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Glen Ellen

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Glen Ellen

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Glen Ellen is located in Sonoma County in the Sonoma Valley wine region and was once the home to the writer Jack London. Glen Ellen is home to the state park that bears Jack London's name as well as world class restaurants and wineries. Glen Ellen is a romantic, sleepy little town that is a great place to get way from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Get in

Glen Ellen is 60 miles north of San Francisco and is relatively near to the San Francisco International Airport, Oakland Airport, and Sacramento Airport. There is also a local airport in Santa Rosa that has recently started offering commercial flight and from select locations.

  • Charles M. Schulz Sonoma county Airport (Airport Code: STS) [19] 2290 Airport Boulevard. +1 (707) 565-7240. Offering flights to Las Vagas, Seattle, LA and Portland.

Get around

Glen Ellen is a very small town with only one stop light. Walking is a fantastic was to see "downtown" but to get to most - if not all - of the wineries driving is necessary.

Please Do Not Drink and Drive Although you may not feel like you are drinking, it only takes a few wine tastings to be over the legal limit. Be safe and have a designated driver or hire a limo for the day.

  • Classic Limousines(707)938-3879
  • Wine Country Limousines (707)313-5513


  • Jack London's Wolf House, inside the Jack London State Park. The Wolf House is the remains of a house built by Jack London for his wife. The house was destroyed in a fire on August 23rd 1913.
  • Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Rd, [1]. The estate of the famous writer Jack London who wrote Call of the Wild. This park has many day hikes and horseback riding trails and is home to the Jack London Wolf House.
  • Sonoma Valley Regional Park, 13630 Sonoma Hwy (Hwy 12). Sunrise-Sunset. 162 acres of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Once a part of the Eldridge Develop-Mental Center, it is now a fantastic place to take the family on a sunny afternoon. Enjoy pick-nick tables and the dog park.
  • Bouverie Audubon Presserve, +1 (707) 938-4554, [2]. This amazing 500 acre preserve was donated by David Bouverie in 1979 and is home to 130 species of birds and 350 species of flowing plants. In order to maintain the pristine environment visitation is highly regulated. Public tours are offered one or two Saturdays a month and are well worth calling in advanced to be a part of. Wear hiking books and explore the natural beauty including breath taking waterfalls and vistas.
  • Dunbar Elementary 5th Grade Melodrama, Dunbar Elementary School 11700 Dunbar Rd. One weekend a year, in late May, the whole town - and quite a few visitors - show up to Dunbar Elementary School to watch and participate in the 5th Grade Melodrama. Held on the outdoor "Haver Stage" with grass and blanket seating, this play is always a hoot. Boo and Hiss at the villain, Sign for the heroin and Cheer the hero through their adventures. Bring a pick-nick and a bottle of wine and enjoy the fun and local culture.


  • Elizabeth Anne Perrone Dog Park, 13630 Sonoma Highway (Inside the Sonoma Valley Regional Park). Perfect for traveling dog lovers. Elizabeth's Dog Park is a fantastic one acre fenced in play-ground for our furry four-legged friends. There are pick-nick benches and a gazebo for sitting and avoiding the sun while you watch groups of dogs play together. $5 to park all day.

  • Glen Ellen Village Fair, Arnold Drive. The Glen Ellen Village Fair happens once a year, the second Sunday in October, and is well worth wondering through. The majority of Arnold Drive is closed down through town and the street is lined with booths of local good and hand crafts. At 10AM it starts with a parade featuring the volunteer fire department, The Sonoma High School marching band and lots of other local groups. Make sure to buy a ticket for the quilt raffle, the quilt is made by 10 local women and is donated every year to raise money for the community.

Wine Tasting

Posted Sign of the Local Wineries
  • Benziger Family Winery, 1883 London Ranch Rd, +1 888 490-2739, [3]. This truly family winery, located on the hill above Glen Ellen, has endeared itself to the local community and tourist alike through generous giving to Dunbar Elementary School and amazing wines. This is one of the few wineries that has fun activities for kids too. The "Biodynamic Vineyard Tram Tours" take all visitors on a tractor driven tram through the winery. $15 for 21+ (includes wine tasting) $5 for under 21. If you want to taste the most amazing wines take the time to do the Reserve Room tasting $15 for 5 reserve/biodynamic wine tastings. 20% of Benziger's wines are organic.
  • BR Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Highway (Hwy 12), +1 (800) 330-4060, [4]. Wine Tasting Daily 10AM-5PM. Great Wine! Great Parties! BR Cohn Winery is much more than just a vineyard and a winery, it is a event destination. Check their website for charity concerts, harvest dances and other events. In addition to fun events (buy tickets in advance) BR Cohn offers wine tasting and olive oil & vinegar tasting in their beautiful farm house.
  • Imagery Estate Winery, 14335 Sonoma Highway (Hwy 12), +1 (707) 935-4515, Toll Free +1 (877) 550-4278, [5]. Wine Tasting: Year Round Daily 10AM-4:30PM, Summer Months (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Sun-Thur 10AM-4:30PM, Fri-Sat 10AM-5PM..
  • Little Vineyards, 15188 Sonoma Hwy (Hwy 12), +1 (707) 996-2750, [6]. Wine Tasting: Thurs-Mon 11AM - 4:30PM. Little Vineyards was founded in 1996 by Joan and Rich Little, and it is, just as it's name suggests, little. 25 acres total and only 17 acres of vineyards, Little Vineyards makes amazing wines in small batches. Their wine tasting is the best value in Sonoma County, only $5 for a 5 wine flight. If you want to emerge yourself in the wine country, consider staying at their "Cottage" in the vineyard. (For Reservations call +1 (707) 477-6298)
  • Mayo Family Winery, 13101 Arnold Drive, +1 (707) 938-9401, [7]. Open Daily 10:30AM-6:30PM. A great place to end your wine tasting tour. Mayo is open much later than most tasting rooms and is nearly walking distance to many Glen Ellen restaurants. They focus on single-vineyard small batch wines and offer tasting rooms in Sonoma and Kenwood in addition to Glen Ellen.
  • Valey of the Moon Winery, 777 Madrone Rd, Tasting Room: +1 (707)939-4510. Tasting: 10AM-4:30PM, Tours: 10:30AM-2PM.
  • Wellington Vineyards, 11600 Dunbar Rd (Turn off of Hwy 12), +1 (707)939-0708 Toll Free: 1-800-816-WINE (9463), [8]. Sip wine while enjoying the view over Wellington's Old vine vineyard planted in 1924. Call in advanced for tours of the winery.


Finding Shones’
If you ask any local where do buy a good sandwich or bottle of wine they will most likely tell you “Shones’” But you could walk all day and never find Shones’. Why? Because it moved across the street and changed its name to The Glen Ellen Village Market 15+ years ago and no one has bothered to learn its new name. So there you go!

  • Wine Country Chocolates, 14301 Arnold Dr, +1 (707) 996-1010, [9]. Chocolate Tasting: Daily 10AM-5PM. Wine + Chocolate = Heavenly. Enjoy the flavors of Sonoma County in the sweet body of one of their chocolates. Take the kids - or the young at heart- to their Chocolate Tasting room and indulge yourself.
  • The Olive Press.
  • Glen Ellen Village Market (Shones), 13751 Arnold Dr, +1 (707) 996-6728, [10]. The Glen Ellen Village Market, commonly called Shones, is the best place to buy anything necessary for a fun pick-nick or a romantic night in. Their staff is very knowlage able about their wine selection and produce, and their sandwiches are the perfect food to grab before going wine tasting.


  • The Fig Cafe (The Girl and the Fig), 13640 Arnold Drive, +1 (707) 938-2130, [11]. Daily from 5:30PM. Bruch: Sat & Sun 9:30AM-2:30PM. Eat Where the Locals Eat. Upscale California cuisine focused on Figs and complimentary corkage (this means you can bring your own bottle of wine and drink it there for free). Try the fig pizza and leave room for their desserts. Starters $9-12, Mains $10-20.
  • Saffron, 13648 Arnold Dr. (At the corner of Arnold Dr and Warm Spring Rd), +1 (707) 938-4844, [12]. Spanish wine and Spanish influenced dishes prepared by Chef Christopher Dever.
  • The Wolf House Resaurant, 13740 Arnold Drive, +1 (707) 996-4401, [13]. Although not actually part of the Wolf House, found at the Jack London Ranch, the decor of the Wolf House matches the time area when Jack London roamed the streets of Glen Ellen. During the Summer, Spring and Fall enjoy outdoor seating over looking the Sonoma Creek. Starters $7-10, Mains $15-25.
  • Yeti Restaurant, 14310 Arnold Drive, +1 (707) 996-9930. Fantastic & expensive Indian food. The first "ethinic" food to be offered in Glen Ellen, and it was well worth the wait. Although the food is very expensive - on par with the nicer French and Californian restaurants in Sonoma County - it is expertly prepared and a welcome break from the wine country standards.
  • Garden Court Cafe, 13647 Arnold Drive (Arnold Dr and Warm Springs Rd), +1 (707) 935-1565, [14]. Daily (except Tuesday) 7:30AM-2PM. The best place in town for Breakfast. Try one of the 7 types of Eggs Benedict. Take your dog for breakfast too, dogs are welcome on the patio and are even given their own menu.
  • Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar, 13670 Arnold Dr, +1 (707) 996-6409, [15]. Fri-Tues, Lunch: 11:30AM-5PM Dinner: 5PM-9PM. Wen-Thurs Dinner: 5:30PM-9PM.


  • Jack London Lodge Saloon, 13740 Arnold Dr, +1 (707) 996-1300. The only bar in Glen Ellen. Built in 1905, it is covered in Jack London memorabilia. The patronage is a bazaar mixture of tourist and local lushes.


  • Gaige House 13540 Arnold Drive, (707) 935-0237, [20], Frommer's 1998 through 2003 Portable California Wine Country Guide named the hotel one of five "The Best Luxury Hotels and Inns." A luxury inn bed and breakfast hotel close to downtown Sonoma, wine country and Napa Valley.
  • Glenelly Inn, 5131 Warm Strpings Rd, +1 (707) 996-6730, [16]. Comfortable and cute cottage and rooms. The price includes a good breakfast. The Glenelly Inn is a great place stay and to keep your budget down. High Season starting at $179/night. Off Season (Nov 3 - April 3) starting at $149..
  • Jack London Lodge, 13740 Arnold Dr, +1 (707) 938-8510, [17]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The Jack London Lodge is connected to the Wolf House Restaurant. If offers period decorated rooms with a lovely patio and swimming pool. AAA members ask about their $10 discount for weekdays. High Season: $120 Midweek, $185 Weekend.
  • Relais du Soleil, 1210 Nuns Canyon Rd, +1 (707) 833-6264, [18]. A ranch house style inn with a rooms in the main house and the bunk house. Beautiful location off the beat path, serving breakfast on the patio when the weather permits. Starting at $150/night.


  • US Post Office 13720 Arnold Rd. +1 (707) 996-9233

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