City Guide Travel
Where to Go this Weekend: Kelseyville, CAOctober 11, 2016
I love getting away to Northern California's countryside to visit my grandmother in downtown Kelseyville. The charming small historic...
I love getting away to Northern California's countryside to visit my grandmother in downtown Kelseyville. The charming small historic town has everything from lake views, wineries, and old rustic barns and churches. It's a wonderful place to get away for the weekend with it being only a few hours away from the Bay Area-but seeming worlds apart. In the fall the pear and wine harvests and festivals take place just as the hills turn orange and gold. Come spring, the countryside is covered in "snow" made up of white pear blossoms. This mountain valley oasis sits below Mountain Konocti along the shores of Clear Lake. Find out below what some of my favorite things are to do while visiting.
You can't beat the charm of a stroll on Main Street. White picket fences (yes, they seriously have those. Doesn't get much more small town cutesie than that!) covered in grape vines, old rustic churches with tall steeples, historic buildings covered with vines, and signs advertising for fresh farm eggs or "No Parkin" are just some of the quaint, picturesque elements you'll pass by.
While there are several places to get "a cold one" in Kellseyville, my cousins brought me to one of their favorite local hangs outs-Kelsey Creek Brewing- during my last visit. They claim it serves and brews some of the best beers in the county. AND! If you can't drink beer (like me) don't feel left out! Kelsey Creek Brewing has a great selection of wine and sodas. My favorite part was that they served free popcorn and shelled peanuts that they encouraged us to throw on the ground when we were done (every kid's dream! THROW FOOD!). The brewery doesn't serve food (aside from popcorn/peanuts), but they welcome anyone to bring their own or order something nearby downtown and have it delivered.
Kelsey Creek Brewing
3945 Main Street Kelseyville, CA 95451
(A favorite thing for my grandmother and I to do together if we're not deep into a cup of coffee and a discussion). We always love to hunt for little treasures and celebrate our finds. Dusty, the owner, is very helpful and knowledgeable.
Dusty's Top Drawer
3965 Main Street Kelseyville, CA 95451
Kelseyville has a very relaxed, casual style going for it-so I could see how it would be difficult to have a successful fashion boutique. However, I like what Oak Boutique is doing for women's style. They have really cute jewelry (hello delicate cactus necklaces!) and accessories.
3940 Main Street Kelseyville, CA 95451
Local farm to table style menu.
Saw Shop Gallery Bistro
3825 Main Street. Kelseyville, CA 95451
Wine / Olive Oil:
Check out this boutique winery's downtown wine and olive oil tasting room. They offer "Sauvignon Blancs, Rose, Cabernets, Zinfandels, Merlots and beautiful Bordeaux blends."
Apocalypse Wines LLC / Smiling Dogs Ranch
3955 Main Street Kelseyville, CA 95451
I love to start the day with a downtown walk that ends with coffee at Studebakers. They have seating in the front if you like to people watch or stare at the mountains over a cup of coffee, or you can go the back patio to enjoy the privacy and herb gardens.
Studebaker's Coffee House & Deli
3990 Main Street. Kelseyville, CA 95451
You may have noticed the painted quilts in some of these pictures. It's all a part of the Quilt Trail project (the first in California), where quilt squares are painted on barns and buildings throughout the county. It is celebrates and promotes community pride in agriculture and tourism. You can find out more about this project here: www.lakecountyquilttrail.com
Pictured: "Pole Star" (above Polestar Computers) and "Blossoms And Berries" (above Studebakers)
Do you ever crave a weekend of countryside or small town living? What season would you best like to visit? What do you like to do to get away? What seems the most charming to you? What is your favorite part, typically, of a historic town? Have you been to Kelseyville or Lake County before? If so, what are your favorites or recommendations?