Hi, I Live Here Now - Clear Lake, CA
Updated: Jul 28
The most heavenly escape to Clear Lake - the largest natural freshwater lake entirely within the state.
Airbnb Rating: 4.73
My Rating: 10,000 - tied with my favorite Mt. Shasta home
Location - Lake County, CA. About 2.5 hours north of the Bay, just east of Ukiah.
2 Bedrooms with 3 beds and 2 baths, up to 6 guests total (it was just two of us and the house felt HUGE).
Cost: $199/night - for all that ^^ space! v reasonable.
Private beach with lake access, two-person kayak and paddleboat on property.
Right next to a mini-farm house with miniature horses and the friendliest dog you'll ever meet.
NO WIFI - this was actually a very nice addition to the trip.
The town of Clear Lake itself is...interesting. Very rural vibe, a few Trump signs spotted around town. The lake houses are a 20 minute drive from the towns and completely removed - it's the same county but an entirely different world.
What we did:
Floated, swam, floated, swam, sunbathed.
Kayaked thrice - twice during the days and one magical sunset ride.
Took the pedal boat out on windy waters and pedaled harder than a spin class to get back.
Got chased out of the water with our floaties by two geese who DID NOT like the look of the pink flamingo and unicorn floats.
Met the neighbors incredibly big and friendly pup.
Played cornhole and every other game we could find in the house (which was a lot).
Watched some very old DVD's as that was the only thing available. Revisited Signs, still a pretty great movie.
Lots of bird watching.
Did all my laundry.
Didn't leave the house until the last day- we stayed 4 days and 3 nights.
If I had to complain about one thing:
It was very buggy, but we WERE on the lake in the heat, so not really the houses fault. We were also the first guests in a while, so understandable.