I just wanted to add my review to all of the others. I don't think I can add much more than just redundant gushing about how great this place is! I took my significant other here for her birthday this weekend and we were both floored at how wonderful everything was: The rooms (nicely appointed, with a fireplace, no less), the views (we had a garden-level with a deck – from there we could see...well...the garden and beyond that, the ocean) and the food (I'm a light carnivore/vegitari-ish and the onsite restaurant – Ravens – is vegan; the two breakfasts I had there were quite good, despite the lack of bacon – but if vegan isn't your thing, the town is a short hop away, so don't let this deter you).
Our room came with free bicycle rentals from Catch-a-Canoe (onsite bike and canoe/kayak rental) – so we were able to ride into town as well as tool along the river; we did not have time to go kayaking, though. One tip: Plan on kayaking in the morning as the winds/tides can make it unpleasant in the afternoon (or so we were told by the guy in the rental house).
We did make use of the pool, jacuzzi and sauna that are housed in the solarium – very relaxing; if you forget your swim suit, you can buy one (at least guys can) at the gift shop off of the main office. The gift shop also sells hats, wine, books, knick knacks, tchotchkes and frau fraus, should you be low on supply.
Did I tell you that we got two free chocolate chip cookies (vegan, of course) each day?
I found the service to be outstanding – everyone was friendly and helpful.
I would definitely recommend staying here and I know we will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a hillside, the exquisite Stanford Inn sits atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay. Embodying the best of the rugged Mendocino Coast, the Inn is a haven. The rambling lobby, guest rooms, and suites are paneled in pine and redwood. Every detail is attended to, from wood-burning fireplaces set and ready to light to the sumptuous organic breakfasts. Inspired by the Stanford's Certified Organic gardens, The Ravens' restaurant is outstanding and nationally acclaimed for its vegetarian cuisine. Guests are indulged at the Inn's Massage in the Forest and private yoga sessions. Canoeing and kayaking on Big River, California's new State Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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