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The Baltimore Sun

Glen Ellen

Distance: 416 miles one-way.

Glen Ellen (once the home of writers Jack London and M.F.K. Fisher) is just north of the city of Sonoma. Take your eyes off the road long enough to read the vintner's notes on a bottle of Viognier and you'll miss it. More funky than fashionable, Glen Ellen's main street (Arnold Drive) has wooden sidewalks, clapboard cottages and a saloon.

More important -- because when it's not just about the wine, it becomes way more about the accommodations -- Glen Ellen is home to the Gaige House, a luxury hotel with a Victorian facade and a Zen attitude.

-- Janis Cooke Newman

Chris Hardy