Your Shopping Guide to the Lower Lake Vacation – The Bloom

Lower Lake is a city steeped in history. It houses the Historical School Museum and Lake County’s first jail, still standing and available for viewing. It also has the honor of hosting the county’s first jailbreak, one of my favorite stories. The builders, happy to finish their work on the prison, celebrated a little too loudly and ended up being the first incarcerated. However, the roof was not secure, so in the middle of the night they lifted it up and got out.

It is also a great place to spend a vacation afternoon filled with shopping. Park your car anywhere on Main Street and spend the day wandering around. Not only does it have a wide selection of unique items, it also has some great restaurants. Here are some recommendations for great places to grab a bite to eat and buy the perfect gifts for loved ones.


The play center: Filled with everything gaming-related, the Game Hub is one of the best places in Lake County to purchase a great giveaway to share with the company. Step inside and you’ll be inundated with board games, cards, role-playing, and video games. But don’t be afraid of being overwhelmed; all games are categorized, with clearly placed suggestions and guides for each.

Location: 9800 CA-53. Hours: 12-9 seven days a week

Small town ceramics: If you are looking for a unique gift, Small Town Ceramics is the place for you. It is a full pottery workshop. Just choose your favorite shape, from tumblers and plates to tiny chihuahuas, then paint it with the perfect color or design. And There you go ! You have created a gift that is truly original.

Location: 16189 Main Street Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday. Closed Sunday and Wednesday.

Aloha Bay candles: It’s not too often that you can buy candles from the factory, but that’s exactly what you can do in Aloha Bay. Walk through the door and your nose is filled with aromas of essential oils and hot candle wax, all waiting to be brought home. While you’re at it, be sure to look out the window into the working factory.

Location: 16285 Main Street Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday

Lower Barreda Lake Food Store: It’s more than just a pet food store; Barreda’s has a selection of the perfect holiday gifts. They have a selection of toys, candles, cards and other items. It’s a great place to buy weed-eating alligators for a loved one, a puzzle for a friend, or something special for your beloved pet.

Location: 16345 Main Street Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MF, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.


Pasquinelli’s charcuterie: Pasquinelli’s is the perfect place to take a break from shopping. Come in, order a coffee and one of their premium sandwiches, and relax for a few minutes watching the people go by on the sidewalk. They also have a selection of unique gifts inside. And, if you don’t feel like cooking for the holidays, they offer catering services.

Location: 16199 Main Street Hours: 5:30 a.m. MF, 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Danny’s Log Pit: A hidden treasure, Danny’s barbecues are prepared correctly, with long smoking times and careful preparation. But there’s more to spare ribs and pulled pork. They also offer burgers, sandwiches, and vegetarian options. It also has a pleasant patio in the back which is a great place to dig and enjoy your meal.

Location: 9800 CA-53. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

The Monarch: It’s more than a well-stocked market: La Monarca also has a kitchen that serves high-quality Mexican cuisine. I highly recommend their burritos, but it’s hard to go wrong when everything they make is handmade and full of flavor.

Location: 16200 Main Street Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

David wakefield

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

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