When thoughts of travel to the wine country are discussed, Napa, Calistoga, Healdsburg and Yountville come to mind. Destinations that many travel to and indulge in the beauty of the valley, but there are little jewels of towns throughout the wine regions of Northern California. Glen Ellen is one of those charming wine country towns in the heart of Sonoma Valley. It's famous for writer and adventurer Jack London, who lived in Glen Ellen from 1905 until 1916. Those who grew up reading The Call of the Wild will enjoy visiting author Jack London's onetime homestead located and preserved in the Jack London State Historic Park. For a stunning all-day hike, pack a picnic and take the 10-mile (round-trip) Sonoma Ridge Trail, which leads to glittering Bathhouse Lake and panoramic vineyard views.
Glen Ellen is also known for renowned wineries such as Benziger, a biodynamic and organic winery, which encompasses 85 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah vines. Tours and tastings are offered daily, and for a special treat, request the Tram Tour which includes a ride through the vineyards on a biofueled tractor-pulled cart.
When hunger pains strike, satiate those cravings with a picnic or sandwiches gathered from the Glen Ellen Village Market & Deli. For a more sit-down meal, restaurant style, The Fig Cafe is a must. Offering country french home cooking with a California seasonal twist.
After a day of wine tastings, hiking, and delicious food, it's time to experience a restful indulgence at the Olea Hotel. Nestled into a hillside and surrounded by oak and olive trees, this small boutique hotel offers unique amenities, modern guest rooms and an exceptional breakfast experience. In-room massages can be arranged while booking a room reservation, and pets are also welcomed in a few of the rooms. Olea Hotel provides guests with nightly wine tasting services featuring wines from local producers.
Little places often times offer more in terms of charm and sincere local experiences, and Glen Ellen seems to fit this wine country getaway mix perfectly.