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Category archive: Eco Tourism

Pushbacks – Non-Vegan “Options” at a Vegan Restaurant: Misunderstanding our Mission

We have had a lot of push-back and negative reviews regarding the inn and Ravens Restaurant because we are vegan. One of the foremost issues raised is that we don’t provide non-vegan options -  animal products. The issue for us is ethical, not financial and if diners or inn guests don’t want to eat meals…

Passions of the Innkeepers

It has been a while since I posted to this Blog. Today, I want to revisit the Inn – and to write about the Inn is inevitably to write about ourselves. Joan and I have poured our lives into this place. It is not a sacrifice – although our kids in a pique might say…

Land – Our Relationship to the Ground upon which we stand

In Growing Potential – Wealthy Investors snap up farmland amid rising food prices Bernard Condon writing for the Associated Press notes that a Tulsa software executive snapped up 430 acres of Michigan cornfields for $4 million and a California insurance executive purchased 156 acres in Iowa, overbidding the farmer who had rented the land for…

Mendocino County – A State of Mind | Sustainability

Mendocino County is beautiful – stretching from forested mountains overlooking river valley vineyards to the rugged Coast. The coast itself is a study in contrasts – from the banana-belt in the south to the foggy redwood forests in the north with sweeping beaches, lighthouses and historic villages. In many respects Mendocino County is a “sustainable…

Our Passion: Creating an Evocative Destination

Joan and I have been innkeeping for 34 years. The average length of time in this business for “owner-innkeepers” used to be 7 years and we are certain that we have raised that average. We remain innkeepers because we are essentially educators – in the truest sense of the word. The word educate is related…

Happiness is where you are

Where else can it be? In my last writing I noted the explosion of life in Manitoba – here’s a field of canola: And here are Dana’s gardens at the Stanford Inn – she planted wildflowers, where last was a 4-H project – now in summer hiatus. Nature in explosions of color is happiness. And…

Eco Tourism – Green-Washing

A group of international writers who specialize in “green” visited our Inn this week. These were knowledgeable and interesting men and women from England, France, Germany, Holland, Korea, China and Australia. The writer from the U.K. was particularly astute, questioning a statistic I through out from memory which was incorrect. I appreciate critical thinking –…

On Blogging: What’s really important?

Whatever I write here is of little consequence when considering the Iranian people’s use of blogs, Twitter, Face Book to help let the rest of us know what is going on in their country. The Daily Show has recently reported on Iran – remarkably portraying Iranian’s awareness of the rest of the world and their…

From Forest to Table – Mushroom Seminar

Ryane Snow will be presenting his From Forest to Table Seminar for the second time this season due to overwhelming demand. A Winter Mushroom and Gastronomical Experience will be held on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 from Noon until 5:00 PM and includes a two hour foraging adventure, a tutorial on mushroom identification and their place…

Dia de los Muertes – Our Co-Workers Celebrate!

Halloween is followed by All Saints’ Day on November 1st . November 2nd is Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day. Ofrenda at the Stanford Inn We decided to participate in Mendocino County’s second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. Usually such a decision would be made on a pragmatic…

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