Wine Enthusiast

ARTICLE | August 18, 2017

5 Things to Do in Lake County, California

This unpretentious, upcoming wine region offers a dormant volcano, sophisticated wines, 19th-century history and awesome bass fishing in Clear Lake, the largest freshwater body in California.

Lake County Road Map

Lake County road map

5 Places to Visit in Lake County

  1. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Brassfield Estate Winery

    One of Lake County’s most ambitious wineries occupies a sprawling 2,500-acre property just 10 minutes from the lake. Taste potent red blend Eruption while you watch for a chance to observe the resident wild bears.

  2. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Six Sigma Ranch & Winery

    Top-rated Tempranillo is only part of the story at this historic property settled in the mid-1800s. Book an ATV vineyard tour or a private ranch-to-table dinner. You can overnight in your own trailer or RV, space permitting.

  3. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Boatique Winery

    Ogle a dozen rare, sleek powerboats dating to the 1930s—including Chris-Crafts, an amphibious car and an 805-horsepower Van Dam—and taste one of the best Malbecs in California.

  4. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Kelseyville

    The town’s folksy Main Street seems like a 1950s time warp. Three good winery tasting rooms, an ice cream shop and Studebakers Coffee House & Deli make it ideal for a mid-day stroll and lunch.

  5. Photo by Michael Housewright

    Mount Konocti County Park

    Ambitious hikers can follow the Wright Peak Summit Trail to the top of Mount Konocti, a 4,300-foot volcano. From there, they can take in panoramic views of Clear Lake and neighboring counties.

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