Fire is ever becoming more of a part of life in California. And here in Northern California, we almost joke that our state bird is the jet that flies overhead and drops fire retardant. But, like so many other Californians, we never thought that the danger of a wild land fire would touch us so closely.
However as the River and Ranch fires that started in Mendocino county grew ever larger, it became concerning that they were coming ever closer. Every day we watched the local news sources and social media very closely and every day the air, which is usually the cleanest in all of California and the third cleanest in the entire United States, grew thicker and thicker.
California’s Lake County, just about an hour north of the famed Napa wine growing region, has a lot of diamonds including the geologically unique Lake County variety. But another shining gem in the region is the Sauvignon Blanc grapes and the wines they produce that are grown here.
Wait, you say. Isn’t Sauvignon Blanc really the domain of New Zealand? Well, at last year’s Chronicle Awards Lake County’s Sauv Blancs actually were a huge hit with a dozen golds. In fact Lake County wines did really well with twenty-eight varietals of Lake County grapes picking up medals at the competition, from Aglianico to Zinfandel. Cabernet Sauvignon was the judges’ favorite red with 13 medals and Lake County Sauvignon Blancs were a big winner as well with a dozen. Chardonnay also made a solid showing at 10 medals earned.
Next time you stay at the Featherbed Railroad did you know you could give your sweetie a Lake County Diamond? These geological treasures are unique to Lake County and are a special part of this wonderful geological area. Best of all, if you wanted to buy one they’re available at the museums of Lake County for a few dollars. But that doesn’t mean they’re worthless.
Many people make plans to start the new year with the goal of kickstarting a healthier lifestyle in the new year. Others just want to get away to a quiet, romantic spot to start the new year. Fortunately, the Featherbed Railroad’s location in Lake County, California can help you with both.
California’s Lake County is a year-round outdoor paradise with so many active things to do you may have to return every month just to make a dent in the list.
Sausage and gravy Poutine is almost a cheat and, during the holidays, it's a great comfort food on those chilly winter mornings. This wonderful dish is really great any time but is a super way to start the day out right. Well, unless you ask the doctor but don't bother them.
Even better, this has all the major food groups - your cheese group, your bacon group, your potato group and eggs. Well, okay, no donuts or beer but you can't have it all.
While most people think of Clear Lake as being the major lake in Lake County, there are many others as well including Blue Lakes. While Clear Lake is large and shallow, Blue Lakes is very deep and remains refreshingly cool throughout the summer. In addition, there is a large fleet of electric boats for rent on Blue Lakes and this adventure starts there.
Blue Lakes is spring-fed, leaving it unaffected by larger climatological factors that many are experiencing across western North America. That means the waters are clean, ideal for swimming and fishing year-round. Although Blue Lakes is comprised of two separate lakes (Upper and Lower), locals refer to both lakes as simply “Blue Lakes”—perhaps to honor its one-of-a-kind, limnological nature.
Lake County’s Clear Lake has been known for its bass fishing for years, recognized as one of the top bass fishing lakes in the U.S. Truly the lake is a fishing paradise with more fish per square acre of water than any other lake in North America. Recently one angler caught a lot more than he bargained for as Sean Moffett landed a catfish in nearby Rodman Slough that set the world’s record.
While it might sometimes be difficult to predict the future, this time we can bet that we know what's happening. There's Murder in Maui - a Luau to Die For. Well, actually, this is going to be a murder mystery weekend on September 8-9 at the Featherbed Railroad.
The weekend will come complete with a Hawaiian-style luau including Kahlua pig and all sorts of tropical fixings. June lived in Hawaii for a while and soaked up the local cultures and recipes.
The murder mystery dinner is $50 per person and will culminate on Saturday, September 9. But we recommend adding Friday night where you might get some clues to help you solve the mystery! Couples who book two nights not only get a few hints, but also get one admission to the murder mystery dinner on us!
Northern California’s wine growing region of Lake County is already known for its unspoiled natural beauty, wonderful wines and friendly people. But we might be getting another reputation - a county with great murals. The latest installment of this is a new mural being painted on the side of the brick building at the corner of Third and Main Streets in Lakeport.
But that latest mural isn’t going to be alone as Lake County has several murals on public display and even a few that are hidden gems. Out in the public local muralist Gloria DeLaCruz is hard at work on her latest project called Sunrise Sailing, a beautiful capturing of sunset on Konocti from the dock as a vintage steam ship sails by.
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