who have fallen love with horseback riding. Visitors can take a Redwood Coast Riding Vacation, where they can ride through the redwood forests, across working cattle ranches, and along wild coastal beaches for days at a time. You’ll be able to meet and ride horses of the highest quality, including Akhal-Teke, Russian Orlov, and Arabian breeds, many of which have excelled in jumping and are extremely well-trained. The breathtaking sights and beautiful climate will make you wish that this riding vacation never had to end.

In addition, our guests can book tours at Inns of Glendeven that will take place at Ricochet Ranch. Guests can choose from one of three options, depending on what kind of ride they’d like to have. During a 90-minute private beach ride, guests will be guided along Ten Mile Beach where they can listen to the sound of the waves and smell the salty air on horseback. Or, take the 4-hour private beach and forest ride to see the gigantic redwood trees. For those who just can’t get enough, an all-day tour is also offered and includes both beautiful locations. Horseback tours are offered year-round and are a fun and exciting experience for riders of all skill levels.

2. Ross Ranch

This charming Mendocino ranch offers spectacular private rides through some of California’s most beautiful locations. First, your guide will give you instructions on handling and riding your horse. Next, you can choose to take a horseback tour on Manchester Beach, where you’ll see miles of sand and surf, rocks, driftwood, creeks, and various species of birds along the Elk coast. Or, take the Redwood Forest Tour, where you’ll walk through open meadows and see sweeping views of the valleys and forests below. You’ll pass canyons, creeks, and the river, all while riding a horse picked to match your skill level. Ross Ranch is a great place to experience the peace and tranquility that comes with horseback riding.

Book Your Stay

Horseback riding is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Little River area, all while bonding with a gentle and majestic animal. Now that you know some of the best places to take a tour, download our free vacation guide! It’s a great resource for finding other fantastic activities and attractions in Little River and throughout Mendocino county.

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How to Safely Go Mushroom Hunting in Mendocino

Mushrooms, while grown in dirt and often seen as nothing more than a humble fungus, are actually one of the most delicate and delicious organisms on earth. Their vast array of textures and ability to soak up multiple flavors has made them a coveted ingredient in many different kinds of cuisine. Restaurants in Mendocino County have taken advantage of their wonderful taste and earthy quality and have even found the secret to getting their hands on as many local varieties as possible. This secret is called mushroom hunting.

How to Hunt Your Own Mushrooms

According to research, about 80% of wild mushrooms come from the mossy floor of national forest lands, like the ones found here in Mendocino County. During peak seasons, more than 3,000 types of fresh mushrooms can be found in this area – and about 500 types are edible. Some varieties, however, can be dangerous. Many types of mushrooms in North America can make you sick, and some are even deadly if ingested. So how can you be sure which ones are safe to harvest when you go mushroom hunting?

Ask the Experts

The best plan for gathering and consuming your own mushrooms is to go on a tour with an experienced guide. On the Mendocino Edible Wild Mushroom Tour, guests can head into the woods to learn how to seek out edible mushrooms, identify poisonous varieties, and determine the type of climate ideal for ‘shroom growth. Local experts will tell you how certain varieties affect the body, and will explain the interesting biology behind this fascinating fungus. The tour is both fun and educational, and is a secure way to collect your own wild mushrooms without the risk of illness.

Taste the Difference

Another great way to get in touch with your inner fungi-lover is to attend the Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Festival. From November 6th through the 15th, mushroom dinners, wine and beer pairing workshops, cooking classes, and guided mushroom foraging tours showcase the magical season of mushrooms and provide guests with an entertaining and exciting experience.

At the festival, there will be mushroom exhibits daily where guests can learn about the natural history of the mushroom, and mushroom paddles where you can tour the Noyo river in search of wild mushrooms. Or, take a ride on the Mushroom Excursion Train where you will watch a mushroom cook-off, and see contestants submit their favorite fungi to the Largest Mushroom contest. You’ll be able to hunt your own mushrooms and ask experts about cooking tips and techniques, all while learning about this versatile dirt-dweller.

Try it Yourself!

Oyster, yellowfoot, black trumpet, and rare candy caps are just a few of the intriguing mushroom varieties you’ll be happy to find in Northern California. So skip the grocery store, and turn finding this fresh fungus into an adventure! During your mushroom hunting excursion, be sure to book a room at the Inns of Glendeven for a tranquil stay. In between hunts, the Inns of Glendeven offer beautiful rooms, ocean views, and acres of private gardens that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed after a wonderful day out in Mendocino.

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Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Anderson Valley Wineries!

Situated on the coastal region of Mendocino County, the Anderson Valley is home to a variety of exquisite vineyards and wineries that produce impeccable wine. Whether you’re a Northern California native or simply visiting the area, Anderson Valley is a great place to learn about the winemaking process, as well as enjoy plenty of other activities and events.

Visit Anderson Valley Wineries

Before you start planning your trip, be sure to book your room at The Inns of Glendeven. Our beautiful inns and vacation rentals are the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day exploring Anderson Valley Wineries. Read on to get our insider info on this fascinating and serene area.

Varietals

Anderson Valley’s geography and climate are ideal for growing complex and flavorful grapes. A world-renowned producer of Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley’s outstanding red wine grapes benefit greatly from mild, cool temperatures at night and warm, sunny temperatures during the day. In addition, Chardonnay grapes have adapted to the cool growing conditions and create full-bodied wines that have a hint of ripe apples. Gewurztraminer, a varietal grown over several centuries in Germany, has a spicy, aromatic flavor, and the White Riesling displays floral aromas and has a sweet, honey taste. Each variety is unique and delicious in its own way and proves that this area can produce some of the best-tasting wines in the world.

Events

Anderson Valley has multiple events throughout the year that allow guests to sample wines from neighboring wineries and from across the globe. At the International Alsace Varietals Festival, guests can taste a variety of wines from Germany, France, and New Zealand, as well as California, New York, and of course, Anderson Valley. Or, for red lovers, check out the Pinot Noir Festival where you can try Pinot produced from grapes grown in Anderson Valley, and attend a tasting with over 50 participating wineries. These events are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that allow you to try your favorite wines in an incredible setting, and will leave you wanting to come back again next year.

Activities

Aside from their vineyards, Anderson Valley has an organic apple farm, where guests can learn about their juicy and delicious apples that are hand-picked from the orchard. Or, visit Gowan’s Oak Tree, which is a farm-stand filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose from over 60 varieties of apples, 38 types of peaches, 14 kinds of tomatoes, and 15 kinds of squash that are all grown in Anderson Valley. In addition, Hendy Woods State Park is located in the middle of Anderson Valley wine district and is one of the most scenic areas in Mendocino County. There, you can swim in the Navarro River, hike a nature trail, or go kayaking. Anderson Valley has something for everyone!

Wine Tours

With so many wineries throughout Anderson Valley, a wine tour is your best bet to trying different types of wines and learning about the process along the way. At The Inns of Glendeven, we offer our own private wine tour that is perfect for two. You’ll travel by car to exclusive wineries that aren’t otherwise open to the public or have a special behind the scenes experience not available to the general public, and will learn all about different types of wine, the grape-to-glass process, and have all of your wine questions answered. It’s a romantic, intimate way to explore Anderson Valley’s sprawling 15 miles of vineyards and wineries.

Find Out More!

While visiting Mendocino California, Anderson Valley Wineries is a must-see. With tons of different activities and attractions, it’s the perfect place to relax and experience the winemaking process firsthand. After you book your trip at the Inns of Glendeven, be sure to download our free vacation guide! It’s full of ideas and advice on things to do and see across Mendocino County.

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5 of Our Favorite Little River Restaurants

When dining in the Little River area, there are a few spots that you have to try. From incredibly fresh seafood (so fresh it was swimming that morning!) to gourmet artisan pizzas, restaurants in and around Little River give diners delicious meals with breathtaking views. Read on to find out our favorite Little River restaurants, and prepare to be hungry by the time you’re finished!

1. Wild Fish

If you want an amazing meal straight from the ocean, visit Wild Fish Restaurant. Owners Liz and Kevin Jacobs are a dynamic food duo that have made it their mission to use only fresh, sustainable ingredients and to give guests a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Kevin is an award-winning chef who believes in using the bounty of the earth and eliminating processed food. His wife, Liz, is a food writer who shares the same values. Together, they serve up mouth-watering entrees like Wild King Salmon, Petrale Sole, and Northern Halibut, all locally sourced. It’s a seafood lover’s dream come true!

2. Mendo Bistro

With their extensive small plates menu you can taste six amazing dishes for just $50!  That’s $25 each for any three of the long list of delectable nice-size portions on their new menu.  You can still get regular size entrees too!  And there’s nothing like a big bowl of fresh pasta, and Mendo Bistro on the beautiful Mendocino Coast proves that. Their housemade pasta including Pappardelle Bolognese and Bucatini Puttanesca will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, especially when paired with a glass of wine. In addition, Mendo Bistro offers a variety of freshly caught seafood options, crisp salads, and decadent desserts. You can even recreate some of their famous dishes at home by checking out the recipe link on their website. With a little something for everyone, Mendo Bistro is one restaurant you just have to visit.

3. Piaci Pub & Pizzeria

Thought you could only get quality pizza in New York? Not anymore! Piaci Pub offers a variety of Italian favorites on the West Coast, including calzones, pasta, and, of course, pizza. Try one of their unique Focaccia-style pizzas, like smoked salmon with capers or anchovy with red pepper flakes. Or, go big with a 16-inch pie loaded with delicious toppings and cooked to perfection. Each piece is a slice of heaven, and their extensive list of craft beers puts this pizza place in a league of its own.  And with an abundance of micro-brews on tap, you’re sure to not leave thirsty.

4. Cafe Beaujolais

This French restaurant is in Mendocino and started as a Victorian farmhouse back in 1893. Over time, various owners have worked to maintain the restaurant’s historic charm and elegant grounds. Cafe Beaujolais has beautiful gardens that are filled with exotic plants and edible flowers that provide the perfect backdrop for diners. In addition, their cuisine focuses on locally grown and organic produce, as well as meats that come from animals who live in free-range environments. Menu favorites include pan-roasted California sturgeon fillet, Petaluma duck two-ways, and local wild mushroom and butternut squash crepes. Yum!

5. Trillium

Trillium Cafe is located in the heart of Mendocino Village and features delicious, locally-sourced dishes that are fresh from the Mendocino County coast. Be sure to try their Miso-grilled prawns, served with ginger risotto and vegetables, or their housemade Cajun shellfish fettuccine that is chock-full of mussels, smoked scallops, prawns, and andouille sausage. For dessert, take a decadent bite out of their salted caramel chocolate ganache tart, or enjoy a spoonful of the Kahlua chocolate mousse. No matter what you order, Trillium delivers impeccable cuisine, complete with a cozy fireplace and ocean views.

Stay With Us!

Now that you have our list of the top 5 Little River restaurants, feed the craving to book your next trip! The Inns of Glendeven is known as one of the best Mendocino, CA area lodging options available! Our two inns and vacation rental properties come complete with ocean views and beautiful gardens. And, of course, our resident llamas.

Book your room today and get ready for a relaxing weekend full of fun and food! Want to learn more about our area? Download our free Mendocino Vacation Guide!

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Why We Love Little River, California

Situated in the aesthetically beautiful Mendocino County, Little River, California gifts incredible experiences, photographs, and memories to all who visit. The town sits on a scenic bluff overlooking Little River and is home to many different species of marine wildlife and breathtaking foliage. The refreshing salty air and serene atmosphere make this destination a necessity for every bucket list. Here are a few reasons why we love Little River, California.

Recreational Activities

If you have an adventurous spirit and a love for the great outdoors, there’s plenty to do and see in and around Little River, California. Breathe in the fresh air and picturesque scenery at MacKerricher State Park just a few miles north, or spend the day jet skiing and boating on Lake Mendocino in inland Mendocino County. A variety of beaches, including the beautiful Glass Beach (featuring ocean coves made up of sea glass!), make for a wonderful day on the Northern California coast. There are also many area hiking and biking trails, places to go kayaking, and ample opportunities for backpacking trips!

Entertainment & Events

For those who like to venture inside, the Little River area has an eclectic mix of venues, festivals, and annual events. Learn the history of the Mendocino Coast at The Kelley House Museum in Mendocino, or create your own masterpiece at the Mendocino Art Center. Or, if you’re in the mood for some tunes, stop by the Mendocino Music Festival during the summer and enjoy an array of genres including jazz, folk, big band, and more.

Dining

From chicken tacos to lobster tails, Little River has a diverse assortment of restaurants that take the average dining experience to a whole new level. Wild Fish restaurant caters to the taste buds of seafood lovers by using 100% local and organic ingredients and preparing them in a world-class kitchen. For those craving an East Coast classic, try the authentic Philly Cheese Steak from Patterson’s Pub in nearby Mendocino. Wash it all down with an elderflower cocktail from Trillium Café, and your stomach will thank you.

Shopping

If you’re craving a little retail therapy, check out some of the beautiful and refined shops near Little River. For a unique artisan-made gift, visit Sallie Mac, or pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of art from The Highlight Gallery in Mendocino. If gold is your color, be sure to stop by Old Gold Jewelry for a hand-chased piece made by the world’s leading designers. You’ll remember the beauty of Little River every time you admire these treasures.

Book Your Trip!

As you can see, Little River, California has something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood to explore the outdoors or a new wardrobe, Little River (and the surrounding area) is sure to deliver.

The Inns of Glendeven provide the absolute best in lodging in the Mendocino area and is the perfect home base for you and your family while you explore the Northern California Coast. Book your next Mendocino coast getaway today!

Labor Day brings Paul Bunyon Days to the Mendocino Coast

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Labor Day weekend is always an exciting time on the Mendocino coast, and this year marks our 75th anniversary! The fun starts Friday, August 29 and continues through Labor Day, Monday September 1.

For rock enthusiasts and budding geologists there is a gem, mineral, and fossil show--speaking of which, there will also be a giant blue whale skeleton on display. For the car lover there will be a classic car show. For a comical diversion, there is an ugly dog contest--the ugliest dog takes the grand prize! Of course the crown jewel of this annual event is the logging show; men and women who live in Mendocino, Humboldt and Lake County compete in an exciting variety of events for more than $7,000 in prize money! 

To top off the fun, the Paul Bunyan Days Labor Day Parade will take place from 11-1pm on Labor Day. Expect to see some funky floats, lively bands, and marching groups of all stripes, sizes and abilities.

If you are you the fence about your Labor Day weekend plans, ponder no longer! Come join us for a guaranteed fun time!

A Trip to Montgomery Woods

We left Glendeven Inn Mendocino in the early afternoon, after breakfast and coffee. We turned down Comptche-Ukiah rd., (just south of Mendocino) and we were on our way. The drive took us through windy county roads, with incredible natural scenery, tight turns, and the occasional pothole. The road snakes through ridge lines in the hilly countryside, offering stunning views into the valleys below and the wooded hillsides beyond. In almost a half hour, we reached Comptche, a sunny frontier town town, nestled in a hidden valley. On the main drag, we passed the school, the single convenience store (which doubles as a post office and gas station) and the fire station. Here we could take Flynn Creek Rd to connect with the 128 if we so desired. Today, however, we had a different destination. The road carried us onward, and we continued to enjoy the scenery as we winded onward to our destination, Montgomery Woods State Reserve.

Montgomery Woods is located on a small alluvial flat, hidden away in a remote, steep-sided valley. The reserve started with a nine-acre donation by Robert Orr in 1945, and has been enlarged to 2,743 acres by purchases and donations from the Save-the-Redwoods League. This serene little grove is an isolated jewel, full of virgin groves of giant Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). At one point, the tallest tree in Montgomery Woods, named the Mendocino Tree (370 feet), was the world's tallest known tree. The tree lost its title in 2000, when a slightly taller redwood was discovered in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, but looking up from the ground, what’s the difference of few feet? The tree is one of dozens of similar height in the grove, and looking up at any one of these towers impart a distinct feeling of smallness and awe on the viewer.

We found that the serenity of the park, like many redwood groves, is best appreciated late in the afternoon.The late-afternoon summer sunshine reaches the valley floor, and provides a softer, more scenic light than the direct midday sun. Below the canopy of the towering redwoods, the ground cover is an especially plush carpet of sorrel dotted with large ferns. The occasional wildflower, like the lovely trillium, is a pearl on the verdant landscape.

There are many interpretive signs that describe the local flora and fauna. One sign told us about the newts native to this region. This year has been unusually dry, and the water carved stream beds had nary a drop, so we fretted for the newts, but our fears were alleviated when we happened across a pond serene pond. Though newt-less on arrival, we knew that the nimble newt is a timid creature, and so we perched and waited, hoping for a newt sighting. Within minutes we began to see them in droves. In our humble assessment, there are few things cuter than these little newts swimming in the idyllic redwood pond.

 

After a leisurely hike, and a lovely picnic, we found, to our surprise, that the day had already grown late. Rather than turning back, we continued onward to Orr Hot Springs, 2 miles to the east. We had heard of Orr Hot Springs before, but were surprised by just how lovely it was. The grounds are lovingly tended, and we found ourselves welcomed by clusters of dahlias and lilies. There are many private tubs, two saunas, two communal open-air spring-fed tubs . The 105-degree mineral-rich water has a sulphurous smell, but leaves the skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. After a long soak, there are trails for hiking and sundecks for curing tan lines. At night, the two rooftop claw-foot bathtubs offer a perfect perch for stargazing beneath the unpolluted sky.

At the end of a beautiful day, we began the journey back to the coast. A beautiful sunset painted crimson skies over the rolling hills. As the first stars twinkled in the twilight, we felt in our hearts that this was truly a day well spent.

--The Visitor

 

 

Mendocino Top Choice by New York Times

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The Mendocino coastline was chosen by the New York Times as #3 of 50 Top Places to Visit in the world in 2014. 

Well? 

Why don't you then? 

If you do, check out Glendeven Inn Mendocino, or The Inn at Cobbler's Walk Mendocino.  We'd love to have you.

From the Mendocino Beacon, "The New York Times released its annual "Places to Visit" list, with Mendocino County's North Coast taking the No. 3 spot out of 52 destinations.

The coastline is listed alongside destinations and experiences such as Cape Town South Africa's recent renaissance, a revived Downtown Los Angeles culinary scene and the biologically diverse environs of Ecuador including the Galápagos Islands."

 

Mushroom season is coming!

The local Mendocino mushroom foragers supply some of the finest restaurants in the US, and they mushrooms literally right outside everyone's back door here in Mendocino.  

Many of the local restaurants hold private winemaker dinners in the Fall and the wineries have special tastings as well.  This year's festival is from November 1-10.

Find this year's Mushroom WIne and Beer Event information here .

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Bee Hives

We are very please with how the bees have done this year! The hives are tall, and full of bees..... and full of nectar and honey!   The Mendocino area provides amazing  opportunities for pollen from a wide range of native and ornamental trees, bushes and flowers.

We are allowing the bees to over-winter with the fruits of their own labors, and will harvest the honey from whatever is left over in spring once they have over-wintered. 

If we harvest the honey now we will have to feed them sugar-water during the winter, and we think they're healthier to use their own stored nourishment.

The Naked Ladies in Mendocino

Everyone calls these pink flowers "Naked Ladies."   The "skirts" grow in June, and then die away after which time the flowers arrive, and the 'Ladies" stand there without their skirts.  Glendeven Inn Mendocino pretty much has the largest swath of these flowers.  Here is just one section.

The Naked Ladies at Glendeven

The Naked Ladies at Glendeven

This Amazing Mendocino Weather

The weather has been unbelievably beautiful with sunshine and blue skies.  The ocean has had the most amazing cast of blue that I've seen in a long time!  And there is more promised with September and October being the best weather months of the year.  We hope to see you at Glendeven or Cobbler's Walk  soon!

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