Mendocino, California

The drive from Big Sur to Little River in Mendocino, California took about 4 hours. We decided to pamper ourselves after two nights of camping at the Glendeven Inn in Little River. We first stayed at this quaint Bed and Breakfast last year after our Lost Coast backpacking trip and fell in love with the property.

There are two main houses at the Glendeven Inn, the main house and Inn at Cobbler’s Walk across the street. Both times we have stayed at rooms within the Inn at Cobbler’s Walk because they were cheaper than the main house. We checked in at 5PM, made a reservation for dinner at a local sea food restaurant and took a much needed shower before dinner.


View of the alpacas at the grounds of the Bed and Breakfast at sunset

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San Simeon State Park and Hearst Castle

The Quick and Dirty:

Location: San Simeon State Beach is located  south of Hearst Castle and north of Cambria, CA. It is about a 4 hour drive north of Los Angeles.
Activities around San Simeon State Beach: Easy walking access to a beautiful stretch of beaches and within a 15 minute drive to William Randolph Hearst’s famous Hearst Castle.
Good to know: Camping spots at San Simeon state beach can be reserved through and it fills up quickly over the summer and weekends. Advanced booking is highly recommended.
Camping Fees: $35 car camping fee per night. The campsites are small but it can fit 3 backpacking tents or 2 Coleman (car camping) tents. The $35 fee only covers entrance fee for one car, each additional cars are $10.
Hearst Castle Tour Fees: $25/person for the grand room tour.  If you are interested in a guided tour at Hearst Castle on a weekend, it’s a good idea to make advanced reservations at least a couple days before your visit. This is a popular tourist destination and tickets have been known to sell out on the day of.


Windy day on San Simeon State Beach

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