Like many of you, I love February in our little valley hamlet. Sure, it’s cold in the mornings. Sure, you could say that the trees look bleak with their light grey Spanish moss “beards.” Sure, your garden looks rather brown and limp, and the valley’s vines are dormant, but February is simply beautiful. Yellow starts popping up everywhere – mustards, daffodils, that shrub I can never remember the name of. The days are getting noticeably longer, with after-work sunset viewing a reality once again. By the end of the month, the grapes will wake up and most of our fruit trees will be in full bloom. And of course, there is Valentines’ Day, a day (or week, or month) completely dedicated to LOVE!
What better place to celebrate the love(s) in your life than exploring your own town? Enjoy breakfast at The Garden Court, take a stroll in the regional park, stop into Wine Country Chocolates for some samples and to put together an assortment of truffles to go, grab a picnic at the Village Market, and then head up the hill to Jack London State Park for a hike. Have some pre-dinner drinks at the Jack London Lodge and then stay for arguably the best burger on our end of the valley. And, of course, you could do a little wine tasting! With more than 15 wineries in our town and a restaurant-to-locals ratio of 1:100, there are plenty of taste-bud tickling choices in Glen Ellen.
Don’t forget that this year’s Valentines’ Day is on a Saturday, which means our population is going to swell that weekend. Accordingly, many of our local restaurants are having specials for that night and, if you are determined to go out on Saturday, you might consider making a reservation soon. The Glen Ellen Inn is offering a three-course dinner on Feb. 14th including favorites such as lobster bisque, Dungeness crab potstickers, and seared ahi with wasabi, as just a few of the long list of choices. The fig caf just reopened and may be open for brunch that weekend; give them a call to confirm. Ari Weiswasser let me know that the entire Glen Ellen Star menu will be available on Valentine’s Day, but they will be offering a special black truffle supplement that entire week. Over in the Jack London Village, Yeti will be open for lunch from 11:30 to 2:30, and then for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Toni and Adolfo of Aventine want you to know that they will have the regular menu and specials on Feb. 14 and happy hour begins at 4:30 p.m.! And finally, Catherine and John have put together a romantic evening for the patrons at Olive and Vine, with a three-course prix fixe menu and wine pairing, including dishes such as Dayboat Scallop Crudo, Shannon Ranch Rack of Lamb, and Myer’s Rum Almond Trifle. Hungry yet?
Buzz from around the bend
The Glen Ellen Firefighters Association has recognized Japen Soto as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Congratulations, Japen!
Did you see the recent Sunset Magazine article that highlighted Glen Ellen? One quote that really stood out compared us to Yountville. Not sure locals want to be the next Yountville, but certainly happy that our village is getting some well-deserved media attention as a destination in its own right.
Many folks around town have been talking about the lack of rain (12 inches in December has dropped to <0.05 in January) and the insane number of “Spare the Air” days we’ve seen so far this year (16 already). Small wind events combined with the lack of rain have also caused a number of tree falls, with a large one falling on Arnold Drive near Chauvet that took out a power pole and left most of Glen Ellen without power for the entire day, on the coldest day of January.
The positive “wishing for spring” buzz has mostly been about livestock births and impending livestock births on ranches around Glen Ellen. Please share your baby announcements and photos with us. We all love stories, pics, and videos of newborn dogs, goats, alpacas, sheep, horses, and humans!
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