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So Much to Do

Family Dining

There are a lot of great options for kids on our main menu, and we welcome families.

The Perfect Space

Child-Approved Activities

Some of the favorite activities in the area that kids and their parents have told us they love over the years.

Best Beaches

Van Damme State Beach – Little River right on Highway 1

  • Safe, shallow cove with gentle wave breaks- campfire pits available
  • On windy or colder days, go to the protected northern end of the beach
  • Check out the tide pools on the south end during low tide

Caspar Beach – on Point Cabrillo Drive off Highway One

  • Fairly well protected from wind, soft sand, river
  • Large beach so easy to keep little ones away from the waves
  • Good rock and tide pooling during low tide

Big River Beach – just north of the bridge in Mendocino

  • The most popular beach with lots of activity- surfers, volleyball, etc
  • Soft sand, river side is often warmer, currents can be dangerous

Best Hikes

The Haul Road at Big River – keep going past the beach parking lot

  • Flat and straight, easy walk into the redwoods with a stroller

Pygmy Forest – 3 miles up Little River Airport Rd, left at “y”, then immediate left

  • Wooden walkway has educational signage about the pygmy forest
  • Both walkway and trail are easy for shorter legs and strollers

The Fairy Trail – inside the Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg

  • Discover fairy dwellings and other surprises
  • The Gardens are hilly, so bring stroller or prepare to carry little ones

Jug Handle State Preserve – just north of Caspar on Highway One

  • Best example of an Ecological Staircase in the Western Hemisphere
  • Great educational science hike for older kids
  • Be sure to pick up the guide in the parking lot that explains everything


Skunk Train – off Main Street in Fort Bragg

  • A really pretty one-hour ride through the redwoods

The Point Cabrillo Light House – on Point Cabrillo Drive off Highway One

  • Go to website for schedule of events at
  • ¼ mile from parking lot to light house, uphill on the way back

Bryan Preserve – in Point Arena

  • Preserve and breeding of endangered African hoof animals
  • Weekends, by appointment only
  • The 2-hour Jeep tour better for older children

Glass Beach – Turn left on Elm north end of Fort Bragg

  • Just like it sounds, a beach with lots of sea glass- pretty magical

CV Starr Aquatic Center – top of Maple Street and Lincoln in Fort Bragg

  • Water park with lazy river, water slide (must be 48”), fountains, etc.
  • Kid beach swim weekends 1-4 pm


Mendocino Community Center – School Street in Mendocino

  • Toddler play set and swings, sand box
  • Big kid play set and giant see saw
  • Check the bulletin board inside for current kid activities

Wiggly Piggly Playground – on Laurel Street in Fort Bragg

  • Bigger and newer playground- fenced in so no escaping!
  • Two play sets, swings, and more…


Out of this World – Main Street in Mendocino

  • A must visit, specializes in science toys and games

Village Toy Store – Lansing in Mendocino

  • Awesome toy store, specializes in non-battery toys and kites


During the Covid-19 crisis, for the safety of our staff, community, and guests we are requiring masks and social distancing at check-in and in common spaces. If you feel sick or are exhibiting any symptoms, please contact us to reschedule your stay.