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Keeping Up with Kelseyville


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.



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  1. Fun memories there!

  2. Hi Dale — What a fun post! I love reading about day trips in Northern California. It sounds like you have wonderful memories with family in the area. Feels like a walk down memory lane. I can see what you mean about the similarities of views in Lake Como. Thanks for sharing a link to my post on Como. 🙂 Love that leather jacket on you!!
    xx, Heather

  3. Dale, I have never been to Clearlake and have always heard about how pretty it is. Love this little post about it. Your jacket and top are lovely. That carmel color is gorgeous on you. Love to have a jacket in that color. Can I just say I love how you mix a little travel with your style posts. Always fun and I agree that it’s always better to check out the local spot vs. chains!

    Hope you are having a good week. We are back to rain here! xo

    • Thanks Kim! It is definitely really different and rural compared to the Bay Area but I think you would love it. Thank you for the compliments and carmel is one of my favorite shades. 🙂

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