An Ode to Glen Ellen: Your Day to Night Itinerary
One of Sonoma County's true treasures is Glen Ellen. Whether for a simple day trip or a weekend getaway, the sometimes overlooked town of just under 800 is filled with an assortment of hidden gems. From breathtaking natural beauty to a knockout culinary scene, this little town with a big heart is just waiting to surprise you.
Fuel up for your day at Les Pascals. If the cute yellow exterior doesn't lure you in, the smells of freshly baked bread and French pastries will. Order a chocolate croissant and a latte to start your day on a delicious note. Next up, be swept away by Quarryhill Botanical Garden, which Valley of the Moon Magazine calls Sonoma's "best-kept world-famous secret." The garden boasts of the largest collection of Asian plants in the west, featuring wild-sourced plants from China, Thailand, Korea, India and more. A robust assemblage of roses, lilies, maples and magnolias fill the park with the feeling of the far east. As you ascend to the top of the park you are presented with astounding views of the Sonoma Valley. After wrapping your morning in the garden, head over and grab your picnic essentials at Glen Ellen Village Market & Deli. Known for outstanding lunch options, particularly their sandwiches, the market is also stocked with fresh produce, local wines, craft beers and most any last minute knick-knacks you may have forgotten for your weekend getaway.