Looking for a private retreat? Saratoga Springs Retreat Center is nestled in a secluded 260-acre pristine valley, in the beautiful rolling hills of Upper Lake, California. This hidden gem is available for exclusive use by groups of 25 or more seeking privacy, serenity and a closeness to nature. The center features 13 private cabin units of varying sizes, each with its own bathroom facilities, with a two night minimum stay. *There is a minimum of three nights for holiday weekends. Other features of the retreat center include a beautiful 2,400 sq ft multi-purpose room, The Heart Lodge, with radiant heated floors & floor to ceiling stone fireplace; a large swimming pool (60ft x 30ft) and hot tub with plenty of space for relaxation and sun bathing; and a Stone Labyrinth plus numerous hiking trails throughout the valley. It’s a perfect spot for groups looking to gather in a peaceful environment set in pristine natural beauty. For more information or to book your stay, visit https://saratogasprings.com
In Lake County, we're known for our nuts. Walnuts, that is! Our English walnut varietals are the third largest crop we produce, bringing up the rear in the trifecta behind winegrapes (#1) and pears (#2). These nutritious, high protein, mild-flavored nuts have been farmed locally since the 1870s. Besides their great flavor, walnuts are good for you! They're high in B vitamins, fiber, magnesium and vitamin E. Harvest generally occurs mid-late October, following on the heels of grape harvest, and local farmers are hoping for a good crop this year despite an evident "winter dieback" which affected trees in several counties--the result of below-freezing temperatures last November. Plus, walnut orchards typically provide some of the most beautiful fall color in our area. Enjoy the fruits of this year's nut harvest! *video footage from 2018 harvest*
Here in Lake County, we celebrate the indigenous peoples of the Pomo Tribe that have historically inhabited the Clear Lake area for over 11,800 years. The native Pomos were expert fishermen and hunters, known especially for their intricate basketry made from lakeshore tules and other native plants and feathers. Today’s Lake County Pomo Indians are direct descendants of those ancestors whose tribes are still rebuilding to this day. This “Short History of Native Americans in Lake County,” by Lake County Tribal Health, is an informative historical account of past and current struggles of tribal members to return to their ancestral lands. Link is in our profile.
We are beyond excited to share that Lake County, California is a 2021 Wine Star Award Nominee for Wine Region of the Year by @wineenthusiast !
"Outstanding high-elevation vineyards, simmering seismic activity, and one of the top 10 bass fishing lakes in the U.S. make Lake County a unique, remarkable California wine region and a relaxed travel destination. The county's steep volcanic hillsides yield Cabernet Sauvignon that can rival those of neighboring Napa County, and its lower slopes yield balanced, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc increasingly accepted as a prototype for the state."
What an honor it is to be in the running for this prestigious award. Seriously, we are gushing with pride here!!! 📸 by @nathan.dehart
Who’s game for adventure? Grab the kiddos and head on out to @thatranchwv (off Highway 29 between Kelseyville & Lakeport) where you’ll find tons of fall fun for everyone! Test your navigation skillz in their giant corn maze (pictured), grab some pumpkins from the patch, marvel at the giant sunflowers, ride the Bee Train and more. It’s a fall tradition your family will treasure for years to come. Open Saturday-Sunday 10AM-7:00PM. Y’all come!