There’s little to compel anyone to drive 8 miles west of Guerneville, then north another 6 miles to the middle of nowhere. Little, except for the heavenly food at Raymond’s Bakery at Elim Grove, a bakery-lover’s dream. You might at first rub your eyes: Is that building with the blue sign and lights beckoning among the redwoods just a mirage?
The seeded sourdough, raspberry tarts, double-chocolate brownies, hand-thrown pizzas and sandwiches are very real, and earn solid five-star Yelp reviews. Everything is infused with the passion of former high-techie Mark Weiss. Come for Community Beer, Wine and Pizza nights on weekends and bed down in one of the snug cottages, if only for the ethereal experience of awakening to the aroma of fresh-baked bread.