Stanford Inn by the Sea On Comptche-Ukiah Rd., Mendocino, (800) 331-8884, (707) 937-5615. 33 rooms; $$$-$$$+. Some kitchens; all wood-burning fireplaces. Indoor heated pool & hot tub; sauna; fitness room. Afternoon tea; evening snack; full breakfast.
Located on the outskirts of town, upon a bluff above a scenic llama farm and duck pond that is also home to black swans, these luxurious yet cozy pine- and redwood-paneled contemporary rooms are decorated with antiques, fresh flowers, and the work of local artists. Many have views overlooking gardens to the ocean beyond. Operating as a self-sufficient ecosystem, this unique property has a certified organic garden, nursery, and working farm spread over 10 acres. The greenhouse-enclosed pool and hot tub are like a tropical retreat, and mountain bikes are available for guests to borrow at no charge. Dogs get VIP treatment with special bedding, bones, biscuits, and water dishes.
The inn’s exceptional, totally vegan restaurant, Ravens Restaurant (B&D daily; $$. Reservations advised.), offers exciting, refined cuisine using only the freshest ingredients. In addition to serving complex dishes such as wild mushroom galette and blackened tofu Creole, this elegant, creative gourmet venue also offers pizza, polenta, and a portabella burger.
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pool image ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; food images courtesy of venue