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Visit Lake County is the official resource for the 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
9th Annual Wine Adventure, July 27 & 28, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Annual Lake County Wine Adventure offers guests a chance to explore the "New" Wine Country of California's Lake County. Event goers can sample distinct "high-elevation" award-winning wines from Lake County participating wineries and enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres. During this two-day, passport style event, many locations will also feature barrel tastings, entertainment, winery tours, wine and food pairings, and other fun and sustainable wine activities. Event goers that visit all participating wineries and submit their completed passport to the Lake County Winery Association before the end of the year will be entered into a raffle drawing for one of a dozen Lake County vacation packages and a special grand prize featuring a stellar cellar collection of Lake County's finest wines. The purchase of a two-day Wine Adventure ticket includes a logo wine glass, adventure map and a weekend of fun in fabulous Lake County. Tasting Fee: $35 in advance/$45 on day of event. Designated drivers are encouraged.
Tasting Rooms, Countywide
Backyard Garden Oasis Bed and Breakfast
Backyard Garden Oasis Bed and Breakfast Inn is an excellent choice for those wanting a nature-filled retreat surrounded by some of California's most beautiful country. Bathe under the stars in the hot tub, relax on your deck with a good book, meditate in the garden, explore some of the many attractions, book all the cabins for a special occasion or event, come for a work or creative retreat, or come to relax. If you're looking for the perfect accommodations for a Romantic Getaway, Anniversary Getaway, a Girls Weekend or last minute getaways, this is the place.
Backyard Garden Oasis offers three separate, light-filled, contemporary cabins, each with its own deck, shower and bathroom, fireplace and air conditioning, as well as a refrigerator and coffee maker; making it the perfect retreat for those wishing to avoid the crowds you might find in Calistoga and the Napa Valley.
Greta, your hostess, is a CA Certified Massage Therapist with an inviting massage studio on the property. Greta also makes a truly delicious breakfast and is happy to accommodate all types of special diet requests. Backyard Garden Oasis is also dog-friendly.
24019 Hilderbrand Dr, Middletown 95461
Laujor Estate Winery
In the mid 1990's David and Cheryl Lucido would spend evenings at the dinner table conversing of their vision to own a vineyard, they agreed if they ever pursued their dream, the name would be "Laujor," created by combining the first three letters of the names of their children, Lauren and Jordan.
The Lucido's were presented with an opportunity to move to Lake County in April 2003. After a very short time they found the ideal location to pursue their long awaited dream. They purchased a 14 acre property and from there cultivated their vision (literally), they planted a vineyard and built their home in the Red Hills Appellation of Kelseyville. At the time they had no idea what was on the other side of the neglected and overgrown walnut orchard. Upon clearing the property they could not believe their eyes, the views were breathtaking! Their good friend, Denise said, "Wow this is Little Italy, rolling hills drizzled with vineyards as far as the eye can see." Such beauty makes one pause with appreciation every day!
Tasting room hours: Daily, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
8664 Seigler Springs North Road, Kelseyville 95451
This pairs perfectly with a white dessert wine, namely Lavender Blue's Liquido D'Oro. You can top this with creamy mascarpone sweetened with a little honey, or barely sweet -homemade vanilla ice cream. The idea here is to showcase the sweetness of the peaches and the creaminess of the topping, and to let that borrow from and enhance the sweetness of the dessert wine. For an added color twist, squeeze some raspberry reduction over the top and garnish with fresh-snipped French tarragon.
4 medium sized peaches, ripe but firm brought to room temperature
Freshly grated black pepper
Topping or your choice (mascarpone, crème fraiche, fresh whipped cream, heavy cream, aged balsamic vinegar,etc.)
Snipped fresh herbs of your choice (mint, tarragon, thyme, marjoram, edible flowers)
Brush grill with grape-seed oil, light and heat to medium-high.
Halve peaches and brush cut half with grape-seed oil.
Grill, cut side down on medium high grill 3 to 4 minutes- quickly brush the skin sides with grape-seed oil and turn, grilling an additional 3 minutes to get nice grill marks. (tip-rotating the fruit 90 degrees once, half-way through grilling each side, will yield beautiful crisscrossed grill marks).
Lower grill heat to low, and move peaches away from direct heat. Grill an additional 7-10 minutes or until peaches are soft but not mushy. Remove to plates and sprinkle very very lightly with sea salt and freshly grated black pepper.
Plate and top these while they are warm, which will slightly soften the toppings and marry the flavors, but allow to sit a minute or so, and serve just slightly over room temp, so the chill of the topping keeps the summery nature of this dessert.
To pair this perfectly with Lavender Blue Liquido D'Oro, use mascarpone on top drizzled with honey, snipped fresh French tarragon, and an unsweetened raspberry reduction such as one made with red wine.
Additionally, if you have not treated yourself to the dessert uses of good aged balsamic vinegar, it is a must. This makes a marvelous substitute for the high calorie toppings above, but also works well in conjunction with the cheese or ice cream. It could be substituted for the raspberry reduction.
Lake County Rodeo - 84 years young
In the old days before fences, twice a year (spring and fall) roundups were held. At this time the cowboys from the various ranches formed a large crew and 'worked' the range. All the animals that could be found were rounded up and separated to the different ranches, determined by the brands they wore. Unbranded calves were branded with the brand worn by the cows they were following, thus establishing ownership by the ranch. At these roundups, cowboys of one ranch matched one of their number against a cowboy from another ranch in roping or bronc riding. Later these contests became rodeos, with other events being added.
A rodeo is normally produced by a local committee or association and is attended by the cowboys and cowgirls who come from near and far to compete against one another as well as the animals they are pitted against in some of the events.
Originating as it did in the business of cattle raising, rodeo features four main events in which cowboys became proficient in their daily work on ranches: saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team tying and single steer tying. To these have been added for show purposes, other events which are spectacular, though not practical in ranch work, namely: bareback riding, bulldogging, wild cow milking and for the women, barrel racing.
Rodeos have been held in Lake County since the 1830's. In the past rodeos were held infrequently in different locations of what is now Lake County. In 1929 successive rodeos were first held in Lakeport over Labor Day at the site of the current Lake County Fairgrounds but not connected to the fair.
The 84th Annual Lake County Rodeo will be on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13. A dance will be held after the rodeo performance on Saturday. Don't miss the Horse, Antique Tractor and Pet Parade held on Saturday morning. The parade begins and ends at the fairgrounds, but clip-clops through downtown Lakeport. A parade of antique tractors, horses, burros, goats, and other four-legged animals, some pulling carriages begins at 11:00 a.m.
Lake County Fairgrounds
401 Martin Street, Lakeport 95453
Lake County will have an outstanding exhibit at the 2013 California State Fair
Lake County will have a very special exhibit in this year's California State Fair. This year's State Fair, held at CalExpo in Sacramento, runs from July 12 through July 28.
Lake County has been an annual participant in the State Fair Counties Exhibit program for many years, having won numerous silver and gold awards in past years. This year, Lake County is definitely going for the gold with an exhibit that includes Mt. Konocti, Clear Lake, a geothermal power plant, a display of Lake County wines, hot springs and a barn filled with a bounty of Lake County agriculture and other local products.
The exhibit will include three video displays, an interactive display that both adults and kids will enjoy, a soundtrack of local birds and waterfowl, a backdrop that highlights Lake County's clean air through a star-filled night sky, as well as a flashing red beacon atop the 13-foot high Mt. Konocti replica.
This is definitely the year to attend the California State Fair if for no other reason than to see Lake County's exhibit. It promises to be an outstanding exhibit that will be remembered for years to come!
Several Lake County businesses and individuals have contributed to this year's exhibit. Under contract with the County of Lake, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce has once again assumed responsibility for Lake County's participation in the State Fair. The Lake County Marketing Program partnered with the Chamber on this year's exhibit design, and an unusually large team of volunteers put in many evenings and weekends to bring the vision to reality. A full list of those who have worked on or otherwise contributed to this year's exhibit, will be included in the exhibit and published locally at a later date, as new contributions are continuing to be made on almost a daily basis.
For more information on this year's exhibit, or to volunteer to help staff the exhibit during the State Fair, please contact the Lake County Chamber of Commerce at (707) 263-5092.
On June 27th a team of volunteers traveled to Sacramento to being assembly of the display. (See photo to left.)
California State Fair
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento 95815
Lake County Auto Movies- one of the last of its kind.
The drive-in theater was the creation of chemical company magnate, Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr., whose family owned and operated the R.M. Hollingshead Corporation chemical plant in Camden, New Jersey.
The drive-in's peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 4,000 drive-ins spread across the United States. Among its advantages was the fact that a family with a baby could take care of their child while watching a movie, while teenagers with access to autos found drive-ins ideal for dates.
During their height, some drive-ins used attention-grabbing gimmicks to boost attendance. They ranged from small airplane runways, unusual attractions such as a small petting zoo or cage of monkeys, personal appearances by actors to open their movies, or musical groups to play before the show.
Over time, the economics of real estate made the large property areas increasingly expensive for drive-ins to operate successfully. Land became far too valuable for businesses such as drive-ins, which in most cases were summer-only.
The owners of Lakeport Auto Movies have upgraded the drive-in to digital projection, which will ensure that they can stay in business beyond this summer. The digital projectors were installed in mid-June, it was an $80,000 project for the little drive-in.
Do you remember going to the drive-in with your family? Parents would dress their kids in pajamas because they would be asleep by the time the movies were over. If you haven't gone yet this summer you should. Going to the drive-in movies with family and friends is an experience that should not be missed.
Lakeport Auto Movies (Behind Lakeport Cinema 5)
52 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport 95453
(707) 263-5011, www.lakeportautomovies.com
Save the Date...
7/4 4th of July Celebration, Downtown, Lakeport
7/5 Maxine Sherman Memorial Fireworks, Clearlake Oaks
7/6 4th of July Celebration and International Worm Races, Downtown, City of Clearlake
7/6 Lakeport Speedway Racing and Fireworks, Lake County Fairgrounds, Lakeport
7/6 Lavender Festival at Ceago Vinegarden, Nice
7/6 4th Annual Six Sigma Ranch Cowboy Cook-Off, Lower Lake
7/12-13 Lake County Rodeo, Lake County Fairgrounds, Lakeport
7/13 Alpine Days Music Festival and Harbor Village Artist Craft Fair, Lucerne
7/27-28 Lake County Wine Adventure, County-wide
8/2-4 Blue Wing Blues Festival, Upper Lake
For a complete list of events in Lake County, please visit www.lakecounty.com
If you are planning a visit, or considering re-locating to Lake County, find out what this beautiful area has to offer. Take a Video Tour of Lake County.