Five Great Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Lake County

It’s that time of year when winter never seems to end, and Spring seems to be in no hurry to arrive. Sure, there are things to watch on TV, books to read, and board games to play, but sometimes it’s best to get out of the house, even if it is windy and raining. If you’re ready for fun, here are a few great ways to break the monotony of winter.

  1. Got kids? Get stir-crazy in the house, take them on a day trip to Konocti Vista Casino, and visit their Fun Zone Arcade. Here, you’ll find fun for all ages, including the World’s Largest Pac Man. And it’s not just for kids. Who doesn’t love an arcade? You’ll be sure to find something that will fill your time with hours of enjoyment. You can book unlimited play parties for the ultimate experience with friends and family Thursday through Sunday.
  1. For adult-only adventuring, a trip to our wineries might be your next favorite winter pastime. With over thirty wineries to visit, you can spend every weekend tasting Northern California’s best-kept wine secret. Visit the Lake County Winery Association to learn more before booking your tastings. And the great part of booking your tasting now is you can beat the crowds and enjoy a great wine experience. Who knows, you might have a tasting room all to yourself, and spend an afternoon listening to stories from the owner or winemaker.
  1. Is live music and dancing more your kind of thing? Well, there’s live music happening almost every day of the week in Lake County, rain or shine. Visit the Lake County Music Guide to find out who’s playing where, then find your groove and go with it. You can choose a fine dining experience and blues, a wine tasting with neo-flamenco, or a country bar and classic rock. And yes, Lake County is all about dancing, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes when you go out.
  1. For an educational experience, Lake County is fortunate to be home to Taylor Observatory-Norton Planetarium, which hosts a monthly lecture series and amazing shows in their planetarium that are open to the public. On clear nights following one of their shows, guests are invited to view the night sky through the observatory’s telescopes. With Lake County’s dark night skies, you’re bound to see a lot of wonder and worlds to explore.
  1. And here’s a little something for everyone. Lake County is home to two movie theatres. In Clearlake, take a visit to Clearlake Stadium Cinemas to watch your favorite movie. In Lakeport, you’ll find several movies to choose from at the Lakeport Cinema 5 movie theater for a matinee or evening flick. Sure, you might be watching another film, but you are out of the house, and let’s be honest, nothing quite compares to eating popcorn and watching a show on the big screen.

So, even though it may be raining (still), you don’t have to succumb to the winter blues. There’s plenty happening in Lake County to keep you until the warmth and sunshine of Spring arrive. And you can feel good knowing that you’re supporting our local small businesses. 

Trudy Wakefield

Trudy is the owner and editor for The Bloom. The Bloom's dedicated to showcasing all the good parts of life. If it's good news, you'll probably find it here.

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