A Weekend in Kelseyville Part 2 – The Bloom – The Lake County Bloom | Ad On Picture

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It’s a bright, sunny morning at the Suites on Main in Kelseyville, and the day is filled with opportunity. And yes, our goal is still not to leave Main Street. So this is how we do it. Start the day first with a great cup of coffee. Something has to be said about consistency, especially when it comes to morning awareness. Come rain or shine, weekdays or weekends, Studebaker’s Coffee Shop and Deli won’t disappoint with its open hours, coffee, sandwiches and cheerful service.

Mornings at Studebakers Coffee Shop & Deli are a little busier than usual as it’s the first Saturday of the month. Engine hum fills the street in front of the Lady Luck Garage, where classic car owners meet for their monthly Cars & Coffee. There are a variety of unique vehicles to admire, and laughter and happy conversation fill the morning air. Luckily, the extra rush doesn’t dampen the attention Studebaker’s devotes to each job.

While you’re there, be sure to take advantage of the fabulous sandwiches and breakfast options. For a delicious and healthy treat, stock up on a healthy California fresh bagel breakfast sandwich with egg, veggies and avocados for a fresh start to the day. But if you’re looking for indulgence, the range of fresh pastries will satisfy any sweet tooth. For something savory, try their croissant breakfast sandwich; It might be filling enough to serve as breakfast and lunch. In any case, your morning starts well. It’s easy to fill the mornings with cars, coffee, and friendly chatter, especially when you really have nowhere else to be.

The bright morning sun is bathed in the warm glow of the day as shops open for the day. It’s the perfect time for window shopping. Two doors down is Oak, a clothing boutique where you’re sure to find the perfect outfit. Two Sisters Antiques is in the courtyard and you can browse local art at the Painted Bird Gallery. For the ideal souvenir head to the A+H General Store for unique gifts, finger food treats and maybe even some wine. Or head a little further down the road to .maker for local handicrafts, then finish your adventure at Sophie’s Day Spa, where you might be tempted to grab a scoop of ice cream while there are other handcrafted items for sale.

The sun is slightly higher in the sky. Luckily, there’s always shade at The Saw Shop Public House. There, guests can enjoy their meal inside and cool off or enjoy the cool breeze under their expansive terrace. The Saw Shop’s menu changes regularly, bringing new items and tasty surprises, even for regulars. But regardless of your preferences, it’s difficult to decide what to order. Try the Cali Benny, then enjoy the bottomless mimosas while you wait for it to come. Hey, what can go wrong with bottomless mimosas?

Get ready for the real deal. The Cali Benny is spectacular: chewy and withstands the hollandaise sauce and the heat, the English muffin is the ideal base for poached egg, fresh vegetables and ham, all topped with the homemade sauce. Every bite is perfection and every detail is noticed in the food and attentive service. Your bottomless mimosa will never run dry – there’s no rush and you have nowhere to go. After all, The Saw Shop Public House hospitality does what it does best: exceed your expectations and expand your waistline.

Now it’s time to retrace your steps and return to Main Street. After a few steps you will get going. Just a few doors down is the Fore Family Vineyard tasting room. Spending the afternoon wine tasting is always a good idea, but it’s even better when there’s an art exhibition. Fore Family regularly hosts exhibitions by local artists. This month, photographer Karen Pavone, one of Lake County’s top photographers, shared her work across the walls. Everyone is delightful, thoughtful and beautiful.

It’s the perfect day when everything you need on vacation is just a few steps away. It is neither early afternoon nor late. So there is still time for more shopping, wine tasting or a nap. The good news is that there is no wrong choice and if you can’t pass today, there’s always time to pass tomorrow!


Trudy Wakefield

Trudy and David Wakefield founded The Bloom in 2018 to showcase the best parts of Lake County and provide a local platform for community events, art, music and writing.

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