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The Stanford Inn & Resort ~ Inspirations

Enjoy these inspirations penned by Jeff and Joan Stanford, Sid Garza-Hillman, and occasional Guest Writers. A treasury of thoughtful insights as well as guidance on the challenges and joys of daily life.

711, 2021

Ravens’ Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Spinach Roulade

Stanford Inn’s Ravens Restaurant presents: A favorite holiday entrée that can be made ahead and frozen. Served with roasted Brussels sprouts and/or roasted baby carrots, this dish is elegant, colorful, and [...]

2710, 2021

Personal Growth: Prepare Yourself for Wisdom

"Those who possess wisdom cannot just ladle it out to every wantwit and jackanapes who comes along and asks for it. A person must be prepared to receive wisdom, [...]

2310, 2021

The Gift of Health

The Stanford Inn is the kind of place we would all build if we were as singled-minded, as energetic, as creative as the Stanford family. The Inn is wonderful!!” [...]

309, 2021

Pandemic Reflections: Change Your Mind

This past year and a half gave us an opportunity to open to nature, attending to movement and changes with the seasons that we had failed to notice when [...]

1008, 2021

According to Sid: The Mind & Body Connection

This is Sid. I LOVE teaching classes at the resort and working with clients — teaching nutrition, cooking, and my small steps approach to health and happiness. [...]

Mendocino, California

Mendocino sits atop beautiful ocean bluffs surrounded on three sides by Mendocino Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bluffs comprise the Mendocino Headlands and offer walking trails that afford incredible views of the ocean and the lovingly restored 1850’s New England style Victorians which now house restaurants, specialty shops, galleries and provide lodging for Mendocino artists.

The Mendocino Art Center serves area artists as well as artists throughout the United States. All this is the nature of Mendocino, located about 150 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1.

Besides the natural beauty, visitors to Mendocino will find a variety of things to see and do.

Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy bluff-top excursions to view seabirds, the seasonal gray whale migration and spring wildflowers. Nearby Big River Beach is ideal for family picnics and Big River is an ecological treasure which is easily explored by canoe or kayak which can be rented at Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, too! Montgomery Woods up Comptche Ukiah Road offers virgin redwood groves with the tallest living tree in the world.Redwoods and Douglas Firs dominate the Russian Gulch State Park as well as other nearby State Parks including Van Damme and Hendy Woods. Many of these parks allow dogs on their trails. And at MacKerricher State Park Lari Shea offer horseback riding along the beach.

Mendocino is the perfect destinations for gay and lesbian travelers as Mendocino is gay-friendly. Stanford Inn provides gay-friendly lodging, massage and vegetarian dining. Mendocino is truly a special destination – it is the “wine country coast” with Anderson Valley wineries within only twenty minutes drive and Sonoma’s fine wineries just an hour south.

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