Welcome to the Stanford Inn
Nestled on a Mendocino Coast hillside, Stanford Inn, a Mendocino Resort, sits atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay. Embodying the best of the rugged Mendocino Coast, this Mendocino Resort is a haven … an exquisite opportunity to reconnect with nature.
The rambling lobby of the Mendocino bed and breakfast is spacious and welcoming. Guest rooms and suites of this boutique hotel in Mendocino are paneled in pine and redwood. Every detail is attended to, from wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light to the sumptuous chef-prepared organic breakfasts.
Inspired by the Stanford’s Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens Restaurant, featured in Oprah Magazine, is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for gourmet plant-based cuisine. Guests at Stanford Inn, as well as local Mendocino residents, consider Ravens’ Restaurant to be an essential dining experience on the Mendocino Coast. Mendocino’s Stanford Inn & Ravens’ Restaurant is the only sustainable eco-resort in the United States.
This Mendocino eco-resort specializes in romantic getaways, is pet-friendly, family-friendly, and welcomes meetings, group retreats, and is especially popular for Northern California Coast weddings and elopements.
The Inn’s Massage in the Forest and The Mendocino Center for Well Being provide a variety of life-enhancing experiences.
Located on Big River the Stanford Inn’s Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too! offers kayaks, canoes, outriggers, and bicycles for exploring beautiful Big River and environs.
One of the first North American inns to adopt sustainable practices beginning the green revolution, the Stanford Inn also offers technological conveniences, including cellular phone service – both GSM and CDMA cell phone service available from antennas housed at the Inn – and complimentary highspeed wireless internet.
About Mendocino (Mendocino, CA)
Mendocino sits atop beautiful ocean bluffs surrounded on three sides by Mendocino Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bluffs comprise the Mendocino Headlands and offer walking trails that afford incredible views of the ocean and the lovingly restored 1850’s New England style Victorians which now house restaurants, specialty shops, galleries and provide lodging for Mendocino artists. Historic buildings line the cliffs. At times the Pacific roars and crashes against the headlands with such force spindrift floats up to Main Street. The air tastes salty. In a complex surrounding what was once a Victorian carriage house is the Mendocino Art Center, described by the National Endowment for the Arts as a “rural miracle.” The Mendocino Art Center serves area artists as well as artists and aspiring artists throughout the United States. All this is the nature of Mendocino, located about 150 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1. Besides the natural beauty, visitors to Mendocino will find a variety of things to see and do. The history of Mendocino and its founding families can be explored at the Ford House and the Kelley House museums. The Mendocino Community presents a variety of events from monthly art openings that celebrate art on the Second Saturday of every month to the annual Mendocino Music Festival providing performances in a huge tent on the Headlands in July. Other annual events include a Whale Festival, the Mendocino Art Center’s Garden Tour featuring exquisitely created home gardens with a luncheon at the Stanford Inn’s Raven’s Restaurant, an old-time 4th of July parade, the renown Art in the Gardens presented by the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, Winesong celebrating fine wines and local culinary talents in a tasting followed by an auction and celebrations of the Christmas holidays with lights and singing at the inns and lodges of Mendocino, Little River and Elk, and much more. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy bluff-top excursions to view seabirds, the seasonal gray whale migration and spring wildflowers. Nearby Big River Beach is ideal for family picnics and Big River is an ecological treasure which is easily explored by canoe or kayak which can be rented at Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, too! Montgomery Woods up Comptche Ukiah Road offers virgin redwood groves with the tallest living tree in the world. Redwoods and Douglas Firs dominate the Russian Gulch State Park as well as other nearby State Parks including Van Damme and Hendy Woods. Many of these parks allow dogs on their trails. And at MacKerricher State Park Lari Shea offer horseback riding along the beach. There are no supermarkets, fast food chains or motels in Mendocino. Small markets, intimate restaurants, a hotel and bed and breakfast inns fill the needs of the vacationer. The town is compact and shopping and dining destinations are within easy walking distance of one another. Mendocino is an art collectors dream. Coast artists show their works at the Mendocino Art Center and in the scores of privately owned galleries. Performing arts include productions by the Mendocino Theatre Company, Hit and Run Theater as well as intimate concerts provided at the Mendocino Art Center and the Caspar Inn. Mendocino is the perfect destinations for gay and lesbian travelers as Mendocino is gay-friendly. Stanford Inn provides gay-friendly lodging, massage and vegan dining. Mendocino is truly a special destination – it is the “wine country coast” with Anderson Valley wineries within only twenty minutes drive and Sonoma’s fine wineries just an hour south. Tour Mendocino Wines provides wonderful oppotunities to explore virtually undiscovered tasting rooms of Mendocino County. The concierge at the Stanford Inn will be happy to make an appointment with Travis Scott who will provide a personalized tour of the United States up-and-coming wine regions of Mendocino County. Parks, reserves and related places Islands off the Mendocino coast Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area Caspar Headlands State Recreation Area Hendy Woods State Park Jughandle State Reserve MacKerricher State Park Mailliard Redwoods State Reserve Manchester State Park Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Mendocino Headlands State Park Mendocino National Forest Mendocino Woodlands State Park Montgomery Woods State Reserve Navarro River Redwoods State Park Point Cabrillo Light Station Reynolds Wayside Campground Round Valley Indian Reservation Russian Gulch State Park Sinkyone Wilderness State Park Smythe Redwoods State Reserve Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area Van Damme State Park