Glen Ellen

Glen Ellen

Jan. 6, 2011

Founded in the 1850s by French pioneer Joshua Chauvet, Glen Ellen has had famous residents, including renowned writer/adventurer Jack London and author M.F.K. Fisher.

From the early 1900s, visitors flocked to resorts here, arriving via train to bathe in the warm summer creeks. Today’s travelers also make their pilgrimage to this appealing village with its quaint shops and Sonoma Creek passing through the old water wheel of Chauvet’s historic grist mill.

Foremost among this hamlet’s attractions is the physical beauty that surrounds it. Two nearby botanical attractions are Bouverie Wildflower Preserve and Quarryhill Botanical Garden, which has a huge collection of rare and endangered Asian species planted among its 20 serene acres. Jack London State Park provides hiking and horseback riding trails that traverse the valley floor, surrounding hillsides, and fascinating historic sites such as the ruins of London’s Wolf House.

Visitors also are lured by Glen Ellen’s gastronomic delights, which range from fine chocolates to freshly pressed olive oil.

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