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Op-Ed: Jack London State Park open thanks to public-private partnership Special

Sonoma - Back in 2011 the California State Parks and Recreation announced that it would have to shut down 70 parks due to budget cuts. Over the past two years, public-private partnerships were formed to help keep the state parks open. Among them was the

Op-Ed: Spring reveals little gem spots like Sonoma's Glen Ellen Special

Glen Ellen - Springtime in Northern California's Wine Country region of Napa-Sonoma is always delight, especially right after a rainfall. This past March 20 as winter officially ended and spring began

Review: Old hotel in Wine Country opens as a new getaway spot Special

Sonoma - 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.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce enjoys a slice of paradise Special

Sonoma - The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce was enthralled by the splendor of the Quarry Hill Botanical Garden in nearby Glen Ellen as the garden played host to an "After Hours mixer" on August 16.
 

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Steve Brumme s bike rests for the moment at his home in Glen Ellen  CA. Yet  he is eager to take to ...
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 bottle of wine was one of the raffle prizes offered to attendees of the  after hours mixer  social...
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.
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen  ...
Sia and Ashish are the proud owners of their newly restored and renovated Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen, CA in Sonoma County, on Warm Springs Road.
PJ Savastano playfully greets Bill Schawber  a local resident  (transplanted from Maryland) who was ...
PJ Savastano playfully greets Bill Schawber, a local resident, (transplanted from Maryland) who was among the guests and those who just stopped by for the Olea Hotel Grand opening on Aug. 29, 2012
 At some point  Jack London considered farming his true calling and not so much the writing   said J...
"At some point, Jack London considered farming his true calling and not so much the writing," said Jack London State Park Exec. Director, Tjiska Van Wyk, as she provided an extended tour of the grounds via golf-cart vehicle.
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London s backyard. The breathtaking beauty ...
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London's backyard. The breathtaking beauty of the park has people from all over the world visiting it, noted Van Wyk. Jack London was perhaps the first world celebrities of his day.
Larry Houghton is among the 400 volunteers who help Van Wyk and her staff keep the 1 400 acres of Ja...
Larry Houghton is among the 400 volunteers who help Van Wyk and her staff keep the 1,400 acres of Jack London State Park open to visitors from all over the world. Houghton has been volunteering his time and providing tours of the cottage for over 13 years.
The little town of Glen Ellen is a gem of a place. It is the perfect getaway from suburban settings ...
The little town of Glen Ellen is a gem of a place. It is the perfect getaway from suburban settings which have become more sprawling in Sonoma and Napa Counties over the past few decades.
Known as Beauty Ranch  Jack London s idea of a sustainable farm was decades before its time.  He was...
Known as Beauty Ranch, Jack London's idea of a sustainable farm was decades before its time. "He was a genius in many ways," said volunteer and docent, Mary Oswald. She like Larry Houghton have been volunteering for over a decade. "I just love it here, she said it is beautiful."
Tjiska Van Wyk  serves as Executive Director for the private association/foundation that helps with ...
Tjiska Van Wyk, serves as Executive Director for the private association/foundation that helps with the management and day to day operation of Jack London State Park, in coordination with the State of California's Park and Recreation, State Parks division.
A general store  in one spot  a hotel and restaurant in another  there is no real major main street....
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.
Hotel Olea is family friendly. Yet when this reporter asked a couple with two toddlers if they would...
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."
A view of the garden next to the cottage house that London and his second wife lived in while Wolf H...
A view of the garden next to the cottage house that London and his second wife lived in while Wolf House was being built.
Author and photographer Kent Sorensen provided a brief tour of the Olea Hotel at its grand opening o...
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."
The ancient acorn tree which was on the property long before Jack London bought the land  now has a ...
The ancient acorn tree which was on the property long before Jack London bought the land, now has a fence around it to protect it. Native tribes used to gather acorns here centuries ago.
There is no real main street in Glen Ellen  so it is easy to pass it by when traveling along winding...
There is no real main street in Glen Ellen, so it is easy to pass it by when traveling along winding roads along Sonoma County.
It was an open house atmosphere from 5:00 PM onward on Aug. 29  2012 at the Olea Hotel which officia...
It was an open house atmosphere from 5:00 PM onward on Aug. 29, 2012 at the Olea Hotel which officially opened and had over 100 invited guests and passerby locals attending.
Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen  CA has many paths for visitors to walk upon and enjoy t...
Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens in Glen Ellen, CA has many paths for visitors to walk upon and enjoy the extensive array of Asian-native plants and flowers.
The rolling hills and surrounding mountains of Northern California s wine country
The rolling hills and surrounding mountains of Northern California's wine country
Hotel Olea offers cottage rooms and king and queen size bed rooms in the main house. Each type of ro...
Hotel Olea offers cottage rooms and king and queen size bed rooms in the main house. Each type of room has full amenities.