Middletown and Hidden Valley
Middletown (formerly, Middle Station and Middleton) was started in 1871 and is located 11 miles west of Lower Lake, at an elevation of 1099 feet. The town was given its name because it is halfway between Lower Lake to the north and Calistoga to the south. Middletown is the gateway to Lake County coming from the Napa Valley and the first town visitors come to once passing over Mt. St. Helena.
Middletown is definitely a “Hometown USA” with great specialty gift shops and splendid places to go for coffee, an internet fix, or a relaxing massage. We even have our own micro brewery! If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day you will have numerous choices here with wonderful indoor and outdoor facilities. Lunch and dinner also provide several opportunities for grill, Italian and Mexican all with main street flair.
Middletown has many historic buildings, including the original stage coach stop located at Bush and Armstrong Street. The town is also the closest to the historic Harbin Hot Springs and home to the famous (Lily) Langtry Estates & Vineyards.
Twin Pine Casino recently completed a major expansion, adding a new 50,000 square foot casino area, a 60 room hotel, wine tasting and three restaurant areas. Visit Wiloth Horseback Riding Center and Equine Therapy (located at the corner of Hwy 29 and Butts Canyon Road) for an old-time pony ride.
In addition to all the residential choices in Middletown, just a short ride north on Highway 29 you will find the gated community of Hidden Valley Lake, complete with an 18-hole golf course, a beautiful clubhouse, tennis courts, a restaurant and bar open to the public, a private man-made lake with two beaches, beautiful homes for sale or rent and vacation rentals. Hot air balloons rising up into the clear blue skies are a wonderful sight during the warm spring and summer months.
Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake offer fresh air, open spaces and a rural essence, making them the perfect places to visit for a mini vacation! Middletown’s big events are Middletown Days, complete with an old-fashioned parade right down the main street, horsemanship contests on Father’s Day Weekend in June, and Christmas in Middletown which is held the second Saturday in December.