From a thriving country home to Glen Ellen’s most serene escape
A longtime landmark in the town of Glen Ellen, the Gaige House was built in the late 1800s, by its namesake Albert Ebenezer Gaige, a successful local butcher with shops in both San Francisco and Kenwood. However, it wasn’t until he decided to open a shop in Glen Ellen that the Gaige House was built. The Gaige House served two purposes for Gaige: a home and a place of business. Gaige ran his butcher shop from the ground floor, while he and his family lived upstairs.
While the Gaiges had a long career in Glen Ellen, it is unclear exactly when the house first became an inn, although the home had often been associated with lodging for Wine Country travelers. What is known, is that in 2006, the Gaige House + Ryokan underwent a restoration, along with several additions, including the construction of separate Zen suites on the north side of the grounds.
Décor throughout the inn had long featured Asian modernist style, with accents such as garden pagodas and Buddha art in many guestrooms. However, it wasn’t until September 2017 that the inn’s name was changed to Gaige House + Ryokan, reflecting the new options offered to guests, including an experience inspired by traditional Japanese inns (ryokans).