Head north out of the town of Sonoma, along scenic two-lane Highway 12, and you will soon see a turn-off for the sleepy community of Glen Ellen. With a population of just under 800, it is best-known as the location of Jack London State Historic Park and the author’s “Beauty Ranch” where he lived and wrote from 1909 until his death there in 1916. In addition to ranch buildings, vineyards and the ruins of “Wolf House,” London’s dream mansion that burned during its final phase of construction, the vast property hosts the “House of Happy Walls,” former home of London’s wife, Charmian and now housing a museum. Glen Ellen is also the former home of writer Hunter S. Thompson.
Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Ellen,_California and http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/5-fun-things-do-glen-ellen