1st Travelers Choice Little River, California 1st Travelers Choice
Virtual Cities Home .. 1st Travelers Choice Lodging Directory .. Internet Cookbook with over 5000 recipes online .. Dude Ranch Directory .. Recreation.. fun and games .. Recreation.. Airfair, car rentals and more .. Inns and vacation property for sale .. how to join
Little River at Van Damme State Park in California on the Medocino Coast

Located just two miles south of the village of Mendocino, Little River sits on a bluff overlooking one of the most popular beaches on the North Coast. On any weekend during the season, wet-suited divers can be seen splashing into the smooth waters of this protected cove in search of abalone, the most prized mollusk of the Pacific. The Little River offers beautiful beaches and shoreline, fresh water fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Its setting is a photographers dream and an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Next door to Mendocino Village, Little River offers picturesque Bed and Breakfast Inns amid Redwood Forest and ocean views.

Little River at Van Damme State Park in California on the Medocino Coast

Trappers, selling elk meat at ten cents a pound, set up the first business at Little River in 1854. Ten years later a small lumber mill was established near the mouth of the river. Because of its protected port, Little River quickly grew into a bustling town with a mill, two chutes, a shipyard, and a railroad.

The Van Dammes, a Flemish couple settled here in the 1860's. Mr. Vam Damme worked at the mill, and one of their sons, Charles, later moved down to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as an operator on the San Rafael/Richmond Ferry. Charles fondly remembered the beach at Little River as a favorite picnic spot of his youth, and he eventually returned to purchase forty acres in Little River. Upon his death, he deeded the land to the State for public use, and this deed became the foundation for Van Damme State Park.

Little River has a public airstrip featuring a mile-long runway paved with stone quarried from a nearby site. Built during World War II, Little River Airport attracts many enthusiasts who fly in for a vacation

{short description of image} CA North Coast Directory .... {short description of image} California Lodging Directory
Featured Bed and Breakfast Inns
Little River, California
Shoreline Vacation Rentals, Mendocino County
Oceanfront and Forested Vacation Rental homes and cabins
Jughandle Hideaway, Caspar
A long, winding drive leads to this distinctive, pavilion-style abode.
Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino
Luxury accommodations overlooking Smuggler's Cove.
Bed and Breakfast ... Vacation Rentals ... Dude Ranches ... Airline Tickets ... Car Rentals ... Restaurant Guide ... Golf Vacations ... Pet Friendly Inns ... Children Welcome ... Internet Cookbook ... Wedding Sites ... Ski Vacations ... Entertainment ... Inns for Sale - Real Estate Classified ... Go Fish ... Getaways ... Lodging by Language ... Innkeeper Trade Show ... Virtual Cities Homepage ... How to Join

photo of logo for 1st Traveler's Choice  Travel and Lodging Directory of Bed and Breakfast, Country Inns and Small Hotels © 1995 - Virtual Cities Inc. All materials, concepts, contents and structure presented herein, is copyrighted and may not be used or republished without express written permission from Virtual Cities Inc.