Location: Glen Ellen’s main artery is just down the hill from the hotel, and Sonoma’s best boutique wineries are all within a 15-minute drive on Route 12
Executive chef Khambay Porterkhamsy’s free two-course gourmet breakfast
Lazing on the lounger-lined patio with a glass of vino from the hotel’s evening wine hour
What To Know
Guestroom walls can be a bit thin; for more privacy, consider one of the detached Garden Cottages
Some of the rooms have mini-fridges for chilling the bottles you buy during your wine tastings
Ask for a flashlight at the front desk; walkways throughout the hillside property can be steep and hard to navigate at night
Parking on site
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Historic B&B-style boutique flanked by oak trees in Sonoma County’s earthy Glen Ellen
Modern rustic hideout. In 2011, married duo Sia and Ashish Patel converted this 19th-century hillside property into a quiet B&B-style hotel flanked by native olive and oak trees and the panoramic backdrop of Sonoma Valley. Modern design details such as mint-colored wainscoting, slate-trimmed fireplaces and blond hardwood floors underscore the hotel’s clean and simple style. The intimate guestrooms in the main house are connected by two breezy wraparound porches, and the two secluded Garden Cottages have their own private garden area just a towel’s toss from the Olea’s hot tub.
Bed & Bath
The light-filled rooms in the dual-level main house start at a modest 250 square feet, but they feature flat-screen TVs, small seating areas and queen and kingsize beds with soft suede headboards. Although walls in the main house are a bit thin, the detached Garden Cottages offer more privacy, as well as vaulted ceilings, stone-trimmed fireplaces and your own secret garden. In an effort to maintain the earthy aesthetic of the eco-focused property, the Olea stocks each room with grapefruit- and mint-infused EO bath amenities and plush linens that are changed only when you want. The petite bathrooms feel indulgent, with heated tile floors, terrycloth bathrobes and slippers. Cap your night with a glass of wine on the wraparound porch, or borrow a board game or DVD from the hotel’s selection.
There’s no doubt you’re in prime wine country with the Sonoma Valley views available from the WiFi-equipped patio. You won’t want to miss the free two-course gourmet breakfast that executive chef Khambay Porterkhamsy serves daily (with a changing menu that can include housemade honey granola, corn waffles topped with Wise Acre Farm–fresh eggs and sausage and bean chili). Be sure to return to the lobby for the free evening wine hour. Wine-induced sluggishness can easily be cured with one of the three basic massages at the one-room spa or with a dip in the hot tub.
In the Area
Literary roots run deep and wide beneath the sleepy oak-lined streets of Glen Ellen, a rural train stop town that author Jack London put on the map long before California’s wine country earned its international kudos. Explore the environs that inspired him with a stroll through Jack London State Historic Park, a five-minute drive away. Afterward, trail in with the locals for a hearty brunch at Fig Café. And save room for seasonal NoCal cuisine at Glen Ellen Star, where Ari Weiswasser, former French Laundry sous-chef, prepares almost everything in the wood-fired oven except the homemade ice cream. For the main attraction, follow scenic Route 12 past the fog-kissed vineyards for some of Sonoma’s best boutique wineries. The family-owned Arrowood specializes in reserve Cabernets, while nearby Wellington offers a highly sought-after red table wine. North of Kenwood, St. Francis Winery features noble old-vine Zinfandels and an award-winning tasting menu, and Chateau St. Jean’s Pinot Noir varieties give its higher-produced whites a run for their money.
5131 Warm Springs Rd
Glen Ellen, California 95442
How to Get There
Flights are available to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from SFO and OAK, about 63 miles away, can be arranged through the property (prices vary). If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is free.