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Things to do in Elk

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
“ This cafe is located in the town of Elk, approx. 15 miles south of Mendocino. It will take 20-30 minutes, depending on season and traffic. Driving along the coast is scenic and beautiful, so take your time. The food is great, atmosphere even better. This is a local spot and very popular, so during the summer season, can require a bit of a wait. If you have a larger party, they will take a reservation, otherwise, its first come, first seated. There is an outdoor deck that has a nice view to the ocean side. It can be a bit brisk, even in summer, so have layers to don. The beach is located across the street and is a great way to either work up an appetite or work off a meal. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Basic groceries plus upscale deli, incredible Panini sandwiches, good selection of beers, wines, cheeses, vegetables. Very nice people.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Locally-sourced cuisine served over a Pacific coastline view
“Recently awarded a Michelin star, an insanely good meal. The price tag is no small thing, so check in to see if they have availablility for a drink on the patio at sunset if you are looking for something more low-key. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“A good sections of home, garden and gifts with local books, art and products.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Indie Theater
“A parking lot for the beach access is on Highway 1 across from the Elk Store. The visitor center and town museum is located 100 yards north. A well-graded trail leads from the parking area down to the driftwood-laden beach where Greenwood Creek pools at the base of Bonee Gulch. This is a picturesque spot to say the least. Gunderson Rock is a rock island that stands tall just offshore from the beach. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“A great selection of local art - jewelry, painting, photos, sculpture, wood working, ceramics, etc.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“THE breakfast/lunch spot. Highly recommend huevos rancheros, followed by lingering walk on Elk Beach.”
  • 1 local recommends
“A small casual dinner house and pub that is a favorite of many locals offering fine dining and country fare. Hearty cottage pies, pizzas, and desserts that you must save room for.”
  • 1 local recommends
“Recently revitalized and now quite charming, the Elk Country Store has so much to offer including a deli where fresh wraps, sandwiches, soups and more are made up daily. Right across the street from the Elk Greenwood State Beach parking lot. Grab a sandwich and take a walk down the beautiful and often empty beach.”
  • 1 local recommends
Street Address
“About a 45 minute drive South, spectacular views. Go on Sunday and order the best eggs benedict you'll ever have in your life!”
  • 1 local recommends
“Great food at a great price! Prefix 4 course meal usually with choice of entree for $20 ”
  • 1 local recommends
“Quaint historic old mill town. About a 30 minute drive from the Gazelle Resort.”
  • 5 locals recommend