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.
DeLaCruz is no stranger to doing murals in Lake County. She was the one responsible for the popular mural on the water tank in Clearlake Oaks which also features Mount Konocti, an inactive volcano that is a centerpiece of Lake County. She has also painted murals in her own Catfish Coffee shops in both Clearlake Oaks and in the City of Clearlake.
It’s worth a trip to those places for the murals alone, but we also really enjoy the coffee drinks you can get there.
There are a few hidden murals she’s done as well but visitors to Cache Creek Vineyards will see her work on the walls. And that’s a great place to try some of Lake County’s famous wines. There are even times when they have concerts in a terrific outdoor concert venue.
There are a surprising number of murals inside several of the buildings in Lake County including a series of hunting-themed murals in a banquet hall in Blue Lakes which were retouched and restored by former Disney artist Richard Vargas.
While not technically a mural, Lake County is also home to the largest outdoor quilt trail on the west coast. The Lake County Quilt Trail is a great treasure hunt for people who traverse the county with their cameras looking for the over 100 quilt squares on public display on barns, buildings and businesses. Finding all of the quilt squares is a fun challenge that many of our guests have thoroughly enjoyed.
The subject of murals brings to mind one of the guests who stayed with us recently, Sandro Cavallo. Sandro is an artist of extreme talent who came to us by way of Switzerland. You can see some of Sandro’s work on his own website but the pictures there don’t do it justice - his work is incredible.
We’ve always said we’re very fortunate to have the coolest people in the world stay with us which includes people from near and far. We appreciate all the wonderful people who bring their stories and experiences to the Featherbed Railroad we can’t wait to hear from you!
Written by Anthony B. Barthel
A blog about happenings in Lake County.