Though its downtown area is made up of a single Main Street, Lower Lake is home to numerous wineries and vineyards in the Red Hills AVA, and features some of the most distinct businesses in the county. Along with a rock shop owned by prominent members of the Lake County Rockhounds, Lower Lake houses a bustling coffee shop, deli, socially conscious candle and Himalyan salt outlet store, and other small shops featuring fine art and crafts by local artists.
As visitors enter the gateway to Tuscan Village, Lower Lake morphs into a miniature Italian town, complete with decorative buildings, small businesses, Terrill Cellars winery and tasting area, a charming wedding chapel, orchard, and amphitheater overlooking it all.
The “West’s smallest jail” is a popular historical site, and at the end of Main Street lies the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum, built in 1877 and used as a classroom until 1935. Exhibits include a re-created classroom from the late 1880s to early 1900s, a geology display donated by Homestake Mining Company with a sample of raw gold, and artifacts from pioneer families. Plays, musicals, and other events are held throughout the year by the Lake County Repertory Theater and other groups in the museum’s historic Weaver Auditorium theater upstairs.