DescriptionIt’s refreshing that Glen Ellen hasn't changed that much since the early 20th century, when author Jack London settled here to build his dream ranch and estate. “Sonoma” is the term Native Americans used to describe the sight of the moon rising from a backdrop of rolling hills, a vista that inspired missionary Father Jose Altimira to give it the name “Valley of the Moon.” London also penned a novel by the same name.
Today's travelers head to this charming enclave's trendy eateries that specialize in gourmet fare paired with local wines. Glen Ellen makes a convenient base from which to explore Sonoma’s most popular wineries; some offer concerts, food pairings and other activities in addition to the usual tastings. You can view fine art at the Imagery Estate Winery (14335 SR 12) or learn about organic farming at the Benziger Family Winery (1883 London Ranch Rd.).
Taste the divine Zinfandel-flavored ganache at Wine Country Chocolates (14301 Arnold Dr.), then pick up items for a savory picnic lunch at the Village Market (13751 Arnold Dr.) and take your portable feast to one of the area wineries with picnic facilities. Sonoma Valley Regional Park , 13630 Sonoma Hwy., is particularly lovely when colorful wildflowers bloom in the spring.
Jack London State Historic Park is the site of a popular summer concert series. Broadway Under the Stars features Broadway and Hollywood stars who take the stage at the Transcendence Theatre to perform in a musical extravaganza. The evening begins with picnicking on the lawn alongside the park's sprawling vineyards, complete with food from local vendors and pours from Sonoma Valley wineries. Shows are presented from mid-June to early September; for schedule and ticket information phone (877) 424-1414.
Things to SeeJack London State Historic Park
WINERIESBenziger Family Winery