Our #traveltuesday spotlight falls on charming Pine Acres Resort in Upper Lake, California, where nature and families come together for a perfect vacation on the shores of Blue Lakes! This peaceful, manicured property features simple, immaculately clean cabins and rooms equipped with queen and/or double beds, and nostalgic, natural wood interiors. The resort also welcomes campers and RVs (all spots include water/electricity and free Wi-Fi). An on-site convenience store/tackle shop is open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, seven days a week, offering generic grocery products and novelty gift items available. The resort also has a clubhouse, capable of accommodating up to 100 people, that is perfect for cookouts and other get-togethers. A dock and beach area are available to guests, as well as kayak rentals. Experience the spring-fed waters of Blue Lakes while enjoying the mature trees and green lawns surrounding the resort in relaxed, natural beauty. For more information, visit their website (link in our profile).
Celebrity sighting! We are still swooning over this photo of All-American Football Hall of Famer, Joe Montana, and eight time NBA Champion and celebrated coach, Steve Kerr, who were recently spotted sipping Boatique wines over dinner. They’re holding the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (sold out), but also drank the 2018 Malbec (Best of Class in the 2021 SF Chronicle Wine Competition) and the delightful 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (Double Gold, Best of Class in the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge). Both wines are currently available online and on-site at the winery, www.boatiquewines.com. Way to score a big win for Lake County wines, @boatiquewinery!!
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.