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Stanford Inn by the Sea
Ranked #6 of 24 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Healdsburg
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25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I visited the Stanford Inn last week for a quick getaway with my mom from Sonoma. We stayed in one of the Suites which has a bedroom with a separate living room, and a deck which had a view of the property and ocean. The bed in the room was super comfortable, we loved it! And the wood burning fireplace was an excellent, cozy touch for a cool evening. We happened to luck out with the weather, and had amazing sunny skies while we were there. The grounds of the property are beautiful, with flower and vegetable gardens to walk in, llamas, etc. We didn't take advantage of the canoeing on the river or the bike riding, but it was a nice feature (maybe next time!). In the afternoon we went into the dining room for their tea time, and had tea paired with a home-made, vegan, chocolate mousse which was delicious! The breakfast was also delicious; their restaurant is completely vegan which is not the way I typically eat, but it was very good, we were both pleasantly surprised!
The hotel is just a couple minutes away from the downtown, which has a lot of great shopping, and we went to the edge of town to the headlands park, where we were able to spot some whales! All in all, it was a perfect quick getaway, I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the Forest Suites, which is at the far end of the hotel with great views!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Fairfax, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

I brought my three daughters to the Stanford Inn for a mommy/daughter getaway, and we absolutely loved our time there. As you drive in, you pass organic gardens on your left and a paradise of greenery and flowers all around. The girls were literally squealing with delight, and I was as well, in my somewhat quieter way...
Our room was everything we could want. We stayed in the Big River Suite, and it was more than enough room for the four of us. The bedroom has a king bed and it's own TV (which the girls never even asked to turn on; that alone says plenty about this place), and, most delightful, french doors leading to a large deck. The views from the deck were beautiful and calming, stretching across the gardens to the ocean beyond. We could also see Mendocino village. I found the beds very comfortable, and I have to say I'm completely perplexed by previous reviews that griped about the feather beds. Really, griping about feather beds??? I usually wake up several times a night, and this was the first time I have slept through the night in years.
The living room area was spacious and inviting, including a desk, a table (set with four big cookies and a note from the owners welcoming us), a long console with a tv, a cd player and some relaxing instrumental cds, plenty of places to sit, and another deck. The girls loved the room, and happily spread out with their books and their drawing pads. My youngest daughter was so thrilled with it all that she made detailed drawings of the room so that she could later show my husband "our elegant vacation place". We were so happy that we decided to stay another night. Our suite was already rented that night, so they showed us a few options and offered to help us move our things. The second room was as lovely as the first.
There were cozy bathrobes hanging in the closet, which the girls quickly donned so that they could feel like they were "being elegant". The robes were handy for more than prancing around in: they kept us nice and cozy later at the pool.
We went down and rented bikes right off the bat so we could see the estuary nearby. Bike rentals are free with the stay, and we were set up with bikes and helmets by a friendly man who also suggested other great outdoor activities in the area. We set off in the rain (!!) for a bike ride along the estuary, and although we got wet, we had a great time. We got back in time to change for afternoon dessert, which was also complimentary. A week before we came to the Inn, we found out that my youngest daughter is allergic to eggs, gluten and tomatoes, so eating out will no doubt be tricky. But not here. They brought her a gluten-free dessert, including a piece of chocolate, so instead of feeling sad about what she couldn't have, they made her feel special. I really appreciated that. We then spent lots of time in the pool and hot tub. Lots of plants and light, a really pleasant place to be. There was a sauna as well, so by the time we left we were all relaxed, and hungry for dinner.
Dinner was delicious. Our family is not vegan, not even vegetarian, although we are moving in that direction. We are, however, foodies to a rather silly extreme. We've eaten all kinds of food, at all kinds of price points, and after a while it's uncommon to be surprised with anything utterly new. This was new. And delicious. Flavors that I had never experienced. And I felt so good that the girls and I were eating foods that were really good for us. The girls loved the restaurant, so much so that we came back the second night as well. Again, my youngest daughter was accommodated with gluten-free options. Cheerfully, I might add.
The girls were interested in the garden and asked the front desk staff if they could offer to work for a bit with the gardeners. They walkie-talkied the garden folks, and we made a plan to meet up. They were offered the option of threshing wheat by hand, which we all did with Jamie in the little gardening shed. We removed the wheatberries from the stalks and the chaff, sifting carefully as we went along. They were amazed to see that this is where flour comes from. Jamie also showed us the garden, and offered to let us help with tomato seedlings. The girls were so happy to be a part of what would later become a meal at the Inn.
We never left the property until it was time to go home, so we didn't discover until late in the game that the car key had gone missing. The front desk staff were so nice as we were flapping around trying to find it. They contacted Jamie to see if it was in the shed, and the bike rental place to see if it might be there. Really nice.
My ten-year-old daughter picked a wildflower bouquet and wrote a thank-you note to the owner, she was so happy. And I was so thrilled that I had to write my first tripadvisor review ever. Stanford Inn knocks it out of the park!

Room Tip: Be sure to rent bikes and see the estuary. Have dinner at the Ravens. Food is inventive, unique, d...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joan B
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

In the past, my wife and I tended to gravitate to a new locale each year for vacation, but we departed from the norm last summer when we decided to spend ten days revisiting the Stanford Inn for a second time. Why? Because every aspect of our trip the summer before had been exactly to our liking and sincerely impressed us. The helpfulness of the staff; the cozy, immaculate, and welcoming rooms and facilities; the impeccable food; and the scenic splendors of the setting were just the tonic we needed for a restorative getaway. There is something quite magical about that part of the California coast, and the Stanford Inn manages to sound all the right notes and underscore and complement the Mendocino experience. We decided to book again for this year and eagerly look forward to exploring more of the stunning coast and forests, the topnotch wineries and restaurants, and the considerable charms of the Inn itself on this third trip. The Inn provides excellent value for the price, especially when considering the beautiful grounds and gardens, the sumptuous breakfasts (included in the room rate), and the attentive and welcoming service. The Stanford Inn has become "our place" and we are very happy for having discovered this perfect vacation spot.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank VegieGuy
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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241 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

My wife and I visited here for a long weekend with our dogs. All members of the staff were friendly and the atmosphere was peaceful and inviting. The restaurant served mostly natural and organic food which was delicious. We even signed up for a special healthy and nutrition clinic at the inn which was very informative. The Inn is just south of the main town area of Mendocino, maybe a two or three minute drive, so very convenient. The grounds of the inn were well kept and we even went kayaking in the nearby river that feeds into the ocean. It was relaxing to sit out on the deck with our dogs, take in the view, and sip a nice glass of wine. The fireplace also kept the room cozy at night. A very nice place to stay, we'll certainly go back for another nice weekend.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jdohare
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San Jose, California
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

The Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino County was full of pleasant surprises. It's very pet-friendly; well behaved pups are even allowed in one part of the dining area. Our four-legged companions quickly became accustomed to the routine of having breakfast with us next to the crackling fireplace. The restaurant was vegan, not just vegetarian, and the food was creatively prepared and artfully presented. Breakfast was included in the room price, and I highly recommend the pancakes or French toast. We also had a few dinners there. Being a vegetarian, my only wish is that there were more veggies, nuts and fruits in the dishes - they were very heavy on grains.

Our room was cozy with a wood-burning fireplace which was restocked each day - nice! All rooms have small decks which overlook the lush garden, which is expansive, well-tended and lovely to stroll. Our room was small; it would've been tight even without our two small dog crates. The bathroom was also tiny and chilly. Perhaps they would've supplied an electric heater had we asked. As in the pics, the rooms have wood paneling, which imparts a rustic feel; our room had five different types of paneling which made it feel a little unfinished. Our bed was also small, being a full size and not a queen.

Oh, let me not forget the LARGE, immaculately clean, heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi and dry sauna – it was heavenly after a day exploring the cool, misty coastline. Not to be missed!

Directly adjacent to the hotel grounds is the Catch a Canoe and Bicycles Too operation. We rented an outrigger and explored the Big River along with our two little terriers. On our fun afternoon excursion, we saw eagles, herons, and otters - the otters really caught the dogs’ attention. We also visited the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, which is extensive in its depth, breadth and beauty – easily worth a two hour visit.

Mendocino County is a naturalist’s treasure, with a rugged unspoiled coastline, healthy rivers and towering redwood forests. The humans have also made valuable contributions with organic farms and wineries. Though Mendocino is way off the beaten path, it’s a trip well worth the effort.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SUZN3000
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Property: Stanford Inn by the Sea
Address: Highway 1 & Comptche Ukiah Road, PO Box 487, Mendocino, CA 95460
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price range (per night): ₹ 21,794 - ₹ 25,404
Hotel Class:4 star — Stanford Inn by the Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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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