There’s a party in the works to celebrate Pride, so plan your weekend of fun and community around Mendocino County on June 21-23. A perfectly crafted package of pride events is now available. Wine tasting… corks are already popping. Train trips… we’re all on board. Giraffes… kiss ours or bring your own! Scout our unique places to stay … from vineyard villas to luxurious lodges … where you can relax and recharge for the next adventure.
Pride Pass is $225 (lodging is additional) and tickets are available here or by calling the Little River Inn at 707.937.5942. Lodging specials are available at the Brewery Gulch Inn, Little River Inn and Glendeven Inn & Lodge. Check our deals page for discounts!
The fun begins with getting to know your fellow weekend revelers at a reception and wine tasting in the heart of green and beautiful Anderson Valley. Jim and Brian, owners of The Madrones, throw open the doors of their Mediterranean-inspired estate and invite you to sip local wines from the three on-site wineries. Browse Jim’s collection of ephemera and rare and unusual curiosities at Sun & Cricket; stroll among the heady fragrance of the English-style rose garden; and imagine spending a night or two in this bucolic setting, falling asleep to the cooing of doves.
Book a table at Stone & Embers, the petite restaurant that serves fine food all prepared in a wood-fired oven. Yes, there’s pizza but also melt-in-the-mouth mushroom chicharrones and salads that zing with flavor. Don’t tarry too long or you’ll miss the private reception with Emmy Award winning radio and TV personality Liam Mayclem (a/k/a the Foodie Chap) at the coast’s shiniest new inn: the Glendeven Inn & Lodge. Set on 15 acres surrounded by Van Damme State Park in Little River, the Lodge offers contemporary comfort in 10 beautifully appointed oceanview rooms. Spend time with Liam with a glass of wine in hand and watch the sun dip below the horizon before settling in for the night.
Rise and shine and enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the beach before taking the party to Mendocino’s Big River Beach. This wide swath of sand is just the place for the first fun of the day! With spade in hand and bucket at the ready, get ready to build the sandcastle of your dreams. Liam will be on hand to decide who gets to wear the sandcastle crown. Toy equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your big yellow digger to outdo the competition.
Spend your afternoon exploring the Victorian village of Mendocino with its charming shops, great shoe store(!), museums, and views for miles. Stop in at Frankie’s on Ukiah Street to sample the best ice cream around… try the candy cap mushroom flavor! Or dive into Dick’s for one of their award-winning Bloody Marys. Dinner is de rigeur so reserve ahead at any of the fine restaurants found in Mendocino or Fort Bragg to fortify yourself for the evening’s adventure.
At 8PM the whistle will blow and it’s all aboard the Rainbow Express for the Skunk Train ride of a lifetime. Join the party in the Glen… that’s Glen Blair… for a party under the stars complete with music, disco ball, dancing, and so much more! Tickets available here if you haven’t purchased the Pride Pass.
The morning after… the party that is… take a turn down the coast to the tiny town of Elk where Lynn Derrick of Queenie’s Roadhouse Café will be serving a reviving brunch. Linger with your friends, old and new, and dish the dirt on the Pride party of the year.
The fun’s not over yet! Just a hop, skip and a jump down the coast in Point Arena is your (probably) one and only chance to kiss the giraffe of your dreams! Judy and Frank at B. Bryan Preserve work tirelessly to preserve endangered African hoof stock on their ranch just off the main street in pretty Point Arena. Take the tour in a vintage Land Rover and learn about the different species of zebra. The finale is an in-your-face photo-opp with the tallest mammal on the planet!
Get your Pride Pass today… this event will sell out! Pride Pass is $225 (lodging is additional) and tickets are available here or by calling the Little River Inn at 707.937.5942.