I caught a nasty cold over the weekend so I'm spending most of today on the couch with some tea and a blanket. The Boyfriend planned such an amazing getaway for us, though, that I wanted to stop by and share some photos with you. I've been talking about going to Mendocino County for a while now because I've never been anywhere north of Sonoma. So, for my birthday weekend, The Boyfriend planned a surprise visit to Mendocino. We picked up some macarons from Chantal Guillon on our way out of the city then headed to The Stanford Inn by the Sea, which was just about a mile south of the village of Mendocino. The inn is a big proponent of environmental sustainability. The restaurant at the inn served only vegan cuisine - most of the ingredients were grown there on the property - and kept donkeys, horses, and llamas on the grounds to maintain the yards and provide fertilizer. Birthday balloons and chocolates were waiting for us when we got to our room and every afternoon room service brought us fresh chocolate chip cookies. They were the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. And they were vegan! We had a great time exploring the coast and relaxing by the fireplace. Overall, it was the perfect birthday weekend.
|The view from our room.|