In the heart of Wine Country and the Sonoma Valley sits the quaint and charming village of Glen Ellen. With a population of only 784, yet filled with great restaurants, parks, and historic sites, it truly is the hidden gem of the Sonoma Valley. Be sure to explore these lovely areas of Glen Ellen during your next trip out to Sonoma!
1. Explore History At Jack London State Historic Park
The home of famed American novelist, journalist, and social activist. Today, this site is a California State Historic Park, and includes the ruins of the Jack London home (Wolf House), the cottage in which Jack London and his family lived, and the graves of Jack London and his wife. During your visit, you can tour the park and historic properties, hike, picnic, and learn more about the history of Jack London.
2. Indulge At Local Restaurants
For a small town, Glen Ellen boats some of the greatest eats in the Sonoma Valley. Some of visitors and locals favorite places to grab a bite in Glen Ellen include: the fig cafe & winebar, Glen Ellen Star, Glen Ellen Village Market & Deli, Glen Ellen Inn, Yeti Restaurant, Aventine Glen Ellen, Garden Court Cafe, and Umbria Glen Ellen.
3. Marvel In The Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Photo by Quarryhill Botanical Garden
The Quarryhill Botanical Garden was created by Jane Davenport Jansen in 1968. Today, it boasts one of North America's largest collections of temperate-climate Asian plants. The property also features waterfalls, ponds, and amazing views of the Sonoma Valley. Visitors are welcome to picnic and tour the beautiful property.
4. Sip From Local Wineries and Vineyards
Photo by Talisman Wine
Like most towns in Sonoma County, Glen Ellen is home to dozens of local wineries and vineyards. Some lovely local places to stop and sip wine in Glen Ellen include Benziger Family Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, and Talisman Winery.
5. Go Horseback Riding
Photo by Triple Creek Horse Outfit
Triple Creek Horse Outfit in Glen Ellen was names one of the nation's "Top 10 Places to Ride a Horse" by USA Today. Get in touch with the beautiful nature and surroundings of Glen Ellen, and even take a tour of Jack London State Park on horseback.