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April 11, 2013 | Touring & Tasting Magazine, Wine Country Travel | Touring & Tasting

A Weekend at the Lake: Touring & Tasting's Favorite Lake County Activities

Surrounded by the largest inland body of water in California, Lake County is a true wine country destination. Wineries high above in the sloping hills, restaurants and hotels down below in the bustling streets and kayak adventures in Clear Lake; there is surely no shortage of activities for any visitor to Lake County. With springtime finally here, there is no better time to plan a trip to the lake. The cooling water, fresh air and great wine are perfect for some good old-fashioned rest and relaxation.

But, planning a weekend away can be hard, especially when the last thing you want to do when it is beautiful outside is stay cooped up indoors, browsing the internet for getaway ideas. Luckily for you, there are of those us who are willing and ready to stay indoors and find the best places for you and your lucky guests to go on your next trip to wine country. From gambling, to Sunday brunch, here are Touring & Tasting’s favorite Lake County activities:

A Night at the Casino: Twin Pine Casino and Hotel

Vegas might be 625 miles away, but there is no reason why you can’t have a premiere casino, hotel and restaurant experience in the heart of Lake County wine country. With 25,000 square feet of card games and slot machines, Twin Pine Casino and Hotel is a premiere Northern California casino destination.  The hotel’s Grapevine Bar & Lounge offers free live weekend entertainment and hosts a local winery showcase every month. Besides local wines, the Grapevine Bar & Lounge boasts an impressive list of microbrew beers and spirits. Drinks at the bar, dinner at Twin Pine’s Manzanita Restaurant and fun on the casino floor make for a great night or two away. Trust us when we say that you want to make Twin Pine Casino and Hotel your next overnight destination.

Sunny Picnic at Shannon Ridge Vineyards and Winery

Only a short drive away from Twin Pine Casino and Hotel, Shannon Ridge Vineyards and Winery is the perfect place to rest, relax and enjoy the beautiful California sun. Set atop the hills overlooking Clear Lake down below, Shannon Ridge Vineyards and Winery will impress any wine lover with its spectacular views and impressive wines. A quaint garden outside of the tasting room lets guests enjoy a meal and a glass of wine in the fresh mountain air. The winery’s High Elevation Collection is the highlight of any trip to the Shannon Ridge tasting room. High Elevation Chardonnay and Cabernet are something that any wine aficionado should try. Now imagine having some Chardonnay, relaxing in the garden and snacking on bread and cheese. Ah, the good life.

Vineyard Tour at Six Sigma Ranch

Nothing is more important at Six Sigma Ranch than being true stewards to the land. The vineyards, the tasting room and the winery are all nestled within a small valley that surrounds Six Sigma Ranch. In fact, the balance of the acreage of Six Sigma Ranch was donated to the Golden State Land Conservancy, making part of the ranch an official nature reserve. What better way to appreciate the land and the beautiful scenery surrounding Six Sigma Ranch than by touring it.  Guests are asked to climb aboard Six Sigma’s “Pinzgauer”, an all terrain vehicle that lets adventurous guests tour the high altitude vineyards of the ranch.  Fun, adventure and maybe a little bit of wine make up a Six Sigma Ranch vineyard tour. Book yours today!

Sunday Brunch at the Blue Wing Saloon

First opened in the 1880s when Upper Lake, CA was a stage-coach stop, the Blue Wing Saloon has remained an important staple of Lake County history. The bar and tables, which were built from a 100+ year old walnut tree, are a true testament to how special and historic this saloon is. With daily lunch and dinner service, the Blu Wing Saloon is a bustling restaurant, but on Sundays guests are invited to come and relax with a good old-fashioned American Brunch. The quaint, feel of the old timey saloon transport visitors to an entirely different time and that is a great part of the Blue Wing Saloon’s charm.  Experience the history of Lake County on your next visit to Upper Lake, CA and visit the Blue Wing Saloon at The Tallman Hotel.

With so many activities to choose from in Lake County, a good time is always a guarantee. So hopefully, these few ideas have given you some extra motivation to get started on that weekend getaway. Any visit to Lake County guarantee fun times, adventure and great wine. So go ahead, make Lake County your next wine country destination, we promise you won’t regret it!


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