Kelseyville, about 25 minutes from Clear Lake Campground, has a Main Street full of small town charm. It's a pleasant place to spend an hour or two browsing, eating, or drinking. If you're headed to Clearlake State Park for hiking or boating, it's a good place to buy supplies for a picnic lunch. Or buy some special foods, wine, or beer to bring back to Camp.
Please keep in mind that some businesses may temporarily close of have shorter hours. If there's a specific place you want to go, we advise calling ahead to check the current status.
Where Can I Eat, Drink, or Shop Along Main Street, Kelseyville?
Kelseyville has options for coffee, beer or wine tasting, food to go, shopping and places to eat a meal. Tip: there's a small park with picnic tables on the street behind Studebaker's where you can eat take-out meals. Businesses are listed starting from the first place you'd come to after making the turn into Kelseyville (on Main Street) from Hwy 29:
Lydell's Sports Stop and Grill, 4220 Main Street, 707-279-0123
Lydell's serves burgers, breakfast, and American foods in a casual atmosphere all day with sports TVs and an outside patio. Facebook page.
Studebaker's Coffee and Deli, 3990 Main Street, 707-279-8871
Studebaker's serves coffee drinks, pastries, and sandwiches from early morning through mid-afternoon (closed Sundays). Sit at a table outside and enjoy the atmosphere or grab something to go. Facebook page.
Smiling Dogs Ranch Tasting Room, 3955 Main Street, 707-279-5000
Smiling Dogs Ranch features their locally produced wines at their downtown venue Fridays through Sundays. Due to tasting room restrictions, please call before you go. They sometimes feature live music with local musicians on Friday evenings. Facebook page.
Kelsey Creek Brewing, 3945 Main Street, 707-279-2311
Kelsey Creek is the place for beer lovers. They serve a variety of beers, including their own brews (listed on their web site). They usually open at noon on weekends and 2PM weekdays and stay open until 8PM but current hours may be shorter. Web site.
A + H General Store, 3925 Main Street, 707-279-5166
A + H carries unique gift items, gourmet foods, and local Lake County products. It's a great place to pick up some cheese, salami, and crackers for a picnic or buy a local souvenir. To order ahead for curb side pick-up see their Web site. Open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11AM - 4PM. Facebook page.
Carmelita's Cocina, 3919 Main Street, 707-279-5061
Carmelita's has good homemade Mexican food for lunch or dinner (closed Sundays). Facebook page.
Oak Boutique, 3940 Main Street, 707-281-6010
Across the street from A + H is their sister store, Oak Boutique, with clothes for girls and women of all ages plus accessories and jewelry. Open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11Am - 4PM. See what they have on their web site or visit their Facebook page for more.
The Courtyard, 3970 Main Street
Several small shops are in the Courtyard including Two Sisters Antique and Vintage Collectibles and an art gallery. Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11AM - 4PM.
Fore Family Vineyards, 3920 Main Street, 707-245-7554
Fore Family's wine tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons by appointment. Web site.
John's Market Taqueria, 3860 Main Street, 707-279-2440
John's Market is a small store with groceries, Mexican items, and take-out Mexican foods.
Saw Shop Public House, 3825 Main Street, 707-278-0129
The Saw Shop is a favorite for creative dining options. They serve lunch and dinner with a nice patio for outside dining. It's also a great place to get dinner to bring back to Camp - they feature a daily special grab-n-skidaddle dinner (usually posted on their Facebook page).
Where can I grab a bite to eat near Clearlake Campground?
Here are 5 good options for meals to go near Camp. Some also offer outdoor places to eat. Opening days and times may vary so we recommend calling to check current hours or order in advance.
Danny's Roadside Kitchen, Lower Lake:
Danny's, right on Hwy 53 just 3 minutes from Camp, is a favorite for BBQ, smoked meats and burgers. They also have sides and vegetarian options.
Phone: (707) 701-6025. Address: 9800 Highway 53, Lower Lake. Hours: 10:00 - 7:00, closed Sundays and Mondays.
DJ's Pizza, Lower Lake:
On Main Street in Lower Lake, DJ's is the place to go for pizza. Order online or by phone for pick-up.
Phone: (707) 994-4760. Address: 16135 Main Street, Lower Lake. Hours: open daily, 11:00 - 9:00.
Kour Thai, Clearlake:
On Lakeshore in Clearlake, 6 minutes from camp, Kour Thai has tasty Thai food available for pick-up at their drive-through window. They're right by Redbud Park so a picnic in the park is also an option.
Phone: (707) 995-2860. Address: 14677 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake. Hours: 11:00 - 9:00, closed Wednesdays.
Boar's Breath Smokin' Barbeque and Burgers, Clearlake:
Across from Kour Thai, also by Redbud Park, the Boar's Breath is open at lunch time for takeaway BBQ, burgers, and salads.
Phone: (707) 995-2000. Address: 14667 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake. Hours: 11:00 - 4:00, closed Sundays and Mondays.
The Spot Burgers and Bar, Clearlake:
With a 1950's diner theme, The Spot is the place to go for burgers and classic American fare. They're right on the lake and have a boat dock so you can get there by boat from Camp. They have a big outside dining area (call ahead to see if they're serving outside).
Phone: (707) 900-8671. Address: 14625 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake. Hours: 12:00 - 8:00 daily.
Where can I grab a bite to eat around Clear Lake?
Here are 5 good options around the lake. Please call in advance to check current hours and policies.
Arti Natural Indian Cafe, Kelseyville:
Arti has organic Indian food for take-out and a small outside patio (call to see if they are serving outside) in Clearlake Riviera, across the street from Alexander Baking Company where you can buy bakery items to go. See their website for menu.
Phone: (707) 279-1977. Address: 9703 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville, 15 minutes from Camp. Hours: 12:00 - 9:00, closed Mondays.
Saw Shop Public House, Kelseyville:
The Saw Shop has farm to table food and offers daily special complete meals (posted on Facebook) available for take-out. There's also outside dining on the porch (call in advance to see if it's available). Check the web site for menu.
Phone: (707) 278-0129. Address: 3825 Main Street, Kelseyville, about 20 minutes from Camp. Hours: 12:00 - 7:00 daily.
The Wholly Bowl, Lakeport:
The Wholly Bowl offers Asian Fusion bowls and wraps for take-out.
Phone: (707) 900-8534. Address: 1247 S Main Street, Lakeport, about 30 minutes from Camp. Hours:
Blue Wing Saloon, Upper Lake:
The Blue Wing Saloon, in the historic Tallman Hotel, bills itself as New American food. It has outside dining options and food to go. See the menu on their web site.
Phone: (707) 278-0129. Address: 9520 Main Street, Upper Lake, about 40 minutes from Camp. Hours: 12:00-8:00, closed Tuesdays - Thursdays.
Boathouse Bar and Grill, Nice:
Right on the lake in Nice, the Boathouse has been a Lake County favorite for many years. They offer a variety of choices at reasonable prices.
Phone: (707) 274-1100. Address: 2658 Lakeshore Drive, Nice, about 35 minutes from Camp. Hours: open daily but hours vary, check Facebook page.
Image: Take out window at Kour Thai, Clearlake
See more Lake County Food and Wine Options
Lake County is one of California's top wine producing regions. Visitors should call ahead (see phone numbers below) to reserve a visit to the tasting room (if open) or an outside picnic table. Wineries are usually open at least from Friday to Sunday but hours may vary so check web sites for updated opening times and policies. We encourage you to drink responsibly and have a designated driver.
Here are 6 great wineries to visit, less than a half hour drive from Clear Lake Campground:
Fults Family Vineyard
Fults Family Vineyard, just 5 minutes from Camp, is a family owned winery that produces a variety of red and white wines, a rose', and a couple of dessert wines. Their top wine is a Super Tuscan, similar to what you'd find in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany.
address: 11441 Highway 29, Lower Lake
website: Fults Family Vineyards
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery
Six Sigma has picnic tables (currently by reservation), hiking and biking trails, and a store where visitors can purchase wine, picnic items, and meat products produced right on the ranch. This is the perfect place to splurge on high-quality steak and wine for your barbecue back at Camp. Current wines are Sauvignon Blanc, a rose', and 3 reds including a Tempranillo.
address: 13372 Spruce Grove Road, Lower Lake, about a 20 minute drive from camp
website: Six Sigma
Vigilance Winery's tasting room, a renovated pioneering family farm house, features a variety of wines from both Vigilance and Shannon Ridge. Enjoy a glass of wine at a picnic table (currently by reservation) by the bocce court with fantastic views of their vineyard, Anderson Marsh State Park, and Clear Lake. Catered picnic food is currently available with orders at least 2 days in advance.
address: 13888 Point Lakeview Rd. Lower Lake, about 15 minutes from Camp going toward Kelseyville
website: Vigilance Tasting Room
Gregory Graham Winery
Across the street from Vigilance, Gregory Graham has whites, elegant reds, big reds, and dessert wines.
address: 13633 Point Lakeview Rd, Lower Lake
website: Gregory Graham
Boatique Winery has several patio areas in a beautiful setting surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. Boatique produces a sparkling wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, a rose', and several reds. In addition to wine tasting, guests can see their unusual collection of antique and wooden boats.
address: 8255 Red Hills Rd, Kelseyville
website: Boatique Winery
Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery
Cache Creek Winery has a spacious outdoor area with a patio, shaded lawn area, and bocce court. 3 different flight options are available for tastings. Cache Creek produces sparkling, white, rose', red, and dessert wines.
address: 250 New Long Valley Road, Clearlake Oaks, 15 minutes from Camp - north on Hwy 53, then east on Hwy 20
website: Cache Creek Vineyards
* A Lake County Wine Passport gives you complimentary tastings at 18 wineries plus special offers and discounts at several restaurants, including a few of our recommended places to eat or get take-out.
See this map of Lake County wineries from the Lake County Wine Association for more wineries.
If you want to taste wine without worrying about driving, consider hiring a limo from Dock Factory Limos. They'll pick you up and drop you off right at Camp!
Martha Bakerjian is a part-time employee at Clear Lake Campground and writes a web site about Italy: