If you’re eco-conscious at home, you’re probably also aware of sustainable travel options that allow you to explore the world without feeling like you’re contributing to waste, pollution and excess consumption. That’s the very concept behind eco-tourism destinations such as Stanford Inn by the Sea, a luxury resort perched overlooking California’s Mendocino coastline. 

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A horizon of gardens with a resort hidden in the greenery

The goals for the resort revolve around creating a memorable guest experience while providing for the well-being of the guest, planet and community. This holistic approach means visitors can experience award-winning vegan cuisine made with whole plants.

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A dining area with wooden chairs and tables

In addition to enjoying the food, guests can participate in cooking classes to learn how to make it when they return home. Many of the ingredients come from the Inn’s organic gardens. Guests can also learn more about organic farming and gardening during their stay. There’s a nutritionist onsite to balance out understanding about health and wellness to rely on once guests return home.  

A living room with a wooden eating area and a fireplace

Building materials for upgrades at the resort, such as sustainable wood and paints, are carefully chosen with the environment in mind. The resort participates in composting and recycling programs to minimize waste. The staff relies on natural cleaning supplies for the health of guests and the planet. The Inn also invests in bio-diesel fueled trucks for transporting goods. 

Two bedroom with a wooden armoire

The sustainability aspects of the resort hum along in the background of this luxury destination. These activities include a full range of massage services, outrigger canoes and bicycles, guided river tours, wildlife viewing, yoga, meditation and even breathwork sessions. The wellness center also offers “acupuncture, acupressure, moxa, cupping, individualized herbal formulations, tai ji (tai chi) instruction and health consultations.” 

A pathway leading to a greenhouse

Furthermore, artists of any level are welcome to join a creative playshop where they can explore different art mediums such as painting, drawing and collage. 

In summary, the philosophy of Stanford Inn by the Seas is explained in this statement released in regards to the educational component of the resort: “The Inn is committed to sharing its knowledge and passion through its Environmental Leadership Field School, where it promotes a sustainable mindset that begins with understanding soil, gardening, food production and preparation.” 

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