exploring Upper Lake - Tallman Hotel

Off-The-Grid: Our Weekend in Upper Lake

31 May

I’ve been wanting to explore more of the surrounding towns just outside of Sacramento and this past weekend we did just that, escaping off to Upper Lake (located on Clear Lake–a blip on the map for those en route to Mendocino).  With a population just over 1,000, this tiny town wouldn’t have even been on my radar had I not been invited to stay at the Tallman Hotel.  With all of the charm and quaintness of a bed and breakfast the fully restored historic boutique hotel proved to be the perfect little weekend getaway.  Turns out there’s not much happening in Upper Lake but that was the main appeal–offering us the chance to truly unplug, slow down, hang as a family, and take full advantage of the relaxing aspect of the property.  (We even brought out the deck of cards).  Since we’re always running off to Napa, San Francisco, or Tahoe, this was a nice change of pace for the long three day weekend, and something I’m honestly gravitating more and more towards lately.  The less explored cities.  Less crowds, a slower pace, and a chance to just be present with my guys.  For my fellow New Yorkers it totally reminded me of Phoenicia and weekends spent in Upstate New York.  Also can I just say I’m totally a sucker for a vintage floral couch.

exploring Upper Lake - the Tallman Hotel

It’s so cute, Rex is always his happiest on the weekends when T is around and we’re all together–it’s just the sweetest.  I think he and I both look forward to Fridays because it means we get to soak up our Saturday and Sunday with T.

exploring Clear Lake

Saturday morning we went for a long drive around the lake and through the nearby cities of Lakeport and Kelseyville.  Again not much is happening but if you like exploring small towns and going for scenic drives like we do then this route is for you.  We spent the afternoon wine tasting and as much as we love the Napa regions, the relaxed, non-touristy, laid-back vibe of the local wineries was just our speed.  A highlight from the weekend for sure!

exploring Upper Lake, Northern California
exploring Upper Lake - The Tallman Hotel exploring Upper Lake - the Tallman Hotel exploring Upper Lake - The Tallman Hotel

We ended up eating almost every meal next door at the hotel’s restaurant the Blue Wing Saloon (I ordered the seafood pasta two nights in a row, it’s that good!) which made mealtime with a baby easy.  And with Rex’s early to bed routine this meant we could just roll back to our room and finish happy hour on our balcony after he fell asleep.  This also meant we had plenty of time in the evenings to finish Big Little Lies.  (Who’s watching?!)

wine tasting in Clear Lake exploring Upper Lake, Northern California

Another great bite |  Vintage Deli Station for sandwiches just up the block.  Felt very Americana and appropriate for Memorial Day weekend.  I would say order the veggie and hummus sandwich and my guy would tell you to order the club because the bacon was woah good.

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Such charm!  The hotel has a total bed and breakfast quaintness and feel.

exploring Upper Lake - the Tallman Hotel exploring Upper Lake - the Tallman Hotel

  • Your little one is so cutie. Adorable pics . I’m just imagining my future baby as cute as him!

  • Looks like a cozy and relaxing weekend away! I love stopping in small towns — I grew up in Iowa so it always reminds me of home! Buttt this place is way more beautiful then Iowa! Also, your son is soo cute!! He’s getting so big!

    xo, Sarah

  • Caitlin Cavagnolo

    Who makes that black button front top? Love it!

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