It’s a closely guarded secret that Mendocino County is one of the best spots in the world for whale watching, and the month of March is the best time to observe these majestic ocean creatures from the shoreline as they make their annual migration home to the colder waters of the north, many with baby calves in tow. This March, the Little River Inn (www.LittleRiverInn.com), a family-owned and operated resort located on the Mendocino Coast, invites guests to partake in the many delights of the family-friendly, LITTLE RIVER WHALE FESTIVAL taking place March 11-13, 2016. In addition, the Little River Inn is offering two fabulous lodging specials – the LITTLE RIVER INN WHALE OF A SALE (March 10-13) and the STORM WATCHER RATE promotion (Sun-Thu in March) – to coincide with the migrating of the whales. And to usher in Spring, Little River Inn Hosts its ANNUAL EASTER BUNNY CAMP AND BRUNCH in support of theMendocino Unified School Enrichment Program (http://muse.mcn.org/) and invites guests and locals to get up close and personal with creepy, crawly critters with its ”DON’T BE SCARED, IT’S ONLY A REPTILE” event in support of Mendocino County’s Earth Day program.
This year marks the seventh annual LITTLE RIVER WHALE FESTIVAL in Mendocino. Offering lodging specials at properties throughout the seaside town of Little River, CA(including two lodging specials at the Little River Inn), the festival offers a host of events, including a food and wine tour for adults and a number of family-friendly activities. Below is just a sampling of events and experiences inn guests and locals can partake in throughout the weekend:
Taste of Little River: Hosted on Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., festivalgoers can sip local wines and nosh on appetizers from participating businesses in and around the small town of Little River. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling Little River Inn at 707.937.5942. Includes a keepsake wine glass.
Kayak Mendocino Sea Cave Tour: Paddle through sea caves and meet the local harbor seals, sea stars, algae, and shorebirds. Tours offered March 12 & 13, ocean permitting, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $60 per person. Please call for reservations: 707-813-7117.
Whale Watch Walk: Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Guests can partake in a two-hour guided walk searching for pelagic cormorants, seaside daisies, and or course, whales! Binoculars available. Furry friends welcome, too! Leash required. Free and open to public.
Adventure Passport: Guests have the opportunity to enter the LITTLE RIVER WHALE FESTIVAL PASSPORT CONTEST. For each festival activity attended guests will earn one sticker. The collection of three or more stickers will allow guests the chance to win lodging, food, and adventure prizes at participating businesses throughout Little River. Passports are available at each festival or event site.