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Help - where to go in Clearlake?

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Help - where to go in Clearlake?

I'm considering a Summer weekend in Clearlake with my girlfriends for my bachelorette party. We like the lake idea for the days, but want to be somewhere where there is a decent amount of nightlife. None of us have ever been to the area - so we have no idea where to stay or go.

Konocti Harbor seems to be having huge events the two weekends we are considering, so it is unlikely we can stay there.

Any recommendations on locations? Nightlife overall? Lakeport v. Kelseyvillle?

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1. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

Sorry, but I don't think you'll find a "decent amount of nightlife" anywhere near Clear lake. It is a rural area for fishin' an' huntin'. Nightlife, other than the Konocti concerts featuring has-beens, consists of good ole boys having a few beers at the local bar. I'd suggest Lake Tahoe instead.

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2. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

Yes, real nitelife is still pretty scarce around the Lake, aside from Konocti and the casinos. Most people go there for the natural beauty and to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas. Saw Shop Gallery Bistro on Main in Kelseyville has music some nites, but not all. Good food tho'! During the day you may want to venture out to Guenoc Winery at the south end of the County (east of Middletown) or Tulip Hill Winery at the no. end, bet. Upper Lake and Nice. Also in Upper Lake is the Blue Wing Saloon & Cafe--good place to eat or just hang out. Very nice, newly opened hotel next door, too (the Tallman Hotel). Check www.lakecounty.com for other ideas.

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3. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

I stayed up at a timeshare in Clearlake for five days once and was a bit bored. OK, I was with my elderly parents and they didn't want to go winetasting, and weren't exactly the active types, BUT ... I was really bored.

First, it's mostly a boating-fishing lake. Maybe there are some sandy beaches but man, those lake plants were scary. I didn't go in the water the entire time.

Konocti Harbor is a funky place. Jane Ganahl wrote in her column in the Chronicle about going up there with some rock band friends of hers and it sounded, well, not dreadful, but not so fun.

That said, maybe someone will weigh in who has had some great experiences to share.

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4. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

I totally agree with the other post, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Clearlake...more for the folks who want to get away, fish and relax.

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5. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

I live in Lakeport and I love it. In the summer there are always events going on. Friday night concert in the park, the auto races at the fairgrounds, we even still have the drive-in movies. We have beautiful country, clean air, a great water skiing lake and a friendly hometown feel. Nightlife is Konocti Harbor Resort, casinos, Carlos & Vinney in Lakeport, Lakeport Lanes and depending on the weekend, some event somewhere happening around the Lake. Of course the Lake is not like the city with an abundunce of nightlife however there are things to do. For those that think Lake County is boring thats fine, I live her because I like the small town atmosphere, the quality of life and prefer to keep it that way.

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I am going to see a concert at Konocti Harbor on saturday 9/16/06, and unfortunately they are already sold out of rooms. Could someone please recommend some good places to stay nearby? I read the other posts above, and while I understand that the Lakeport area is not the hippest place on the planet, I still need find a place to stay:)! Thanks for your help.

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7. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

The Arbor House Inn may be a place for you to consider. It's in Lakeport, a block from the lake. Room rates are a little over $100, I believe, altho' Sat. nite may be somewhat more expensive. Their site is www.arborhousebnb.com. You can also check other lodging options at www.lakeportchamber.com. Good luck!

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8. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

Thanks for all the help and information! I think we've decided to plan a trip here for a nice time with friends after the wedding, and to keep bachelorette party business to the city.

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9. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

I have a summer home in Lakeport, being from San Francisco I'd stay at the Tallman Hotel in upper lake. Ask for James, he'll take care of you! VERY quiet town, but the historic hotel was just re-opened. The restuarant the Blue Wing has good food.

Head down the road to Ceago Vinegarden - owned by the Fetzer Family. Great place to hang out with a nice bottle of wine enjoying the Lake views. The area has really expanded their wine tasting over the years, you could hit at least 10 different wineries around the lake.

If you need more tips let me know - being from SF I know it is quiet area - HOWEVER that is usually what draws people there is to recharge the batteries.

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10. Re: Help - where to go in Clearlake?

For a place to stay on the lake I would most definitely recommend The Bungalow. It is a newly opened B & B in Glenhaven (across the lake from Konocti). It is gorgeous, all redone in 1920's art's and crafts style. The rooms are great, they all have 2 have whirlpool tubs and one has a two person shower. It is right on the lake with a fabulous view of Mount Konocti. The owners are awesome too. They opened a few weeks before we stayed there and are already doing an amazing job! The breakfasts are to die for and they have the cutest dog that we wanted to take home. The 5 o'clock wine hour is a nice touch as well.

We also had a concert at Konocti and they took us across the lake in their pontoon boat, dropped us of and picked us up after the concert. Mike and Kathey (the owners) were teachers for years and it really shows in how well they treat people. I would highly highly recommend this B & B. We love Konocti for concerts and now we have the perfect place to stay!

www.thebungalow.com

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