A Land for All Seasons
Lake County has a Mediterranean-style climate with four distinct seasons, including a lush and vibrant spring, a long dry and warm summer, an autumn with warm days and cool nights, and a wet, mild winter with occasional snow on the mountaintops. Because Lake County is situated in between the California Coast and the Central Valley in the Pacific Coast Range of mountains with Clear Lake, the largest natural lake in California at its center, the seasons are distinct.
Any season is a beautiful season to visit Lake County – Winter, Spring, Summer, or Autumn - where vacation memories are made.
The friendly, country atmosphere grows even cozier as winter approaches and family and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season. It’s what makes annual events feel more authentic here. Neighbors might pass each other on the street near home in the morning and at an annual festival in town later that evening.
Even the season’s blustery chill is warmed by the strong sense of community as main streets bustle with locals and visitors strolling shops and craft fairs and gathering for holiday light parades and tree lightings.
This is Lake County in the winter – a place where things slow down just enough for you to savor them and where true small-town charm makes you feel right at home.
The ripening that comes with spring summons the blooms and blossoms – threading the vineyard-quilted landscapes with vibrant colors. Eye-catching wildflowers appear in spectacular patches of color during these months, and wildlife is abundant. Watching any of the more than 300 species of birds swoop across the clear, blue skies is guaranteed to take your breath away.
Sailors make haste across Clear Lake in annual regattas, and birdwatchers gather for a glimpse of herons, pelicans, grebes, even a bald eagle.
This is Lake County in the spring – a place where it’s easy to get up close to nature, where the landscapes are stunning, and where the wildflowers open wide like hands gesturing: welcome, stay a while.
As the warmth of summer approaches, families begin planning trips to their favorite vacation spot. Lake County vacation memories are passed down through generations: parents take their children back to Clear Lake or Cobb Mountain, where their own childhood summers were spent, to make new family memories.
Whether they come to fish, splash, hike, or just lie under the sun, summer activities abound – from music events, art shows, and community festivals to classic boat and car exhibits, seaplane shows, holiday parades, fireworks, and even an authentic county fair.
This is Lake County in the summer – where the summer sun shines brightly overhead, highlighting the endless adventures that beckon you to come and explore.
With autumn comes harvest – a time for local farmers to gather their crops and celebrate the season’s yield and a time for the community to gather with families and friends to celebrate Lake County’s agricultural heritage.
Lovely autumn weather and harvest-related festivals entice people from all corners of Lake County and beyond to admire colorful vineyard and orchard tapestries and to savor the flavors of fall in the area’s premium pears, tasty walnuts, and award-winning wines.
This is Lake County in the fall – a place where the agricultural bounty is plentiful and the weather is nearly perfect, where local traditions remind us of a slower time and offer a sense of community, a sense of place.