historic farm and eco-resort
In my dreams I walk on fog-enshrouded cliffs through wild flowers dancing in the wind with the sea booming below me, the mist wrapping about my ankles. And longing fills me, settles over me like a soft summer rain. And I know that I must go to Mendocino. – J. Hamrick
Welcome to Stanford Inn by the Sea … an Eco-Resort on the Mendocino Coast. Moving here in 1980, we were changed by the creative and healing energies of the land. Since then, we have worked to assure our guests have an opportunity to experience what we experience: a special place that enlivens and inspires.
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 outstanding equipment at Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, too!; the finest massage therapists on the Mendocino Coast led by Leslee Huber; comprehensive strategies for joyful living at our Mendocino Center for Living Well led by Sid Garza-Hillman; and one of North America’s most acclaimed vegan restaurants, The Ravens. The Inn manifests our commitment 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!
–Joan and Jeff Stanford
If an inn can be simultaneously rustic and luxurious, romantic and invigorating, quiet and exciting, then the Stanford Inn by the Sea is such a place.
A few weeks ago, we dined at Ravens and you blessed us both with a memorable meal. Being an avid carnivore, I made the reservation at Ravens for my friend's benefit and for her special day while I participated with a hint of skepticism. Your treatment of the ingredients, attention to details, and care in presentation made a memorable impact on me. I would happily eat at Ravens again because of your efforts and look forward to doing just so in the future.I appreciate all foods, cuisines, and techniques since I also find myself entertaining very diverse groups of guests. After our meal, I attempted to poke my head into the kitchen to say hello and personally express my gratitude for your work.I've been meaning to send this email for a few weeks, so I'm happy I saved your card and took this moment to say "Thank You"
The most beautiful vacation we ever had.... Great place to relax!
With all the essential amenities of a first-class inn, as well as that special air of things sublime, the Stanford Inn is in a coveted league of its own.
I couldn't have chosen a more perfect place to spend two nights.
Paradise Found .... Prepare for a stay at the Stanford Inn by the Sea to take your breath away, and restore it deeper than before.
. . . more than a magnificent resort . . . It’s a true ecosystem.
The property, main lodge, scenery, food - it was all great. Especially the dining - I'm not a vegan, but I could be after staying there - incredible.
Simply put, the location is gorgeous. All rooms have ocean views, fireplaces and overlook the inn’s organic gardens.
Joan and Jeff Stanford have created the ultimate escape, an inn so peaceful and all-encompassing that there's little reason to move from the premises all weekend.
Our stay at the Stanford Inn was fantastic. It's the perfect place to relax. The indoor pool was amazing. The service exceptional. Breakfast at the restaurant superb!
Mendocino’s Best Inn
It’s the best kept secret in Mendocino.
Rustic hilltop elegance
This place is amazing! The property is larger than most typical B&Bs. However, the location, scenery, and setting are out of this world! I highly recommend staying here. The food was extraordinary as well!
The Stanford is a pioneer of sustainability among North American inns.
Embodying the best of the Mendocino Coast
The hotel was great; the room was great; the food was great; the pool was great; the service was great. I would stay here again.
Thanks Joan! We so LOVED the private class! You've inspired me to carve out more time for my art. We returned from our trip feeling very rejuvenated and full of creative energy. The Stanford Inn was the best place we've ever stayed at!! It's amazing how gorgeous and well-run it is. Keep it up! Hope to be back soon!
This is the kind of place we would all build if we were as singled-minded, as energetic, as creative as the Stanford family. The Inn is wonderful!
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