Middletown and Environs
Just north of Mount Saint Helena, midway between Calistoga and Lower Lake, lies Middletown – home to The Geysers, the largest geothermal energy source in the world. Surrounded by outlying ranches, the town balances Old West charm and forward-thinking businesses with a vision for a sustainable world, including Moontide and Funtopia.
With several wineries with tasting rooms, the Middletown Days festival – a nearly half-century-old tradition – and many community and holiday events, residents and visitors stay busy throughout the year.
Nearby Hidden Valley Lake is a community unto itself. Originally, the affordable development was meant to be for vacation home owners and retirees. Over time, however, a range of residents entered Hidden Valley Lake, making it the second most populous place in Lake County – a place both for raising families and retiring peacefully. Hidden Valley Lake features the only 18-hole golf course in Lake County, conceptualized by a renowned course designer, with lessons offered by a renowned P.G.A. Pro. The on-site Greenview Restaurant & Café is open daily for all meals and serves both community and golf club members.
The Stone House Museum – the oldest building in Lake County, erected between 1853 and 1854 – still stands at the foot of Hidden Valley Lake’s dam; tours are available by appointment.