Five Favorite Petaluma Instagrams

Travel to the southern part of Sonoma County and you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most charming communities, Petaluma.  Known as “The Chicken Capital of The World”, this town still retains its old time charm.  Petaluma has stayed true to its roots, preserving its rich agricultural history while also embracing new and popular venues;  its craft beer scene is one of the best in the region. One can easily spend the afternoon exploring the historic downtown, with its retailers, antique stores and diverse and delicious food venues;  there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you do make it to Petaluma, 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 Petaluma Instagrams which capture the spirit of this charming town.


Our boy, Buddy, never looked so good via @drea_rosa64



A pop of color by local, mural artist Ricky Watts via @rickywatts credit @erictobias_photography

Making friends with the locals via @jsimprint


More flowers, more bees, more blue via @jrosenbower


Saturday night vibes via @theshuckery

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.


 

5 Sonoma County Hiking Spots

It’s springtime and you have the urge to explore the great outdoors. Sonoma County has a variety of open space trails, perfect for hiking. We’ve listed a few favorites throughout the region and ranked them by difficulty.  So lace up those walking shoes or hiking boots and explore all that Wine Country has to offer.

Crane Creek Regional Park – Easy
Crane Creek Regional Park features rolling grasslands and beautiful stands of oaks on 128 acres east of Rohnert Park. Ridges offer sweeping views of the countryside and Rohnert Park, and meadows are covered with wild poppies in spring. The park has 3.5 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding and an 18-hole disc golf course.  The trails cover rolling terrain, with the easiest trails running parallel to Crane Creek beneath mature oaks. For a little bit more exertion, the Fiddleneck and Hawk Ridge trails offer excellent views from the top of the hill.

Gualala Point Regional Park – Easy
This spacious 195-acre park has open meadows mixed with coastal forest. The park contains a campground, trail system, coastal vistas, and sandy beaches. The park is located adjacent to the Gualala River, which offers limited seasonal fishing. Please check all current regulations. Gualala Point Regional Park offers 2.9 miles of coastal trail along bluffs, through meadows, and above the Gualala River. Gualala Point Park is popular with day hikers and picnickers.

Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve – Moderate
Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve is a prominent Santa Rosa landmark, providing hikers with panoramic views of the city and distant peaks. The park’s 1,100 acres include sweeping grasslands, oak woodlands, several creeks and habitat for a variety of wildlife. The park boasts 5.5 miles of unpaved trails. The Eastern Trail is the most difficult, with a steep, 1,000-foot ascent to near the top of the mountain.  The Western Trail offers a challenging yet more gradual climb up the mountain, connecting to the last leg of the Eastern Trail for the steep climb to the top.  Both the Eastern and Western Trails offer sweeping views of Santa Rosa and beyond.

Shiloh Ranch Regional Park – Challenging
The 850-acre park in east Windsor has nearly 8 miles of trails for hiking, bicycle and horseback riding. Shiloh Ranch is a rugged landscape in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. The park includes oak woodlands, forests of mixed evergreens, ridges with sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, canyons, rolling hills, a shaded creek and a pond. The loop trail system allows hikers to create routes of varying lengths and intensity.  Shiloh is the only Regional Park that does not allow dogs on trails, although they are welcome in the group picnic area. The trail system allows users to create several loop options of varying length.

Trione-Annadel State Park – Varying
The park offers miles of trails for hiking and has more than 5,500 acres of rolling hills, seasonal streams, meadows and woodlands. Hikers can choose among more than 40 miles of trails. Elevation gains and degree of difficulty vary with each trail.  For wildflower lovers, Trione-Annadel State Park offers a great variety of flowers from early Spring until early Summer, especially on a hike around Lake Ilsanjo. The best months to see the park’s wildflowers are April and May. Dogs are not allowed on trails. Dogs are allowed on a leash under your control only on Channel Drive (a paved road) within the park.

So get out there, enjoy this weather and experience all that Wine Country has to offer!

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.

 

 

May Events in Wine Country

With the weather warming up, it’s time to make plans to attend some local events.  May offers a number of venues the whole family will enjoy.  Experience film festivals, wine tasting, rose parades and so much more this month.

Castles and Kites – May 6
Bring the whole family to Doran Beach and celebrate the joys of sandcastle building and kite flying. Amateurs and experts are welcome. Bring your own kite or purchase one from local vendors. Long-time sand sculptors will be on hand to work on elaborate creations to build the sandcastle you have always imagined. More information can be found here.

Catch a Spring Class @ SHED in Healdsburg
Kokedama Workshop – May 6 from 1-2:30pm
Make your own kokedama and create a garden on a string with the guidance of SHED’s floral designer Sue Volkel in this hands-on workshop at SHED. Very similar to bonsai, the plant and roots of a kokedama are contained in a small space.

Harvest with Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis – May 13 from 1-2:30pm
Learn to create beautiful floral arrangements and botanical-based culinary and body care products with the harvest from your backyard garden with designers and authors Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective. Visit the events site to register.

Derby Day – May 6
The Meals on Wheels Derby Day is one of the most memorable charitable events of the region. Celebrating the rich traditions of the Kentucky Derby®, attendees walk the catwalk with their finest Derby-inspired apparel and compete for prizes. A team of Sonoma County chefs will prepare a four-course, southern-inspired gourmet luncheon. The day will include a silent and live auction and culminate with the live running of the Kentucky Derby®. More information can be found here.

Film Festival Petaluma – May 6
Film Fest Petaluma returns to the Mystic Theatre in historic downtown Petaluma. Programs feature a broad mix of animated, live action, and documentary shorts. All sessions will host international filmmakers in conversation alongside several Sonoma County students. More information can be found here.

Spring at Jordan – May 13
The annual Spring at Jordan party returns to Jordan Winery. The Spring at Jordan event is a celebration of Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon new vintage releases, hosted on the Winery Chateau lawns. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* 2017 All Vintner Pour – May 13
Our 2017 All Vintner Tournament and Pour is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 from 4-7pm.  The weekend will start with our Draw Party Dinner on Friday, May 12. Participating Members will have their names randomly drawn and are then paired with a Vintner Member for the “Vintner Cup” golf tournament held on Saturday morning. The wines to be featured on Saturday afternoon during the Pour are truly “off the charts”. Live Brazilian jazz from Jive Samba will again be part of the festivities.  The next day, the wine orders will begin to flow.  Come and join us and experience the best of the Wine Country. Click HERE to sign up.

*Mayacama Member* Mother’s Day Brunch – May 14
Spoil Mom and your whole family with our sensational Mother’s Day Brunch between 11am – 2pm! Make a relaxing Spa treatment for her during the weekend and she’ll feel totally spoiled! Imagine us doing the cooking, Mom is relaxing in the Spa, and kids will visit Activities Director, Melinda Murray to make Mom a special gift. Click HERE to Sign Up!

Mother’s Day at Russian River Rose – May 14
Experience the beauty and fragrance of the once-blooming antique roses and stroll down the Rose Allee with huge rambling roses billowing down from 12’X12′ arches in Healdsburg. Enjoy the ‘Butterfly Garden,’ the ‘Rose History Trail,’ and  the fragrant Perfume Rose Fields. The nursery will be open 10am -5pm and brimming with roses and hummingbird/butterfly attracting annuals and perennials. Visit the website.

Sonoma County Backroad Challenge – May 20
It has been said that the Backroad Challenge is the best way to spend a Saturday outside. It’s your chance to ride one of three epic Wine Country backroad routes that will take your breath away and test your resolve. More information can be found here.

Cruisin’ the Boulevard – May 20
Enjoy a day of classic American cars, cruising, rock ‘n roll, and the happy days of the ‘50s and early ‘60s at Cruisin’ the Boulevard.  Petaluma was one of the main shooting locations for the classic movie, American Graffiti. More information can be found here.

Sunset Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma – May 20 -21
For the second year, Sunset Magazine will host Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone, a marketplace with food, wine, and spirits, shops, gardens and event spaces that serves as Sunset’s beautiful wine country location year-round. Get your tickets today here.

123nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival – May 20
Experience the 123nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival, one of Sonoma County’s most time honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. After the parade, the fun continues with a festival in Downtown Santa Rosa. Enjoy family fun activities, music, and a variety of food booths. More information can be found here.

Windsor Half Marathon – May 21
Join the fun as the Windsor Half Marathon returns to Wine Country.  Participants can run a variety of distances (Half Marathon – 10k – 5k) all through picturesque Windsor.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Memorial Day Feast – May 27
Memorial weekend is the kickoff of summer. Don’t forget your sunhats, sunscreen and swimsuits to enjoy the pool and tennis courts. Join us for a backyard Family Feast from 6-8:30pm, bring your family and friends and enjoy the long weekend.
$65++ per person age 13+ (includes wine 21+)
$20++ per child age 12 and under
Register HERE

Oysterpalooza – May 28
Oysterpalooza returns to Valley Ford. The ninth annual Oysterpalooza will take place at Rocker Oysterfeller’s at the Valley Ford Hotel. This celebration of the oyster will include live music from three local bands playing Americana, Roots and Bluegrass. 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.

photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/backroadchallenge

Five Favorite Sebastopol Instagrams

At the intersection of Highways 12 & 116, you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most diverse and eclectic communities, Sebastopol.  Here you will experience a small, yet dynamic, town with a global consciousness, resulting in a sophisticated rural environment.  Sebastopol’s rich agricultural history dates back to the 1880’s where Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm developed more than 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and grains.  Agriculture is still a primary focus of this community but now you will find apples orchards, grapes and organic farms throughout the region.

Whether you spend the afternoon exploring The Barlow, a “Maker’s Marketplace” with over 30 makers & merchants on 12.5 Acres, or just pursue the many unique and diverse shops of downtown, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you do make it to Sebastopol, 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 Sebastopol Instagrams which showcase this charming and unique town.



Apple blossom season via @a25i



A different life via @millertiiiime

Farm to Table via @thebarlow707



Florence Street Art via @vajrahodges


Your moment of Zen via @tiltedshed

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

5 Sonoma County Spots for a Picnic

With the weather warming up, it’s time to pack those picnic baskets with tasty treats and explore all the natural, outdoor beauty that awaits you in Wine Country. Whether you travel to the coast or decide on a scenic inland setting, Sonoma County doesn’t disappoint.  Here are a few local places to enjoy a picnic with friends and family.

Viansa Winery
Located at the summit of the Sonoma Valley, Viansa offers breathtaking 270° views of Sonoma Valley, with San Pablo Bay to the south, Mayacamas Mountains to the East, and “King’s Highway” leading the way to the North. Viansa includes 33 acres of estate vineyards and 97 acres of natural wetlands, which serve as home to a variety of indigenous water fowl. Enjoy a glass of wine and picnic fare from their marketplace on the terrace or take an estate tour, it’s up to you.  Few places in the region boast such panoramic views.  They are dog-friendly so you can bring Fido along as well.

Marin French Cheese Company
Known locally as “The Cheese Factory”, the Marin French Cheese Company has been sourcing the finest cow’s milk from local Marin dairies and crafting small batch, soft-ripened cheeses since 1865.  Begin your visit at the cozy retail shop and sample award-winning cheeses. Make a picnic of cheese, sandwiches and drinks and enjoy lunch at the tables and lush grounds, which include a pond. Just 20 minutes from downtown Petaluma and about 30 minutes to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. This venue is dog-friendly.

Goat Rock
Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home to a colony of harbor seals which are fun to watch, but please stay at least 50 yards from the seals, especially during pupping season (March – August.) Due to the protected status of the seals, DOGS are NOT allowed on Goat Rock Beach.  Leashed dogs are allowed on Blind Beach which is off the south parking lot at Goat Rock.

Sonoma Plaza
Spend the day on Sonoma Plaza.  The Plaza is a large park in the heart of Sonoma, with lush green lawns, playgrounds, fountains, a pond with ducks and plenty of shade provided by the mature trees. This destination is a great place for families and offers a quaint yet sophisticated environment, with an emphasis on the rich history of the region. Pack your own lunch or purchase from local vendors such as nearby Angelo’s Wine Country Deli.  Afterwards, do a little shopping or window browsing at the many nearby retailers.

Armstrong Woods
Relax, rest and recharge under the majestic Redwoods of Guerneville’s Armstrong Woods, which preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood and is the tallest living thing on our planet! Standing 200-250 feet tall, the grove of trees offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering the onlooker great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection.  Picnic tables, grills and restrooms make this outing very easy for all.

So get out there, enjoy this weather and experience all that Wine Country has to offer!

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.

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/ViansaSonoma/

 

Meet Adam Beattie, Restaurant Manager at Mayacama

Mayacama is more than just golf;  it’s an entire lifestyle experience.  The restaurant at Mayacama offers a variety of dishes which change with the season.  Here you will find entrees which celebrate the bounty of local artisans, organically grown produce, locally raised meat and poultry, fresh caught seafood from the coast, all enhanced with fresh herbs from the chef ’s garden.

The dining rooms are always alive and spill from three separate dining rooms to wide terraces overlooking the golf course. Dinners can be enjoyed in the wine cellar or on its private patio. Whether formal or casual, Mayacama is recognized as one of the truly outstanding culinary programs in Wine Country.

Adam Beattie, Restaurant Manager at Mayacama, took time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions:

What does your background entail and how’d you land at Mayacama? Share your journey with us.

First, I fell in love with golf about 12 years ago.  I grew up playing baseball, basketball, football, and track.  If you had asked me 12 years ago and one day if I’d ever be a golfer, I would have laughed at you!  Transitioning into golf my first year or two was challenging to say the least.  I stuck with it, however, got some lessons and started to become good at it.  Soon after getting my handicap down to a 14, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Mayacama and play golf with a District Mgr. from Young’s Market.  I shot a 105 that day and was humbled.   It was the nicest golf course I had seen or played on; and I still feel the same way.  That was my introduction to Mayacama Golf Club.

As far as my restaurant background, I had the good fortune of growing up in Napa Valley, St. Helena specifically.  I’ve been in the restaurant business for over twenty years now.  I started my first job at fifteen years old at Tra Vigne restaurant.  I spent the next 14 years, through high school and college, working my way up from busser to Asst. General Manager.  The talented mentors and the rich food culture I was exposed to during that time built the foundation for my love of food and hospitality.  Considered one of the best restaurants in California at that time, we would serve over a thousand people a day were enjoying rustic Italian food like they had never tasted before in their lives and drinking fantastic wines -it was the place to be!   Another exciting part of working at an incredibly busy and successful restaurant was learning the business side of it.  I was taught very early that the business creates the art.  This meant that all the prime costs had to be in line daily (food, wine, labor, and liquor) in order for us to run a financially sound restaurant.  Once I left Tra Vigne, I spent the next six years at some excellent restaurants, including Farmstead, Bottega, and Cook.  I then moved to Healdsburg in the winter of 2015 and did some consulting for a few small businesses’ for a year before I came across a job opening at Mayacama on line.  I submitted my resume and had an interview two days later.  It has been almost a year now, and I still feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this team.

What are 3 things that you strive for in terms of the quality at the restaurant?

A staff that is friendly, informed, and genuinely wants to serve their guests/members.  Coaching the staff through competence and compassion are keys to that success.

We have to have products we can support and believe in as a staff.  Chef’s delicious food and our exceptional wine list make that easy.  Not to mention the view we have from the Bar & Grill every day!

Ongoing education about food, wine, and service at daily line ups are a must.  We live in one of the top food and wine meccas of the world, continued education is vital!

The menus are known for being approachable, local and responsibly sourced. Name a few of your favorite (and customers’ favorite) locally sourced brands used at Mayacama:

Preston Farms Produce & Lamb

KJ Farms

Bellwether Farms

Full Belly Farms

Akaushi Beef

David Little’s Potatoes

Old Redwood Beer

And of course, Greg Hauck’s Garden Produce!

What are the 3 most ordered dishes at Mayacama?

Burrata, Our Burger & Crispy Chicken

Do you ever get special requests or requests to bring back a certain menu item?

Our members stick with what’s offered on our seasonal menus most of the time, but when they do have special requests, Chef Pikey & his team are always accommodating.

The menu items guests request the most when it is off season are the Fish Tacos, Pork Cheek Sugo, Short Ribs, and the Old School Cobb Salad.

Name your 3 personal favorite Sonoma County restaurants and your go-to order item at each:

Diavola – Linguine with Clams & Squid or the Cha Cha Cha Pizza (Smoked Pork Belly, Roasted Red Peppers, Goat Cheese, Onions).

Hana Sushi – Any of Chef’s Nigiri (Favorites our Spanish Mackeral, Ikura, & Fluke).

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar – A dozen Kushi Oysters and a Lobster Roll with an ice cold Trumer Pilsner (Always those 3 things  J).

Lightning Round:

My favorite Mayacama dish:   Any of Chef’s Seasonal Sashimi
If I’m not in the kitchen you’ll find me:   On the golf course
If I wasn’t a Restaurant Manager, I’d be a:   Museum Curator
Person I’d most like to dine with us at Mayacama:  Rory McIlroy
Guilty Pleasure:   Pasta
3 Favorite Travel Destinations:   Kaui, Yosemite, and Point Reyes/Inverness on the Coast

Thanks Adam.  We appreciate you taking the time to share your insight.

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.

April Events in Wine Country

It is springtime in Wine County; the weather is heating up and so are the local wine country events.  From antique faires to parades, beer festivals to 10K runs, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of April in Sonoma County.

Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival (April 1)
Head north for the 41st Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival featuring a fiddle contest plus bluegrass and old time music performances. It’s a family friendly event with jam sessions and workshops. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Vineyard 7 & 8 Wine Dinner (April 8)
Saturday, April 8th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Vineyard 7&8 sits at the top of Spring Mountain.  Their vineyards, which lie above the fog, are late ripening with low yields, natural drainage, and infertile volcanic soil. These unique conditions add to the distinctive quality of their wines which is unlike any other appellation.
Their facility allows them to micromanage the entire process, beginning in the vineyards and ending with the consumer.  Owner, associate winemaker, and your fellow member, Wes Steffens will host the dinner. This is a very special opportunity to spend quality time with Wes and one you won’t want to miss. His wines are exceptional and will be paired with a terrific menu chosen by him and Executive Chef, Scott Pikey. Click HERE to register.

Annual Battle of the Brews (April 8)
Experience an incredible day of beers, ciders, bands, and great food at Sonoma County’s Premier Craft Beer Event. Enjoy live performances while over 70 breweries and cideries as well as 20 restaurants vie for your vote.  All proceeds benefit local at-risk youth and other non-profits in Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

IPA 10K and Beer Mile Invitational (April 15)
The IPA 10k and Beer Mile Invitational is a celebration of running and beer in Sebastopol. This two-day event includes a marketplace expo, hoppy Easter hunt and run on Saturday. The beer and music festival features Sonoma County’s fine breweries, bands, and food, and opens to the general public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt (April 16)

Mayacama Clubhouse & Putting Green
10:30 am – 2:00 pm (seating times between 10:30 – 12:30 reserved for families)
1:30 pm Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt is probably our most popular family event! There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, animals, crafts, and tons of eggs for the hunt! There will also be interactive exhibits that focus on art and science. We hope to ignite curiosity and imagination and help build a foundation for a life-long love of learning. Every year it’s great fun, so come create memories that will last a lifetime! Click HERE to Sign Up!

Bubbles and Blooms Festival (April 22)
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard’s 2nd Annual Bubbles and Blooms Festival is a celebration of spring, food, and sparkling wine. This year’s event will be held on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 12-4 p.m. and features award winning wine, food, flower art installations, sustainable gardening techniques, workshops, tours, and a flower market.  More information can be found here.

Prelude to Passport® in Dry Creek Valley (April 28)
Prelude to Passport features select intimate lunches and winemaker dinners hosted by Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Growers. This is your opportunity to enjoy selected wine and food pairings, spend time with your favorite winemaker or learn about grape growing directly from the source.  More information can be found here.

Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade (April 29)
Petaluma’s 36th Annual Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade pays tribute to Petaluma’s history as the “World’s Egg Basket” and its rich agricultural heritage. Originally created in the 1900s to promote Petaluma as part of National Egg Day, the parade has grown to more than 130 parade units attracting 25,000 people into downtown on the last weekend in April.  More information can be found here.

Petaluma Spring Antique Faire (April 30)
The Petaluma Spring Antique Faire is a day-long celebration of all things antique.  You’ll find antique wares that range from flat out oddities to ephemera, jewelry, kitchen wares, linens, furniture, books, home décor, clothing, accessories, rugs and even fossils!  More information can be found here.

Looks like an eventful April awaits, so go out and enjoy all that Wine Country has to offer!

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.

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/DryCreekValley/

 

Five Favorite Sonoma Instagrams

Just a short trip up south on Highway 12, you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most popular destinations, Sonoma.  Venture around town or just stay on Sonoma Square, this gem of Wine Country has it all – shopping, dining and cultural activities sure to keep you coming back for more.  Whether you spend the afternoon exploring California’s history at Mission San Francisco Solano then do some wine tasting on the Sonoma Square, or just relax for an enjoyable day of exploration and dining, Sonoma doesn’t disappoint.

If you do make it to Sonoma, 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 Sonoma Instagrams which showcase this charming and historic town.

Mission San Francisco Solano via @one_i_design

Beautiful sunrise even through the morning fog via @gabebrown562

Pinot Grigio via @tianabalzarini


Afternoon refreshments at The Girl & The Fig via @rstetins


The rich history of Sonoma Square via @deniseeec

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

Microadventure: Explore Petaluma

Looking for a day trip in Wine Country?  Take a short trip south to the historic town of Petaluma.  Enjoy the charm of this quaint agricultural town which was once called “The Egg Basket of the World”.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family. Petaluma is rich in history and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to entertainment, food and shopping.

9:00 – 10:00 – Arrive in Downtown
Head to Della Fattoria on Petaluma Boulevard in the heart of Downtown.  This charming establishment is an artisan bread bakery and European-style cafe, whose breads can be found at fine markets and restaurants around the Bay Area.  Try the Creamy Polenta with Havarti, Poached Ranch Egg and Breadcrumbs.  Pair it with a large, warm latte…the perfect way to start your adventure.

10:00 – 12:30 – Explore the Retail Scene
Peruse the Historic District with its many retail offerings. Pamper yourself at Robindira Unsworth, a Northern Californian dreamer and designer who creates elegant and very wearable seasonal jewelry collections which are a subtle mix of textures, fine details and beautiful gemstones. Love to clothes shop?   Ethical Clothing is locally owned and operated by two girls who love fashion, great finds, and feeling good about what they wear; they offer locally designed and mindfully manufactured clothing. And don’t miss Truck & Barter, a family owned, modern day general store, carefully curated with bespoke brands and superior quality products.

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch on Kentucky
Stroll over to Topsy’s Kitchen, a family-friendly restaurant specializing in seasonal California farmhouse cuisine with a southern influence.   Try the Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeno-vegetable slaw, sriracha mayo on an artisan french roll or, for something a bit lighter, the Superfood Salad Bowl with organic greens, organic brown rice & quinoa with lemon, kale, roasted beets, spiced chickpeas and miso-lime dressing.  Yum!

1:30 – 5:00 – Experience Petaluma
Explore the Past.  Explore Petaluma’s rich past and charming architecture by taking a self-guided tour of the city’s Victorian-era homes,which include architectural styles such as Queen Anne, Gothic and Colonial Revival as well as many others.  You can download a PDF of the tour here.  You can also explore the Petaluma Historic Museum;  the cornerstone for this stately Carnegie Library was laid in 1904 and now houses Petaluma poultry, dairy and Miwok Indian history exhibits from the 1850’s.

Take a Hike.  Burn off your lunch and some calories at Helen Putnam Regional Park, a wilderness park in Petaluma which offers 6 miles of trails with grassy hillsides and groves of heritage oaks. Ridge-top trails provide panoramic views of the city and the southern Sonoma County countryside. Walk as far as you want on the looped trail system, which allows hikers to create walks of varying length and difficulty. Note that trails are open to cyclists and horseback riders as well. There is also a large fishing pond and a gazebo, picnic area and playground at the park.

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
The only trouble you will have, regrading dinner in Petaluma, is deciding on where to eat. Located in the Historic Petaluma Hotel you will find The Shuckery, a 54-seat oyster bar and restaurant featuring oysters and seafood from Coast to Coast, as well as local produce and wines.  Across the street is The Drawing Board, a new addition to the Petaluma restaurant scene which marries wholesome and delicious food with a sustainable, community-driven ethos. Try the Duck confit, Chickpea fries or Cauliflower veloute; they also offer amazing cocktails. Or you can go “old-school P-Town” at Volpi’s Ristorante & Bar where you will find big Italian food, friendly staff and red and white checkered tablecloths. Try the Chicken Parmesan, with polenta and veggies or the Pesto Gnocchi.

All in all, a wonderful day full of adventure the whole family will enjoy.  Happy travels!

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Bean Around Wine Country

There is no better way to start your day than with a nice warm cup of coffee.  Wherever you may find yourself, Wine Country doesn’t disappoint; here is a short list of cafes who serve up a delicious cup of java.

Flying Goat Coffee – Healdsburg and Santa Rosa
Award -winning Flying Goat is a local favorite, serving up delicious coffees which are globally sourced, uniquely named and distinctively flavored.  Try the Mrs. Garland’s Blend, the Optimist Blend or for you espresso-lovers, Espresso No. 9.

Acre Coffee – Petaluma & Santa Rosa
Acre is a local favorite. Their locations are tastefully decorated encouraging patrons to spend some time while enjoying some of the best coffee in Wine Country. They currently have three locations (two in Petaluma and one in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village) serving up a hot cup of caffeinated deliciousness!  Try the Bodega Organic or Furlong Blend, House Espresso.

Blue Beagle Coffee – Santa Rosa
This small, independent shop, serves up fresh coffee roasted in-house and locally sourced teas. Just minutes from Mayacama, Blue Beagle is the perfect place to grab a cup of java and stock your kitchen with groceries at Larkfield Center. Enjoy fresh baked goods made in the kitchen daily – try the scones!

Petaluma Coffee & Tea Company – Petaluma
The Petaluma Coffee and Tea Company has been providing high quality Arabica coffee beans, premium teas, and coffee and tea accessories since 1989. Their quaint location, located in the warehouse district of Petaluma, is comfortable and inviting.  Sit back and take in all the aroma that surrounds you.  Try their Traditional Cappuccino paired with a tasty pastry.

Cafe Scooteria – Sonoma
Drive thru coffee and scooters.  What’s not to love?  Cafe Scooteria is a unique and well-loved coffee shop in Sonoma, combining traditional Italian style coffee within a vintage scooter shop. This charming business is family owned and using only local products. Try the coffee or the chai…you won’t be disappointed.

Cotati Coffee Company – Cotati
Located in the heart of Downtown Cotati, this shop is a must-visit.  Cotati Coffee Company is locally owned, dog friendly and pours some of the best coffee you’ll ever experience.  Next time you are nearby, stop by and enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up. Try something different, like their Honey Nut Latte or Lavender Mocha.

Sunshine Coffee Roasters – Forestville and Sebastopol
A small-batch, organic coffee company that roasts and serves organic coffees from the World’s finest growing regions in small batches. You can’t go wrong with their Organic Italiano or Mexicano único, a special medium single origin blend from one of Mexico’s finest coffee growing regions.

Taylor Maid Farms – Sebastopol
Taylor Maid Farms is an independent roaster of specialty organic coffee and, by using an energy-efficient coffee roaster and recyclable steel can packaging, has become a leader of sustainable practices in the coffee industry.  Their flavorful and distinctive coffee is exceptional. Stop by their flagship Organic Coffee Bar & Roastery in The Barlow.  You can’t go wrong with their Organic Goat Rock Roast.

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.