Stanford Inn by the Sea
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We left Fortuna on the way to Mendocino. Google maps says the distance is 127 miles and should take about 2.5 hours. Google maps, however, does not have a bumblebee for a trip-planning navigator.
Today's drive took Highway 101, turning inland. This meant the end of our coastal views, but 101 is two lanes wide and is very winding -- it is …
We hit the Avenue of the Giants early and it was like driving into a tunnel. Jst magnificent to see these 2000+ year old tree that have survived so much. Even the fallen ones are awesome to see. So thankfull for the foresight some of our predecessors had to save some of these wonders for us to enjoy. Hope we can preserve something for our grandkids instead of using everything ...
Hello from Fort Bragg and the Noyo River Marina. We had an easy motor getting here with absolutely no wind once again. It's getting to be our unfortunate mantra.
Fort Bragg is the town here and it sits up high on a ridge. The marina is on the Noyo River which sits well below the town underneath a very tall highway bridge. Because of the difference between these two locations they have completely different feels. The town is like most small towns ...
... tall and old, many covered in dangling, fuzzy moss, and commented how truly quiet and calm it was.
After our walk, we stopped by "Big Tree" which was 304 feet tall, 21.6 feet in diameter, 68 feet in circumference, and estimated to be 1500 years old. We then drove up a massive hill to access the Lady Bird Johnson Grove, which again was not dog friendly, so we walked briefly down the mile loop, leaving ...
... conditions than the endlessly flat and straight roads that criss-cross Florida, and after about 45 minutes, Jonas directed me into the parking lot of the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Jonas ordered up a beer as the color crept back into my white knuckles (seriously, we had covered about 20 miles at this point, and did not feel close to the coast at all). I had a sample of the Summer Solstice beer, which tasted like melted caramel. We started ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Stanford Inn by the Sea Mendocino
We stayed with our dog last weekend, and I was impressed by the attention to detail when we checked in: the fireplace all ready to go, soft music playing, curtains open to the beautful view. The feather bed was very comfortable. They are very pet friendly - our dog Casey had a treat and a biscuit with a little bow waiting for her. We also got a bottle of wine. They give you "pet sheets" so your dog can lounge on the bed or sofa, and there was free juice and water in the mini fridge. The breakfast was delicous. The only sour note on what would have otherwise been a nearly perfect nigth was the very rude reception we got from the hostess at breakfast. The ignored us when we first walked in, and then snapped at me when I asked if we could sit further inside, "Not with the dog you can't!" as if I were supposed to know. The reception staff were a little chilly as well, although certainly helpful.
Stanford Inn--False Advertising
Don't trust the Stanford Hotel in Mendocino to live up to anything they advertise on their Website. I was quoted a rate of $250.75 plus tax a night and then when I tried to find out about their free kyak rentals, which they advertised on their home page, was told they didn't do that. Finally, after much discussion with one of the owners about false advertising, she agreed to give fulfil their advertisement. Then, 15 minutes later I got a call and was told they would not offer me the rate their front desk person quoted me...that my date was a blackout period. Now this just feels like punishment for making them live up to their advertisement. Mrs. Stanford would not back down, so I canceled my reservation.
We stayed at the Standford Inn in October and it was above and beyond my expecations...which it should be considering the price. We brought our 20 month old daughter, who loved all the amenities (garden, animals, pool, toys in the lobby and dining area, children's books, and even a little bathrobe for venturing to the pool).
We stayed at the Stanford Inn because they could accomodate our 2 well behaved dogs. It IS high end,especailly for Mendocino, although it has a big hotel feel that I do not travel to the north coast for.
Exactly What We Wanted
We were looking for a quiet, relaxing retreat in an idyllic setting. We were more than impressed with what we found at the Stanford Inn. The accommodations, while not elegant, were well appointed, had many unexpected amenities and features, were clean and quite comfortable. I had no idea what to expect from a vegetarian restauarant, but was more than a little surprised at how elegant the food was. No one should concern themselves that they will miss meat---the cuisine was outstanding.
We made use of the amenities, including the canoe ride into the Big River. What a wonderful way to spend a day!!!! My wife and I both found the experience enriching, refreshing and would not hesitate to return.
Good food but inn is TOO expensive
here is a opposing view: we stayed at their cottage away from the main building ($400 per night during the week!!!) and had a very average bedroom plus living room. there we lots of 'personal' touches - bottle of wine, fluffy towels etc as other reviewers have noted, but no way its worth $400. plus you can hear the traffic from route 1. the restaurant was very good - its vegetarian and we had a great dinner there. service overall was good. mendocino is cute - but it takes 1 hour max to visit. my advice is stay at calistoga next time (1 hour away) and get a great mud bath + massage and i bet $400 gets you a palace.
Stanford Inn is simply ... the best!!!
I have just returned from a two night stay at Stanford Inn. I was profoundly enchanted by the exquisite accommodations, the magical llamas, the organic gardens, "to die for" cuisine, and the warmth and professionalism of the staff. I had the good fortune to speak with Jeff Stanford, the inn's owner, and was very inspired by his commitment to caring for our planet as well as his wealth of guests. This is not an inn for "average" folks, it is a place for those who insist on enjoying the best that life has to offer.
My husband and I stayed at the Stanford Inn for 7 days while on our honeymoon. It was a pleasure to stay there. The staff really caters to you to make sure your stay is enjoyable and relaxing. I would highly recommend the Inn!
What an experience we had. We stayed for three nights (( would not suggest any less than that). The room was so cozy, comfortable and romantic. It had a wood fireplace, balcony with an ocean view, tv/vcr/dvd, stereo, probably the most comfortable robes I have ever worn at a hotel. It was all very plush! The room came with a full breakfast that we could order off of the menu. It is a vegetarian restaurant, but we certainly did not miss any of the meat that we sometimes have. Their omelettes were awesome as was their french toast! The best part of the place was the pool. It is enclosed in a greenhouse and is heated. They have classical music playing and it is like another world. There is also a hot tub and sauna. There gardens were beautiful - all organic. they have llamas, horses, ducks, lots of cats and dogs.
Stayed here in May 2003, and found it to be absolutely wonderful -- my favorite Inn so far. Stayed on the 2nd floor with a sweeping view of the grounds and the ocean (worth the price for the upgrade). The staff was friendly and the breakfast extraordinary. I felt so at home. If only I didn't have to leave...