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Visit Lake County is the official resource for upcoming events, fun activities, exciting wineries, and cool places to stay - all designed to help you make the most out of your next visit to Lake County. If you'd like personal assistance planning your stay, just call (800) LAKESIDE to speak with one of our friendly Lake County concierges.
- The Visit Lake County team
Kelseyville Olive Festival, April 21
This celebration of locally grown olives will introduce guests to the oil and products produced from Lake County olives. Hosted by Rosa D'Oro Vineyards and the Chacewater Wine Company & Olive Mill, this family-friendly event features vendors offering olive-related and other local products, samples, food, soaps, and more, as well as educational materials about olives and the local industry. Several contests will be held up to and during the festival including a Poster Contest, Amateur Recipe Contest, Olive Pit Spitting Contest, and People's Choice Olive Oil Contest.
Admission is free, fee for wine and beer tasting.
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Chacewater Wine Company & Olive Mill
5625 Gaddy Lane, Kelseyville
(707) 279-0483, www.kelseyvilleolivefestival.com
The Gunn House, Kelseyville
Built for Dr. Frank G. Gunn in 1925, this breathtaking concrete, all-electric home was ahead of its time. Experience it as it was with working 1925 Monarch Electric Stove & 1927 refrigerator; while not being without modern conveniences such as tempurpedic mattresses, central air, and internet.
Comfortably accommodates up to six adult guests with 1 ½ baths, 2 bedrooms, queen size sofa-bed by the wood burning fireplace, and twin size sofa-bed in the television room. Newly remodeled kitchen is fully equipped; just bring the food and your appetite. Other amenities include: sound system throughout, laundry room, a pass thru bar to breezeway, bar-b-que, secure parking, and complimentary local wine!
3780 Main Street, Kelseyville
(707) 279-9744, www.thegunnhouse.com
Steele Wines, Kelseyville
Jed Steele has been involved in winemaking in California for forty-five years. He began as a cellar worker in 1968, obtained his Master's Degree from UC Davis, and started his own winery, Steele Wines, in 1991. During this time he has been able to produce wines from just about every top quality region in the state. The line-up of vineyards which Steele either owns or from which they purchase grapes has evolved over the years and they consistently draw on some of the finest vineyards in California.
From viewing the actual number of wines they bottle, one might think they are a large winery, which is not the case. They specialize in many wines where the final bottling is less than 1,000 cases; this approach allows them to maintain the practice of true craftsmanship in the production of small lot bottling. From hand picked grapes to gentle processing at their own bottling facility, they know how the grapes are cared for from vineyard to bottle, and believe a lighter hand in the winemaking will highlight the aromas and the flavor of the quality fruit sourced.
Tasting Room open Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4350 Thomas Drive, Kelseyville
(707) 279-9475, www.steelewines.com
Farm to Table
Pizza Bread Appetizer, Submitted by Dena Wood
Winner of the 2012 Kelseyville Olive Festival Recipe Contest
1 3/4 cup finely grated colby jack and cheddar cheese
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup chopped black olives
1 4 oz. can chopped ortega chilies
2 oz. canned jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 medium onion, grated
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Mix together and spread on slices of baguette. Broil until cheese is melted. Enjoy!
Check out these two upcoming fishing derbies and lodging nearby.
4/27-28 Blue Lakes Trout Derby Sponsored by the Blue Lakes Association and local merchants. Proceeds from the event go to support volunteer firefighters, emergency medical personnel, and other Blue Lakes community projects. The derby is open to the public and hosted by the Narrows Lodge Resort.
The Narrows Lodge Resort is located on Upper Blue Lake and has something for everyone.
- Motel rooms and cabins
- RV, trailer, tent rates
- Game Room
- Day Use
- Group BBQ Area
- Pontoon boats, pedal boats, row boats, canoes
5/17-19 Catfish Derby
"The largest catfish derby west of the Mississippi" and a benefit for community projects, the annual Catfish Derby features both an Adult Derby, with cash and prizes; and a Kids Derby, for those 15 years old and younger, with the winner receiving a special prize. Sponsored by the Clearlake Oaks/Glenhaven Business Association.
Blue Fish Cove Resort features eight beautifully updated cottages right on Clear Lake.
- Jacuzzi tubs
- Pier with fireplace
- Boat launch
- Game room
- Dock with slips
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Save the Date...
5/4-5 The Great Lake County Balloon Adventure - Fundraising event featuring hot air balloons, balloon rides, kids play area, a concert on Saturday and car show on Sunday.
6/22 Art and Wine in the Park - Art and craft vendors, silent auction, wine tasting, live music and food from local purveyors. Sponsored by and a benefit for Clear Lake Performing Arts.
7/12-13 Lake County Rodeo - Annual rodeo featuring steer wrestling, bull riding, bareback riding, team roping, barrel racing, barbecue, vendors and a dance Saturday night.
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