Nice and Lucerne

Did you know?
The historic Lucerne Hotel
(once known as “The Castle”) was
part of a grand vision for Lucerne. Built
on the best site in town overlooking the
lake, it was connected to the newly con-
structed Ukiah–Tahoe Highway (Highway
20) by a wide boulevard, which was later
to be converted to a canal for a
water linkage between the lake
and the Hotel.
Lucerne and Nice are two lakeside communities
along the north shore of Clear Lake on State
Highway 20, the major east-west thoroughfare in
Lake County. Long, beautiful stretches of shore-
line are shaded by large pepperwoods and giant
oaks, and spectacular redbud shrubs bloom
throughout the area in springtime. Several
resorts and campgrounds offer visitors a place
to stay, and public beaches, parks, and harbors
provide many opportunities to enjoy the lake.
With the steep Bartlett Mountain Range as its
backdrop, the lakeside town of Lucerne is often
referred to as “the Switzerland of America” with
terrain and sweeping views reminiscent of the
Alps. The town of Nice was named in June 1871
after the small town of Nice, France.
The historic 1928 Lucerne Hotel on seven
scenic acres was recently renovated to become
the latest campus of Marymount California
University, with classrooms, student and faculty
housing, food service facilities, outdoor recre-
ation, and gardens. Students will be able to
complete upper division degrees in business,
liberal arts, psychology, and other areas.
In the community of Lucerne, as part of the
Lucerne Promenade between State Highway 20
and Clear Lake, the new Third Street Pier area
provides visitors opportunities to enjoy a view of
the north bay of Clear Lake and Mount Konocti.
Lucerne Pharmacy features an interactive Visitor’s
Kiosk while next door is a new eatery with an
eclectic menu. A favorite of travelers to Lucerne is
the oldest franchise restaurant in Lake County,
Foster’s Freeze.
Hinman Park in downtown Nice features an
attractive gazebo in the center of the park,
palm trees, a lush lawn, and other amenities
that are enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.
The County’s Keeling Park provides a public
boat launching facility, a playground, swimming
area, boat dock and other popular amenities.
Further to the west on Hammond Avenue, a
new County park is under development, which
already includes playground equipment and will
soon include a ball field, walking trails, wildlife
viewing on adjacent wetlands, and more.
Updated Jun 14, 2024 8:08:pm
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