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.
Recently the County challenged a number of Lake County wedding professionals to come up with a unique vision for a wedding. Our challenge was to come up with some ideas for a vintage wedding - and boy did we do so. So, if you would follow us back in time, we'd love to take you on a journey through a very special wedding day that will happen in the past - during the time of Prohibition...
There are some things we make that we just can't get enough of and Aebelskiver are one of those things. These Danish treats are, basically, fried dough balls and you can make them either sweet or savory and even fill them with jelly, Nutella, or just about anything you want. They also can be just eaten plain or with powdered sugar on top.
So, it’s the celebration of the new year and you wanna go out and do something fun here in Lake County? Fortunately there are a lot of different choices of activities available and even different times that you can celebrate the coming of the new year. Whether you’re looking for a nice lavish dinner, a blow-out party, help solve a murder, or just something for the kids to enjoy the venues in Lake County have you covered.
This blog post is current as of its initial posting but I will update it should I get more information. In the DJ business we referred to new year’s eve as the amateur drinker’s night so please be careful out there. We have several taxi services including Riley Cab and Maria’s Midnight Rides. Make sure to keep those numbers handy! As usual I've linked the businesses to their Yelp pages where possible.
There are so many wonderful treats that can trigger childhood holiday memories. For us things like Stollen and anise cookies come to mind as a symbol of things we enjoyed growing up at this magical time of year. But we've stumbled across a new item that absolutely represents the season and is also ridiculously delicious plus easy to make.
Nothing says "winter" or the holidays like pine cones and these edible ones are the perfect treat for your holiday and can be made even more festive with a few pomegranate seeds that look just like the real berries.
Recently we got a very special visitor who came to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. This visitor has been to vacation spots all over the US on a tour that started in 2011 and is presently happening through Northern California. While this celebrity is known to many, it celebrates each of its visits with grace and dignity - and offers a seat to the weary. We were part of The Red Chair Travels, a very unique cross-country journey.
Both Peggy and I are big fans of Charles Phoenix, a gentleman who Peggy went to high school with who has become quite well known for celebrating Americana in so many forms. Phoenix is a character who has been on many national TV programs including ones with Martha Stewart, Conan O'Brian and others. He got his start finding some great slides at garage sales and has built a world of notoriety in celebration of Americana in many forms.