Once you’ve rolled into town, you’ll need a caffeinated beverage to prepare for the day’s adventures. Plan a pit stop at Cabin Coffee Company and choose a hand-crafted coffee or espresso drink paired with a freshly baked pastry or made-to-order sandwich.
When you’re ready to start exploring, begin your adventure at the must-visit Surf Ballroom & Museum. This American cultural icon attracts visitors from across the country to admire the beautifully restored ballroom and dance floor along with music history, memorabilia and year-round concerts. It’s most known for being home to the final performance of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson before their plan crashed just outside of town.
After learning about the community’s music roots, refuel at Starboard Market. This quaint carry-out store has quite the reputation. Their homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts have earned the eatery the #1 spot on TripAdvisor. Grab your meal to-go and enjoy a picnic at Three Stars Plaza.
Spend the afternoon exploring the community by bike or water! Head to Clear Lake Adventure Rentals (formerly Movement Solutions) to find a rental that suits your needs. They offer standard adult and kid bikes along with duos and tandems, perfect for exploring Sister’s Prairie Trail or the Trolley Trail. Or rent kayaks (single and tandem) or paddle boards to enjoy an afternoon on the lake.
After an afternoon of outdoor exploration, satisfy your appetite at The Boulevard Bar & Grill, which serves upscale American cuisine and unique drinks. Sample local brews with amazing views of the lake at 173° Craft Distillery or Lake Time Brewery.
Finally, check into a room at the community’s only hotel on the water, the Lakeside Inn. All rooms face the water and guests have unlimited use of the private dock.
For a more personalized stay, embrace the lake life at the Hidden JEM Lake House vacation rental.