La Honda

 

A drive nine miles east on Highway 84 takes you into the redwoods and brings you to La Honda (population 600), first settled in 1861. A forest retreat for San Francisco society in the late 1800s, it became a popular summering spot in the first part of this century. By the 1960s, it was discovered by counter-culture gurus such as author Ken Kesey. Today it boasts camps, gardens, several tasty eateries, a craft gallery and burgeoning small businesses. 

Photo by Jay Graham