July 25, 2019 by Gina Teichert

Kelseyville City Spotlight

A quaint community on the southwest side of Clear Lake, Kelseyville embodies small-town sensibilities and offers visitors a refreshing change of pace from city life. Explore historic Main Street, and make it your home base for wine tasting and land or water-based adventures.

Where to Stay

Suite on Main

Photo Gina Teichert

For walkability and rooms bigger than a San Francisco studio apartment, stay in downtown Kelseyville at Suite on Main. This updated 6 room hotel puts Kelseyville’s shops and restaurants within reach, welcomes dogs, and boasts a gated garden courtyard.

If you prefer to stay in the countryside, or need room for the kids to run around, check out a growing list of private residences and farmstead experiences on Airbnb and vacation rental sites.

Where to Play

Big bird in swampy area at Clear Lake State Park.

Photo: Roger Coryell

Staying in Kelseyville puts a waterfront picnic or day on Clear Lake just minutes away. To launch a boat or simply enjoy the views, check out Lakeside County Park or Clear Lake State Park.

To get above it all, tackle the steep, but so-worth-it hike to the top of Mt. Konocti. It’s roughly six miles round trip, with the option of adding mileage by hitting more than one of the composite volcano’s peaks. The highest point, Wright Peak (4,299) houses a fire lookout tower and offers 360-degree views of Clear Lake, Mt. Saint Helena and Mt. Lassen.

Where to Eat

The Saw Shop

The Saw Shop. Photo: Gina Teichert

Kelseyville’s farm to table bistro, the Saw Shop, serves up elevated favorites and inventive farm-to-table cuisine. Their rotating menu taps into the seasonal bounty of local farms in a wisteria laden front porch setting.

Slightly off the beaten path, Live Oak Grill is your quintessential roadside diner. It’s a greasy spoon in the best possible way and excels at down-home breakfast dishes and hearty indulgences like chili cheese fries.

Where to Drink

Brick Tavern. Photo: Gina Teichert

Lake County is wine country, but if vino really isn’t your thing, swing by Kelsey Creek Brewing for local craft beer or the friendly vine-covered dive, Brick Tavern for something a little stronger, and a great pool table.

Konocti Vista – a tribal-owned casino with slots and table games – pours from a well-appointed bar, and features half-priced drinks for ladies on Wednesday nights and daily happy hour specials.