Califonia Bountiful

On location: Lake County

May/June 2018 California Bountiful magazine

From ancient Clear Lake to late 19th-century hot springs resorts, Lake County has a rich history. Agriculture in the county got its start in the mid-1850s as settlers raised cattle and planted vineyards and orchards. Today, residents call the place "The Undiscovered Wine Country" and encourage visitors to explore its vineyards and wineries.





Buz and Terry Dereniuk, Kelseyville

Cat's Paw Vineyard is owned by Buz and Terry Dereniuk. After retiring from their government jobs, the couple embarked on a second career with the purchase of the vineyard in 2005. It was originally planted with merlot grapes, but now also includes petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon varieties. The Dereniuks personally tend every vine.





Beer, Wine & Swine Baconfest, Kelseyville

If you think everything's better with bacon, Kelseyville is the place to be on Father's Day, June 17. Local chefs will create bacon-inspired treats for you to try at the second annual Beer, Wine & Swine Baconfest—all set to great music and complemented by local beers and wines.




Old Time Fiddlers at Ely Stage Stop

The museum offers a look into California's agricultural past as you wander through an 1860s stage stop and 5 acres of antique farm machinery and horse-drawn wagons. Enter the barn for old-time fiddle music the first Sunday of every month.



Kelseyville Pear Festival

Catch the small-town magic on Sept. 29 during the annual Kelseyville Pear Festival. Activities include a parade, horse fair, contests and fine-arts show, and conclude with a family-style, farm-to-fork dinner and street dance.




Lake County Rodeo, Lakeport

Gather up family and friends on July 6-7 and head to the 89th Annual Lake County Rodeo. This is a professional rodeo featuring traditional rodeo events as well as local team-roping and barrel-racing action. Kids' competitions, too.


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