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

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Docent-led hikes on Mt Konocti


Saturday, April 12th
Saturday, April 26th
Saturday, May 10th
Sunday, May 18th
Sunday, June 8th

Tom Nixon, retired State Parks Ranger and member of the Konocti Trails Team (KRTT), leads the docent tour program. Docent guides will lead the hikes which will include visits to the historic Downen Cabin and the top of Wright Peak. The Docent guides are knowledgeable about the mountain and its geology, history, flora, fauna, and even folklore. There will also be an optional climb to the top of the CAL FIRE lookout tower for hikers 18 years or older who sign a Release of Liability form.

This moderately strenuous hike lasts approximately 4 hours and will cover 6 miles. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring a lunch, water, daypack, and binoculars/camera. Minors are welcomed when accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hikers will meet at the main parking lot of the Mount Konocti Park at 8 AM, which can be accessed from Konocti Road in Kelseyville. Hikes will be canceled if inclement weather occurs.

Reservations are required due to limited space and must be made by March 14, 2014 for the first scheduled hike. April 1, 2014 is the reservation deadline for the remaining hikes, which can be made by calling the Public Services Department at (707) 262-1618.

In its monumental 2011 acquisition, The County of Lake purchased 1,520 acres of land on top of Mount Konocti to create the new Mount Konocti Park. This land is now placed in public hands for perpetuity. The County-owned land is contiguous with an additional 821 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). For more information on Mount Konocti Park, or to access a downloadable map, visit www.konoctitrails.com.

Please contact Kati Galvani at (707) 262-1618 or Kati.Galvani@lakecountyca.gov for more information.

 

Sat, Apr 12, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 262 1618.


Sat, Apr 12, 8:30AM -– Join Darlene and Peg on a Friends of Boggs Mountain intermediate-advanced level bird identification walk and talk! Bring binoculars and a field guide. Don't forget to bring water, a snack and wear sturdy shoes. We meet in Boggs parking lot.Questions? dheco@me.com or 928 5591. 


Sat, Apr 19 -- Lake Group Cache Creek Wilderness hike. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, we will hike into the Cache Creek Wilderness and into Cache Creek Canyon itself. The only other way to see this section of the creek is by kayak. It is truly wilderness, habitat for bald eagles and other seldom-seen wildlife. We hike through the BLM Bear Creek Unit and pass the Roadkill Cafe on our way in and back out. This is a long hike with about 1500 feet elevation gain. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class H-10-B. Meet at Lower Lake Coffee Co. in Lower Lake 8:30 AM. Leader Tom McFarling 707-994-5490 tmcfarling@callatg.com 


Sat, Apr 26, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Calpine's Geysers Tours and Annual Earth Day Celebration, for more information, http://www.eventbrite.com/e/calpines-geysers-tours-and-annual-earth-day-celebration-middletown-tickets-10158938659?aff=eorg 



Sat, Apr 26, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 707 262 1618.


Sat, Apr 26 -- Sierra Club hike to Perkins Creek Ridge. This hike starts near the Lake County landfill and then mostly follows the ridge above the main stem of Cache Creek down to Baton Flat. Neutered/spayed dog permitted. On a previous hike we identified 27 different wild flowers along the trail. Bring lunch, water, binoculars and your favorite wildflower guide. Class M-7-A. Meet at 9:00 am at Red Bud trail head, 8 miles east of Clear Lake Oaks on Highway 20, just before the bridge over the North Fork of Cache Creek and car shuttle to the trail head. Reservation required. Leader Steve Devoto sdevoto@mchsi.com.


Sat, May 3 -- Lake Group hike on the Pope to Putah trail. Hike a new trail still in the making. The P2P trail connects the two upper arms of Lake Berryessa. Tuleyome is pioneering a new connector trail between these two arms. We'll hike as far as the trail goes, overlook the secluded Putah Creek arm, then hike back, getting wonderful views of Pope Valley and Pope Canyon. Bring water, lunch and hiking boots. Class: M-7-A. Carpool: 8:30 AM, Store 24, north end of Middletown across Hwy 29 from high school. Leader Tom McFarling, (707) 994-5490. Rain cancels.


Sat, May 10, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 707 262 1618.


Sat, May 18, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 707 262 1618.


Sun, Jun 8, 8AM -- docent-led hike to Wright Peak on Mt Konocti: six miles roundtrip, about four hours including a stop at the historic Downen Cabin, and for participants over the age of 18 who sign a liability waiver, an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the fire tower. For more info and to RSVP (REQUIRED) call the county parks office at 707 262 1618.

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.



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.

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

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