Upper Lake Travel Guide

  • Downtown Upper Lake
    Downtown Upper Lake
    by atufft
  • Pier on Upper Clear Lake
    Pier on Upper Clear Lake
    by atufft
  • Dog Balances on Park Sign at Upper Lake
    Dog Balances on Park Sign at Upper Lake
    by atufft

Upper Lake Things to Do

  • atufft's Profile Photo

    by atufft Updated May 21, 2012

    The town of slightly more than a thousand residents is very sleepy but has a nice archway entrance making it's 1856 birth, just off California route 20. There are few decent restaurants, hotels, and antique stores and not much more. The most distinctive structure is the Tallman Hotel. The original downtown from the 19th century burned to the ground in 1924, so there are few original buildings left and the newer ones are dreary stucco coated cinderblock. Nevertheless, some restoration work makes this place somewhat inviting as an off the beaten path place to visit. It's a good stop over for lunch between the coast near Mendocino/Fort Bragg and the Sacramento/Tahoe axis. This is a great stop for motorcyclists.

    Upper Lake Restored Tallman Hotel Hotel Patio in Upper Lake Browsing Downtown Upper Lake Browsing Downtown Upper Lake Browsing Downtown Upper Lake
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • atufft's Profile Photo

    by atufft Written May 21, 2012

    Also on Main Street in Upper Lake, we came across an old gas station turned motorcycle shop, and the restored Odd Fellows Lodge.

    Restored Odd Fellows Lodge Old Gas Station Turned Motorcycle Shop
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • Architecture
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • atufft's Profile Photo

    by atufft Written May 21, 2012

    Upper Lake has several piers for visitors to enjoy, some of which have bench and tables on them. There area park landscaping on shore. During our visit, a fellow entertained us with a dog balancing act.

    Pier on Upper Clear Lake Dog Balances on Park Sign at Upper Lake Clear Lake Shoreline Clear Lake Shoreline Park Benches at Upper Lake, Clear Lake
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Fishing

    Was this review helpful?

Upper Lake Hotels

  • Tallman Hotel

    We didn't stay here, but we did look into the lobby and saw the nicely cared for patio areas. Nearby...

    more
  • The Lodge at Blue Lakes

    5135 West Hwy 20, Upper Lake, California, 95485, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Super 8 Upper Lake

    450 E HWY 20, Upper Lake, CA 95485-8702

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Upper Lake Shopping

  • atufft's Profile Photo

    by atufft Written May 21, 2012

    California Indian baskets are arguably the most valuable collectible basketry in the world. The nomadic California Indians crafted extremely tightly woven and decorative baskets of all types, but by the 20th century the practice of crafting basketry was virtually extinct. I'm not sure any tribal members today know how to craft basketry at the level of skill found only in museums and some antique shops. In fact, the vast majority of California Indian basketry is now found only in museums. There are a precious few specimens in some antique shops, and a very good one is in Upper Lake. The owner of this shop has collected these baskets his whole life, and so the price tag on these are in the thousands. He also has a lot of other great western collectibles. Don't expect to pay with your credit card though. Oliveria Antiques takes only cash.

    Nearby there are several other antique stores with western junk of lesser interest that may take credit cards.

    What to buy: The California Indians baskets here are very rare and clearly the best think to buy if you can part with the cash in large amounts...Sorry I don't have photos of the baskets here.

    What to pay: Hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per basket.

    Oliveria Antiques Oliveria Antiques Oliveria Antiques Another Antique Store on Main Street Upper Lake
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Upper Lake

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

65 travelers online now

Comments

Upper Lake Travel Guide
Map of Upper Lake

View all Upper Lake hotels