Nice, California, United States

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Nice, California, United States

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Nicely does it in Nice, California

South of the Mendocino National Forest, Nice is a quaint little town perched on the northern shores of Clear Lake. The largest freshwater lake in California, Clear Lake is a Mecca for bass fishing, drawing hordes of fishing fanatics to its shores. Book a Nice vacation rental and have the best of Clear Lake's natural attractions right on your doorstep. But lake life is not all about fishing. Visit some of California's award-winning wineries in nearby Napa, or try stargazing at the Taylor Observatory on the lake's southwestern shores.

Have a Nice day on Clear Lake

Fishing is a big sport here in Clear Lake. Book a Nice vacation rental with its own private deck and you could be pulling bass out of the lake by the dozen. It's also a great place for other water-based adventures, including kayaking, sailing, and wild swimming in the lake. If you prefer to be on dry land, why not conquer one of the hiking and biking trails in the nearby Mendocino National Forest. After dark, relax on the deck with a glass of excellent local wine and a spot of stargazing in the clear Californian skies.

It's nice to be important, but more important to be Nice

Brimming with quiet lakeside charm, one of the biggest draws to Nice is its lack of glitzy attractions. A 10-mile drive south is Lakeport and the Historic Courthouse Museum. This quaint museum explores the native and geological history of Lake County. The lake's star attraction is the Taylor Observatory in Kelseyville, a 20-minute drive from Nice on the southwestern banks of the lake. It has a planetarium and a large telescope, and hosts regular public events. Why not end the night with a lucky spin on the tables at the Running Creek Casino, just north of Nice.

I can see Clear-ly now the rain has gone

Long, balmy summers and cool, crisp winters, Clear Lake is also renowned for the quality of its air. In the summer, the days see plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to 90 degrees, plus the odd thunderstorm. The winter months, between November and March, see the most rainfall, as well as the odd scattering of snow on the coldest days. For the best choice of Nice vacation rentals, visit in spring or fall, when the days are still bright and sunny. The evenings are generally cooler and will require a jacket.

Mother Nature says play Nice-ly on California's Clear Lake

On the southern fringes of the Mendocino National Forest, Nice overlooks northern shores of Clear Lake. Nice has the enviable position of being where the forest meets the lake. Clear Lake State Park sits on its southwestern corner. It's also popular with the fishing crew, who come to catch the resident largemouth bass, crappie and channel catfish. Meanwhile, hikers are spoiled for choice for hiking routes through the Mendocino Forest or Clear Lake State Park. Try the Indian Nature Trail, an easy trail through an old Pomo village where you can spot indigenous wildlife, including wild turkey, black-tail deer, and mountain lions.