Attractions and Resources

or contact us directly at (707)987-0505, greta@backyardgardenoasis.com

"...we were able to fit in so much ... horseback riding on a 10 mile beach, jet skiing on Clear Lake, and an afternoon in Napa....thank you for providing such a peaceful, relaxing place" .... Kate and Joe, Boston, MA

Experience the freedom of Northern California. The scenery is great. Hike or bike the mountain - the newest trail in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park overlooks Calistoga and the Napa Valley. Touch and feel the great outdoors, listen to the animals, breathe the cleanest air in the State, relax with an exquisite touch massage from Greta, and then end your perfect day with a memorable meal at a local restaurant in either Calistoga or Middletown. Visit some of our unique, beautiful, award-winning wineries in a casual atmosphere without tour buses and crowds. Try wine tasting at Lake Counties' newest wineries or sample the wines from some of California's oldest vines at Langtry Estate and Vineyards. There's great local dining at Boar's Breath Restaurant. If you're the physically adventurous type, visit for soaring, jumping and barnstorming. Have you ever visited an Alpaca Ranch? Here's your opportunity! Visit Alpaca Acres Ranch and the products of their silky fibers.



We're only ten minutes away from Harbin Hot Springs where you can soak, sun, and heal. If you want to get away from the crowds and just do day trips, our accommodations are comfortable with children and we welcome and have special rates for workshop participants.

 

If you are looking for a place to stay in the Calistoga - Harbin Hot Springs area of Wine Country for a girls'weekend getaway, anniversary getaway, romantic weekend getaway or even a last minute getaway, this is the perfect place for you.  We are even dog-friendly.



Local Events

 

 

Sat. Sun, Jul 26 & 27, 11-5.  The Wine Adventure celebrates its 10th Anniversay with its two-day passport event.  More than twnety-five Lake County wineries will open their doors for wine, food, music and fun!  For tickets and information, visit www. lakecountywineries.org/adventure

 

 

On-going Local Special Events



For a complete and detailed list of activities, please visit the Lake County visitor's page.

 

Every Saturday at 9:00 PM The Grapevine Bar & Lounge,Twin Pine Casino, Middletown. Dance to a variety of musical styles. Friday and Saturday nights. 9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Free Admission. The Grapevine Bar & Lounge, Twin Pine Casino & Hotel, 22223 Hwy 29. (707) 987-0197

 

7:30 am Clear Lake State Park Guided Bird and Nature Walks, Kelseyville.  On the first Saturday of each month, docents from the Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association offer guided bird and nature walks.  Sturdy walking shoes recommended.  No entrance fee to park for those participating in walks.  Bring binoculars, water, mosquito repellent and sun protection.  Call or check website for schedule.  All ages welcome. Rain cancels walk.  Meet at the parking lot at 7:30 a.m.  (707) 279-4594, (707) 279-2267, www.clearlakestatepark.org

 

Every Saturday at 8:15 am, Anderson Marsh Historic Park Ranch House Tour and Guided Nature Walk, Lower Lake. Bring your binoculars and enjoy a guided nature walk through Anderson Marsh's oak woodlands and grass covered hills, followed by a Ranch House Tour.  See the wonder of native flowers and plants, discover the ways Lake County trees reproduce and experience the wildlife of the marsh and Cache Creek.  This walk is not completely ADA accessible.  Meet under the big oaks in front of the Ranch House at 8:15 a.m. to spend time seeing the wildlife and birds around the ranch house complex.  Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.  Heavy rain cancels the walk but the Ranch House Museum tour will happen, rain or shine.  Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, 8825 Highway 53.  (707) 995-2658, info@andersonmarsh.org

 

Every Saturday at 9 am Rodman Slough Preserve Guided Bird & Nature Walks, North Lakeport. The Lake County Land Trust hosts guided bird and nature walks at the Rodman Preserve. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Free admission.  6350 Westlake Road, off Highway 29, near the Nice-Lucerne Cutoff. (707) 994-2024,   (707) 928-4590, www.lakecountylandtrust.org    

 

8pm -11pm, Window to the Universe, Taylor Observatory, 5725 Oak Hills Lane, Kelseyville. On the third Saturday of each month, there will be a science topic presentation, a planetarium experience and astromonical viewing.  Held regardless of weather. 707.262.4121 (leave a message - it will returned within 24 hrs.  www.taylorobservatory.org                 

Napa Valley and Lake County Links



Lake County is home to Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California and one of the oldest lakes on the continent, and Mount Konocti, an ancient volcano that recently opened to offer one of the newest day hikes in the state. Visit Lake County to enjoy the state's cleanest air, pectacular scenic beauty, and unsurpassed recreation — hiking, biking, wine tasting, paddling, fishing, birding, golfing, off-road adventures, and even rockhounding.

Calistoga Fun brings you to the very informative page of the Calistoga Chamber

Visitor Information for the Napa Valley

Napa Valley Calendar of Events

Event Planning

Shopping

 



Outdoor Activities

 

Air Adventures


Balloons Above the Valley offers flights above the Napa Valley, with champagne brunches.

Crazy Creek Air Adventures for Soaring, Jumping and Barnstorming.


Bicycling


Getaway Adventures offers wine country bicycle tours

Calistoga Bikeshop rents quality bikes and gear, as well as Wine Touring Bikes with pick-up service.


Fishing 


Smith's Trout Farm, (707)987-3651 has rainbow trout raised in cold mountain water.  Fishing for the whole family.  No license.  No limit.  Bait and poles available.

Clearlake has some of the best bass fishing in the State

 

Mt St Helena and Middletown Vineyards

Ranches

 

Alpaca Acres Ranch is a full-service,family-operated ranch offering sales, business plan consultation,alpaca-related products in their Ranch Store, and great customer support.



Water Activities


Cache Creek Whitewater Adventure takes you through the wild country where tule elk roam the canyons and bald eagles soar.
Disney's Water Sports Boat and Jet Ski Rentals

RLS trail going to Table Rock

Hiking
 

Anderson Marsh Historic Park Heron Days are celebrated in April and tours and hiking are available year-round.
Konocti Trails has information about the development of non-motorized trails on and around Clear Lake.
Robert Louis Stevenson Park has expanded its hiking trails, the views are spectacular and the wildflowers through the spring and early summer are a treat to behold.
Safari West take a trek on the wild side - discover the spirit of Africa in the heart of the wine country.

 

Horseback Riding

Napa Valley Trail Rides 707.996.8566

 

Boar's Breath

Restaurants


Middletown

Boar's Breath Restaurant This is everyone's favorite place to eat and celebrate.

Buddah Thai Kitchen has impressed everyone with their authentic, fresh and plentiful food.

La Parilla Mexican Grill, (707)987-4663...we are talking about great Mexican food! Just try their Mole!!

Mt. St. Helena Brewing Co  a microbrewery which also features a full service restaurant, serving lunch and dinner.

Rosales Market, (707) 987-9416, good, authentic Mexican food. Great salsa!

Perry's Deli (707)987-2416 Great sandwiches, soups and salads. Eat there or take it with you.

 

Calistoga



The Calistoga Inn all my birthday celebrations are either here or  at

Brannon's Grill which arguably may have the finest dining in
Calistoga.

Kitano Sushi (707)942-6857



Kelseyville



The Saw Shop boasts the best of San Francisco chefs who have been a
mainstay on the Lake.



Napa Valley Dining

 

 

Spas, Hot Springs and Massage



Middletown



Massage at the Oasis is available by reservation.

Harbin Hot Springs is a world renowned massage training center which offers a wide range of services and is just 10 minutes from the Oasis.



Calistoga



Cedar Street/Lincoln Ave/Golden Haven Spas spa treatments and couples mud baths and massages.

Indian Springs Resort and Spa has a comprehensive offering of services with an  excellent staff and the natural volcanic ash used in their mudbaths.

Dr. Wilkinson's Spa is one of the oldest and best known of all the
spas.



Wineries



Brassfield Winery is in the serene hillsides high above picturesque Clear Lake. The Winery is not yet open to the public, but private tastings can be arranged. An amazingly beautiful Estate winery. If you want to see something off the beaten track that will open a door to another world, this is it.

Ceago Vinegarden, Tule Bay Wines .. made from Estate Grown Organic and Biodynamic grapes...biodynamic methods which bring the best of old world agriculture together with new world technology to create a sustainable environment. The use of self made compost, cover crops and animal integration all work as important tools in Organic and Biodynamic agriculture.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a small family-owned and operated ranch and vineyard estate located in the Red Hills AVA of Northern California. They take great pride in our farming practices which incorporate both organic and biodynamic methods as well as being DEMETER BIODYNAMIC and CCOF Organic certified. Our wines are hand crafted in very small lots.

Langtry Estates Winery just 10 minutes from the Oasis, celebrating the
restored home of Lily Langtry.

Mt Konocti Winery Dating back to 1926, MKG specialize in wines made from pears.

Napa Valley Wineries ...this is an endless selection

Shannon Ridge Natural Grass-fed lamb as well as award winning wines.

Six Sigma Ranch, Vineyards and Winery Kaj and Else Ahlmann will be happy to give you not only a tasting but a tour of their 4300 acre vineyard, cattle ranch and nature preserve. They recently released their 2007 Rosé ..."Rosé is more than a fun summer wine. Served just below room-temperature it is a "serious" wine that pairs well with Fall dishes." Call 888 571 1721 for an appointment at this spectacular winery and vineyard.

Steele Wines also has a sweet little tasting room in Kelseyville with a very knowledgeable staff.

Tours of Lake County Wine Tasting Rooms are presented by Eleven Roses Ranch

Venge Vineyards is a hidden jewel in the pristine northern end of the Napa Valley, close to Calistoga.

Wildhurst Winery  has a lovely tasting room and yummy wines  in downtown Kelseyville