Attractions and Resources

"...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. 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.



Local Events

 

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

 

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   

 

Weekends — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve. CDFW docent-led public tours are available to view greater and lesser sandhill cranes at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve outside of Lodi, W Woodbridge Road (95242). Self-guided tours are also available and are enhanced with interpretive panels. For more information about tour times, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/3/crane-tour.

 

Weekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve. Volunteer-led walks are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center and main overlook are fully accessible. The day use fee is $4.12 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of five or more need to notify staff that they are coming and groups of 10 or more can request a separate tour. For more information, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/places-to-visit/elkhorn-slough-er.

 

Weekends — Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area,3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are canceled in heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. A $4.32 day use fee is required for visitors without a valid annual CDFW pass, or California sport fishing, hunting or trapping license. There is no additional cost for the tour. For more information, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

 

Saturdays — Tundra Swan Tours at District 10, a 23,000-acre expanse of privately owned rice fields and restored habitat in Yuba County, north of Marysville (95901). The free tours are led by naturalists and last about two hours. Tours for up to 30 people are held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is required at www.wildlife.ca.gov/regions/2/swan-tours. For more information, please call (916) 358-2869 or emailinterpretiveservices@wildlife.ca.gov.

April 10 , 9am.  Payne Ranch Ponds.  We will do a tour of the ranch ponds of the old Payne Ranch, now a part of the BLM's Bear Creek Unit of the Cache Creek Natural Area.  After generous rains, the ponds should be close to full.  The 9 mile hike will be in rolling oak and pine covered terrain and wildflowers should be excellent.  Bring water, lundh and hiking boots.  Class: M-(-A  Meet 8:30am at Lower Lake Coffee Company.  By reservation only.  Leader Tom McFarling 707.994.5490 or tom.mcfarling@gmail.com.  Rain cancels.

 

APRIL 16 -- Lake Group hike to the Payne Ranch Ponds. We will do a tour of the ranch ponds of the old Payne Ranch, now a part of the BLM's Bear Creek Unit of the Cache Creek Natural Area. After generous rains, the ponds should be close to full. This 9 mile hike will be in rolling oak and pine covered terrain, and wildflowers should be excellent. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class: M-9- A. Meet 8:30AM at Lower Lake Coffee Company, Lower Lake. By reservation only. Rain cancels. Leader Tom McFarling (707) 994-5490. tom.mcfarling@gmail.com

 

APRIL 16, 9AM-12PM -- Wildflower Walk and Land Protection Celebration at the McLaughlin Reserve. With help from Tuleyome and the Lake County Land Trust, the Reserve has acquired 22 acres of beautiful serpentine meadow, seeps, and rugged chaparral. Enjoy the dazzling spring wildflower display and panoramic vistas in a leisurely walk. FREE, public invited, but registration REQUIRED by April 14: to RSVP, contact Cathy Koehler, koehler@ucdavis.edu

 

April 17. California Native Plant Society field trip to Big Canyon Creek to observe plant response following the Valley Fire.  We'll drive up Big Canyon Rd about 8 miles to explore areas of chaparral, grassland, riparian, maybe serpentine woodlands, mixed coniferous forest and adjacent ecotones (which all burned). Rendezvous at Hardester's Market at 21088 Calistoga Rd in Middletown at 10 am.  Trip Leaders:  Kerry Heise 707.462.4533 and John Nickerson.

 

April 23 Redbud Trail to Cache Creek.  Start in a meadow, wind up a ridge, enjoy oak woodlands and blooming wildflowers, reach Cache Creek, then we'll double back the same route.  Bring snack, water and hiking boots.  M-5-A  Meet 8:30am at Lower Lake Coffee Company.  By reservation only.  Leader Julie Creis 707.671.5947 or tikaljak@yahoo.com.  Rain cancels.

 

APRIL 23-24 -- in partnership with the Land Trust of Napa County, the McLaughlin Reserve again offers the Grateful Dead Peak (April 23) and Three Counties (April 24) hikes. Most of the landscape around each of these hike routes burned in the Rocky and Jerusalem fires, respectively, which adds a bit of a thrilling new angle to the hikes, and promises to result in amazing post-fire wildflower displays. Optional overnight camping available. Registration (REQUIRED) handled by LTNP: for more info and to sign up, visit LTNC's field trip web page. Space is limited.

 

APRIL 30 -- Redbud Audubon Heron Days, featuring 90-minute boat tours to view a large variety of bird life on Clear Lake. Boats will leave throughout the from 8AM to 1:15PM from Lakeside County Park near Clear Lake State Park. Tickets $25; registration at redbudaudubon.org starting March 10. Early 

 

 

 
 

 

May 14 Mt Konocti.  We will hike to the top of Wright peak on Mt Konocti, then ascend the fire lookout tower at the top with stunning views of Clear Lake and surrounding mountains.  The hike is only 6 miles round-trip, but gains 1600 feet in just half that distance.  The other half is back down, of course.  M-6-B.  Meet 8:30am at Studebakers Coffee Shop on Main Street in Kelseyville or at the trailhead on Konocti Rd by 9 am.  Reservations only.  Leader:  Tom McFarling 707.994.5490 or tom.mcfarling@gmail.com.  R

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.

 

Owen Ranch   Treat yourself to a visit for a relaxing trail ride.  First timers or experienced riders, Owen Ranch has a horse waiting for you. We also offer lessons for adults - beginning to advanced. 707.355.0121

  

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

 

Restaurants

 

Middletown

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.



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. Their wines are hand crafted in very small lots. Make reservations for a tour.

Langtry Estates Winery just 10 minutes from the Oasis, celebrating the restored home of Lily Langtry along with its award-sinning selection of wines. 

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

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24019 Hilderbrand Dr
Middletown, CA 95461


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What's New

  • Caltrans has completed construction of the new Highway 29 Troutdale Creek bridge between Calistoga and Middletown.

  • The Hilderbrand Bridge is completely finished. Quiet and smooth to ride on.
  • Flat Screen TV's and DVDs have been added to all the cottages.
  • Cottages can be booked during the week without breakfast and with a $20 Discount.
  • Free Wi-Fi for email and surfing is available in all the cottages.  If you want to stream movies or watch lots of videos or use other high data programs, it is available for $10/GB.
  • All our linens, including robes, are 100% Cotton.
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