In the heart of Sonoma Valley, the charming village of Glen Ellen (pop. 784) is steeped in a blend of Sonoma County wines, local dining delights, and the valley's natural beauties.
Wine tasting opportunities abound in tasting rooms and wineries in Glen Ellen and throughout the Sonoma Valley. Lodging is available in the 22-room Jack London Lodge on the tree-lined Sonoma Creek; in the historic and stylish Gaige House + Ryokan; and in boutique hotels, bed and breakfast inns, and vacation rentals throughout the area.
Pick up picnic supplies at the Glen Ellen Village Market; Oak Hill Farm of Sonoma sells organic produce in its Red Barn Store off Highway 12; and breakfast and lunch are served up at Glen Ellen's charming Garden Court Café.
Sample gourmet cuisines in laid-back style. The fig café & wine bar, by renowned cookbook author Sondra Bernstein, provides country French home cooking. The Glen Ellen Inn Grill & Martini Bar is an American bistro with a French twist, while the Glen Ellen Star offers tastes of both local and international flavors in a neighborly setting.
Glen Ellen is also famous as the last home of Jack London, author of "Call of the Wild" and numerous other books, who lived there from 1905 until his death in 1916, at the age of 40. London's Beauty Ranch is now the 39-acre Jack London State Historic Park. In the summer, don’t miss Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Under the Stars performances in the park's old winery ruins.