The short romantic stretch of road through Elk, California is one of the most spectacular sections on the entire coast. The dramatic natural setting near your Mendocino, bed and breakfast accommodation makes it feel more isolated than it actually is. But this little burg has to be one of the liveliest, most pleasant villages hiding along the Mendocino coast.
Take along an Elk Cove Inn picnic lunch to enjoy while touring the Mendocino Coast or Anderson Valley Vineyards.
When you first arrive in the placid little town, sitting snugly atop its ocean cliffs and looking out upon a dazzling sea bejeweled by immense rocks called “sea stacks,” it is difficult to imagine its 140 year history.
Settled in 1852 by prospector Caleb Greenwood’s four sons, the town is still called by its founders’ names. In its heyday, Greenwood/Elk had a population of around 1,000, with 10 hotels, 14 saloons, several dance halls, three general stores, a butcher, creamery, jewelry store, candy store, barber shops, blacksmith shop and a livery stable.
The enduring old-fashioned, small town atmosphere may be the perfect antidote for the stress of modern urban life.