Growing up, did you have your summer spot? Your campground, resort, lake house, swimming hole, or annual vacation getaway? For my fam, it was Kelseyville, CA where there was a resort called Konocti Harbor. In case the title of the post was misleading, Kelseyville is no where near Calabasas (aka Kardashianville). Kelseyville is a tiny town (like population 3,000 tiny) in Nor-Cal’s Lake County that sits on the largest natural lake in the State – Clear Lake – (since Lake Tahoe is technically in Nevada too).
So I definitely had some childhood flashbacks a couple months ago when my husband and I did a quick day-trip to Kelseyville. It’s one of the few places in California less than an hour from the Napa Valley, with breathtaking views and lakeside property where you can still buy a house for under $300K. So now, lets go to Kelseyville with the why, where, and what to do in Lake County…
Where to Grab Coffee – Mmmm…
Starbucks Studebakers. We had a latte and split one of the best lemon poppy seed muffins with vanilla icing at Studebakers Coffee House. It was so much more fun to try the local place rather than a national chain (which doesn’t even exist in this town).
Konocti Harbor – The gates to fun. A closed Konocti Harbor Resort entrance which was forced to close in 2009 after the economy crashed.
Where to Eat – Like I said, Kelseyville is a tiny town with a main strip. There aren’t many restaurant options, although I’ve heard from locals and friends that The Saw Shop Bistro serves delicious food and there are beautiful wineries around the lake like Ceago I posted about a few years ago in this yellow wrap dress.
The Lake Como of California? Yes, Clearlake reminds me a bit of a Cali version of Lake Como… minus Clooney and the amazing Italian food and culture. We checked out this fixer upper 5-bedroom home with panoramic lake views that sold to a buyer the next week for around $277K. Speaking of Lake Como, if you’re thinking of visiting or traveling to Italy this summer, definitely check out this post ‘An Afternoon in Beguiling Bellagio on Lake Como‘ by Heather of StyleMindChic.com.
What to Do – With the lake, vineyards and hiking, there are so many outdoor activities to do in Lake County and Kelseyville including horseback riding. Check out LakeCounty.com to see everything offered, and here is a list of at least 30 Lake County wineries in the area if you’re looking for a new experience near Napa, yet so much different.
Bye for now Kelseyville…
<DETAILS by Dale> jeans ~ Zara (last seen here at coffee in Dallas) / leather jacket – United Colors of Benneton (last seen here in SF with flare jeans) / top (actually a dress) – H&M / shoes (recent) – Coach / shades – Quay Australia
Have you ever been to or driven through Lake County, CA? It’s about a 3 hour drive from San Francisco and an hour from the Napa Valley.