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September 2013
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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
Clear Lake Splash-In  Play  

 34th Annual Clear Lake Splash-In 

 September 28, 2013

 All Day



In its 34th year, this is the oldest and largest seaplane gathering in the Western United States, featuring all types of seaplanes, including Grummans, Republics, Lakes, Cessnas, Pipers, and DeHavillands.  It is anticipated that more than 30 seaplanes will participate this year. Besides viewing the planes, the public can watch the pilots practice water bombing exercises and other offshore activities.


Natural High School Field

810 North Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453

Kelseyville Pear Festival  Play  

 20th Annual Kelseyville Pear Festival  

 September 28, 2013

 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.




This annual fun, family event has something for everyone: from quilts to tractors, to games for the children, to all kinds of food, mule-drawn wagon rides, quality arts and crafts, a fine art show, and a variety of music from local musicians. The Festival has always begun with a pancake breakfast and a parade, featured arts and crafts booths, food, music, the Pear Dessert Competition and the Quilt Show. Through the years, the Pear Packing Competition, the Antique Tractor Exhibit, the Pear Pavilion and Horse Faire have been added. Don't forget the concert the night before at the Wildhurst Vineyards Courtyard from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel  Stay  

 Twin Pine Casino & Hotel




It's no surprise that Twin Pine is Wine Country's favorite place to stay. With over 59 rooms, the hotel includes three Luxury Suites. Each Deluxe Room is furnished with one king bed or two queen beds. Treat yourself to a Luxury Suite complete with a spacious king bed. Soak in the atmosphere in your very own Roman Tub and, with an extra roomy Living Room and Dining Area, there's ample room to hold court with all your friends. 


22223 Highway 29, Middletown  95461 

(707) 987-0197, 

Hawk and Horse Vineyards  Taste  

 Hawk and Horse Vineyards





Hawk and Horse Vineyards is passionately dedicated to quality from the ground up. From the selection of vines and vineyard site, to the most carefully detailed farming practices, they pay special attention to every aspect of the wine growing process. With soil and climate perfectly suited to growing Bordeaux varieties of world class distinction, they specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon. Their award-winning wines are attentively hand-crafted from fruit grown on their certified organic vineyard located in the Red Hills AVA. Family owned and operated, they take great pride in their farming practices and are certified Demeter Biodynamic and CCOF organic. Take a ranch tour, vineyard tour or wine tour.  

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays by appointment

13048 Highway 29, Lower Lake, CA 95457
(707) 942-4600,

Chef Steve's The Kings Table  Dine    
 Chef Steve's and The Kings Table






Vegan restaurants, Chef Steve's and The Kings Table, share a location in an older Victorian-style house.  The Kings Table features a relaxed atmosphere. Upon entering, guests merely order their lunch through a service window separating the dining area and kitchen, then sit back and enjoy themselves. From there, lunch is cooked and brought by a server. This distinctive service plan aids in a quicker meal which benefits guests, as the majority are on a lunch hour and therefore have a time constraint.  Chef Steve's boasts a concept new to Lake County. Fifth-dimensional dining is the focus for this formal dinner setting. The majority of restaurants work on the theory of three-dimensional dining. Three-dimensional dining focuses on flavor, aroma and texture. Chef Steve Tenneson adds two additional dimensions with presentation and nutrition.  Also available is a CreekClipper; the electric vehicle charging station is on the restaurant's property, free-of-charge and available to the public.  Call or visit the website for information or to make reservations. For dinner parties of three or more, reservations are recommended.

The Kings Table, Sunday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chef Steve's, Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m
21278 Calistoga Road, Middletown, CA 95461 
(707) 809-7060,

Farm to Table

Poached Lake County Pears with Zinfandel Reduction
Christian Hacksaw, Kelseyville

8 large ripe Lake County pears
1 bottle (750) Lake County Zinfandel wine
1 tsp cinnamon
˝ cup granulated sugar

Peel pears.
Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discoloring.
Set aside.

Pour Zinfandel into a deep sauté pan over high heat
Add cinnamon and sugar
Sauté on high heat (stirring frequently) to reduce by half.
Add pears, position upright, in pan
Cover and poach over high heat, 15 - 20 minutes

Serve pears upright with the Zinfandel reduction drizzled over the top.

Serves 8.
 Did you know?
Mt. Konocti  

A Towering Giant

Mount Konocti, Lake County's ancient volcano, provides a backdrop to California's Clear Lake. Home to falcons and other raptors, and the subject of legends, the mountain is one of the few landmarks ever-visible from most locations throughout the county. Mount Konocti is a dormant volcano, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, and dates back to the Pliocene era nearly five million years ago. Geologists believe that Mount Konocti first erupted 350,000 years ago, and as recently as 10,000 years ago. Geothermal activity still abounds in the area. Unlike traditional volcanoes, Mount Konocti has five peaks - Wright 4,299 ft., Howard 4,286 ft., South 4,050 ft., Buckingham 3,952 ft., and Clark 2,850 ft. The cones are composite didactic lava domes, the result of a series of non-explosive eruptions and lava flows. Archaeologists have found evidence that native people, principally Pomo and Wappo, began inhabiting the area more than 11,000 years ago. An essential part of Pomo spirituality, Mount Konocti was never inhabited by Native Americans, but remains sacred to the local tribes. 

Mary Downen's Cabin
The Pioneering Spirit

In the spring of 1903, Mary Downen of Lakeport began a quest for a quiet and remote place to live. Fiercely independent, she took a horseback ride to the top of Mount Konocti with her son-in-law, Euvelle Howard, and fell in love with the unsurpassed views, majestic oaks, and good soil. The following morning, Mary staked her claim, paying $600 to have the land surveyed. A small cabin was built and she began homesteading on the mountain.  With no streams or springs nearby, water was initially hauled up the mountain, and then rain water was collected in barrels until cisterns were dug. Each sunny day at 2 p.m., Mary would communicate with her daughter and family in Lakeport by flashing a mirror.  Euvelle Howard ultimately moved to Mount Konocti and planted the orchards at the edge of the cabin. Howard Peak is named after his family. Upon his death in 1942, his life-long request was honored, and his remains were buried about 200 yards up the hill, where the words "Euvelle Howard 1867-1942" are chiseled into a gigantic boulder.


Mt. Konocti Panoramic View

Mount Konocti County Park Hiking Trail Description
The Wright Peak Summit Trail is a 6+ mile round-trip hike from the Upper Parking Lot near the access gate on Konocti Road, with an approximate 1,600 ft elevation gain. The trail takes hikers along the main access road, past walnut and apple orchards, through an amazing Canyon Oak grove to the Mary Downen cabin, built in 1903. It then continues up to Wright Peak and the fire lookout tower, with possible side trips to Howard Peak. 


This and other trail brochures can be viewed or downloaded at or   


Konocti Regional Trails Brochures are available the Lake County Visitor Information Center, 6110 East Highway 20, Lucerne, CA 95458, (800) LAKESIDE or (707) 274-5652

Save the Date...


8/29-9/1 Lake County Fair, Lakeport


9/1 Labor Day Blue Wing Blues Festival, Upper Lake


9/14 Bluegrass Concert, Lakeport


9/21 Lake County Wine Auction, Kelseyville 


9/21 Shipwreck Day, Lakeport


9/28 Clear Lake Splash-in, Lakeport


9/28 Kelseyville Pear Festival, Kelseyville


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