Stanford Inn By the Sea Eco Resort

44850 Comptche-Ukiah Road , Mendocino, CA 95460 USA (Show map)

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Featured in Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, and Sunset Magazine among others, the Stanford Inn Eco-Resort on the Mendocino Coast, enjoys beautiful ocean views from all points of the 10 acre property - including guest rooms. Antique accents, work by local artists, wood burning fireplaces, books, and plush towels enhance the experience of this special coastal retreat. Combining the best of both hotels and European pensions, telephones, DirecTV television, High speed WiFi, and compact stereos are provided. Guest rooms have sofas for cozy evenings in front of the fire. Breakfast is served in the inn's dining room featuring chef prepared dishes created with organic ingredients. For guests who do not spend their time nestled in front of their fireplace, there are mountain bikes for exploring the country roads and Mendocino's headlands and redwood outrigger canoes for trips along the scenic Big River Estuary. The inn features a heated salt swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, massage at Massage in the Forest, cooking classes. Daily yoga classes, Chinese herbal medicine, gardening and nature tours are available at the Inn's Wellness Center. And experience California contemporary cuisine at its best at the the award winning and popular Ravens Restaurant.

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Overall
4.9

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great getaway with fantastic ambiance

4.8 on May 23, 2017

My wife and I spent 3 night at the inn to celebrate our anniversary and we had a great time. The updated accommodations were fantastic along with a fireplace we used every night. Very cozy and warming. The Ravens has great plant based food that is tasty and good for you at the same time. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub several time. While it was a little cool for us to canoe it would have been a good choice. The staff was nothing short of helpful and a pleasure to interact with. We will definitely come back again


Ideal stay!

5 on October 14, 2015

Would but we could find ALL of our accommodations when we travel to be as comfortable, the staff as attentive, the surroundings as serene and peaceful, and the food as delicious! Yes, it is true that you can have it all and we certainly did, and then some. Staying at the Stanford Inn By The Sea is by far the best time away from daily life for us as it allows our minds, our souls, our bodies to simply let go and just "be", knowing every detail is being well attended to, and all of this set amongst the most exquisitely beautiful northern California coast. Without question we will be back, in fact we book our special Labor Day weekend time there a year in advance. It's THAT special! And that worthwhile! Go! Enjoy! And spread the word!


Peaceful

4.6 on October 14, 2014

My husband and I stay at the Stanford Inn at least once a year sometimes twice. It is my favorite place to stay...it is so peaceful! Our dog loves it too. The food is wonderful and my husband really likes the scones at Breakfast.


A Bed and Breakfast with pets and privacy!

5 on October 18, 2012

We have stayed at Stanford Inn by the Sea almost yearly for the past 8 years. They consistently deliver a wonderful experience between the gardens, swimming pool & spa, the pets, rooms and lovely meals. We have frequently brought non-vegetarian guests and family who have also REALLY enjoyed the food. We highly recommend this lovely Inn as a base from which to explore this coast. (Try the canoeing on the Big River!)


a cosy relaxing escape

4.6 on October 17, 2012

What a wonderful surprise. The mellow and embracing atmosphere immediately put us at ease . We loved that everyone seemed to bring their favorite dog and that there was a pet friendly dining room in addition to the regular dining area. We loved that moutain bikes were included, as well as a charming pool , hot tub and delicious breakfast. Our room came with a wood burning fireplace all ready for us to sit in front of and a charming deck overlooking the Pacific. Between the gardens, the deck and the fireplace, we barely needed to leave our room, but we did go on a hour long bike ride along the gorgeous river. We loved it all. The only thing that was a surprise is that it is really vegan, and that means no creamer in the room for the morning coffee. I'm wondering if they could deliver soy milk in the am because I love the coffee maker in the room. Otherwise it was heaven.


The Perfect Birthday Getaway

5 on November 04, 2011

Celebrating a birthday at the Stanford Inn was the perfect thing for us to do! Absolutely everyone on the staff ~ from the front desk, to the housekeepers, the massage therapists (“D” and MaryKay), the restaurant staff (Ricardo, Ole and Sid), groundskeeper (Pedro) and other workers ~ were as polite and attentive as could be. My birthday friend and I asked for an early check-in which, on a weekday, was no problem. In the nicely appointed room, we were greeted with balloons and cookies for the birthday person. Our “drug of choice” for relaxation involved receiving awesome Thai and Hot Stone massages (scheduled in advance, of course). Both “D” (a longtime Thai massage expert) and MaryKay were very knowledgeable therapists; they gave us “the space” to quiet our minds in while working their magic... D's Thai massage totally reversed three chronic issues that I was having! As requested, a chilled bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne and glasses awaited us in the room upon our return. With surprisingly warm fall weather, we were able to sit outside on our private back deck to sip on the bubbly. Afterwards, we strolled over to the Raven’s Restaurant for an incredible vegetarian dinner ~ finishing it off with a birthday-candled dessert and heavenly Big River coffee. We ended this wonderful day by cozying up to our in-room fireplace that had a never-ending supply of dried wood! And, if all of this wasn’t enough, we were given the most delicious complimentary breakfast the next morning! Thank you, Joan and Jeff, for creating your Dream Vacation Getaway. We will never forget our stay and your hospitality... Fondly, D & N


We Love Stanford Inn!!!

5 on September 25, 2011

We have stayed at Stanford Inn half a dozen times and am amazed at the way I feel each time. It is a very peaceful place even though there is a lot going on - yoga classes, kayaking and canoeing, mountain biking, pets just about everywhere, ever-changing ocean views and cloud formations, fabulous vegan dining (President Clinton would love it here too) ... plus beautiful guest rooms with thoughtful amenities to keep us comfortable and help us feel cared for. The Stanford's are fascinating people - seem to be always present. Their staff reflects their values of kindness and goodwill. If you've not been to Stanford Inn (And Ravens Restaurant), put this on your list as a MUST. I promise that you'll be as happy as I am for the experience.


Ultimate Mendocino Resort!

5 on March 05, 2009

The Stanford Inn's setting is located on 10 acres of spectacular gardens at the mouth Big river and Mendocino Village. I drove up from San Francisco in about 21/2 hour through the beautiful Mendocino wine country on highway 128. I stayed in room 222 an exceptional room with a deck and view of Mendocino village and the pacific, the room amenities are first class with stereo, flat screen TV, robes, comfortable bed and everything you would expect in a first class inn. The Staff was Professional, friendly and more than helpful. The Ravens Restaurant is a full service restaurant with an excellent vegetarian menu. All the produce is organic and grown on the property or local. I do not generally go to vegetarian restaurants but was impressed by the chef that created some unique and delicious dishes that I really enjoyed. The Inn has Mountain bike and Canoeing offered to the guests located on the property, if you get a chance to Canoe up Big River it is quite an experience and numerous Mountain biking trails all in the state parks that surround Mendocino. Joan and Jeff Stanford have owned and operated this property for almost 30 years and their attention to detail and the experience they have created is what staying in an inn is all about.


Great place

5 on December 15, 2006

The property, main lodge, scenery, food - it was all great. Especially the dining - I'm not a vegetarian, but I could be after staying there - incredible.


Incredible place!

5 on December 15, 2006

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!


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Rooms & Rates

Grand Fir Room

One bedroom suite with a king bed in the bedroom. The living room has a large wood burning fireplace and a sofa can be opened into a queen bed. This suite is paneled with ponderosa pine with redwood accents. The private deck overlooks the Inn's extensive gardens. Views of the Bay, Mendocino Headlands and village. Amenities include a wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker supplied with organic, fair trade coffee. Breakfast is included at the Inn's Ravens Restaurant, cooked to order from the extensive menu. HDTV by DirecTV and complimentary WiFi. Breakfast is complimenatary and served in our dining room cooked to order from our extensive menu. In the afternoon, we offer a complimentary dessert and coffee or tea. For those who would like a cocktail, The Ravens Bar opens at 3:30 PM with Happy Hour. Please call for more information at 800.331.8884.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $355 - $395

Big River Main Level King

Executive Room with king bed on the main floor of the Big River Lodge building. Wood burning fireplace, views of the gardens and Mendocino Bay. Paneled in ponderosa pine with redwood accents. Private Deck. Amenities include hospitality center with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker supplied with Big River organic, Fair Trade coffee. HDTV by DirecTV and complimentary WiFi. Breakfast is complimentary and served in our dining room cooked to your order from our extensive menu. In the afternoon, we offer a complimentary dessert with coffee or tea. For those who would like a cocktail, The Ravens Bar opens at 3:30 PM with Happy Hour.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $292.50 - $340

Big River Main Level Executive Quen

Executive Room with queen bed on the main floor of the Big River Building. Wood burning fireplace, views of the gardens and Mendocino Bay. Paneled in ponderosa pine with redwood accents. Private Deck. Amenities include a "hospitality center" with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker supplied with Big River organic, Fair Trade coffee. HDTV by DirecTV is provided as well as free WiFi. Breakfast is complimentary and served in our dining room cooked to your order from our extensive menu. In the afternoon, we offer a complimentary dessert and coffee or tea. For those who would like a cocktail, The Ravens Bar opens at 3:30 PM with Happy Hour.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $283.50 - $335

Forest Tree Top Exeutive King

Executive suite with king bed in a room with vaulted paneled ceilings. On the Tree Top level of the Forest Building, this room has a wood burning fireplace, and overlooks the Inn's extensive gardens with a view of the Bay and Headlands. Paneled in Ponderosa pine with redwood accents. Private Deck. Amenities include a wet bar with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker supplied with Big River organic, Fair Trade coffee. HDTV by DirecTV and complimentary WiFi. A full complimentary breakfast will be cooked to your order from our extensive menu and served in our Ravens dining room. In the afternoon, we offer a complimentary dessert and coffee or tea at Afternoons at the Inn. For those who would like a cocktail the Ravens Bar opens provides Happy Hour.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $319.50 - $355

Big River Room with 2 queen Beds

Executive room with two queen size beds in a room. On the Top level of the Big River Building, this room has a wood burning iron Waterford fireplace, and overlooks the Inn's extensive gardens with a view of the Bay and Headlands. Paneled in Ponderosa pine with redwood accents. Private Deck. Amenities include a wet bar with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker supplied with organic, Fair Trade coffee. HDTV by DirecTV and complimentary WiFi. A full complimentary breakfast will be cooked to your order from our extensive menu and served in our Ravens dining room. In the afternoon, we offer a complimentary dessert and coffee or tea at Afternoons at the Inn. For those who would like a cocktail the Ravens Bar opens provides Happy Hour.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $301.50 - $355

Big River top floor Executive King

Executive Suite with king bed. On the top floor of the Big River Building, this room has a wood burning fireplace, and overlooks the Inn's extensive gardens and out to Mendocino Bay. Paneled in ponderosa pine with redwood accents. Private Deck. Amenities include an in-room hospitality center with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker supplied with Big River organic, fair trade coffee. Includes breakfast from The Raven's extensive menu, cooked to your order in the dining room. HDTV by DirecTV and complimentary WiFi. ASt Afternoons at the Inn enjoy a complimentary dessert with coffee or tea. For those who would like something a bit stronger, the Raven's bar begins happy hour at 3:30 PM.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $310.50 - $365

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Location

Location Type

Oceanview, Rural, Small town, Wine country

Airport

90 miles

Directions to property:

1/4 mile South of Historic Mendocino Village, on Highway 1 and Comptche-Ukiah Road.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Tours

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Farm, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Bike rental, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Parking, Piano, Pool, Sauna, Secretarial services, Spa, Sports equipment rental, Wedding Facilities, Workout facility, iPhone docking station , Exercize Room, Yoga Classes

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Yoga Classes - Private and Group, Massage, Cooking classes, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Check Out:: 12:00pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night
  • Cancellations: Please see our website for all policies.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Joan and Jeff Stanford

Languages spoken

English, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , horses, llamas

About the innkeepers

The Stanfords moved to Mendocino as resident innkeepers to raise their young family creating a AAA 4 Diamond Inn from a basic motel. They created an organic farm and award winning plant based restaurant, pursuing a lifestyle that is more gentle on the earth. In the meantime, Joan became a board certified Art Therapist, while Jeff oversaw the farm and inn, and developed "field-school" programs in cooking, sustainable farming, and programs that support sustainability through mindfulness.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Serving Location: Lobby for dining with pets, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Plant Based


Signature Dish

Sea Palm Strudel
Sea Palm Strudel* created with locally harvested sea palm and Japanese root vegetables baked in sesame phyllo accompanied by a stir-fry of broccoli, shiitake mushroom, bell pepper and cashews with Umeboshi plum and Wasabi plum sauces


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