Let me tell you up front: I am biased when it comes to the Stanford Inn. My husband and I were married here over a year ago, and we just went back for our first anniversary. Simply put, the location is gorgeous. All rooms have ocean views, fireplaces and overlook the inn’s organic gardens. Better yet, breakfast is included with the price of the room. Everything is beautifully presented and delicious: French Toast, Garden Scramble, Frittata, Rancheros, Chilaquiles and much more. The scones are moist and fluffy. We bought two for the ride home, but they did not make it out of our hotel room…. I would probably have breakfast here every day if I could. [Ravens Breakfast menu]
Bike rentals are free to guests of the inn through Catch a Canoe, and there is an easy, paved trail just across the Big River. You can also rent canoes and kayaks. Tip: ask the front desk at the inn for a coupon.
Dinner is a memorable event with an ever-changing menu. I love walking through the gardens during the day, only to later see the same items show up on my plate. The atmosphere is a mix of both casual and elegant: diners in jeans and North Faces’ eating alongside those in suits and dresses. If you are lucky enough to be there during good weather, they open the windows to let in a refreshing breeze. The first night we shared the Grilled Oyster Mushrooms and Crab(less) Cakes, followed by Spinach and Butternut Squash Raviolis, and Eggplant Napoleon. On night two, we went for a mix of small plates and salads: more Grilled Oyster Mushrooms and Crab(less) Cakes (too good to not have again), Tamari-Glazed Maple Tofu (the wasabi emulsion is H-O-T), Caesar Salad and Wilted Spinach Salad. The Wilted Spinach Salad comes with Shitake Bacon, which tastes exactly how I remember crispy bacon tasting. Granted, it has been many, many years since I have had pork bacon, but the taste was uncanny. After the variety for dinner, we went simple with dessert and stuck with coconut milk ice cream, which they make in-house. The vanilla bean is amazing, especially alongside the maple. Yes, maple coconut milk ice cream. So freaking good!
If you are going: located right off Highway 1 on Comptche Ukiah Road in Mendocino.
Number of Prius’ in the parking lot: 15.
Pet friendly: yes.
Other amenities include: indoor swimming pool, yoga classes and spa treatments. Oh, and they do weddings!
- Written by a couple from Pleasant Hill
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