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Sustainable Eco-Resort, the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA
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“The Stanford is a pioneer of sustainability among North American inns.” – Green Travel Guides

Mendocino Sustainable Green Inn

Sustainability, the Community, and “Conscious” Tourism

Sustainable is a state of mind. Being sustainable does not simply mean driving a Prius or reusing bags. It is “mindfulness.” And as it is ‘mindfulness’ it has to do with consciousness. Our industry is currently awash in green: inns and hotels are engaged in what some call “Environmentally Conscious Tourism,” which in many instances signifies establishments that urge guests to hang towels to dry, provide access to environmental treasures such as parks, and perhaps purchase organic lettuces to be used in salads served at the inn’s restaurant.

We believe the term should mean much more. We look at every aspect of our endeavor with an eye on reducing impacts on the environment and providing the healthiest context possible for guests, diners, staff, and the surrounding community. We work for social equity for our staff in order that they can survive in a very expensive region.

Furthermore, we believe that many visitors come to the Coast not only to experience the rugged beauty, but also Mendocino, an archetypal North American small town of which the Stanford Inn is an integral part.

STANFORD INN … THE ONLY EV CHARGING STATION ON THE NORTH COAST!

As of spring 2013, Stanford Inn guests may charge their EV’s for no cost, while others would pay a $3.00 service charge. The charger is a 30 amp, 240 volt twin cord Schneider EV230pdr. It has twin SAE J1772 compatible charging plugs. All those wishing to charge their vehicles should contact the front desk between 8am and 10pm daily. The EV charging station is yet another example of the Stanford Inn by the Sea’s commitment to sustainability and renewable energy.

The Stanford Inn & Resort on the Mendocino Coast

  • Helps protect Big River from environmental degradation
  • Maintains Mendocino Land Trust access to the bluffs overlooking Mendocino Bay
  • Offers one of the few vegan, vegan organic fine dining experiences in North America
  • Does not use herbicides or pesticides
  • Converted all ten acres to sustainable and organic gardening and landscaping in 1985
  • Provides approximately 25% of the organic produce, herbs, and fruit used at the Ravens’ Restaurant and Mornings at the Stanford Inn by the Sea – substantially reducing our carbon “footprint”
  • Composts all food and organic wastes which arerecycled into our gardens, virtually eliminating the use of outside fertilizers
  • Provides kayaks, traditional canoes and locally designed and constructed redwood canoes for low impact exploration of Big River
  • Provides mountain bikes to explore Mendocino’s trails and backroads
  • Developed energy conservation programs beginning in 1980 for heating, lighting, laundry
  • Provides a nurturing work experience for students
  • Sponsors community, arts, theatre, and athletic events and programs
  • Provides educational programs in gardening, cooking, composting
  • Provides canoes and kayaks for local school programs at no charge
  • Provides a place for local artists to display and sell their work
  • Provides a place for the community and its non-profit institutions to meet at no charge
  • Uses all green cleaning supplies
  • Uses diesel powered trucks fueled with locally produced biodiesel made with reclaimed vegetable oils
  • Encourages employees to respect their cultural traditions
  • Provides English classes for staff
  • Created maps of trails for visitors to help assure they have a quality experience of the Coast while minimizing their impact as well as a map of historic activities on Big River estuary
  • Recycles
  • Click for information on sustainable lifestyle events and specials
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Big River 1 Bedroom Suite


Big River 1 Bedroom Suite at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $360-$440

Expansive and romantic – This original one bedroom suite sits in the middle of the Big River Building affording views sweeping over Big River Nurseries to Mendocino Bay and over Big River Estuary into the historic village of Mendocino … from a private deck. The bedroom has a king size bed and the living room a sofa bed. The fireplace is an Irish Waterford iron stove which provides the smell and crackling wood of an open fireplace in a rare uniquely designed unit. The suite also features a flat screen HDTV, DVD, compact stereo system, refrigerator, coffee maker supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private deck. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Big River Double Queen


Big River Double Queen Room at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $211 -$289

Distinctive Mendocino lodging – Accommodations with two queen size beds. Each offers a wood burning fireplace or Irish Waterford stove, views of our gardens and the ocean beyond, Flat Screen HDTVs, DVDs, compact stereo systems, refrigerators, coffee makers supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private decks – overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific Ocean. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Big River Executive King


Big River Executive King Room at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $221-$299

Bed Sitting Rooms – seating areas with sofas and king size beds. Each offers a wood burning fireplace, views of our gardens and the ocean beyond, Flat Screen HDTVs, DVDs, compact stereo systems, refrigerators, coffee makers supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private decks – overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific Ocean. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Big River Executive Queen


Big River Executive Queen Room at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $221 -$299

Bed Sitting Rooms with seating areas with sofas and queen size beds. Each offers a wood burning fireplace, views of our gardens and the ocean beyond, Flat Screen HDTVs, DVDs, compact stereo systems, refrigerators, coffee makers supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private decks – overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific Ocean. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Big River Garden Level


Big River Garden Level Room at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $211 -$289

Distinctive Mendocino lodging – Accommodations with a queen size bed and/or daybed on our garden level. Daybeds can provide twin bed comfort for up to two additional persons with a pop-up twins under each day bed. Each room offers a wood burning fireplace or Irish Waterford stove, views of our gardens and the ocean beyond, flat Screen HDTVs, DVDs, compact stereo systems, refrigerators, coffee makers supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private decks – overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific Ocean. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Big River Top Level with Daybed


Big River Queen with Daybed Room at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $211 -$289

Distinctive Mendocino lodging – Accommodations with a queen size bed and daybed. The daybed provides twin bed comfort for up to two additional persons with a pop-up twins under each day bed. Each room offers a wood burning fireplace or Irish Waterford stove, views of our gardens and the ocean beyond, flat Screen HDTVs, DVDs, compact stereo systems, refrigerators, coffee makers supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private decks – overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific Ocean. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Forest Executive


Forest Executive Room at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $245-$320

Simple elegance – Slightly larger rooms and baths distinguish these accommodations from those of Big River. Each one offers a large wood burning fireplaces, king size beds, wet bars, private decks that overlook Mendocino Bay and the village of Mendocino. The rooms also feature a flat screen HDTV, DVD, compact stereo system, refrigerator, coffee maker supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private deck. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Forest 1 Bedroom Suite


Forest 1 Bedroom Suite at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $312-$460

Ultimate Mendocino Romance – One bedroom suites offering large wood burning fireplaces; 27″ televisions with DVD; compact stereo systems; wet bars supplied with bottled water and juice drinks; coffee maker supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee; a sofa bed; decks; Mendocino Bay and Mendocino village views. The bedroom has its own television and a king size bed. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Forest 2 Bedroom Suite


Forest 2 Bedroom Suite at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $312-$460

Ultimate Mendocino Romance – One bedroom suites offering large wood burning fireplaces; 27″ televisions with DVD; compact stereo systems; wet bars supplied with bottled water and juice drinks; coffee maker supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee; a sofa bed; decks; Mendocino Bay and Mendocino village views. The bedroom has its own television and a king size bed. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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Secluded Barn Suite


Barn Suite at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $315 – $390

Peaceful and private – Vaulted ceilings distinguish this large one bedroom suite, equipped with a king size bed and sofa bed in the bedroom and another in the living room. The living rooms fireplace is stocked with firewood, with just outside the door. There’s a kitchen with dining area, and a small yard and garden. The suite is within a barn which is also home to the Stanfords and Dan, a Morgan horse. Flat Screen HD Televisions, DVD, Stereos, and more amenities.

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Garret Suite


Garret Suite at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $239 – $279

A two-story suite with exceptional views – One bedroom suite with kitchen facilities in a 1930’s cottage located just south of Big River Bridge and overlooking the Llamas, organic gardens, Big River estuary and Catch A Canoe. Bedroom has a queen bed and living room a sofa bed. This suite has a deck and a wood burning Buck Stove.

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Canoe Suite


Canoe Suite at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $259 – $299

A magical cottage with Big River views – One bedroom suite with kitchen facilities in a 1930’s cottage located just south of Big River Bridge and overlooking the Big River estuary and Catch A Canoe. The bedroom has a queen bed and living room a sofa bed. This Mendocino suite has a deck and a wood burning brick Heatilator fireplace. HD Flat Screen TV, DVD/VCR, stereo systems and more.

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Big River Petite Queen


Big River Petite Queen Room at the Stanford Inn by the sea, Mendocino, CA

Room Rates $211 -$269

Distinctive Mendocino lodging – Accommodations with queen size beds on the lower and upper floors of the inn. Each offers a wood burning fireplace, views of our gardens and the ocean beyond, Flat Screen HDTVs, DVDs, compact stereo systems, refrigerators, coffee makers supplied with organic, fair trade Big River Coffee and private decks – overlooking Mendocino and the Pacific Ocean. Complimentary organic breakfast served from our menu each morning.

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