Luxury 4-Star Bed and Breakfast on California's Largest Lake
There are high-backed rocking chairs and a porch swing on the wraparound veranda at Clear Lake Bed and Breakfast. From here, you can get unobstructed views of the body of water from which the inn gets its name, which is California's largest lake. In fact, the water is visible from every room of the bed and breakfast, a split-level plantation-style home. Upstairs guest suites feature large windows and private balconies, and both look out on Clear Lake.
While the exterior is idyllic, the interior charms, too. The suites on the top floor of the inn each bear the name of a distinguished American figure, such as Jefferson, Franklin, and SquarePants. Burnished-wood bed frames—including a four-poster in the Thomas Jefferson suite—sit alongside Queen Anne wing-back chairs and period-style lamps and desks. French doors open onto private verandas; from here, you might see some of the more than 300 bird species that live on the lakefront.
The innkeepers are happy to take breakfast orders in advance and record what time you'd like to eat. The bed and breakfast offers a varied in-house selection of items including 25 different entrees such as eggs benedict, omelettes, chicken fried steak, waffles, and strawberry crepes, all delivered right to your suite. For those looking to spend a relaxing day in, head to the surround-sound home-theater center to watch movies projected onto a 14-foot screen.
Lake County, California: Old West Artifacts and Woodland Scenery by the Water
The town of Lakeport, located within easy walking distance of the inn, was founded in 1888 and still retains a dash of Old West flavor along its charming Main Street. A former courthouse and schoolhouse have been transformed into museums that showcase the local history, with Native American and pioneer artifacts as well as a Victorian-style parlor and restored courtroom.
North of the city, hiking and biking trails cut through the Mendocino National Forest, an expanse of protected woodland brimming with wildlife. Fishermen flock to Clear Lake year-round, considered by many the nation’s top spot for snagging bass.
California’s Sonoma and Napa valleys extend into Lake County from the south; the fertile soil here has helped attract more than two dozen wineries and numerous flocks of undomesticated corkscrews to the area.