Nestled in a cluster of trees above Warm Springs Road in the charming little town of Glen Ellen is an old hotel that has been "born-again" as the Olea Hotel. Owners Ashish and Sia Patel invited the public inside to their grand opening on August 29.
Author and photographer Kent Sorensen provided a brief tour of the Olea Hotel at its grand opening on Aug. 29, 2012. One of his favorite spots is the view from the second floor balcony of the "main house."
A bottle of wine was one of the raffle prizes offered to attendees of the "after hours mixer" social hosted by the Sonoma Chamber of Commerce at Glen Ellen's Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens on August 16. The winner of this 2010 bottle of Merlot went to Mandy Cohen, owner of Cohen Consulting Group, which specializes in accounting and QuickBooks.
Hotel Olea is family friendly. Yet when this reporter asked a couple with two toddlers if they would bring the family, at first they said yes. But then the wife said, "Actually, this would be a great place to get away, just for us, and get a sitter for the kids."
Steve Brumme's bike rests for the moment at his home in Glen Ellen, CA. Yet, he is eager to take to the road again, to go 3,000 mile across the U.S. to help raise money to put an end to polio, through the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign.
A general store, in one spot, a hotel and restaurant in another, there is no real major main street. The gathering points for residents and tourists alike are scattered amid trees, and a winding creek.
Charming little cottages as well as the "main house" provide a quiet get a way for city weary travelers at the Olea Hotel located in Glen Ellen, CA only minutes from Sonoma, part of Northern California's wine growing region.