Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams for August

Summertime in Wine Country is a special time of year.  Outdoor activities abound as residents and visitors alike enjoy all that our region has to offer.  Instagramers didn’t disappoint as many shared their Sonoma County experiences.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye for August.

Bright bright sun shiny day via @levisgranfondo

Taller than me via @tomadamian

Perfect wine drinking weather via @wine_country_tastings

Through the trees via @winecountryballoons

Full moon rising in Wine Country via @sidestep7

Share your own adventures with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. To join the experience, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.  There is beauty all around so snap away.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


 

Summertime Fun with Fido

Beat those Dog Days of summer Sonoma County-style.  We’ve rounded up a few, popular spots for you to enjoy all that the region has to offer without leaving your four-legged friend at home.  So pack up the family and your canine companions and let’s explore Wine Country.

Spring Lake Regional Park and Howarth Park
This 320-acre park in Santa Rosa features camping, fishing, picnic areas with barbecues, and four group picnic areas. Trails are available for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The park also includes a 3-acre swimming lagoon and a 72-acre lake. Don’t forget to visit the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake for a wonderful educational experience for all ages. Although dogs are allowed within both Spring Lake and Howarth Park, they are not allowed at the swimming lagoon or within Trione-Annadel State Park. Please follow all dog leash laws while visiting the parks.  More information can be found here.

Rocky Memorial Dog Park
Rocky Memorial Dog Park, named after a Petaluma Police canine who saved an officer’s life, is located in Petaluma at West Casa Grande Road and boasts nearly 8 acres’of off-leash fun.  It’s a great place for dogs to socialize and exercise and is a favorite for those visiting Wine Country as it is easily accessible from Highway 101. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year. More information can be found here.

Dillon Beach
Nestled along the coast, just west of the small town of Tomales, is Dillon Beach.  This charming community is full of activity for the whole family. You can go swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cycling, fishing and even search the tide pools! There are no leash laws and they welcome dogs if they are friendly and get along with other dogs and people. There is a parking fee to access the beach and park your car for the day.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve
The 155-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve consists of a wide variety of natural communities including wetlands and oak woodlands, rocky serpentine chaparral and open grasslands. Visitors are welcome to explore the current trail network and experience the spectacular vistas throughout the property. Trails are easy to moderate hiking (2-3 miles) taking in views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River, and the Mayacamas Mountains.  Dogs are welcome on paved trails only.  More information can be found here.

Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Sonoma Valley Regional Park is in the center of the Sonoma Valley, next to the village of Glen Ellen. The 202-acre park features several miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding and offers the tranquility of a much larger preserve due the quality of habitat and surrounding open space. The park’s main path is a paved, 1.2-mile trail that begins near a wetland and meadow, winds through magnificent oak woodlands and follows a seasonal creek. The trail is ADA accessible, and picnic tables along the way are lovely spots to linger and enjoy the quiet beauty. Several unpaved trails on the hillsides and ridgetops offer looped hiking options. A beautiful 29-acre addition to the park’s northern boundary opened in May 2015, with a trail connection to the center of the park.  The park’s Highway 12 entrance features the off-leash Elizabeth Perrone Dog Park; a shaded, grassy picnic area, barbecues and drinking fountain. The one-acre dog park is fully fenced, with a double-gated entry, a drinking fountain for dogs and a shade gazebo.  More information can be found here.

Don’t forget to bring along plenty of water this time of year….it can get hot out there.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

August Events in Wine Country

It’s summertime in Wine Country.  The weather is hot and so is the events scene.  August offers a number of events the whole family will enjoy;  from outdoor movies to evening dinners, fairs to festivals, summer is in full swing in Sonoma County.

SHED Supper: Southern Cooking – August 1
Southern Cooking! The August SHED Supper will be a celebration with gumbo, okra, and the best of Cajun cooking, featuring local farmers, winemakers, and visiting chefs. Dinner is served family style and seating is casual, so come with your family, bring a neighbor and make new friends! Beer, wine, and housemade kombucha and shrubs will be available for purchase at the event. More information can be found here.

Sonoma County Fair – August 3 – August 13
The Sonoma County Fair returns to Wine Country.  Get ready for snow in August, a Mardi Gras parade, Talk like a Pirate day and more at the Sonoma County Fair, August 3 – August 13! The Hall of Flowers floral design theme will be “Holidays in Bloom”, in conjunction with the Fair’s 2017 theme “Holidaze at the Sonoma County Fair.”  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* First Friday Pour | Arrowood Friday, August 4 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Arrowood is within the Jackson Family Winery portfolio and located in the heart of Sonoma Valley. This area is described as a warm pocket in a cool region making it perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, Arrowood’s signature wine. Mayacama Members are invited to join us on Friday, August 4th for a tasting and a fun evening.

Petaluma Music Festival – August 5
The Petaluma Music Festival offers a variety of music for people of all ages, as well as fine beers, premium wine tasting, and specialty food vendors. This non-profit festival benefits the music education programs in all Petaluma area schools.  More information can be found here.

NorCal Brew Fest – August 5
The popular NorCal Brew Fest will be held during the Sonoma County Fair! Sonoma County has become known as a premier beer destination as well. Breweries and cideries in the United States are invited to celebrate our local love of beer while enjoying unlimited tastes of over 50 beers and ciders. More information can be found here.

Bounty of Sonoma County Dinner – August 12
Experience a celebration of Sonoma County agriculture with an alfresco dinner party in Healdsburg’s Jordan Winery that brings the region’s greatest culinary treasures to your plate. More information can be found here.

Drive-In Movie – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – August 19
Experience old school Sonoma County. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Drive-In at the Citrus Fair Fairgrounds in Cloverdale.  More information can be found here.

Sonoma County’s Blues and Arts Festival – August 19
The 19th SOMO Concerts invites you to a day long pop-up festival filled with nationally acclaimed Sonoma grown blues and a beautifully curated fine art gallery.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Private KJ Event: Tomato Festival, Saturday, August 19 from 2:00 -5:00 pm
Kendall-Jackson has sadly decided to discontinue their annual Tomato Festival after 20 successful years. However, the private event for Mayacama Members lives on! The great folks from the Jackson Family Wine Estates will host up to 40 of our members for our own private afternoon.

Begin with a tour of the gardens, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables from all over the world. The gardens are tended by Tucker Taylor, formerly of the Master Gardener at the French Laundry. Taste tomato inspired dishes created by KJ’s personal chefs along with artisan pizza from their wood-burning oven, located in the garden. Pair their creations with wines from the Jackson Family Estates while relaxing or strolling through the garden.

Mayacama Members are invited to join us on Saturday, August 19 from 2:00 to 5:00. Attendance is limited to the first 40 members who sign up. Shuttle service will be available by reservation only.

$50++ pp age 21+  Registration required: 707 569 2900 or Register Online.

Movies in The Plaza – Finding Dory – August 22
Head to The Plaza in Healdsburg for the final movie event of the summer.  August’s Movie will be family-friendly, Finding Dory. The movie will begin at 8:45, following the Tuesday evening concert. Reminder that Movies in the Plaza are alcohol free events. Free popcorn for the whole family! More information can be found here.

Movies on the Green – Disney’s Beauty & the Beast – August 26
Grab a picnic blanket and enjoy a summer’s evening on Weill Lawn as the Green Music Center screens a double-feature of Disney’s two versions of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Antiques and Arts Fair – August 27
The annual summer Antiques and Arts Fair in the historic Healdsburg Plaza will boast over 80 vendors, artists and craftsmen displaying their treasures and artistry. Visit nearby art galleries, boutiques, and tasting rooms and dine in one of the towns many popular restaurants.  More information can be found here.

Plan ahead for Sept 1st!

*Mayacama Members* Sip ‘N Swing & Dinner, Friday, September 1 from 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for this fun, casual golf event which is open to Social Members and guests too. Our Sip ‘N Swing event begins with a 4:00pm shotgun start, followed by a dinner buffet on the Dining Room Terrace. The format for this event is a six-person, 9-hole scramble. Make your own team of six or sign up individually and we will pair you with a group. Participants will enjoy specialty cocktails, ice cold beers and sip summer wines on several of the holes. Even if you aren’t able to play in the Sip ‘N Swing, make plans to meet up with the players and enjoy a fun dinner with your fellow members.

$100++pp For Golf & Dinner, Reservations Required on Foretees

$55++pp For Dinner Only, Reservations Required: 707 569 2900 or Register Online

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Meet Rebekah Reynoso, Events Manager at Mayacama

Mayacama is the quintessential Wine Country experience, offering its members unparalleled services, amenities and events.  This effort is lead by the experienced team of Mayacama professionals. One team member with a passion for gatherings and festivities is Rebekah Reynoso, Events Manager at Mayacama. We recently asked Rebekah to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

Before I was Events Manager for Mayacama….
I have been in the food and beverage industry since I was 16-years-old. I started by working in various restaurants throughout Sonoma County and, since then, have had a passion for the hospitality industry. Now, I have been working at Mayacama Golf Club for 15 years! I love being able to create memorable experiences for our members.

Four reasons Mayacama’s site and location makes for a memorable event venue:
The beautiful olive trees in our courtyard.
The grounds of our golf course. We take great pride in our landscape it has established itself as our most popular backdrop.
Our back terrace that overlooks the grounds of our golf course.
The quietness of our property. As soon as you enter our gates it feels as if you have entered a private world. That reservation is refreshing.

My three favorite annual events held at Mayacama and why:
Patrick’s Day Four Ball – This event is the kick off to the tournament season and sets the tone for the year. It is a sold out event and I enjoy seeing all the players come in their best St. Patrick’s Day attire.
All Vintner Pour – This event is our most popular. We typically have up to 400 people sign up each year. I really enjoy the full set up – all the floral, linen, and décor creates such a memorable atmosphere for our members.
Women’s Member Guest Tournament – I love being able to see the women of Mayacama come out to play a two day tournament. We make it special by including luncheons, receptions, and special gifts for all the players.

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of the Mayacama community?
I think there are a lot of reasons that people choose to become a part of this community. Our golf course, to start, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and intrigues, regardless if you play or not. The social camaraderie – we hold so many special events for our members that offer an opportunity to meet new people. Our community is unique and compelling because we establish relationships with each member. For us, we take pleasure when they associate our club as home.

Locals know best. Share 3 of your favorite Annual Sonoma County events that members and guest’s should attend and why.
Annual DuMOL Wine Tasting – Fun.
Sonoma County Fair – Family.
Barrel Tasting – Memorable.

Current Addiction:
I would say my phone. All of my children are grown up and as a mom that is our number one source of communication.

5 things I can’t live without:
My friends, family, phone, wine, and coffee!

Best part of my job:
I love my team. I have a very dedicated crew that shows up to every event ready to work. They are self-motivated and dependable. They make event we have, member or private, run seamlessly.

Next spot on my travel itinerary:
Hawaii

Thanks for sharing, Rebekah, and for being part of the Mayacama team.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Five Favorite Mayacama Golf Instagrams

Woven into the hillsides and valleys, the Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Mayacama is unequivocally one of his finest. Guided by caddies, golfers take to the meticulously groomed, 6,761-yard layout. Consistently ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses in America,” the soul of the club is the camaraderie – from the annual Member-Guest tournaments to the “Sip ’n Swings” to the interclub challenges against the leading clubs in the US and around the world.

If you play a round or two at Mayacama, be sure to snap a few photos of your adventures and share them with us on Instagram by using #MayacamaScene.  If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.

Here are a few recent Mayacama Golf Instagrams which capture the game we all love so much.

The beauty of the course via @colbertlife

Mayacama by Golf Photographer, Patrick Koenig   @pjkoenig

No better way to close out the work day via @hayden_stratton

Flashback Friday to my favorite Bay Area track via @deluca_golf_tips
It is always a beautiful day for a round of golf at Mayacama via @knockitstiff

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


 

7 Nearby Spots to Visit this Summer

With the wonderful weather of Wine County, it seems like summer is nearly a year-round joy and the fun stretches full into fall.  Whether you decide to spend the day outdoors in the cool water splashing in the sun, or singing a song of summer with a live music concert, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are seven suggestions of nearby summer fun.

Healdsburg Plaza. Browse the restaurants, go shopping, antiquing, wine tasting or enjoy a cooking class. Whether shopping for the home and family, or for gifts, there are boutique clothing shops, antiques and collectibles, hand-crafted jewelry stores, bed and bath shops, fine furniture stores and unique art galleries.

Safari West. Experience an African adventure in the heart of wine country. Guests may explore the Sonoma Serengeti on an African wildlife safari alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife or relax in a luxury safari tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe.

Charles Schultz Museum. Housing the largest collection of Peanuts strips in the world, the Museum explores the art and nuances of Schulz’s craft. View original comic strips, learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development, view a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio, and draw your own cartoons in a hands-on education room.  An added bonus is that adjacent Snoopy Home Ice skating rink is a great way to beat the heat on those warm summer days.

Calistoga. Enjoy hot springs, cool wines at wineries, spas, restaurants, arts and events. Restaurant choices include just about everything from haute cuisine – with a relaxed Calistoga twist, of course – to Authentic Southern BBQ. Explore downtown shops and art galleries; bike or hike the area. The stunning surroundings work their magic as soon as you arrive. Relax….you’re in Calistoga!

Windsor Town Green. Join the Town of Windsor as they celebrate its 25th Anniversary with the Annual Summer Nights on the Green Concerts every Thursday through August 31. The Thursday Live Concerts feature free bicycle valet parking, food vendors, food valet, free family lawn games, and a Windsor Certified Farmers Market.

Guerneville. This small tourist town is situated between the Russian River and the surrounding hills with dining, shopping, activities, entertainment and more. Whether you fancy canoeing, kayaking, tubing or sunbathing, you can play on the Russian River at Steelhead Beach Regional Park. Head to Main Street and stop in at the 5 & 10 for some old fashioned candies or walk downtown Guernville and stroll across the historic bridge.

Green Music Center. The GMC Summer 2017 is comprised of 15 concerts on the stage of Weill Hall + Lawn, featuring some of the biggest names in blues, soul, hip-hop, country, jazz and mariachi. Whether you’re bringing your picnic basket and blanket to sit on our beautifully landscaped lawn, or getting front row seats inside the unparalleled Weill Hall, you’re sure to enjoy your Summer at the Green!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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July Events in Wine Country

The summer Wine Country event scene has hit the ground running, with a variety of venues that doesn’t disappoint. July offers a number of events the whole family will enjoy;  from Independence Day celebrations to river festivals, beer fests to music festivals, summer is coming to Wine Country in a big way.

Fireworks Over Bodega Bay – July 2
Celebrate Independence Day in Sonoma County with a spectacular firework display over Bodega Bay! The show starts at dark, around 9:30 p.m. Remember to layer as it can get chilly on the coast. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Red, White & Blues, Saturday, July 1 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Come celebrate red, white, and blues…vintner-style! Please join us and co-hosts Janice & John Bostock in the courtyard for great music, dancing, and a scrumptious BBQ. Ravenswood Wine will be flowing along with our newest additions to Red, White, and Blues, Fisher Vineyards, Armida, Silver Oak and Stonestreet. Back by popular demand, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers!

Members Only: $125++ Per Person (wine included)
Registration Required: 707 569 2900 or Register Online
In Room Menu available until 8:30 pm. Bar & Grill a la carte menu available until 5:30 pm.
Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance and no-shows will be charged in full.
Register your children Online for Kids’ Night : Fear Factor Games

*Mayacama Members* Tuesday, July 4th Clubhouse BBQ from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The club will be open Tuesday, July 4th! We will have an All-American BBQ inside the clubhouse for dinner! No A la carte’ service that evening.

Members Only $40++ ages 13+
$15++ ages 12 and under
Register Online or call 707.569.2900

Sonoma’s 4th of July on the Plaza – July 4
Named the eighth best 4th of July celebrations in the country by Travel+Leisure Magazine & Yahoo News, Sonoma’s 4th of July Celebration is a tradition that brings the community together in all that makes Sonoma great and honors our great nations independence. Enjoy parades, marching bands and fun floats. On the historic plaza, you’ll find live music and games all day long along with food, beer, and wine. At dusk, find a spot for the fireworks show. More information can be found here.

American Dream Auto Show at 101 North Brewery & Taproom – July 4
Bring the family and join in on the festivities for the inaugural “American Dream Auto Show” event between 11am and 7pm hosted by 101 North Brewing Company. See specialized and custom specialty cars brought in by participating Car Clubs and individuals, plus get your “Luck of the Draw” $1 – $250 Raffle Tickets to win a custom ’49 Chevy Truck. Learn more here.

Flynn Creek Circus in Santa Rosa – July 7-9
Having thrilled audiences all over the world, the Flynn Creek Circus presents an exciting new show for 2017!  Experience a unique story told by the world class character clowns and ringmasters as they bring you tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, and more! More information can be found here.

Wine Country Big Q – BBQ Competition and Festival – July 8
Featuring pit masters from throughout the West Coast, the 6th Annual Wine Country Big Q BBQ Competition and Festival is a nationally sanctioned competition with mouth-watering “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award winning brews and delectable desserts. Fun for the whole family. Professional and amateur categories. Benefit for Sonoma County Vet Connect. More information can be found here.

Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series – Chris Isaak – July 8
The 27th Annual Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series presented by Montgomery Village features great entertainers, award-winning wines, and local food purveyors. Surrounded by stunning wine country scenery, concert-goers are treated to intimate, unforgettable musical performances in a picturesque, summertime setting. More information can be found here.

The GMC’s Annual Bluegrass Festival – July 9
The GMC’s Third Annual Bluegrass Festival has become an annual favorite in Sonoma County. This year’s event features Del and Dawg Bluegrass Band, Mark O’Connor and the O’Connor Family Band, and Sierra Hull.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Green Valley Growers Trip – July 12 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Our annual visit to Green Valley Growers in Sebastopol promises to be another fun field trip. Enjoy Paul’s signature sticky buns and coffee before an intimate tour of Dr. Jerry Bolduan’s garden. Each year his garden is even more beautiful and he has some new things to share with you as well. After a tour, enjoy a light Mayacama-prepared wine luncheon on the outdoor deck. Jerry will speak on numerous garden topics and answer questions as you have them. Join us for the peace and tranquility of his property.

Members Only $40 Per Person
Registration Required: 707 569 2900 or Online Note: Event space is limited. Transportation from Mayacama available with advance notice and departs from the Club promptly at 9:30 am. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance and no-shows will be charged in full.

Bastille Day Dinner – July 14
Celebrate French gastronomy with Jordan’s first-ever Bastille Day dinner party celebration, hosted on France’s Independence Day, also known as La Fête Nationale.  More information can be found here.

Rivertown Revival – July 22
This local community festival highlights the Petaluma River and all of the amazing artists who call Sonoma County home. The fun event includes an art boat race and parade, floating art barges and an all-day festival which features local music, art, food and drink, and fabulous local vendors.  More information can be found here.

Free Movies on the Green – July 22
Spend a summer’s evening with two of Disney’s best loved princesses, The Little Mermaid (1989) and Moana (2016), on the Weill Lawn at the Green Music Center.  More information can be found here.

Breakfast with the Winemakers – July 28-29
Join winemakers from Martinelli, Inman Family Wines and Hook & Ladder Vineyards & Winery for a casual breakfast Q & A on July 28th. On July 29th join winemakers from Fritz Underground Winery, J Rickards Winery and Deux Amis Winery for a casual breakfast Q & A.  More information can be found here.

Fort Ross Festival – July 29
Enjoy a multicultural celebration with live music and dance, food bazaar, beer garden, costumed historical reenactments, historic crafts, militia cannon firings, and children’s activities. Fort Ross Festival is a wonderful summer celebration covering the breadth of the settlements multicultural community. More information can be found here.

So get out there and have some fun, wine country style!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Meet Brian Hill, Front Office Lead at Mayacama

Mayacama is the quintessential Wine Country experience, offering its members unparalleled services.  This effort is lead by the experienced team of Mayacama professionals. One team member with a wealth of local knowledge and passion for the region is Brian Hill, Front Office Lead at Mayacama. We recently asked Brian to share some insight, as well as some of his local favorites, with us.

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of the Mayacama community?

The most compelling reason I feel people want to be a part of this community is the people. Everyone here is here because they want to be; members guests and our employees. That is a big reason why the atmosphere at this club is so good. Everyone is happy and with a good attitude.

Something people may not know about Mayacama is:

Something you may not know about the club is that the land was originally owned by Charles Schultz. We also are in the top 100 of Golf Courses in America!

Favorite spot on the Mayacama course/why:
Favorite spot on the course is the 3rd . The third hole is nothing but great, after playing one and two you walk into a testy par 3 that is no break from the challenge of the start of the course. No matter what set of tees you are playing it is a challenge ranging from 129 to 178 yards. The carry is intimidating and you have to be able to trust your swing and your club selection in order to score on that hole. If confidence is an issue, a high number will more than likely be a result. It’s a signature golf hole and it’s also one of my favorites because I have my one and only hole in 1 on this hole!!

Favorite item on Chef Pikey’s menu:
The great thing about Mayacama, is that our Chef is constantly changing out menu throughout the seasons. I have been fortunate enough to try many amazing dishes throughout my time here. My favorite item is the cheeseburger – which is luckily, almost always on the menu. It’s thick, juicy and always cooked to the perfect temperature.

Favorite annual event at Mayacama/why:
My favorite annual event here at Mayacama would have to be our Easter Sunday festivities. Seeing the families all together, the kids happy and playing everywhere makes for a fantastic event. Our activities team hides around 5000 eggs for all the kids on the driving range and I think it takes the kids about 3 minutes to get them all!  There is also a beautiful brunch, a petting zoo and many activities for the kids in our courtyard.

Best spot to catch the sunset at Mayacama:
Our property consists of over 600 acres, so I feel like wherever you are the sunset is bound to be a special. But, my favorite place would be on the back terrace. The terrace faces a couple of holes on the course, and when the sun goes down it really makes me recognize the beauty of where I work.

Best month to visit/why:
The best month would have to be May. Every April, we go through an aeration which prepares our golf course for the upcoming season and is perfect by May! We host our All Vintner Pour , the second week of May, and it is our biggest event yet. 300 people come to the Pour that features all of our Vintner Members pouring their best wines! Also My favorite tournament, The Match Play Championships, is during this month! May really kick starts all these popular events and signifies the beginning of Summer – bringing out all of our members and their families.

Locals know best. Share 3 of your favorite spots around Sonoma County for members to get on their must visit list:
Valette– A fantastic restaurant in Healdsburg. Have to order the scallops!
32 Winds Winery– Our Vintner Member, Ed Mascarin, owns this boutique winery and the wines are just as fantastic as the property it is on.
Safari West– Safari West is a 400-acre private wildlife preserve located just 25 min from Mayacama. The selection of wildlife emphasizes species native to Africa, including giraffes, rhinoceros, cheetahs, and numerous species of birds. It is a fun place for the family to see animals, have a tour around the facility in a jeep, and even enjoy a nice stay on the property!

Lightning-round 

If I wasn’t working you’d find me at: home with wife, son Brayden, daughter Ava while watching the Warriors or Giants!

5 things I can’t live without:  Kids (Brayden & Ava), Wife (Lisa), sports, my bed, and beer

Best part of my job: Co-Workers

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Hawaii

Thanks for sharing, Brian, and for being part of the Mayacama team.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kayaking and Paddling Wine Country

The weather is warming up so it’s time to hit the water; it’s a great way to beat the heat while enjoy the natural beauty of the region.  There are a host of great locations throughout Wine Country to kayak, canoe and even paddleboard.  The most popular nearby locations for getting on the water are Lake Sonoma and Spring Lake and, of course, the Russian River.  For those wanting to explore the coast, Bodega Bay is the place to be.  Tomales Bay, in neighboring Marin County, also draws kayakers from across the nation.

To get out on the water, you will need equipment, which not a difficult problem to overcome.  There are a number of rental options to get you on the water in no time.  Kayak, paddleboard, and pedal boat rentals are available for $12/hour at Spring Lake through Labor Day. Paddleboards rentals and guided paddleboard tours are available at Riverfront Regional Park in the summer by appointment. For more information, visit russianriverpaddleboards.com.  There are also a number of private kayak rental locations throughout the region.

Paddling the Russian River
The Russian River runs through Sonoma County from Cloverdale in the north to Jenner in the west and has seven Regional Parks located along the shore which provide launch points for kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. Paddling season is typically May through September. As you cover more area when paddling a river, it is great for nature watching allowing people to experience such animals as ospreys, bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, turtles, otters and other birds and wildlife you may not notice on land. Below are some travel times by kayak, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks.

Travel Times by Kayak
Del Rio Woods to Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – 1.5 to 2 hours
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach to Forestville River Access – 4 to 6 hours
Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach – 2 hours
Steelhead Beach to Guerneville River Park – 4 to 5 hours
Guerneville River Park to Monte Rio – 1.5 hours
Monte Rio to the Highway 1 bridge in Jenner – 3-4 hours
Note: If traveling by canoe, add 1 to 2 hours to the kayak times.

Want to explore more?  Here is a quick list of paddling destinations throughout the region, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks:

Riverfront Regional Park – Windsor
Steelhead Beach – Forestville
Sunset Beach – Forestville
Doran Regional Park – Bodega Bay
Spring Lake Regional Park – Santa Rosa
Cloverdale River Park – Cloverdale
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – Healdsburg
Del Rio Woods – Healdsburg
Westside Regional Park – Bodega Bay

Looking for more adventure?  Here is a great link showcasing numerous additional kayaking and canoeing locations throughout Sonoma County.

So grab that gear and hit the water for a memorable and relaxing adventure the whole family will enjoy.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Wine Country Movies Under Starry Nights

There is no better way to spend a warm, summer evening than taking in a outdoor movie.  It’s a great way to beat the heat while having a fun evening together doing something the whole family will enjoy.  Wine Country doesn’t disappoint when it comes to movies under a star-filled sky.

We’ve put together a short list of outdoor movie venues that is sure to be a hit with the entire family.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery Outdoor Amphitheater
Saturday, June 24
A not-so-silent movie night featuring Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights”  with the original musical score performed live by our orchestra. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Wine bars open until 9:30 pm.  Food vendors on-site. Movie begins at sunset.  Ticket and more information can be found here.

St. Francis Winery “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival
Thursdays | July 6-27 | 7pm
Pack a blanket and join us on the lawn of our beautiful Sonoma Valley Tasting Room for a film under the stars. Back for its eighth year, our Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Film Festival takes place every Thursday night at the Winery from July 6 to July 27. Seating on the lawn begins at 7pm with a pre-show concert and wine reception. El Coyote Food Truck will be serving delicious Mexican food available for purchase. Our feature film begins at dusk. Festival sommelier and film aficionado Christopher Sawyer will pair St. Francis’ world class wines with world class films. More information can be found here.

The Breakfast Club
Starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson & Molly Ringwald (1985)
Pre-show concert by: Band Camp
Thursday, July 6

Grease
Starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
Pre-show concert by: Wine Country Jazz
Thursday, July 13

Some Like It Hot
Starring Marilyn Monroe & Tony Curtis (1959)
Pre-show concert by: Carlos Herrera Band
Thursday, July 20

Good Will Hunting
Starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (1997)
Pre-show concert by: Nate Lopez
Thursday, July 27

Movies in the Park Howarth Park
Fridays, August 11 – September 15
A little later in the summer but family fun not to be missed.  Take the family, a picnic, and a blanket for a fun night at the movies under the stars in Howarth Park! Each Friday from Aug. 11 through Sept. 15, movies will start at dusk (around 8 p.m. in August and 7:45 p.m. in September). Enjoy pre-movie entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from vendors onsite.  More information can be found here.

August 11 – Secret Life of Pets
August 18 – Lego Batman
August 25 – Finding Dory
September 1 – Moana
September 8 – Sing
September 15 – Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Free Movies on the Green
Saturday night movies on the lawn at the Green Music Center.
July 22 5;00 The Little Mermaid (1989) and Moana (2016)
Aug 26 5:00 Disney’s Beauty & the Beast – Animated (1991) and Beauty & the Beast – Live Action (2017)

Alexander Valley Film Society
Offers Monthly Screening Series in Cloverdale and Healdsburg on Mondays and Tuesdays.  More inforamtion can be found here.

June 5 – Finding Oscar – 7PM at The Clover Theater
June 27 – Secret Life of Pets – 9PM at Healdsburg Plaza
July 10 – TBD – 7PM at The Clover Theater
July 25 – Toy Story – 9PM at Healdsburg Plaza
August 19 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Drive-In!
August 22 – Finding Dory – 9PM at Healdsburg Plaza

Tuesday Kid’s Movies (Free) on Windsor Town Green
June 6 – August 1 (start 15 minutes after sunset)
The dates are set up the movie list is still updating.  Movies and more information can be found here.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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