Glen Ellen is located in Sonoma County, California, north of the Golden Gate. The tiny village is a vacation and recreation destination hosting excellent restaurants, small inns and bed-and-breakfasts, and numerous worldclass wineries and vineyards. The Benziger Family winery, on the road to Jack London State Historic Park, is right around the corner from the Chauvet. Valley of the Moon, Mayo, and Arrowood Vineyards and Winery are nearby as well.
Writer Jack London lived in Glen Ellen from 1909 to his death in 1916; he devoted much of his time to development of Beauty Ranch and his mansion, Wolf House. He was a notorious drinker, and he likely frequented the saloon at the Hotel Chauvet and may have even danced in the third floor ballroom. Many of his novels and stories, notably "The Iron Heel" and "The Valley of the Moon," mention Glen Ellen and Sonoma County. The nickname "Valley of the Moon" comes from a translation of Sonoma Valley's name given by the Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples.
The site of Beauty Ranch is now Jack London State Historic Park, which contains the ruins of Wolf House, several ranch buildings, the graves of Jack and Charmian London, and a museum. Glen Ellen is also home to the Jack London Educational Research Foundation and the Jack London Bookstore.