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The Vegetarian Travel Guide™ offers our online visitors a comprehensive list of vegan and vegetarian vacation destinations around the world. Our online directory includes B&B's, sports & fitness retreats, natural hot springs, living food retreats and educational centers, meditation retreats, spas, and yoga retreats.

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Stanford Inn by the Sea
44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, POB 487, Mendocino, CA 95460
707-937-5615 or 800-331-8884 (Toll-Free)
Cuisine: Dine at the inn's vegan eatery "Ravens Restaurant".
Description: Nestled on a Mendocino Coast hillside, Stanford Inn, a Mendocino Resort, sits atop a meadow overlooking Mendocino Bay.
Pepper Tree Retreat
1130 McAndrew Road (P.O. Box 1560) Ojai, CA 93024
805-646-4773 or 877-355-5986 (Toll-Free)
Cuisine: A vegetarian breakfast buffet with vegan options is offered each morning.
Description: Pepper Tree Retreat, an Ojai bed and breakfast inn is the former home of philosopher J. Krishnamurti, perhaps Ojai's most famous resident.

Learn Vegan Cuisine
San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center, 5049 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Cuisine: Vegan

Description: All guests receive recipe handouts. Learn how to make Vegan Cuisine.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs
25000 Glen Ivy Road, Corona, CA 92883
888-453-6489 (Toll-Free)
Cuisine: Some vegetarian & vegan options at their GOCO Cafe.

Harbin Hot Springs
18424 Harbin Springs Rd., Middletown, CA 95461
707-987-2477 or California toll-free: 1-800-622-2477.
Cuisine: Vegetarian options at all meals. Eclectic cuisine often features organic produce from local farms.
Description: Temporarily closed due to fire. One of the oldest and most beautiful hot springs in California, Harbin Hot Springs is now operated as a non-profit retreat and workshop center.
Sacred Springs Retreat
Middletown, CA
Cuisine: 100% raw, living foods or a mix of raw and cooked foods or liquid diet including juices, soups, super food smoothies; use locally grown produce whenever possible.
Description: Offer a combination of a spiritual retreat and alternative, holistic healing therapies. Visits by appointment only.
Sierra Hot Springs
521 Campbell Hot Springs Rd., Sierraville, CA 96126
Cuisine: Although they do serve meat and fish entrees, there is always a vegetarian option

Description: Sierra Hot Springs is a non-profit retreat and workshop center.

We Care Detox Spa and Spiritual Retreat
18000 Long Canyon Rd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
760-251-2261 or 800-888-2523 (Toll-Free):
Cuisine: Their program is an "all-liquid juice fasting & detoxification process. We Care Spa prepares a nutritious green salad for you to take on the plane or to eat prior to departure.

Description: Family-owned spa and spiritual retreat.

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
39171 Tassajara Road, Carmel Valley , CA 93924
415-865-1899 (Summer Guest Season reservations)
Cuisine: Three vegetarian meals are served daily to overnight guests. Breakfast and dinner are family style. For lunch, guests may choose between eating in the dining room or making a “bag lunch” from a buffed.
Description: Soto Zen Buddhist monastery which, from May through August, Tassajara opens its gates for workshops, retreats, guest practice, work-study programs, and the quiet, peaceful solitude of our mountain valley.
Deer Park Monastery
2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
Description: A 400-acre Buddhist sanctuary providing a safe, secluded, peaceful place to cultivate inner solidity and clarity, under the guidance of their teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. " We welcome you to come and practice with us, for a Day of Mindfulness, for a few days a week or several weeks."
Yokoji Zen Mountain Center
58900 Apple Canyon Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Description: Offer offer year round training in Zen Buddhism, both residential and non-residential.
Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery
3724 Summit Drive, Mount Shasta, CA 96067-9012
Cuisine: All meals are vegetarian (may include dairy and egg).
Description: Throughout the year we offer a range of retreats that focus on the fundamentals of Buddhism, Buddhist Scriptures andĀ Sutras, and aspects and questions arising out of contemporary practice.
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA 94965
415-383-3134 (Tue- Sat 9am-noon and 2-4pm; Sun 9-10 am. Hours vary during retreat times).
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
Description: Afilliated with the San Francisco Zen Center. Offer daily meditation, regular monastic retreats and practice periods, classes, lectures, and workshops.
California Vipassana Center | Dhamma Mahavana
P.O. Box 1167, North Fork, CA 93643
Cuisine: Vegetarian. "If the diet is too specialized or would interfere with meditation, we might have to ask you to wait until you can be more flexible."
Description: 109 acre forested Buddhist center in the Sierra foothills where the technique of Vipassana meditation is taught and practiced. Ten day residential courses throughout the year.
Land of Medicine Buddha
5800 Prescott Rd., Soquel, CA 95073
Cuisine: 100% vegetarian cuisine "prepared fresh daily by our team of dedicated chefs."
Description: Green certified non-profit retreat center located in Santa Cruz County offering Buddhist classes and retreats, and personal retreats.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Map)
5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Woodacre, CA 94973
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
Description: Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. The Center hosts a full program of ongoing classes, daylong programs, and residential retreats.

Optimum Health Institute of San Diego
6970 Central Ave., Lemon Grove, CA 91945-3346
Cuisine: Servs live raw organic vegetarian meals consisting of sprouts, greens, fruits, vegetables, enzyme-rich rejuvelac (a naturally fermented, nonalcoholic beverage) and sauerkraut. Wheatgrass juice is consumed twice a day.
Description: OHI is a healing ministry of the Free Sacred Trinity Church. People of all traditions are welcome to participate in our integrated program for mental, physical, spiritual and emotional healing.

Chumayo Spa
120 H Street, P.O. Box 191, Blue Lake, CA 95525
Cuisine: Self serve. Upstairs guest room comes with a kitchenette, basic cookware.
The Ashram
2025 McKain Street, Calabasas, CA 91302-2317
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
Description: Retreats dedicated to health, fitness and renewal.
Golden Door

P.O. Box 463077, Escondido, CA 92046-3077
Cuisine: Mostly vegetarian, with vegan options.
Description: Escape to the original flagship Golden Door spa near San Diego, California, offering treatments and ideals rich in tradition, yet executed with a modern interpretation. Join us for a weeklong customized stay in this atmosphere of rare privacy, and achieve a deep, meaningful rapport with nature, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow guests, and discover a meaningful reconnection to your innermost self.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone, CA 95472
Cuisine: Dine at nearby restuarants.
Weimar Center
20601 West Paoli Lane, Weimar, CA 95736
530-637-4111 or 888-370-8782 (Toll-Free)
Cuisine: Vegan.
Description: Seventh-day Adventist health & education center offering the NEWSTART®18-day program.


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The Expanding Light
14618 Tyler Foote Rd., Nevada City, CA 95959
530-478-7518 or 800-346-5350 (Toll-Free)
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
Description: We share the nonsectarian meditation practices and yoga philosophy of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Ananda's founder, Swami Kriyananda. Give yourself a gift: unplug from busy-ness and recharge your spiritual batteries. Come almost any day of the year and stay as long as you like.
The Ojai Foundation
9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, CA 93023
Cuisine: Vegetarian options.
Description: Their public and private programs, both in Ojai and at other locations, offer individuals and groups of all ages an opportunity to explore community, live close to nature, find renewal, and mark significant rites of passage through ceremony, quiet reflection, and shared service.
Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
408-846-4064 (Monday-Thursday 9-5. Friday 9-5:30. Saturday 11-5. Sunday closed.)
Cuisine: Vegetarian.
Description: Mount Madonna Center is a conference and retreat center located on 355 acres of mountain-top redwood forest and grassland overlooking Monterey Bay, between Santa Cruz and Monterey, in Northern California.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-272-9322 or 800-469-9642 (Toll-Free)
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Description: Yoga retreats based on the teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda.

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