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Cottages at Little River Cove

Cottages at Little River Cove in Mendocino, California has 10 cabins available year-round. The busiest season for the business is generally from April through September. Each cabin has views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as a full kitchen, board games, and propane fireplaces. One of the cottages that the manager says is a popular choice among guests is the Caspar Cottage because it has a private hot tub for guests to use. On the grounds are gardens, as well as a meadow, lawn, and fire pit. The property is a pet-friendly establishment with allowances of up to two animals per cottage. The owners ask that those who stay at the cottages are respectful to the grounds and treat the buildings as they would their own homes. 


Cottages at Little River Cove is located in Mendocino, California. The property has ten cabins that are available year-round to be rented by guests to the area. Each cabin features a full-sized kitchen that includes pots, pans, silverware, and other cookware. Additionally, there are full-size fridges in each cabin as well as propane fireplaces, televisions, DVD players, board games, and pull-out couches in the living rooms. Pack and plays, as well as air beds, are available for patron usage upon request. The cottages are laid out on the property in such a way to provide ocean views at each cottage. The cottages are laid out in a horseshoe shape on a hill. The manager has described the buildings as having the perks of being a vacation home with the benefit of having staff on-site to recommend places to eat or help with anything that may arise. Two of the most popular cabins are the Caspar Cottage and the Farallon Cottage. According to the manager, many visitors choose Caspar Cottage because it has a private hot tub. The Farallon Cottage is popular, likely due to the large windows that can allow guests to watch the sunset on the ocean in the evenings.

The exterior of the property has multiple outdoor amenities that guests can enjoy during their stay. Towards the back of the grounds, there is a meadow where those staying at the cottages can watch the ocean and relax. The manager reports that it is not uncommon to see animals grazing in the meadow in the mornings, such as deer, birds, and chipmunks. There is also a garden area where native plants to the region are being grown. A driveway runs behind all of the cottages, allowing guests to have their own parking areas in the back of their room. Patrons can also use a fire pit and a grill for barbequing. The fire pit and grill are located inside the horseshoe of cottages. Visitors are also able to use the lawn in front of the buildings for any lawn games that they bring with them. Patrons can also purchase wine from a selection sold by the management.

While staying at Cottages at Little River Cove, the owners have policies in place that guests should abide by. Pets are allowed to stay in the cottages with their owners; however, they are not to be left in the buildings without their owners. According to the property's website, only two animals are allowed per cottage and must be "well-socialized." A nearby beach, Van Damme Beach, is dog friendly and located approximately a quarter of a mile away from the grounds. Other policies for those staying at the cottages include no smoking in any of the cottages and quiet hours start at 10 PM every night. If there are guests who need a place to smoke, the staff can direct them to smoking areas.


Many who stay at Cottages at Little River Cove remark on the opportunity they had to bring their pets to stay with them. Also mentioned by patrons of the property are the views of the ocean and the quietness of the grounds. One guest said, "The staff is very friendly and helps with your every need. We brought two dogs, and they were treated with the same respect as we humans. The property is in a great location, close to many things to do and see, not to mention the best views of the ocean."

While visiting, the management hopes that guests can feel welcomed and comfortable. They also hope that those who come to the grounds can gain a "connection to nature." Due to the secluded nature of the area, Cottages at Little River Cove strives to provide an atmosphere where patrons can get away from the "hustle and bustle" of everyday life. In an effort to do this, the staff strives to keep in good contact with their patrons. The day before visitors arrive, the innkeeper strives to check up on those coming to the property and see if they are in need of anything upon arrival. In each cottage, there is a map of the area to help visitors to become acquainted with the area. The staff at the business strive to be accommodating and help them find places to eat and visit nearby.

In the area around Cottages at Little River Cove, there are a variety of places that guests can visit. Near Mendocino is the city of Fort Bragg. In the city is Glass Beach, which has a shore full of different colors of glass stones. The establishment is also close to Spring Ranch Nature Preserve and Mendocino Headlands State Park. The manager recommends that those staying at the property visit the Skunk Train. The train runs on the Mendocino Railway and makes trips into the Redwoods. It is also available to be rented for private wedding events and other similar activities. The staff at the property will recommend places nearby to eat based on guests' preferences. If patrons want to cook, a market less than a quarter-mile away sells beer, wine, snacks, sandwiches for lunch, and other foods they can use to make a meal.


Cottages at Little River has been operating for over 30 years. The business has seen many repeat guests, including a couple that has come throughout the last 30 years, starting at when they first came for their honeymoon. Over the years of operation, there have been a variety of changes made, including updates and amenity additions in the hopes of providing a more comfortable experience for visitors. Ten years ago, the owner redid a relatively large portion of the grounds, including adding gardens and paving over the previously gravel driveway.

In the future, the owner plans on continuing to update the property as necessary. The owners have been operating Cottages at Little River Cove for multiple years. They hope to act as a location that allows visitors to experience different elements of the California coast as they desire. The owner has said, "we are in the business of making memories," and the staff at the business strive to be helpful and friendly to guests in an effort to provide those memories.

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7533 North Highway One
Little River, California 95456
United States



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