Upper Lake, Blue Lakes, and Environs
Historical photos from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s show a succession of shops in Upper Lake including dry goods, sporting goods, and hardware stores, as well as pharmacies, clothing stores, and grocery stores. Throughout the town’s long history, its streets have been lined with butcher shops, bakeries, saloons, restaurants, and ice cream parlors.
Today’s new generation of shopkeepers, innkeepers, and restaurateurs, all help preserve and share the rich history of this pioneer town by restoring facades, hanging new signs, and opening a variety of businesses.
A former stagecoach stop along the route from Sacramento to Mendocino now includes the restored Tallman Hotel, which was recently added to the California Register of Historic Resources as a Point of Historical Interest, as well as a re-created Blue Wing Saloon & Café, and a former livery, now home to an antique plumbing business.
Also along Main Street, visitors will find a local wine tasting bar, antiques and collectibles from all over the world, local crafts, and fine art from throughout Northern California, as well as household necessities, pet care items, gifts, and home décor. Upper Lake’s Harriet Lee Hammond Library was built in 1916 in memory of her husband on land donated by the Mendenhalls. The building is still in use today as a branch of the Lake County Library.
Spring-fed Blue Lakes to the west is a small lakeside community, featuring The Lodge at Blue Lakes, a rennovated dog-friendly retreat, nostalgic resorts, campgrounds, vacation cabins, and abundant opportunities for quiet watersports. The serene atmosphere is the result of a motorboat speed limit of 5 mph.