Sonoma Style Holiday Showstoppers

‘Tis the season. It’s time to bundle up and head out to experience the joys of this holiday season.  Don’t worry… you won’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class performances throughout Wine Country.

The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is the North Bay’s premier Arts Center presenting world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual arts and many popular community events.  Enjoy an evening out with ease, as the Center is located less than 6 miles from Mayacama. Local Tip: Willi’s Wine Bar‘s classic roadhouse appeal captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County Wine Country and is a great spot to gather before or after a show.

Joy To The World from Transcendence’s “Broadway Under The Stars”
12/4, 12/5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to celebrate Transcendence-style with this breathtaking holiday revue for all ages sprinkled with that beloved collection of song and dance. Join this extraordinary cast of Broadway professionals for a concert filled with Broadway showstoppers, holiday favorites and modern twists on some of the world’s most uplifting and cherished songs.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Home for the Holidays!
12/6
Known for its warm, rich choral tones, the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) returns for a second year at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with a holiday celebration that is a festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed extravaganza!

Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker
12/19

Experience the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece as world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes captivate the hearts of young and old alike. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the holiday tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to life.

The Napa Valley Opera House (NVOH) is a performing arts organization that owns a national historic landmark theatre in the heart of downtown Napa and has been part of the Napa community for more than 130 years. Local Tip: Dine at nearby Ristorante Allegria before or after the show. Located in a historic landmark, this Italian restaurant captures the ambiance and love for Italian cuisine with a fresh twist.

VOENA – Voices of the Season…Cameo
12/13
VOENA is a captivating, multi-cultural, world music experience that redefines “choir” the way Cirque du Soleil redefines “circus.” Director Annabelle Marie inspires more than 150 children from ages 6-18 to celebrate music through voice, sound, rhythm and physical expression.

VOENA is a unique and dynamic ensemble of voices that leaves audiences with an elevated sense of spirit. – Elizabeth Warnimont, Benicia Herald

Nestled in the foothills of wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, presenting year-round programming of premiere classical, contemporary, jazz, chamber and world music artists in concert. Local Tip: Come again in summer for an alfresco picnic set to your favorite tunes during the summer concert series.

Handel’s Messiah – Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
12/20
Few orchestral pieces are more beloved than Handel’s Messiah. Experience this glorious choral masterpiece in the superb acoustics of Weill Hall, accompanied by one of America’s most admired early music ensembles. This performance is a great way to celebrate the holidays.

Be sure to reserve your tickets early, as these popular events sell out very quickly this time of year.

Happy Holidays from 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.

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Michelin Guide to Wine Country Restaurants

The Michelin Guide recently released its 2016 stars for the San Francisco Bay Area, and Wine Country ranked very high compared to the rest of the region.  When planning your next stay at Mayacama, add these local stars to your list and experience some of the very best fine dining in Wine Country.

Three Stars

The French Laundry
Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant, a uniquely American restaurant whose inspiration lies in the countryside of France.

The Restaurant at Meadowood
A modern American restaurant meant to speak to and positively impact the Napa Valley community while delivering a singular dining experience for every guest.

One Star

Auberge du Soleil
Executive Chef Robert Curry’s inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich ingredients of California’s Napa Valley and draws from regional produce, accented with Mediterranean flavors.

Bouchon
Authentic French bistro fare with Thomas Keller’s unfailing attention to detail in both ingredients and presentation.

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Ever-changing menu which relies exclusively on not only what is fresh and of the moment in Sonoma County, but on what is perfect, unexpected and delightful.

La Toque
Chef Ken Frank’s menu evolves constantly to show off each season’s finest ingredients from a network of local farmers and purveyors who supply the restaurant with some of the finest foods in the world.

Madrona Manor
Stylish, high-end cuisine in a cozy, old-world setting, which captures the rich culture of wine, food and nature inherent to the region.

Solbar
Executive Chef Brandon Sharp turns farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients into unique, flavorful and surprising dishes that reflect the best Napa Valley has to offer.

Terra
Chef-owner Hiro Sone wows patrons with his cross-cultural menus, presented in an enchantingly rustic retreat that suggests Tuscany.

Terrapin Creek
A casual neighborhood spot where friends and neighbors can gather to enjoy great local and international cuisine.

Read more: Get the Inside Scoop which lists all the Bay Area Michelin-ranked restaurants.

Bon Appétit.

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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Sip and Savor Sonoma County Cider

Consider the apple.  No other fruit is so simple yet so full of possibility. Sonoma County is at the heart of the Wine County, but also boasts a climate ripe for producing luscious apples. A handful of small-scale companies are making their mark and ushering in a new era of craft apple cider. As fall gets into full swing, and apple picking season wraps up, tap into the flavors of the season by sipping and savoring Sonoma County cider. Just a short journey from Mayacama are a few fantastic cider companies that are worth seeking out as the weather cools off and crisp evenings roll in.

Ace Cider: Established in 1993, Ace has been credited with helping pioneer the hard cider movement in the U.S. Like all cider, theirs is gluten free and has less calories than beer or wine. Using only the best eating apples for their juice and the top ingredients, their Award-Winning ciders are very pure, clean, and refreshing. Must try cider: Ace Perry Cider. Made from delicious apple and pear juices, this sweet cider is refreshing and light with bright fruit flavor.

Sonoma Cider: Press on. Sharing an entrepreneur’s curiosity and deep passion for beverages, father-son team David and Robert Cordtz set out in 2013 to reinvent the cider category. Together, they make Sonoma Cider anything but run of the mill. Their core series includes apple, pear and bourbon ciders, and they also release Limited Run series. Must try cider: The Anvil. Enjoy the flavors of apple and bourbon with a hint of smoke. Made from organic apples and spiked with a healthy measure of proprietary barrel-proof bourbon flavor, this cider is intense, alive and totally memorable.

Tilted Shed: Respect the craft. Revere the apples. Cider is beautiful! This husband-wife duo Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli started cultivating cider apples in 2011 out of an obsessive love for cider. They have planted 100 varieties of traditional cider apples and perry pears. Must try cider: January Barbecue Smoked Cider. Imagine drinking a brut champagne near a bonfire. This cider is best served in a white wine glass at no colder than 55 degrees to experience its aromatics. Pair it with aged and funky cheeses (e.g. Tumalo Classico, Pennyroyal Boont Corners, Point Reyes Blue).

Devoto Orchards Cider: Back in the ‘70s, Stan and Susan Devoto left Berkeley to plant heirloom apples, as well as flowers and micro-greens, on a family farm in Sebastopol. They decided to start making farmstead cider from the family apples in 2012 and the rest is history. Their lot includes traditional cider and hybrid dessert varieties, as well as heirloom apples like Sebastopol’s famous Gravenstein. Must try cider: Cidre Noir. The Arkansas Black, Black Twig, and Black Jonathan apples make up the backbone of the Noir. The Cidre Noir offers layers of ginger, licorice, and crisp green apple on the palate finished with an elegant tannic structure. This cider is best paired with rich, creamy dishes and local favorite – Cowgirl Creamery’s signature Mt. Tam cheese.

“To make the best cider, your family tree better be…well…an apple tree.” – Jolie Devoto, 2nd Generation Apple Farmer

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 866.393.1819 (toll free) or 707.569.2950 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Farm Fresh Finds

Sonoma County offers a wide variety of opportunities to explore local farms and ranches as you discover the roots of its agricultural bounty.  The local cuisine emphasis is on whole, fresh, traditional fare in its most natural state and can be found in many nearby restaurants, but if you enjoy gathering in the kitchen and creating something special, there’s no better place to shop for farm fresh ingredients.

Whether you’re looking for fresh garden to table recipes or stocking up on your weekly fruits and veggie haul, here are a few local farmers markets and farms to add to your jaunt, just a hop away from Mayacama:

Tierra Vegetable is a diversified 20-acre family farm in Santa Rosa that grows hundreds of different varieties of vegetables and some fruits in a sustainable manner. At the Tierra Vegetables Farm Stand, located inside the Big White Barn on the farm, they sell only locally grown and locally produced fruits and vegetables that are freshly picked, flavorful and nutritious, and of the highest quality possible.

Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market  was among the first in the state to become a certified market.  The market prides itself on showcasing the diversity of Sonoma County. Conveniently located at the nearby Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with easy parking and a chance to chat with the certified farmers and vendors directly, this market is open year-round two days each week (Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8:30am – 1pm) rain or shine!

Healdsburg Farmers’ Market has been trucking fresh, seasonal and sustainably-grown produce to town from farms since 1978. The Saturday market runs May – November from 9am to Noon at North and Vine Streets, just one block west of the Plaza. The Wednesday market runs 3:30pm – 6pm from June – October at Purity/Cerri Lot on North Street between Grove Street and Foss Street (across the street from the parking lot where the Saturday Market is held).

Windsor Certified Farmers Market features delicious Recipes Fresh From The Farm. The market is located in the Heart of Windsor on the Town Green at 701 McClelland Drive at Market Street. It is open Sundays from 10-1pm mid-April to mid-December and Thursday nights from 5-8pm mid-June through August.

Green String Farm is a sustainable farm in Petaluma that is focused on aiding natural processes to grow healthy and happy fruits and vegetables. The Farm Store is open every day from 10-5pm. You can also tour the farm to see the grounds, learn about soil improvement and responsible land stewardship. Public farm tours are hosted the first Saturday of every month at 12 noon, weather permitting.

Santa Rosa Community Farmers’ Market at the Veterans Building was voted best in Sonoma County by the Press Democrat readers. The market is located at 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa (across from the fairgrounds). This market is open Saturdays from 8:30am to 1pm and Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm – rain or shine!

 

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 866.393.1819 (toll free) or 707.569.2950 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.