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Discover Lake Berryessa And The Ghost Town Beneath It

May 6, 2012 1:39 AM

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(credit: lakeberryessaboats.com)

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Reporting Julie Watts

Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County. It’s a great spot for the entire family. Discover the ghost town that lies beneath this man-made reservoir formed by the Monticello Dam, and the lives of the people who once lived there.

RustRidge
2910 Lower Chiles Valley Rd
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 965-9353
www.rustridge.com

A winery, a ranch, a bed and breakfast, Rust Ridge is a peaceful hideaway tucked away in the backroads of Napa Valley. Its owner Jim trains thoroughbreds there. Don’t be shocked if you see him running his horses on the turf between the grapevines.

Turtle Rock Bar & Cafe
2000 Capell Valley Rd
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 966-2246
Thousands of dollar bills hang from the ceiling in this quirky bar — and there really is a turtle here. Be sure and try their specialty — egg rolls!

Lake Berryessa
recreation.gov

Nestled between Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, east of the Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa offers year-round recreation opportunities. Berryessa’s water reaches temperatures of up to 75 degrees in the summer, making it an ideal place for water sports. Anglers enjoy fishing for both cold and warm water species.

cucina italina Discover Lake Berryessa And The Ghost Town Beneath It

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Cucina Italiana
4310 Knoxville Road
Lake Berryessa 94558
(707) 966-2433
lakeberryessanews.com/cucinaitaliana

Cucina Italiana is so loved by the locals, they write songs about it. In addition to great Italian food, there’s an outdoor patio, grapevines, and a bocce court.

Monticello Museum
Berryessa Valley Exhibit
(707) 287-3708

The Monticello Museum was created to honor Monticello, the town that lies under the lake. Ask any of them and they’ll tell you how hard they fought to stay afloat — and that in the end, they lost. They want to make sure people to remember the thriving agricultural region that once was.
berryessa party barge renta Discover Lake Berryessa And The Ghost Town Beneath It

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Lake Berryessa Boat & Jetski
(707) 966-4204
www.lakeberryessaboats.com

Lake Berryessa Boat & Jet Ski Rental has all you need for an awesome time of water sporting fun, whether it be wakeboarding, tubing or water-skiing behind one of their beautiful Sanger boats or jet skiing on their Yamaha Waverunners or Honda Aquatrax Jet Skis.

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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