Dog-friendly health and wellness

Health and Wellness for People and Dogs in California

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Coastal Mendocino: sustainable by nature

Maya hanging out in the garden. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya hanging out in the garden. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Sustainable practices and cleaning products. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast.

Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly California destination weaves wellness, relaxation and earth-friendly elements into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. more »

The Stanford Inn - authentically eco-minded

At the Stanford Inn, being eco-minded is not just a buzzword!
At the Stanford Inn, being eco-minded is not just a buzzword!

A 2022 report from Expedia Group explores the brand principles that travelers value: a commitment to sustainability, small crowds, local businesses and mental well-being top that list. At the Stanford Inn, these values aren’t just buzzwords. Since the early 1980s, owners Joan and Jeff Stanford have been guided by a purpose-driven, light-on-the-land mindset. That ethic influences everything at the resort, including room amenities, menu items, guest programs, conservation practices and even cleaning products. more »

Walking Trails and Waggin’ Tails Near the Stanford Inn

Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe.
Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe.

Stanford Inn Wellness Programs Director Sid Garza-Hillman oversees experiences that help resort guests recharge, revive and restore their health. One of his favorite recommendations is a simple one: walking. Taking more steps benefits both humans and their four-legged family members. With gorgeous beaches, state parks and small-town streets all within a stone’s throw of the Stanford Inn, it’s a great place to start. more »

Snow dogs! Where to ruff it up in the white stuff

Winter fun in the snow
Winter fun in the snow

Those of us who live in California have to pinch ourselves in thanks for proximity to gorgeous mountain environments just day-trip distance away. Even if you don’t live in a snow zone, it’s easy enough to visit—and no need to leave your four-legged sidekick behind.

Here are some of our favorite places and tips for a fun snow trip with your dog:

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Don’t forget to winterize your pup

Warm paws and prevent ice buildup between toes with booties.
Warm paws and prevent ice buildup between toes with booties.

Winterization is not just about packing some de-icer, a scraper and filling up with below-zero windshield-wiper fluid before heading into the mountains in winter. If you’ll be accompanied by a four-legged companion, you’ll want to winterize her, too. more »

Rest and Recharge in Coastal Mendocino at the Stanford Inn!

Rest and Recharge in Coastal Mendocino at the Stanford Inn!


Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast.

Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly destination weaves wellness, relaxation and only-in-California recreation into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. more »

Wellness by the Sea at the Stanford Inn

Maya checks out the USDA Certified Organic farm garden.
Maya checks out the USDA Certified Organic farm garden.


While many spa and wellness resorts push guests toward fixed goals, the Stanford Inn by the Sea breaks healthy living into manageable, easy-to-integrate steps. At the property’s Mendocino Center for Living Well, long-term wellness starts with nutritious food and simple habits that inspire joy—from the delight that comes with discovering new trails with the dogs, to the satisfaction of meditating or relaxing in a saltwater poolmore »

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