Glen Ellen is a sleepy town in the heart of Sonoma Valley. The town sprung up around the ranch and vineyard established in the mid-1800s, and the explosion of America's wine industry has made this a desirable spot for people looking to tour vineyards in the area. The town's secluded beauty has attracted its fair share of creative types: Jack London composed (and set) some of his most famous works here, and Hunter S. Thompson called Glen Ellen home for a while.
Simply put, there just aren't many lodging options in this town, which is actually a good thing for visitors looking for a laid-back experience. The best bet is to stay on Arnold Drive, the town's main drag, which will give you easy access to the areas wineries, vineyards and sites (as well as easy access to the Sonoma Highway).