It’s hard to imagine a warmer welcome you and your pet will get at Stanford Inn by the Sea, a boutique hotel with a decades-long commitment to four-legged guests. You’ll be welcomed with all manner of comforts and amenities, including a spa, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fireplace, private deck and free Wi-fi. Nor will your dog be neglected: she’ll eat out of stainless-steel bowls, lounge on “dog sheets” protecting the furniture and be provided with a bed if you didn’t bring one from home.
At mealtime, your pup can snuggle under a table in the lobby while you enjoy food from the adjacent The Ravens restaurant, acclaimed for vegan cuisine prepared from ingredients grown in certified organic gardens right out the door.
Special events are in store during Mendocino County’s Nov. 3-12 Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival. Daily during the festival, Ravens will be serving a four-course mushroom tasting menu (in addition to the regular menu). On Sunday, Nov. 5, and again on Nov 12, a medicinal mushroom breakfast will be served. Nov. 11 brings a “forest to table” wine pairing dinner, while cooking classes and mushroom identification tours are scheduled at other times during the week.
Call Stanford Inn at (707) 937-5615 for more information or reservations.
For those who’d like to explore the Big River Estuary with their dog, the inn’s Catch-a-Canoe and Bicycles Too! is providing complimentary maps with photographs depicting the region’s history.
Lest we forget: If you come later in the month or in December, you’re in for more special treats as the inn decorates (lavishly) for the holidays.