This past weekend with Lake County Wine Adventure we had a record number of people come through here and it was truly a great time. We also served up almost 7 gallons of chocolate chili and a lot of people asked us just what makes chili collocate chili. We've provide the recipe here for the chocolate chili that so many of you enjoyed.
A vacation can be a breath of fresh air, or at least it should be. When you come to Lake County the American Lung Association certifies that your vacation will be a breath of fresh air as we have the cleanest air in the entire United States.
For 24 years, almost the entire time that the Featherbed Railroad has been here, we’ve had the cleanest air in all of California. Not bad. For the past two years the American Lung Association says our air is the cleanest in the entire united states. Now that’s something to brag about.
How full is Clear Lake?
Clear Lake actually has more water right now than it did at this point last year. Since this ancient treasure relies on runoff and underground springs for its water there hasn’t been as big a problem as the rest of California. There were two big rain storms in the past few months and Clear Lake was the real beneficiary of those.
As a result, Disney Watersports, our favorite boat rental, is doing a brisk business but they still offer special rates to Featherbed Railroad guests. What’s more, we’ve had lots of boats here already as guests know that they can launch for free on our boat ramp and keep the boats safely tied up at night on our pier. Kayak enthusiasts have been thrilled with all the great bird watching and we even have two row boats available for guests. Check out our page about boating in Lake County.
How clear is Clear Lake?
Is Clear Lake stinky? No.
Late in summer the fact that Clear Lake is a shallow lake in a hot climate combines to create plant life, including algae. This algae dies off and gathers along the shoreline of the lake. We have installed a water sprinkler system on the pier so that, when the algae begins to form, we just flick a valve and this sprinkler system mitigates the algae.
Since we’re using lake water we are literally adding nothing to the lake but we are knocking down the algae so our shoreline doesn’t have an algae problem, even in late summer.
We’ve got clean air, a beautiful and fairly full lake and plenty of room for you. It might just be a great time to plan your Lake County getaway and we would be honored to have you here.
If you’re into treasure hunting but don't have a pirate ship handy, or even available, Lake County has a number of ways you can explore the area. The first that we will cover is the Lake County Quilt Trail. But you don't have to be handy with a needle and thread for this quilt trail and anyone with a sense of adventure will likely enjoy this activity. All you'll need is transportation and a camera.
Over the past seven years there have been more and more groups that come to the Featherbed Railroad here in Northern California's wine country and we love them. In particular, we’ve had quite a few car clubs as well as motorcycle clubs who find us to be a great group destination retreat. Of course you can’t forget wedding parties, family reunions, business and company retreats and others. With our newly-revamped picnic grounds there are lots of options for taking advantage of the beautiful setting the mother nature has established here.
The terrific weather that we’ve been enjoying thanks to an early spring doesn’t only mean that you can bring a pair of short pants on your visit to the Featherbed Railroad. It also means that flowers and plants are happier earlier in the year as well with some spectacular shows of colors by the plants both on property and off.
One of the highlights of spring are Anne Garner’s Spring Wildflower Tours on her Eleven Roses Ranch in Long Valley.
We have the coolest guests! Train people, newlyweds, surprised partners, and a whole range of others that we get to spend a little time with and enjoy their company.
Christina and Steve were some of those ultra-cool people that we took to right away. As an added bonus, before they left, Christy left me a couple of her Haunted Souvenir Shop Mysteries. I dove right in, and loved the stories right from the start. What’s not to love? A strong, independent woman, a little trouble, a mystery, and a parrot! Plus those southern dinner recipes! Oh, yum!!!
The typical winter weather in Lake County features plenty of rain and some chilly days, but this winter it's more like spring with daytime temperatures into the 60s and nighttime temps in the snuggly 40s. It's been really, really great weather. So while, like a shot in the butt, we need the rain, we might as well enjoy this great weather while we're having it. The following article, lifted from the County's website, highlights great things to do outdoors.
The very best part about being the caretakers of the Featherbed Railroad is that the coolest people in the world stay here and we get to meet them. In this case it was Bruce and Susan Armstrong and the circumstances for our meeting was their road trip across the US in preparation for writing the book Quirky Sleeps - Some of America’s Most Fun Places to Spend the Night.
Going out on the boat with Faith is something I've wanted to do since I moved here.
I had one chance a few years ago to attend the Heron Festival and ride a pontoon boat to go bird-watching. It was so terrific. We saw a very rare bird called a bittern, which I got one pretty lousy picture of! I had such a great day bird-watching and enjoying the lake that day!
Having lived in Lake County now for six years we are beginning to see a renaissance of activity coming to the area with new businesses opening. One of those is the Upper Lake Mercantile, a unique store that celebrates local style in the quaint town of Upper Lake, just a few minutes from the Featherbed Railroad.
Upper Lake Mercantile offers a variety of items that focus on locally-sourced and locally-made items and showcases the talents of some of our incredible local artists. By their own description Upper Lake Mercantile offers an ever-changing variety of interesting and useful things and, when I stopped by, this was absolutely the case. There was everything from jewelry to jams and things for home or person and even locally-made musical instruments! Pretty nifty for browsing and shopping, actually.
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