Address:44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino, CA 95460 Parking: Parking is included with your stay. Plenty of parking on site, and even electric vehicle chargers. Fee: This is a luxury hotel, so expect to pay around $500 per night. The pet fee is $45 for the first pet; $22.50 for additional pets. Type: Hotel Dog Rules: Dogs are allowed everywhere except for the indoor pool/hot tub area.
Description: The Stanford Inn By The Sea is right next door to To Catch a Canoe (and you get a discount for canoeing if you stay there). The hotel was beautiful, and our room had a fireplace and private deck. Prices can be a bit steep, but it's worth it for a special stay. We had a wonderful stay in a beautiful, quiet room, and explored all the trails around the large property. Mutt Mitt bags are stationed throughout, and you can explore the gardens and even visit the llamas, donkeys and horses onsite.
I would 100% recommend this hotel to enjoy with your dog, but unfortunately I would not recommend eating at the restaurant. I'd recommend taking the short drive into town where there are numerous options for some of the best restaurants on the coast.
Raven's Restaurant I was excited for the convenience of a dog-friendly restaurant just steps from our room, but we tried two meals and were extremely disappointed. The restaurant is very expensive and food is unappetizing. We only saw two other people at the restaurant both times, so we should have taken that as a bad sign. The food is 100% vegan, and I love vegan food (I'm vegetarian). I actually recently had the best meal of my life at a vegan sushi spot in Berkeley. Maybe my husband and I are just spoiled, but the food here was nearly inedible.
Dinner Although dogs are allowed inside the restaurant, we opted to have our dinner outside on the deck. In hindsight, we should have stayed inside because there were a ton of mosquitos. However, we got to see a lot of cool bats flying around. Cocktails were good. We had the guacamole and tofu as starters, which were both OK but overpriced. I asked what main dishes I could have without onions and after a lot of back and forth, they told us everything was pre-made, which was not a good sign. I saw a portobello mushroom on flatbread on the menu, so I figured that would be simple enough, but we found out that even had onions on top and was pre-made. They offered to make me a special dish, a "stir fry", which I appreciated, but this appeared to be microwaved frozen vegetables drenched in soy sauce with a side of plain rice. My husband had mushrooms and polenta, and he is known to devour just about anything but could not finish this dish. It was strange, plating was unappetizing and dishes had no flavor.
Breakfast Breakfast was included with our stay, and I figured something like pancakes would be a safe option, but even that was not good. Their pancakes were dense buckwheat. I've personally made vegan pancakes and other baked goods that were delicious, so this was a huge disappointment. My husband had Eggs Benedict, which was a very strange dish covered in mustard. I've never seen him reach for salt and pepper, or call a restaurant dish "disgusting," but he did both this time. We would have rather went into town for breakfast, even though this meal was free.
It's unfortunate that the restaurant is so bad while the hotel is so great. I'd recommend taking the short drive into town where there are numerous options for great restaurants. Maybe one day they will get a new chef.