“You can't wait for inspiration,” wrote Jack London. “You have to go after it with a club."
A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, London was also a wildly popular novelist and social activist. He was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from penning such titles as Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and John Barleycorn. And he was a beloved hometown hero right here in the Valley of the Moon. His Beauty Ranch and the ruins of his dream home, Wolf House, are now surrounded by the 1,400 acres of Jack London State Historic Park.
Begin your day by choosing from either a hike or horseback ride in the park, followed by a picnic or box lunch within the historic ruins of Wolf House. From there we’ll head out to explore the quaint town of Glen Ellen, a little-known AVA with wineries that offer intimate and unpretentious tasting rooms.
$95 per hour per seven-person vehicle with accompanying guide. We recommend 6 hours for this experience, with a 4-hour minimum required.
Each experience is equipped with a “Boho Rig” – a vintage Land Rover Defender all-terrain SUV. Not only do we appreciate the coolness factor of these sturdy vehicles, but we love that Land Rover is a company with a social conscience.
We’ll arrange to pick you up and drop you off from wherever you’re staying locally. Pick-ups and drops-offs from outside of our targeted area can be arranged in advance for an additional fee.
A private guide – local and wine-educated – will accompany your morning of either hiking or horseback riding, lunch at Jack London State Historic Park, and an afternoon visiting lesser-known wineries in Glen Ellen. Park admission is included, activity fees will range based on selection, and picnic or boxed lunches available for an additional fee.
Nice to meet you: Your Call of the Wild experience will begin with a whisky shot to get you in the John Barleycorn spirit.
A little something to tide you over: In the unlikely event that your energy begins to flag between tastings, we’ve got you covered with car snacks such as artisanal chocolate, granola bars, and beverages.
Tasting reservations will be secured by us in advance. Average tasting fees for these private wineries range from $20 to $40 per person and may be waived with the purchase of wine.
We will pre-order picnic or box lunch provisions. Various options are available and costs range based on selection, which we can discuss with you at the time of your booking.
We’ll make all reservations for you in advance. For certain venues, we may require a credit card prior to any bookings made on your behalf. Tasting fees, meal costs, and applicable taxes are not included in the excursion fees.
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Our excursion offerings are already terrific – but why not make yours even better? We can arrange elevated culinary experiences, including customized food-wine pairings, tasting menus, even cooking classes.