LC Spring Visit Lake County
October 2013
The Lake County Marketing Program is excited to announce that
Visit Lake County is now MOBILE FRIENDLY.
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Riding the Lake
Photo Credit - Konocti Challenge
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

 Annual Steele Wines Harvest Festival  

 October 12-13, 2013

 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




This Annual Harvest Festival is famous for its grape-stomping competition for kids and adults, as well as its Vineyard Run for Literacy - a certified 5K/10K run and 5K walk amid autumn-colored vineyards and orchards. Held the second weekend each October, various musicians will perform live both days. Visitors also will get to taste the wines of Steele's extensive collection and enjoy the 4-H Club's barbecue, as well as a myriad of vendor booths with plentiful food, fine art, arts and crafts, and other unique souvenirs and gifts. A kids' corner will feature a storyteller and face painting.  Vineyard Run for Literacy starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.


4350 Thomas Drive, Kelseyville, CA 95451

(707) 279-9475,


 Rancho De La Fuente 






Rancho De La Fuente is a Bed & Breakfast and Special Events Center located in beautiful Lakeport, California. The newly enlarged and meticulously renovated 5,000 square foot barn is perfect for a special event. This unique venue includes a Bar, Dj Room and Commercial Kitchen that can accommodate up to 300 guests.  The Bed & Breakfast is an elegantly furnished Victorian House located on a beautiful 42-acre country setting. The Victorian is a 19th Century marvel, and has three beautiful bedrooms and two shared bathrooms located on the first and second floors.  Rancho De La Fuente also has cottages and a bunkhouse to stay in.  Whether it is a small family function or a large corporate party, Rancho De La Fuente can accommodate everyone's needs.


2290 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport, CA 95453


 Don Angel Cellars 




Miguel Angel graduated from college with a major in Business Administration.  When he first moved to California, if somebody had told him that he was going to be making wine he would have probably laughed at them. Today 23 years later....he's making wine and loving it!   He was hired by Jed Steele in 1996 as the Cellar Master for his newly acquired winery in Kelseyville. Miguel worked for Jed till 2004, after being his Assistant Winemaker for the last 3 years. When Miguel left Steele Wines, he knew then that it was his time to fly solo.  He got his first job as a winemaker in a nearby winery only half a mile down from Steele Wines. Now after all this time he has his own wine label.
Hours: Daily, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

165 Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453

(707) 349-0387,

 Park Place Restaurant 





Park Place Restaurant in Lakeport has been a local favorite since they first opened their doors in 1986. Their wonderful parkside location right on the shores of beautiful Clearlake makes it a great spot for lunch or dinner while enjoying incredible views of Mt. Konocti.  The fresh and casual menu, local wines and fun cocktail bar make Park Place a great choice for meeting family and friends. In the summer months enjoy Friday night concerts in Library Park while dining on the rooftop deck or shaded patio.  The freshly made pasta, house made pizzas and fresh salads, along with the great burgers, steaks and fresh sea food dishes ensures there is always something for everyone.
Summer - Monday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Winter - Monday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
50 3rd St. Lakeport, CA 95453
(707) 263-0444,

Farm to Table

Pumpkin Bisque with hint of Curry
Wildhurst Vineyards, Kelseyville,

1/2 cup butter
2 medium-size onions, chopped
5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large pumpkin, peeled and cubed
10 cups chicken stock
4 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon curry powder

In a pan, melt butter over medium heat, add onions and cook, stirring occasionally until soft. Add potatoes and pumpkin, cook until they begin to soften. Pour in stock and curry, bring to a boil, cover and simmer until squash mashes easily. Whirl pumpkin mixture, a portion at a time, in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Add whipping cream, heat until steaming.  Season to taste with salt and white pepper. 
Did you know?







The Legend of the Lake County Diamond

This legend comes down to us through the ages, recited from generation to generation by the elders who would gather around the campfire in the evening and listen to the Ancient One tell of the "Moon Tears", which in recent years have been called "Lake County Diamonds. "


Long ago there were no stars in the sky; there was only the Moon and her brother, the Sun. The Moon gave the People light in the darkness and the Sun gave them light in the day. The Moon was gentle and kind, but the Sun was cruel and jealous of his beautiful sister.


In those days, there was a young Pomo Chieftain who fell in love with the Moon. Night after night he would stand and sing to her as she crossed the sky. In the day he slept and would not help his father fish, nor hunt, nor even mend the nets. His family was very concerned for what he was doing was not right and, also, the Sun might become angry and do something to harm all the People.


The Sun did become angry and sent Blue-Jay to lead the young man high into the mountains to where the Sun had a special place. It was a terrifying land. Great jets of steam came from the ground and the streams were so hot no fish could swim in them. When the young man reached the place of the Sun, he fell into a deep sleep and could move no more.


That night the Moon saw the young Chieftain sleeping and fell in love with him. She came and sang beside him and the words of her song filled the air with many tiny golden pieces of dust. The Sun, her brother, came and ordered her away, saying, "You are needed by the People. Go back into the sky."  The Moon knew her brother was right, but she was very sad and wept bitterly and her tears caused the golden moondust to turn into bright pieces of clear crystal that fell to the ground.  They became the Lake County "diamonds."


This made the Sun even angrier and he decided to kill the young man. When the Moon saw this, she seized up handfuls of the bright tears and hurled them at her brother. Many of them stuck in the sky and became the stars. Those that fell back to earth are the Lake County "diamonds", which have a blue or lavender tinge.


Then the Moon took the young Chieftain to live with her in the sky. On clear nights, when the moon is full, if you look closely, you can see his face.


Lake County "diamonds" were placed on burial mounds by some tribes to protect the spirits of the newly departed from evil spirits or demons, who love the darkness and, when they saw the "moon tears," would think the moon was shining and go away.


Lake County "diamonds" are also called "Moon Tears" because they are supposed to be the tears the Moon shed, when she fell in love with a young Pomo Chieftain and her brother the Sun made her go back into the sky.



Geologically speaking, Lake County "diamonds" are semi-precious stones of volcanic origin found nowhere else in the world. They have a rating of 7.5 - 8 on the Moh scale of hardness, compared to real diamonds rated at 10. Lake County "diamonds" have been used commercially and industrially and are capable of cutting glass. They are in great demand as semi-precious gems, and may be set uncut for a rough, natural look or cut and faceted to give them a fire which compares to the brilliance of real diamonds. Our stones are pieces of silica which are released from basalt deposits during rains.


Where to find them

-Bottle Rock Road, Kelseyville

-Old Hobergs Airport Area and Snows Lake

-Cobb Mountain

-Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest, Cobb Mountain

Avoid collecting in areas marked as protected and always get permission if an area is privately owned.


Additional rockhounding information can be found at or by calling the Lake County Visitor Information Center, 6110 East Highway 20, Lucerne, CA 95458, (800) LAKESIDE or (707) 274-5652.  Small packets of Lake County Diamonds are also available for purchase.

Save the Date...


10/4        Calpine Guided Tours of the Geysers, Middletown


10/5        Konocti Challenge, Lakeport


10/5        Oktoberfest, Upper Lake


10/5-6     Annual Falling Leaves Quilt Show, Lakeport


10/12-13 Lakeport Speedway October Classic, Lakeport


10/12-13 Steele Wines Harvest Festival, Kelseyville 


10/13      Vineyard Run for Literacy, Lakeport


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