We spent a beautiful day up in Bass Lake on Saturday. We traveled through the quaint towns of Oakhurst and Coarsegold where we say a couple of people panning for gold in the stream which was really cool.
We went to Ducey's Bar & Grill for a really nice lunch out on the patio overlooking the lake. The lake is full and there were many boats out on the water, even this early in the season. The food is great at the restaurant, I had the Bass Lake Queen chicken sandwich, served with a huge side of onion rings and strawberry lemonade.
We walked out on the marina, then relaxed by the lake and did some reading for a couple of hours before returning to Oakhust to the Elderberry House to wine taste. We sampled four different red wines, two local and two from Napa Valley. All were very good. We then had our first batch of Syrah critiqued from the Sommelier at the Elderberry House. He said it was "very good" and was impressed. He samples over 200/day so we were happy with that comment. If you don't want to spend $84/pp for dinner, the Elderberry House now has a bistro dining on the weekends from 5:30-9:00 which we hope to try soon. This is a gorgeous time of year to travel to this area. Cheers! :) www.chateausureau.com and www.basslake.com