Stroll a historic plaza, visit a writer’s lair, meet a giraffe or two, and see where California winemaking was born
The gifted, hard-living writer installed himself and his wife/muse Charmian on these 800 acres―which he dubbed Beauty Ranch―in 1909. Their cottage is open to visit, as is the House of Happy Walls, which holds London memorabilia preserved by Charmian after his death. The 8-mile trek up Sonoma Mountain gives you IMAX-worthy views of the whole Valley of the Moon. jacklondonpark.com; 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen; 707/938-5216.