Welcome to Stanford Inn
by the Sea ... an Eco-Resort on the Mendocino Coast.
We believe in creating contexts to provide wonderful experiences
for guests of the Inn, paddlers and bicyclers at Catch A Canoe
& Bicycles, too!, clients of Massage in the Forest and diners
at the Ravens.
We are excited by guests visiting the inn. For us it is as
if relatives and friends were coming who want to experience
our home at its best. We too want our guests to experience Mendocino
at its best.
We treat our guests as we do our family. We provide the finest
equipment at Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, too!; the finest
massage therapists on the Mendocino Coast led by Dee Brater;
organic foods, fair trade coffees and teas. For us this is a
matter of consciousness and a wholehearted desire to live mindfully
so that all might live well.
We look forward to sharing with you the magic of Stanford Inn
by the Sea and the awe-inspiring Mendocino Coast!
Jeff and Joan Stanford
|“Consider the facilities for a rainy Sunday like this:
the room looks out across a private patio to the ocean. A fireplace
opposite the foot of the bed, several cords of good wood outside,
dry and ready. Lots of crackle. Glass fireplace doors so I can
leave it burning when I doze or slumber. The bed’s a big
four-poster with first class linen, lots of good pillows. A desk,
good chairs – stuff I’d enjoy at home. In fact, that’s
what this feels like . . . home, not a room at an inn.”
- The Business Journal
of Stanford Inn
And its transformative energies
When we came here in 1980, we had no idea the
twists and turns our lives would take," recounted Jeff
Stanford who with his wife and partner, Joan, are owner-innkeepers
of the Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino. "We had fallen
in love with Mendocino as so many others," Joan added,
"but never expected to live here."
The story of how they came to purchase Big River Lodge, now
the Stanford Inn, is another story, however, their beginning
the full story of Stanford Inn and it's transfomative energies
... penned by Steppin' Out Magazine
|Big River - A History
- The Story of Two Villages
Buldam and Mendocino
In 2001 a lone skiff moved between crab pots set in the mouth
of Big River. Few salmon made their joyous death trek to the remnants
of spawning beds. Steelhead no longer flashed in their busy explorations
of the estuary. Below the dock at Catch A Canoe, only an occasional
bullhead darted under the shadows of kayaks.
Nearly 150 years before, Nathaniel Smith, who was a black teenager
according to some accounts or a middle aged man in others, settled
just below what is today's Stanford Inn after having sold his
cabin on what is now property of the Mendocino Hotel in town.
story and photos)
|My favorite place to stay in Mendocino is the Stanford Inn.
High on a hill, surrounded by lush flowering gardens and acres
of rolling land on the banks of the Big River, the Stanford Inn
is Mendocino's only proper resort. Sure, the village's tiny inns
are cute, but you can't make a move in them without running into
other guests. Not so here. The Stanford Inn's rooms are in modern
buildings with wood-burning fireplaces, knotty-pine-paneled walls,
excellent soundproofing, and balconies overlooking gorgeous gardens
and a horse paddock. The ocean lies in the distance, its roar
never out of ear shot. The indoor swimming pool—a rarity
on the Mendocino coast—is gigantic, perfect for laps, and
open 24 hours. Town is a ten-minute walk away, but there are free
bicycles to get you there faster. The inn's organic gardens provide
food for the vegan dining room, the Ravens, which makes a
terrific breakfast. The Stanford Inn is also dog-friendly. - John
Vlahides, 71 Miles.com