Lake County California is a beautiful destination to get away to with family and friends. There are welcoming communities, attractions to visit, outdoor activities, delicious dining, and stunning scenery. The best part is it is only two hours drive from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Imagine endless lakes and the cleanest air California has to offer and you pretty much the perfect vacation spot.
Lake County boasts many lakes including the aptly named Clear Lake, which is California's biggest natural lake of fresh water. It is believed to be the oldest lake in North America. Lake County is home to several other large bodies of water in this magical lake land. Blue Lakes, Lake Pillsbury, and Indian Valley Reservoir lay beneath the sky surrounded by natural beauty waiting to be explored. The total area covered by Lake County is 1327 miles square with the highest mountain being Snow Mountain some 7056 feet located in the wilderness of Mendocino National Forest.
Culturally, this is a very rich area with plenty of history and opportunities for recreation. The Mediterranean type climate with four clear seasons, make Lake County the perfect all year round destination. Springtime is vibrant and lush; summers are warm and dry, fall rings warm days and cool nights, while winter is mild with snow on the mountaintops. This is an area of small towns, far from the fast pace of city living, where people still know their neighbors and shop owners.
For adventurers, a Lake County vacation in verdantly rich national forestry and other public land offers hiking, bird watching, fishing, and hunting. There are over 300 species of bird in the area, making this a popular venue for ornithologists. Trail ways and dirt tracks are perfect for off roaders and dirt bikers. There are plenty of trails for walkers in the state and local parks. To learn more about the natural history of the area, there are exhibitions at Clear Lake State Park and Anderson Marsh State Park.
Naturally, with water being the main attraction with over 100 miles of shoreline, all of the lakes in particular Clear Lake is popular for every kind of water sport. Visitors can enjoy fishing, sailing, boating, swimming, wind surfing, waterskiing and jet skiing. Anglers will be overwhelmed with the species of fish to catch and can try their luck catching bluegill, large mouth bass, rainbow trout and catfish.
The county has a young wine industry and nothing is more pleasant than a lazy drive to visit a winery and enjoy some wine tasting and lunch al fresco. Wineries often have events featuring, dancing, music and country arts and crafts. Try Guenoc, Ployez Winery, and Langtry Estate Vineyards and Winery. With over 30 wineries to choose from, many offering accommodation and dining, you really will be spoiled for choice.
Accommodations for your Lake County vacation can be found in lakeside cabins and cottages, home style guesthouses offering bed and breakfast, hotels, and lakeside resorts offering the highest levels of service. If the outdoors is your thing then fabulous camping grounds will allow you to sleep out surrounded by nature.
Dining in Lake County offers a wide variety of cuisines from modern American with a California twist to Thai and other Asian cuisines. There is plenty of variety on offer from a simple pizza, to delis, authentic Irish food, steak houses, and barbeque restaurants. With such an abundance of good local produce and freshly caught fish, dining will be a memorable experience.
Whether visiting for a romantic weekend or family trip away, a Lake County vacation is perfect as it provides something special for every visitor.