Falling Asleep to the Roar of the Ocean in Mendocino, California
Laura Ashley’s cabbage-rose design aesthetic lives on at Mendocino inns: lace curtains and flowered wallpaper are the norm. Stanford Inn bucks the trend. The rooms are in modern buildings with wood-burning fireplaces, knotty-pine-paneled walls, excellent soundproofing, and balconies overlooking gorgeous gardens and a horse paddock. The ocean lies in the distance, its roar never out of ear shot. Town is a ten-minute walk away, but there are free bicycles to get you there faster. The inn’s organic gardens provide food for the vegetarian dining room, the Ravens.