The quaint little community of Glen Ellen is the perfect location for enjoying a romantic getaway with a significant other. Situated close to the northwestern coast, the town lies in the Sonoma Valley wine country with the Sonoma hills and mountains in the backdrop. Welcoming Glen Ellen hotels and fine dining experiences await guests who happen upon this gem of a location.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Pick up a picnic lunch or a gourmet dinner from the Glen Ellen Village Market and venture to the Quarryhill Botanical Garden. The 25-acre destination features pathways and trails that meander through forested and vegetation areas, past ponds and waterfalls. Many of the trees and plants found here are rare and were endangered in various Asian countries. Be sure to take your camera and capture some of the most beautiful scenes in the valley.
Jack London State Park
Outdoor enthusiasts might spend a day at the park where the famous author once called home. See the Beauty Ranch, the Cottage, the House of Happy Walls Museum and the remains of the Wolf House. The 1,400-acre destination also boasts more than 26 miles of trails ripe for walking and hiking. Take in the commanding views over the valley and the hills and mountains beyond.
In 1868, pioneer Charles V. Stuart established a 1,000-acre vineyard in Sonoma Valley. The beauty of the area so moved the vintner that he named the location after his wife Ellen. Today, there are a number of wineries in the vicinity that welcome visitors. Journey to the Benzinger Family Winery where you have the chance to learn about the wine-making process, take tram tours of the grounds and sample of California’s fine wines. The Imagery Estate Winery is another option. The facility not only provides the chance to sample wines made using unusual varietals, but the facility also houses an impressive art gallery. The pieces are created by local and regional artists in addition to talents from around the world.
Stroll about the charming area of Bodega Bay. It’s also the town that served as the location for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film entitled “The Birds.” Have a romantic dinner for two at the Tides Wharf Restaurant at the Inn at the Tides. Feast on freshly caught seafood and enjoy the view. Grab a bottle of wine and head to the Bodega Bay cliffs overlooking the ocean. From here, you might have the chance to see migrating whales while gazing in awe at the miraculous sunset.