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40th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show

40th Annual Rhododendron Show

Get ready for the 40th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show happening April 22 and 23!  There is no better way to celebrate spring than by viewing the beautiful Rhododendron flower entries. Our Mendocino Inn is the perfect place to stay while enjoying this exciting event.

The show will take place less than fifteen minutes from our bed & breakfast at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens! The event will showcase over 1,000 Rhododendron flowers, a silent auction, a raffle, educational displays, food, a people’s choice award, and much more. Admission to the event is free however, there will be an additional admission to enter the gardens.

Book two nights at Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse during the Rhododendron Show and we’ll give you two free tickets to the Botanical Gardens!*

*Single or Double Occupancy. New reservations only, cannot be applied retroactively or be combined with other specials.

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Little River Whale Festival

For those of you who have been to the Mendocino coast, you probably know that we’re known for our fabulous festivals, bringing local flavors to the community. Join us the weekend of March 11th and you’ll be in for a whale of a time – and a whale of a sale! Join us for the 7th Annual Little River Whale Festival and look forward to a weekend filled with outdoor adventure.

Little River Whale Festival

Mendocino Eco Arts “Spring Ranch Barns Benefit Exhibit”
March 11, 12 & 13; 8 am – 9 pm, FREE, Main Dining Room at Little River Inn.
Visit this art exhibit of the Springs Ranch Barns benefiting Mendocino Area Parks Association.

Whale Parade at Van Damme State Park
Friday, March 11, 6pm -7:30pm, $5 suggested donation
Learn all about the gray whale’s migration while watching the “Whale Parade” from the coast. Enjoy whale trivia and other games during an interactive campfire, fun for all ages.

Kayak Mendocino Sea Cave Tour
March 12 & 13 at 11:30am & 2pm, $60 per person
Paddle through sea caves and meet the local harbor seals, sea stars, algae, and shorebirds.

Whale Watch Walk
March 12, 10 am – 12 pm, $5 suggested donation
Get out and partake in a two-hour guided walk to learn about the local bird and plant life in addition to whales! Binoculars available.

Mendocino Whale Wars Local Video Documentary
Saturday, March 12, 7 pm (Doors Open at 6:30 pm) Abalone Hall, Little River, FREE
Celebrate 40 years of Whale Festivals and the beauty of Mendocino with the showing of the 1976 Mendocino Whale Wars Local Documentary.

“A Tour Through Time” Barn Tour
March 13, 10:30am – 12pm; $5 suggested donation
Join CA State Park Interpreter Fred Andrews as he leads you through “A Tour Through Time,” the Kent-Spring Ranch Barns guided walk.

Stamp it! Festival attendees are welcome to collect stickers in their Little River Whale Festival Passport for a chance to win prizes. Three or more stickers will give guests the opportunity to win lodging, food, and adventure activities at participating businesses throughout Little River. Passports are available at each event site. For more festival information and reservation instructions, go to mendowhale.com.

A Whale of a Sale: Get Your 3rd Night Free!

That’s right, when you stay two nights during the Little River Whale Festival, you get the third night FREE!

Also, stay tuned for a special event we’re hosting on Saturday!

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The Mendocino Crab, Wine & Beer Fest Returns!

Save the dates, and book your favorite room!

January 20-29, 2017: the Mendocino Crab, Beer and Wine Festival returns to kickstart the new year in shell-egant style. In case you hadn’t noticed from the Mushroom, Wine & Beer Fest, Mendocino loves to celebrate its local harvests. From land to sea, there is no shortage of flavors and we invite you to taste them with us!

Mendocino Crab, Wine & Beer Fest

Rated one of America’s Top 10 Seafood & Wine Festivals by Coastal Living Magazine, this is an annual event not to be missed. Get your fill of Mendocino with everything from whale watching tours to wine trains, from crab cake cook-offs to art shows and symphonies. We guarantee the best sights, sounds, and of course, seafood! Be our guests during the festival and enjoy a full gourmet breakfast featuring crab and other seafood. This will be offered every morning and will be delivered to your room.

January 28, 2017: Of course you won’t want to miss our Annual Navarro Vineyards Crabulious Wine Tasting here at Dennen’s on Saturday, January 28th. Join us 5:30-7pm for a taste of Navarro’s exceptional wines paired with our “pull out the stops” crab and other seafood hors d’oeuvres. Hurry, our rooms won’t last! The Wine Tasting is complimentary for guests at Dennen’s. You’ll also be greeted by festival goodies and wine in your room upon arrival. Book Now!

If we run out of space at our Mendocino bed & breakfast, you are still welcome to join us for the wine tasting! Give us a call at (800)264-4723 and reserve space for $25 per person.

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A Mendocino Mushroom Festival Not To Be Missed!

It’s a magical time of year in Mendocino County. Seasons are often marked by falling leaves or snowy mountain tops, tulip blossoms or longer days. In Mendocino, there is one season we look forward to more than any other. It happens in late October after the first rainfall and is marked by something unique to the area. With these impending drops of rain come the budding of the much-anticipated and famous Mendocino mushrooms, and the Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival.  

Menodocino Mushroom Festival

Photo courtesy of visitmendocino.com

For those of you unfamiliar, our county is the natural home to over 3,000 types of mushrooms! Therefore, we celebrate our favorite fungi every year with a Mendocino mushroom festival. You heard right; ten days of tasty toadstools. You’re invited to forage and pick your own sample of the 500 edible varieties. From the classics like chantrelles and shitakes to the extremely rare and mystically sweet “candy cap” mushroom (found only along California’s northern coastline), there is no shortage of funky fungi flavors.

Of course it wouldn’t be a proper Mendocino celebration without the equally abundant and flavorful beer and wine samples to wash down those morels. Throughout the festival, running November 4th thru 13th, partake in various events like winemaker and brewmaster dinners or pairing workshops. Learn everything there is to know about the mushroom by visiting the many exhibits or attending a guided mushroom foray.

Wine tasting by the fire.

Mendocino Mushroom Festival Special | November 4th-13th, 2016

Don’t miss out this year! Take advantage of our festival special; stay at our Mendocino bed and breakfast during the festivities (November 4-10) for a minimum of two nights and save $25 each night you reserve! Imagine your days filled with exploring the breathtaking coast and majestic forest, indulging in the county’s best food and drink, and ending your nights cozy by the fire and tucked into a luxurious feather bed. All this, and hundreds of mushrooms, can be yours; book today!

*Must request at time of booking, cannot be applied retroactively. Unfortunately, we cannot cook with wild mushrooms at the Inn as our innkeeper is allergic to them, but as you can see there are lots of great events and dishes around Mendocino to enjoy! Please note this offer cannot be combined with other specials or promotions.

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Cuddle Up By Our New Fire Pit!

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We are excited to share we have a new, oh so cozy amenity for guests of our Mendocino bed and breakfast! An elegant yet rustic outdoor fire pit in our back meadow overlooking the stream. It is the perfect place to gather with a few friends or cuddle up with your loved one. The warm glow of the fire really enhances the rugged beauty of our beautiful coastal property. If you’re lucky, you may even spot our resident deer!

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Photo Credit: Vicky & Joe Herkel

Of course, nothing completes the experience better than the classic pastime of roasting marshmallows over open flames! Except maybe a glass of Mendocino sparkling wine!

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To that end, we have a new Redwoods & Romance S’mores Package that your can add to your room reservation for the perfect romantic evening.

mendocino-smoresThis package includes:

  • Classic S’mores kit for two
  • Half Bottle Roederer Brut Champagne
  • Welcoming fire built for you in our new outdoor fire pit
  • Cozy blankets to use for snuggling

$49, plus accommodations

Plan your Mendocino getaway to Dennen’s Victorian Farmhouse today!

Book online or call us at (707) 937-0697 to reserve your room today

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Winesong Weekend : September 9-10, 2016

Winesong Charity Auction & TastingCelebrating its 32nd year, Winesong has become one of the Mendocino Coast’s most anticipated events of the year! Besides being a ton of fun, this wine and food tasting event and charity auction also supports a great local cause; the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Since 1985, this event has raised over $6 million to improve local healthcare.

Join us for this year’s fabulous events, including:

A Pinot Noir Celebration
Friday, September 9, 2016 | 1-4pm
Just a hop and a skip down the road at Little River Inn enjoy sampling vintages from 25 local wineries, plus the Inn’s great food! Learn more about tasting wines as you rub elbows with Mendocino winemakers!

Wine at the BeachWinesong Wine & Food Tasting
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 | 11 am-2 pm
The signature event! Stroll the beautiful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while sampling wine, craft beer, and culinary delights and listening to an eclectic mix of live music.

Winesong Charity Auction
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 | 2 pm-5 pm
Your chance to do good! Enjoy a silent and live wine auction featuring rare wine collections, international wine vacation packages, original art, and more. Bid on your favorites and support a wonderful cause!

Hurry, right now we have just 3 rooms left at our Mendocino Coast bed and breakfast for this very popular weekend!

Dennen's Victorian Farmhouse Porch

Book online or call us at (707) 937-0697 to reserve your room today. Then visit winesong.org and get your tickets for an unforgettable weekend on the coast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Your Tickets for the Mendocino Music Festival

Mendocino Music Festival

Music on the Edge of the World

The Mendocino Music Festival is one that music lovers will not want to miss. Held July 9th – 23rd, in one of the most enchanting sites in Northern California, the Festival is a magical blend of fine music by outstanding performers. Guests will enjoy attending rehearsals, performances, and events that cater to a wide variety of musical tastes and styles.

During the day, enjoy your choice of concerts and events, including the Piano Series from the performers in the Emerging Artists Program, as well as smaller concerts in intimate venues throughout the quaint and historic towns of both Mendocino and Fort Bragg. In the evening choose between orchestra concerts, Big Band, chamber music ensembles, blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, dance, or genre-bending world music and popular contemporary music.

See the calendar of events here.

Mendocino-Music-Festival-Emerging-Artists-1000x1000Your attendance also supports young, talented new musicians. The Mendocino Music Festival offers scholarships for an intensive 2 1/2 week music program, including participation in the festival. Find out other ways to support the festival here.

“I didn’t realize how much the power of the place would magnify and intensify … the waves of emotion coming from the music.”
– Elizabeth, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Book your stay at our Mendocino bed and breakfast and get 10% off your tickets to the Mendocino Music Festival! Just request the “Music Festival Special” when you reserve your room, and you will receive an email you a special promo code to book your discounted tickets at mendocinomusic.org.

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Mendocino Film Festival :: June 2 -5, 2016

Mendocino Film Festival

The Mendocino Film Festival is almost upon us.  This year will mark the 11th Anniversary of celebrating award-winning independent film and artists. This year’s festival will feature 66 films, including two Academy Award® Winners, three Academy Award® Nominees, and three Sundance Selections!

Tickets are on sale now! Visit to mendocinofilmfestival.org to buy your tickets and check out the film schedule. You may also want to consider becoming a Film Festival Member to receive VIP invitations to special events!
Mendocino Film Festival Lodging

Book your room now at our Mendocino Coast bed and breakfast!

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39th Annual Mendocino Rhododendron Show

Mendocino Rhododendron Show

Don’t miss the 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show over Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 – 8, 2016. This show is the largest of its kind in California, with over 1,000 entries of stunning Rhododendron flowers. A wonderful way to welcome back spring and celebrate a special lady in your life!

The show will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, a short drive from our Mendocino Coast bed and breakfast. If you fall in love with these beautiful flowers, you’ll be happy to learn that there will be a large selection of them for sale at the event. Visitors can also enjoy great food, checking out educational exhibits, voting in the people’s choice awards, entering raffles and bidding in silent auctions.

Admission to the Mendocino Rhododendron Show is free, and those wanting to explore the rest of the Botanical Gardens will get $1 off admission. Learn more at gardenbythesea.org.

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Little River Whale Festival in Mendocino County

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Looking for the perfect spring break activities in Northern California? Then don’t miss the seventh annual Little River Whale Festival coming to Mendocino County in just a few weeks, March 12-13th.

taste of little riverAdventure is waiting! On Saturday, enjoy an education nature and whale watching walk in the morning, and in the afternoon come sample local Mendocino County wines and delicious food from our award-winning Inns and Restaurants at the Taste of Little River. Tickets are only $30 and include a keepsake wine glass. Throughout the weekend Kayak Mendocino will also be offering specials on their popular sea cave kayak tours, as well as additional community open houses, events, and chances to win great prizes. This action-packed weekend is perfect for romantic getaways and family vacations alike. Visit mendowhale.com from details.

romantic-roomsBook your room now this popular festival! Our Mendocino Coast bed and breakfast is close by all the festivities, and our beautiful coastal gardens and complimentary breakfast delivered to your door will delight you! Stay with us on your whale festival weekend and get a great deal! Stay with us for 2 nights and get the third night for free!

Request this special when you book online or call (707) 937-0697

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