The coast of Mendocino is one of the best spots on earth to watch Pacific gray whales migrating north to feed in the fish-rich Arctic with their babies in tow, and every year, March brings these gentle giants and their newborns calves close enough to be spotted from shore.

With sweeping views over the Pacific, the iconic Little River Inn is at the center of all of the fun. The inn offers a special Whale of a Sale package throughout the month of March – guests who book two nights this month receive a third night for free!

Families who want to commune with and learn more about one of nature’s most exciting creatures can make a classroom of Mendocino’s spectacular natural setting by adding on Little River Inn’s Family Distance Learning package. Good for two adults and two children, guests who take advantage of this package receive guide books and materials focusing on local lessons in botany, tidal sea life, geology, astronomy, and history. Families follow a five-day self-guided itinerary, including a private guided whale-watching walk with local Naturalist Sue “Magoo,” a B Bryan Preserve Safari tour, plant identification and mushroom guides for the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Van Damme State Park, a tidal identification guide for tide-pooling at Van Damme State Beach, stargazing with hot chocolate, and more. The package starts at $325 for four nights, plus the cost of the room. The price includes all tickets and materials – including four educational books for families to keep.

In addition, Mendo Parks hosts a month of virtual events throughout March celebrating the might cetacean. On offer are whale-watching videos, complementary whale-watching guides, lots of kid-friendly activities and a virtual benefit concert on March 27th. More at

Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.