In the mid-1800s, a tiny vineyard was first named Glen Ellen in what is now a beautiful town of the same name. This tiny community was also the former home of well-known authors Jack London and Hunter S. Thompson.
Located in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon, Glen Ellen is a picturesque location where you can explore the area’s parklands, savor great food and wine or just kick back and relax. And it’s only about an hour from San Francisco.
In an area just over two square miles, Glen Ellen offers several places to stay. Most everything is within walking distance. Here’s what you’ll find:
The Gaige House is a luxe romantic getaway that combines modern design with an Asian influence spread over an acre of lush grounds. Whether you stay in the main house, a suite with a view of the Calabazas Creek or a Zen suite, you’re guaranteed comfort and tranquility. Our over-sized Zen suite was complete with a granite soaking tub, double shower, interior glass atrium with private garden, gas fireplace and secluded patio. Join guests for complimentary wine and cheese in the hotel’s living room most evenings.
Interested in a serene escape? Then head to the Secret Cottages at the Glen Ellen Inn. Find privacy, a Jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace and deck – all nestled by the Calabazas Creek.
Another option is The Chauvet. On the National Register of Historic Places, the building was completed in 1906 by an early settler whose brickyard was the source of materials. Large, modern vacation condos are available to rent.
Wineries hope you’ll buy wine and other goodies when you visit, so don’t disappoint.
The Jack London Village Shops is the site of the town’s original grist mill complete with waterwheel (transformed from a saw mill in the 1850s to a winery in 1870). Now full of artisans (and some say ghosts) find The Secret Nest antiques (707.935-8587), Wine Country Chocolates, with its own tasting room, as well as a gallery, jewelry store, restaurants and winery tasting rooms. It is also the site of the Sunday Community Farmers Market.
It’s the Glen Ellen Village Market for picnic supplies – sandwiches, salads, wine and more.
OTHER ESSENTIALS: Sonoma County Visitors Bureau; Sonoma County Vintners
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