For the 2014 Lake County Wine Adventure we've got some very special plans. What is Wine Adventure, you ask? A celebration by the wineries near Clear Lake where you purchase a pass and enjoy wine, music, food and entertainment for the weekend of July 26-27 at almost 30 locations around the Lake. This year we've got two wineries pouring their wines here plus so much more.
For those of you old enough to remember, there used to be a TV program called Fantasy Island where the opening sequence featured Hervé Villechaize announcing the incoming passengers with the famous, "The plane! The plane!" line. Well almost the same thing happened here Friday as a plane very similar to the Grumman Widgeon used on the show was taxiing on Clear Lake. Then, moments later it took off and circled around the Featherbed Railroad.
Wherever there's a problem, there's also a solution. For example, imagine wanting to drink Gregory Graham's award-winning wines by the pool. But not being able to have glassware presents a problem.
Gregory not only makes outstanding wines but has a solution for the poolside wine enjoyment - new wine pouches. These magnum-sized pouches keep wine outstanding for up to six weeks after they're initially opened and what a great wine Gregory's chosen for these pouches.
When it comes to bass fishing, the folks at Bassmaster know what they're talking about. After all they's a group of people who have gathered around this sport to celebrate bass fishing in all its glory.
When it came to the daunting task of evaluating the bass fishing lakes around the US they were up to it and after many, many hours of exhaustive testing the folks at Bassmaster voted Clear Lake the second-best bass fishing lake in the whole United States. To get to number one, you have to travel all the way to Wisconsin.
It’s no secret that the drought conditions in California are pretty serious. The lack of any significant precipitation will mean that we Californians are going to be doing some significant conserving when the normally-dry summer months are here. All around us lakes are looking more like puddles.
So let’s look at Clear Lake, thought to be the second-oldest lake in the world. This aquatic old-timer still has tricks up her sleeve. You don’t survive several million years of climate on this planet without being able to weather dry and wet conditions. That’s true even now.
The bottom line - Clear Lake has water.
There are literally tens of thousands of lodging properties around the world and visitors to Hotels.com have an almost infinite number of choices. So when the site’s editors sat down to choose the 10 best, or wackiest, it was quite a daunting task. But after careful consideration a little B&B in Nice comprised of nine railroad cabooses was chosen for the list of Top 10 Wackiest Hotels in the world.
The Featherbed Railroad Bed & Breakfast in Nice, California on the shore of Clear Lake is certainly in good company on this list.
Among the properties listed are the V8 Hotel in Germany where they’ve cut a vintage Cadillac in half and turned it into a bed, there’s a place where you actually sleep under the water with glass all around so you can see the fish and there’s even a hotel made entirely of ice. Brrr. Fortunately the Featherbed Railroad has year ‘round climate control in each caboose.
One of the things people have asked us over the years is to place a bottle of wine or sparkling wine in their rooms as a surprise to their traveling partner for a special occasion, like an anniversary, birthday or even just because that new haircut looks so great. Up to now we haven't been able to provide alcohol of any kind, even though we're right in the heart of wine country.
Well, like Pa Kettle, Tony finally got around to getting everything in order for the permit and we got it!
As of February 2, we are able to provide things like sparkling wines or other local wines for you upon arrival. We are currently working on building up our wine cellar and there is certainly a lot of extensive research (hic!) required to do an effective job in this department.
Those of you who follow this blog probably remember our posting about November 21, 2013. This was a day Tony & Peggy will remember for the rest of their lives as incredible winds blew through the Featherbed Railroad knocking down five trees and creating destruction of epic proportion.
As some may know, we moved to Lake County from the South Bay region of Southern California (specifically El Segundo!) and one of our neighbors, Jeff, from Uncorked, featured a Lake County wine this week on his video series. That's our old neighborhood taking note of something from our new neighborhood!
Chacewater is one of many wineries here in Lake County and, in 2012, won Golden State Winery. They also produce some terrific olive oil and we've particularly had fun with their blood orange olive oil and some local squash. Yum.
With the sad loss of television travel host Huell Howser, a number of people have taken the vision of a travel show and adapted it. In this case a production company in Florida has signed Terry Bradshaw and runs a pay-to-play product that features different locales around the US as well as a few other items. In this case, this is actually a really nice, positive view of Clearlake with another lodging property prominently featured but it's nice to see what Samir has done with his place and we hope the fruits of his investment pay off.
Enjoy this view of Clearlake, CA; one of our neighboring cities here in Lake County.