Local Love – Brewsters Beer Garden

Wine Country has an amazing and diverse food scene.  From formal to casual and everything in-between, there are a host of incredible dining options throughout the region.  It’s rare to find a new venue which is truly unique to the area;  Brewsters Beer Garden is that rare find.

Located in the Historic District of Downtown Petaluma, Brewsters Beer Garden was built for people who want more than just a good meal when they eat, they want a dining experience which offers a laid back and kid-friendly environment.  This open-air dining restaurant, whose cuisine is focused on technique-driven dishes influenced by Southern Carolina BBQ and a smattering of locally sourced and sustainably-raised Petaluma producers and ranchers, doesn’t disappoint and is truly a fun and memorable dining experience.  You can even bring Fido, as Brewsters is a dog-friendly restaurant.  It’s a great location for the new restaurant, as Petaluma is the center of the Craft Beer craze in Sonoma County.

Photo Credit: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Offering a seating capacity over 350, this new dining hotspot is the perfect balance of food and ambiance, as guests are treated to outdoor and covered seating in a historic setting, with the comforts of large heat lamps, fire pit, bocce court, children’s playground and live music stage. To complement this unique dining experience, they offer an array of over 30 revolving local craft beers on draft, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine, and a full selection of spirits and cocktails.

Menus changes daily but you can get an idea what they are serving up by perusing their menus here.  Here is a quick glimpse of some of their menu items.  From their Rotisserie and BBQ menu: 1/2 Smoked Chicken, Chopped Hog and Brisket.  Feeling hungry?  Try an item from their Large Plate menu; the King Salmon, with succotash and hollandaise or the Fried Chicken, with buttermilk biscuits, country gravy and swiss chard both sound delicious.  They also have small menu items, sandwiches, salads and a kid’s menu.  Brewsters is open T-FRI 5pm-close / S + S 11:00am-close.

Photo Credit: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Although Brewsters is relatively new to the Wine Country food scene, the reviews are coming in and people like what they are serving up in Petaluma.  Take a look at the following reviews from their Facebook Page:

This place is beautiful! Constructed perfectly with class! You are outdoors but it is comfortably heated complete with a gorgeous fire pit! Nice band and dance area. Fun play area for little ones and a Bocce court. The kitchen is open and quite large. I was amazed by the beauty and comfort. The owners are very sweet and proud as they should be! I wish you nothing but success. – Sue Beavers

Warm friendly staff, to go along with the surprisingly warm heaters made for a lovely December evening. Food was top notch, ribs were so very good, desserts were incredible. Goat cheesecake, and buttermilk pie were enjoyed by all. We are excited to have such an exceptional outdoor dining establishment in Petaluma and look forward to our next visit!! – Berkley Sturgeon

Awesome space with a comfortable industrial vibe; great fit for downtown Petaluma. Kids’ play area, bocce ball court; dog friendly – excellent food, great bar. Winner! – Cyn Cady

So next time you find yourself in Downtown Petaluma, stop by Brewsters Beer Garden for a great time and delicious meal too.

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: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Get Cozy at these Wine Country Restaurants

Winter months bring a chill to the air so how does one get a feeling of warmth while dining in Wine Country?  It’s easy really; just head to these local restaurants which offer the relaxing warmth, sounds and aroma of crackling wood fires on a cool winter day. Whether you are enjoying the ambiance of a blazing fireplace or partaking in the delicious treats cooked up in a wood-burning oven, the warm atmosphere offered by both is a welcome and inviting setting for you and your family.

Campo Fina, Healdsburg
Enjoy authentic, rustic Italian food all set in a comfortable, casual setting which includes a wood-burning oven on the back patio. Try the Wood-fired Pork Belly Pizza with pork belly, parmigiano, marscapone, brusells sprouts, leeks, garlic & black pepper.

Cafe Citti, Kenwood
While wood-burning ovens fire your pizza, relax at this casual, locals’ hangout anchored by a fireplace to warm you on cool days.  Not in the mood for pizza?  Try one of their specialty pastas.  You can’t go wrong with the Gnocchi, Luca’s house made potato dumplings served with your choice of Meat sauce, Marinara sauce or Pesto sauce or the Ravioli alla Citti- Luca’s house made ravioli filled with pork, swiss chard and fresh herbs, served in a light tomato and basil cream sauce.

Rosso Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar, Petaluma and Santa Rosa
Enjoy rustic Italian food created from fresh, organic, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The Tuscan wood-burning oven gives you the true Neapolitan style of crisp, yeasty, wood-fired pizza. The wine bar boasts over 100 wines from around the world to pair with one of the best pizzas in Sonoma County. Add the Capo salad (local arugula, oven roasted artichokes, shaved grana padano and whole lemon vinaigrette) with your pizza for an unforgettable and delicious dining experience.

Central Market, Petaluma
The perfect setting for a gathering of friends and family, this popular Petaluma restaurant offers farm-to-fork Californian-Mediterranean fare and wine pairings served up in a casual, loft-like bistro, with bread baked daily in its wood-fired oven. From the Wood Grill section of the dinner menu, try the Mary’s Chicken Breast with soft polenta and roasted mushrooms or the Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak served with Diablo butter and Kennebec fries.

Stark’s Steak & Seafood, Santa Rosa
Located a few blocks from Historic Railroad Square, this Santa Rosa establishment serves up some of Sonoma’s best steaks and seafood. Enjoy your meal in the front room with its roaring fireplace and popular bar, or the more formal dining room.  Either way you’ll experience some of the best dining in Wine Country.  Try the Bacon wrapped 10 oz. filet mignon with the whole grain mustard bearnaise;  it’s simply delicious.

Monti’s, Santa Rosa
Monti’s is a popular choice for contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to nightly specials from the large wood-fired rotisserie, there are small and big plates featuring fresh local meats and seasonal produce.  Their “Off the Rotisserie” menu items change daily but offer such dishes as Honey glazed Neiman Ranch St. Louis spare ribs and Suckling pig served with sage polenta, smoked pearl onion and swiss chard.

Vignette, Sebastopol
The wood-burning oven is blazing at this delightful spot situated in The Barlow.  Vignette serves up delicious Neapolitan pizza made with love & true artisan intentions.  All pizzas are baked in a wood fire oven at 850 degrees, producing a lightly charred tender crust and topped with the highest quality, local organic ingredients. Choose from a variety of menu items from their Pizze Classiche and Pizze Moderne categories.

So remember to bundle up and enjoy all the warmth 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.

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January Events in Wine Country

If one of your resolutions is to experience more local adventures, you’ve come to the right place.  Wine Country has a number of events to kick off 2017.  From nature hikes to crab feeds, beer and wine festivals to live performances, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of January.

Free Hike Day (January 1)
Start the New Year on the right foot! Jack London State Historic Park will offer its fourth annual First Day Hike, part of a collaborative national fitness event with California State Parks. The First Day Hike is a fun and healthy way to kick off the New Year with an active start and is the first in a series of Fitness Hikes at the Park for 2017.  More information can be found here.

Crab Feed (January 13)
Feast on the local harvest at the 32nd Annual Crab Feed at The Tides Wharf in Bodega Bay. Price includes chilled Dungeness crab, clam chowder, pasta, green salad, French bread, cocktail and mustard sauces, melted butter. Reservations are strongly encouraged. More information can be found here.

Winter WINEland (January 14-15)
Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines and new releases at the 25th Annual Winter WINEland. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend. Ticket price will include wine tasting at all of the participating wineries for the weekend as attendees travel from winery to winery, visiting the ones of most interest. More than 140 wineries will be participating in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. Winter WINEland sells out, no ticket sales at the door. Advance ticket sales end Jan. 9, 2017. More information can be found here.

The Peking Acrobats (January 17)
This incredible show is back by popular demand! Don’t miss the awe-inspiring theatrical experience featuring China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, gymnasts with live musical accompaniment. More information can be found here.

RateBeer World’s Best Beer Festival (January 28-29)
Widely regarded as a top three beer event in the world, RateBeer World’s Best Beer Festival will offer an amazing beer list from the world’s most sought after breweries.  The RateBeer Best Festival on Saturday, January 28 is held in a private hangar at Santa Rosa Airport as brewers from over 34 of the world’s top breweries pour their own beers. Food items from Sonoma County food vendors will be available for purchase.  More information can be found here.

Annual Chowder Day (January 28)
Enjoy the beauty of the coast in winter at Chowder Day in Bodega Bay offers a culinary tour of town. Spend the day tasting chowder and meeting the chefs. If you visit all the stops and you’re eligible for an entry in a prize drawing! You definitely won’t leave Bodega Bay hungry! Tickets are available pre-sale only. Tastings start at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., completed by 3 p.m. More information can be found here.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Joseph Kalichstein, piano | Jaime Laredo, violin | Sharon Robinson, cello (January 29)
For nearly forty years, pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson have garnered numerous awards and set the standard for performance of piano trio. The Washington Post writes, “Among the superstars of the chamber music world, few induce as much open-mouthed rapture as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.” More information can be found here.

Looks like we are off to a great start in 2017!

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 Instagrams in December

As we transitions from fall to winter, we feel fortunate to reside in Wine Country, with its beautiful  scenery and moderate weather, making where we live a truly unique experience.  From weddings and events to a round or two of golf, members and guests alike continue to capture and share their Mayacama adventures. 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 and share your experiences.

Here are a few Mayacama Instagrams which caught our eye this December.

Good morning Wine Country via @snowblower_15

 

On my morning run I had some visitors, Mama deer and her babies via @bodybycarrie

 

Wedding Ceremony at Mayacama via @iqvideography

 

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The most beautiful couple and their incredibly gorgeous wedding via @soeventful

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 Cloverdale

Looking for a day trip in Wine Country?  Take a short trip North to the town of Cloverdale.  Enjoy the warm and inviting charm of this quaint, small town.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family to explore and embrace all that Wine Country has to offer. Located a short 18 miles north of Healdsburg the small community of Cloverdale is often overlooked but still boasts charm and character, offering a nice microadventure for you and your family to enjoy.

9:00 – Arrive in Downtown Cloverdale
Head to Plank Coffee (227 N Cloverdale Blvd) for your favorite caffeinated beverage and baked good to start your day.  Get cozy in one of the large leather chairs and take some time to enjoy your beverage and unwind in a town known for its relaxed and casual attitude.  One Facebook reviewer had this to say about Plank Coffee: ‘The baristas and staff who take my orders are always so welcoming and friendly. Great service, delicious pastries and the best organic coffee and teas. If you like cinnamon, must try the Cinnabang coffee drink!’

10:30 – 12:00 – Explore the Retail Scene
Specializing in one-of-a-kind vintage industrial and mid-century pieces, 14feet. (229 N Cloverdale Blvd) is a sophisticated and elegant home and gift store where you will find a perfect gift for friends, family or even yourself.  They offer relaxing bath and body products as well as home decor items, furniture and kitchen items too.  Enjoy a wonderfully curated retail experience at this eclectic shop.  Nearby Bolt Fabric + Home (219 N Cloverdale Blvd) offers an exciting mix of home decor to blend with high quality quilting fabrics adding a dimension that few fabric stores can boast.

12:00 – 5:00 – Experience Cloverdale
Explore the Past. Explore Cloverdale’s history at the Gould-Shaw House Museum, an authentic 1870s Gothic Revival Cottage, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The adjacent 2,000-square-foot History Center houses a vast artifact collection of the Cloverdale Historical Society.

Experience the Art. Cloverdale, in partnership with nearby Geyserville, has created a trail of high quality outdoor sculptures to peruse. New sculptures are installed each May, and stay in place for a year, when the next set of artworks is put in place.  A total of 34 sculptures are in place for 2016-17.

Taste the Region.  Cloverdale makes a great start for visiting unique tasting rooms in the nearby Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Plan your trip with a little help from Sonomacounty.com.

Enjoy the Thrill.  For those seeking the ultimate outdoor experience, head to NorCal Skydiving  and experience the adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places in the world. When you jump from more than two miles up, you’ll be falling at 120 mph toward the Russian River which snakes through the Alexander Valley… an unforgettable experience!

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
Head back into town and experience some great dining options in this small town packed with so much charm. One recommendation is Savvy on First. Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, with Potato Salad and Pickled Vegetables or the Grilled Spiced Pork Tenderloin, with Ancho BBQ Sauce, White Bean Garlic Puree and Summer Vegetable Succotash. If you are craving Italian, head to Piacére. Try the Gnocchi “Piacére”, House potato ‘dumplings’ in a fresh tomato and light cream sauce combined, or the Chicken Veneziana, Breast of chicken with artichoke and mushrooms in a light marsala sauce. If you find yourself with a hearty appetite after your eventful day,  stop by Hamburger Ranch & Bar-B-Que and try the Baby Back Ribs or Brisket Plate.  You won’t be disappointed.

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

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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December Events in Wine Country

As the region transitions from fall to winter, the Wine Country events calendar doesn’t disappoint.  From Santa Runs to holiday open houses, boat parades to holiday performance, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of December.

Dining Out For Life (December 1)
Famous for its incredible food scene, it should take little prompting to dine out at 90 amazing eateries on Thursday, December 1, with 25–50% of your purchase going directly to Food For Thought’s life-giving medically tailored meals and nutritional programs. More information can be found here.

Santa Rosa Santa Run (December 3)
Celebrate the holidays as the Santa Rosa Santa Run offers a day of fun for the whole family with a 5k Run/Walk (timed) and Merry Mile (not timed), and a festive finish in Downtown Santa Rosa with cookies, milk, music and snow.  All participants are encouraged to dress up as Santa Claus (one Santa suit is provided per registration entry) or one of your favorite holiday characters or traditions. Costume ideas include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidels, menorahs, ornaments, trees, and candlesticks. More information can be found here.

Luther Burbank Home and Garden Holiday Open House (December 3-4)
Enjoy a 37-year tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. More information can be found here.

Christmas at The Mission (December 10)
Experience The Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma as it may have looked centuries ago. Sing Christmas carols and enjoy the Mission and Barracks lit by luminaries. Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event and there is no charge but donations are encouraged. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Holiday Party (December 11)
The Wilhelm family would like to sincerely thank you for your active Club participation throughout the year by inviting members to our annual Holiday Party at the Club. You and your family will enjoy a festive open house of casual mingling with fellow Members, music, lots of sweet and savory nibbles, passed hors d’oeuvres, amazing wine, festive cocktails, and photo opportunities galore. We will have holiday crafts and ornaments to decorate allowing kiddies to show off their artistic side and Gingerbread House Decorating. Members may click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Wine’s Night Out (December 14)
Learn about wine by tasting it and meeting the fun people behind the brands. You’ll have the perfect opportunity to enjoy wine tasting after work when the tasting rooms come to town! At one convenient place, learn about and taste a variety of award-winning Sonoma County wine.  More information can be found here.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 17)
Watch a magical parade of beautifully decorated boats stream into the Petaluma River Turning Basin in the heart of historic downtown Petaluma.  After the show, be sure to check out the City of Lights Driving Tour, a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses throughout Petaluma. Maps are available through the Petaluma Visitors Center. More information can be found here.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (December 18)
The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. More information can be found here.

Dave Koz Christmas Tour (December 20)
Saxophonist Dave Koz is one of the most recognizable and acclaimed figures in contemporary jazz. Joining him for this holiday spectacular are R&B superstars Valerie Simpson, Jonathan Butler, and Kenny Lattimore. . More information can be found here.

First Annual Bubble Ball (December 31)
The Bay Area’s premier New Years Eve Gala featuring Wonderbread 5, Kingsborough, and The Pat Jordan Band, your favorite local food, wine, beer and champagne and many exciting surprises throughout the night.  More information can be found here.

Enjoy the holiday season in Wine Country as we usher in the New Year!

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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Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams in November

As the weather cools and fall settles upon Wine Country, we encourage those on Instagram to capture and share their regional experiences with us.  Follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this spectacular region.  There is beauty all around so grab those phones and cameras and click away.

Here are a few regional Instagrams which caught our eye this November.  They really capture the essence of Wine Country….great shots all!

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“Lord Snort”, by Bryan Tedrick, at Soda Rock Winery via @lydffl8

 

 

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Sunset over Sonoma County via @ndstern

 

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Wine Country wakes up to another fall day via @thelotusfeed

 

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Saying “Goodbye” to the colors of fall via @velorso

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Sonoma lights up this time of year via @foodaperture

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.

 

Head to Healdsburg’s SHED

In search of one of the most unique shopping experiences in Wine Country?  Head north to nearby Healdsburg and experience all that SHED has to offer.

Winner of a 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design, SHED is a local food-focused outfit hosting a market, café, and community gathering space. This modern grange, located at 25 North Street, reflects the best of the local farming culture, delivering a seasonally curated selection of workshops, wares, and freshly prepared foods.

SHED Café. The café brings together responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking, and flavorful food in an open kitchen featuring a wood-burning oven and house-made products. The à la carte and a prix-fixe menus change daily, inspired by what’s in season. Diners can expect a selection of à la carte savory dishes for sharing. The prix-fixe offering is “Let Us Cook,” a chef-led, four-course dinner experience.

Coffee Bar. Featuring espresso, blends, and single-origin coffees as well as a full range of house-made pastries, fresh natural juice options, breakfast tartines, daily sandwiches, and homemade ice cream in a full palette of seasonal flavors.

Fermentation Bar. Choose from house-made kombucha and kefir water or try one of the Shrubs. An old-fashioned refresher once common for slaking a farmer’s thirst, the SHED unique house made Shrubs are composed from vinegars, as well as fresh herbs and seasonal fruit. They also offer an innovative tap wine program, beer, hard cider, honey mead, and natural sodas.

More than food.  SHED celebrates and nurtures the connection between good farming, good cooking, and good eating with a variety of culinary and lifestyle events throughout the year.  Here are a few upcoming events at SHED:

PomPom Party! on Dec 2, 2016 from 6-8pm.

Sparkling Wine and Cheese with Janet Fletcher on Dec 3, 2016 from 1-3pm.

Craft Your Own Herb-Based Gifts on Dec 4, 2016 from 10:30am-12pm.

Oyster Tasting with Chef Perry on Dec 4, 2016 from 3-4:30pm.

Making Merry on Dec 4, 2016 from 10am-5pm.

Fibershed Pop-Up at SHED on Dec 11, 2016 from 11am-5pm.

Taste of Place: Champagne! on Dec 15, 2016 from 6-9pm.

Kitchen Garden Series with the American Garden School: Course I on Jan 21, 2017 from 2-5pm.

Herbal Wellness for the New Year on Jan 22, 2017 from 1-3:30pm.

Yelpers agree, SHED is a unique and captivating Wine Country experience not to be missed.

It’s really amazing when someone takes a chance on doing something unconventional like this. I am impressed by their courage in creating such a new concept. The multi-functional space is themed around anything and everything involving good food.  The end result of walking around inside the space is difficult to describe. It’s like you’re in a little open food village. Shop for food / kitchen supplies and gifts, get food that is already prepared and ready to eat, get groceries (best quality stuff!), have a coffee, have a glass of wine. Honestly, it blew my mind. I felt like a little kid in a candy shop running around checking out all the amazing, delicious, interesting sights. – Alex G.

I was passing through town and stopped at the Visitor’s Center, which turned out to be the local Chamber of Commerce. I asked for a recommendation on a good place for a vegan-friendly lunch. A nice lady recommended The SHED. I’m sure glad she did.  Turns out the SHED is a delight to all your senses! It’s a place where you can bite into some of nature’s treats, pick up some gardening supplies, find a new kitchen tool, stock up on some fresh gourmet food, and get a coffee to go . . . all in one trip.  I had a salad and tisane hibiscus tea. It was a divine lunch in a heavenly outdoor setting! It was an all-around rejuvenating experience. We need a “modern grange” like this in every town! I’m happy to help spread the good news about this place where you can eat, shop, gather and learn! – Lorraine H.

So head north to Healdsburg and experience the best of Wine Country; it’s a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends alike!

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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12 Things to Do in Wine Country This Winter

Winter days in the Wine Country are often bright and crisp. This temperate and comfortable weather allows for a number of events during these months. Cozy up fireside with a glass of wine or bundle up and venture out with us for winter in the Wine Country as we share a dozen or so things to do.

Cave Wine Tasting Tour:
The Unleash the Beast wine tasting tour is a 60-minute magical tour taking you deep into the Bella Vineyards wine caves, where you will learn the science and art of aging wine. Your tour guide will take you through a sensory station and reveal Bella’s dark secrets as you savor vineyard designate wines and finishing with a monster zin, affectionately named The Beast.

Champagne Tours:
Discover Sonoma County’s hidden champagne cellars and toast to life with some great bubbly along the way. Reserve your Sonoma Champagne Tour today.

Korbel Winery offers a 50-minute tour through their historic champagne cellars and history museum, ending with a tasting of fine products. Winter tours run from November 1 through March 31, daily at 11am, 12, 1, 2 and 3pm.

Culinary Classes:
Hands on Cheese Making Class with Award Winning Cheese Maker on January 8 from 1-3pm. Learn how to craft a fresh, warm ricotta cheese that is ready to serve and enjoy within 90 minutes.

Head to the SHED:
The SHED in Healdsburg is a local food-focused outfit hosting a market, cafe and community gathering space. Here are a few upcoming events at the SHED to keep your social calendar full this late fall/winter:

Craft Your Own Herb-Based Gifts on Dec 4, 2016 from 10:30am-12pm.

Taste of Place with Valkyrie Selections on Dec 15, 2016 from 6-9pm.

Kitchen Garden Series with the American Garden School: Course I on Jan 21, 2017 from 2-5pm.

Herbal Wellness for the New Year on Jan 22, 2017 from 1-3:30pm.

More Local Events:

Guerneville Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting on December 1, 2016 from 4-8pm. Celebrate the season with food, drinks, shopping, joyful caroling, and more. Tree lighting will be at 7pm.

Wine Country Winter Festival on December 3-4. Indulge in excellent Art & Craft, Entertainment, Wines, Beers and Spirits, Food, and Holiday Delights!

Winter Workshops at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County from December 26, 2016-January 6, 2017. Each workshop is full of hands-on activities and winter experiments. From building forts, creating snow-slime, crafting gingerbread houses and making a New Year’s Eve popper—your child will have a blast.

– The 25th Annual Winter WINEland returns to Wine Country along Wine Road on the weekend of January 14-15. Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases and library wines – perfect for every wine lover in your life.

Don Landis’ Olive Odyssey at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on Saturday, February 11 from 11am-4pm. An olive lover’s extravaganza! The world of the olive comes alive in art, olives, oils and more.

There’s plenty of activities both onsite and off during your winter stay at Mayacama, so save some dates and load up your calendar and enjoy the winter holiday season in Wine Country; there is nothing quite like it.

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.

November Events in Wine Country

Fall is in full swing as we transition from harvest festivals to the holiday season. From film festivals to lighting ceremonies, open studios to international holiday traditions, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of November.

Ramen Night (November 2)
Join Studio D in Sonoma for RAMEN on Wednesday nights (beginning November 2nd) from 5 – 7:30!  For just $20, the menu includes your choice of a cucumber or mung bean sprout salad, a bowl of one of our four ramens, and a dessert from Donny.  Beer, Wine & Sake Available for $5.  More information can be found here.

Jack London Classic Film Festival (November 3-5)
Jack London State Historic Park and the Sonoma Community Center will mark their mutual 2016 Centennial Celebrations with the presentation of the Jack London Classic Film Fest. The festival will feature screenings of Call of the Wild (1935) starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young, Sea Wolf (1941) starring Edward G. Robinson and Ida Lupino and White Fang (1991) starring Ethan Hawk. The three-day festival experience features themed dinners, receptions and celebrity speakers. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member First Friday Pour: Thanksgiving Wines (November 4)
Our November First Friday will feature our recommendations for Holiday Wines. We see most magazines and newspapers touting the same old wines that really don’t pair well with turkey, cranberry sauce or gravy. We will taste Picpoul, Torrontes, Albarino, and real Beaujolais (not the Beaujolais Nouveau that taste like candy and does not age).These wines have been tested over the years and chosen by wine lovers when paired with holiday fare. Please join us from 5:30 to 6:30 Friday, for a great tasting. Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Wine and Food Affair (November 5-6)
Wine & Food Affair is the premier event for Wine Road Sonoma County!  Experience a weekend of Wine & Food pairings in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. All of the wineries participating will have a favorite winery recipe which they will prepare both days for you to sample, along with the perfect wine. This event does sell out, so get your tickets today. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Wreath Making Class (November 6)
Create a beautiful holiday wreath with Jerry from Green Valley Growers while sipping on delicious wine and snacking on light appetizers from 2-5pm. $40 Flowers/Materials and $20++ Wine and Light Appetizers. Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Veterans Day Parade (November 11)
Vintage war birds and sleek air racers fly over to Petaluma on Nov. 11 to take part in what has been called the “largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.” Watch as veterans, the US Air Force Band of the West, Clydesdales, and more parade proudly through the streets of Petaluma. Music in the gazebo starts the festivities at noon and the parade begins at 1:00 and festivities conclude at Walnut Park with a program at 2:45. More information can be found here.

Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza (November 12)
Celebrate the fourth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza on Saturday, November 12. Enjoy 8-acres of 100k+ sparkling lights + music + holiday treats!! Free to the public and family friendly. Music starts at 5pm, with performances starting at 5:45pm. More information can be found here.

Atelier One Open Studio (November 12-13)
Atelier One invites visitors for a rare opportunity to see new work and meet the artists, 16 accomplished painters, printers, sculptors, photographers, and other creatives. Enjoy informative talks, activities and just plain fun. Runs Nov. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Dinner Dance Party (November 19)
Join us in the Living Room between 6 -7:00pm to enjoy Hog Island Oysters & Caviar + Sushi with Ken Tominaga of Hana Japanese Restaurant & Pabu.  Champagne, frozen vodka, plus specialty drinks such as Manhattans, Martinis, Rob Roys and Gimlets will be served.

From 7-8:30pm guests are invited to dine at a Family style dinner created by Chef Scott Pikey.

Menu Teaser:
Autumn Salad
Kale, Fall Fruits, Pickled Onions, Almonds
Roasted Pumpkin & Seeds
Dates, Pomegranate, Crispy Oats, Red Wine Syrup
Grilled New York Steak
Duck Fat Potatoes, Charred Onions, Bordelaise

Sweet Treats & After Dinner Cocktails
Irish Coffee, Kioki Coffee, Grasshoppers, or  Brandy Alexander

Between 8-10pm members are invited to join us in the Living Room for music & dancing with the David Howard Seven Piece Band.
$150pp++Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Mayacama Member Thanksgiving Feast (November 24)
We are all thankful to be a part of this great Club and we hope you will bring your family and friends to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration. Select a seating time and make reservations now for a terrific seasonal spread between 2:30-4:45pm. Register early!

Alexander Valley Holiday Open House (November 25)
Enjoy the holidays in Wine Country.  Join eight wineries in the beautiful Alexander Valley for a day of award-winning wines, food and wine pairings, festive fare, shopping for unique wine country gifts! Participating wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Medlock Ames Winery, Field Stone Winery & VineyardsHanna Vineyards & Winery, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Soda Rock Winery and deLorimier Winery. More information can be found here.

Cirque de Bohème (November 25-27)
Enjoy a French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. Le Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder. World class performers include a Unicycle, Hand to Hand Acrobats, Static Trapeze, Tight-Rop Funambule, Hand Chairs Balancing, Hooper Aerialist and more. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Fall Release Party (November 26)
Our Seventh Annual Fall Release Party is just around the corner.  Join us in our wine cave from 4-8:30pm to taste new releases and club favorites.  A fall wine offer will be available and the tasting is followed by our “Bounty of the County” buffet.  Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Enjoy the holiday season in Wine Country; there is nothing quite like it.

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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