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October Events in Wine Country

Fall has arrived.  The temperatures are cooling as we say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to the harvest season. From Oktoberfests to Art Trails, fall festivals to half marathons, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of October.

Oktoberfest at Schug Winery (October 1)
Enjoy Oktoberfest in Wine Country.  Join Schug Winery for a festive day in Carneros as they celebrate this year’s grape harvest! Enjoy current release wines along with a few gems from the cellar and dine upon German food crafted by Chef Kristine Schug. Enjoy live music, enter raffles for adults and children, play the Bean Bag Toss, and check out the Photo Booth. Children can get a free pumpkin and play at the arts and crafts table. More information can be found here.

Sonoma County Art Trails (October 8-9, 15-16)
For two weekends in October, enjoy the abundance of creative talent Sonoma County has to offer by visiting the professional studios of the Art Trails artists. Along scenic corridors and country roads, visit the working studios which will be open to the public 10am to 5pm on each of those four days. More information can be found here.

Tolay Fall Festival (October 15-16, 22-23)
The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of seasonal family fun at beautiful Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. Enjoy a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch and explore a historic barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds of prey, and tide pool animals. Find your way through a straw maze, try farm crafts activities like candle-dipping and make corn husk dolls. Kids will also enjoy petting the farm animals. More information can be found here.

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner: Sunset at Cornerstone (October 16)
Experience the new home of Sunset Magazine’s test garden at Cornerstone in Sonoma.  Field to Vase Dinner guests are in for a treat, as Sunset garden editor, Johanna Silver, plays host to the special few in attendance. This extra-special Field to Vase Dinner will be held among the rows of flowers and foliage that make up Sunset’s test garden.  Guests will dine on a menu full of fresh-picked food from the garden and other local farms. More information can be found here.

Pinot on the River (October 23)
Pinot on the River is a celebration of Pinot Noir, held in the beautiful town of Healdsburg. Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers and enjoy limited production West Coast wines. The Pinot Noir Grand Tasting will boast over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon (October 29)
Run through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys in late October when the weather is ideal and the autumn-colored vineyards glow in the warm sunshine. This visually stunning course starts at Virginia Dare Winery and finishes on the expansive grounds of Trentadue Winery for the post-race Wine + Music Festival, presented by Alaska Airlines. Enter the costume contest, win wine awards for your age group, and enjoy wine-tasting, food, beer, exhibitors, live music and more! A 5K is also offered. More information can be found here.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (October 31)
Join the fun as Historic Downtown Petaluma transforms into a fun and safe Halloween for the entire family. Prepare for a frightening good time as 60 participating merchants partake in a little seasonal haunting from 3 – 5:30 p.m. as the scary, the cute and the creepy descend on this charming downtown!  More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region 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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Microadventure: Explore Guerneville

Looking for a little outdoor adventure?  Take a short trip West to the charming town of Guerneville.  Enjoy the rustic charm of this quaint town nestled amidst towering Redwoods, scenic river waters and a casual, carefree atmosphere.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family.

Guerneville has been a vacation getaway for San Francisco’s residents for quite some time; it’s small town charm and rustic setting is a welcomed change from the urban pace of the city by the Bay. Don’t be misled by Guerneville’s small town charm; it boasts a variety of resorts, trendy restaurants and wineries making it a regional destination hot spot.

9:00 – Arrive in Downtown Guerneville
Head to Big Bottom Market for a hearty breakfast and possibly to stock up on a few items for you to enjoy throughout the rest of the day.  They offer a Box Lunch which includes an artisan sandwich, tasty chips, house-made cookie and bottled water – perfect for a mid-day picnic.

10:00 – 12:00 – Explore Main Street
Explore historic stores and immerse yourself in the Guerneville cultural, a town rich in Sonoma County history.  Travel back to a simpler time as you walk the small downtown area experiencing all that this quaint town has to offer.

12:00 – 5:00 – Experience Redwoods, Rivers or Wine
Guerneville is known for its amazing scenery and there are a number of venues to explore while visiting this town.  Johnson’s Beach is a popular spot to experience the waterfront of the Russian River as it travels to it final destination, the Pacific Ocean at nearby Jenner.  Or head north 5 minutes and explore the majestic beauty of the 805-acre Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve.  The ancient coast redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet!  These remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

If wine tasting sounds better than a nature adventure, Guerneville doesn’t disappoint;  they have a large, regional winery presence, with more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive.  For a nice write-up of wine tasting in Guerneville, visit this site.

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
Time to head back into town and experience some great dining options for a town with a population under 5,000.  Main Street Bistro is Sonoma County’s longest running acoustic music venue which also serves up a variety of California Italian menu items. On Main Street you will also find popular restaurants such as casual 3 Alarm Grill, popular El Barrio Bar (known for their drinks but also has a small menu of dining options), Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner and modern California bistro, boon eat + drink, whose menu is comprised of small plates, salads, and seasonal main dishes – simple and tasty.

After dinner, head to the Guerneville Bank Club, a collective retail and art gallery space that features art shows, handcrafted pies, homemade ice cream, curated retail and a little bit of history compliments of the Russian River Historical Society.

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.

Image credit: Terry Morse on Flickr

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September Events in Wine Country

You can feel it in the air;  the seasons are beginning to change as we approach a new harvest season. From highly anticipated tomato, jazz and craft beer festivals to antique faires, there is something for everybody to enjoy during the month of September.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (September 2-4)
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs, all for a great cause. More information can be found here.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival (September 10-11)
Enjoy a two-day outdoor music festival surrounded by the beauty of the Russian River and towering redwoods as the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns to picturesque Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. More information can be found here.

The Avett Brothers (September 15)
Blending folk, bluegrass and southern rock, The Avett Brothers create songs that are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. Their dynamic live performance is a celebration of songs that sing to the heart and dance with the soul.  More information can be found here.

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival (September 17)
Experience regional craft brews along the historic Petaluma riverfront as twenty North Bay breweries showcase their craft beer specialties. Attendees will also enjoy local food bites as they sip local brews!  Admission includes a souvenir beer glass and tickets for beer and food tastings.  More information can be found here.

GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 5K (September 18)
Prior to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix 5K gives race fans, runners and walkers an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the incredible Sonoma landscape that surrounds the racetrack. The course includes rolling hills with spectacular views of the Sonoma Valley, the bay and of course, Sonoma Raceway.  More information can be found here.

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival (September 24)
The season’s most anticipated event, the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, showcases Sonoma County’s seasonal bounty. This full-day event features more than 150 varieties of heirloom tomatoes – grown in the Kendall-Jackson culinary gardens. Attendees will enjoy garden tours, exceptional wine and food pairings, wine and garden seminars, live music, and the ever popular Chef Challenge, featuring local celebrity chefs, and more. More information can be found here.

Petaluma Fall Antique Faire (September 25)
Join the fun as Historic Downtown Petaluma transforms into an antique marketplace where guests will find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 180 dealers. The show has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectibles to suit everyone’s budget.  More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region 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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Five Favorite Wine County Instagrams in August

From outdoor adventures to unforgettable evenings with family and friends, we encourage those on Instagram to showcase their Wine Country adventures with us.  Grab your phone and join the fun.  You can follow along with us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and the spectacular region we call home.  The beauty of the region awaits.

Here are a few recent instagrams which exemplify the Wine Country experience.

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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.

 

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August Events in Wine Country

Summer is in full swing so now is the time to get out and explore all that our region has to offer.   From music festivals to water carnivals, marathons to apple fairs, there is something for everyone to enjoy this August.

Petaluma Music Festival (Aug. 6 – 11:30am to 9:30pm)
The Petaluma Music Festival offers a variety of music for attendees of all ages.  Enjoy a diverse music venue while enjoying fine beers, premium wine tasting and specialty food vendors. Learn more here.

Sonoma County Blues Festival (SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park Aug. 7 – Opens at 1:00pm, begins at 2:00pm)
Enjoy an afternoon of blues in Wine Country. The Sonoma County Blues Festival returns with great music and a long history, which has included established acts as well as emerging artists in the blues world. This year features Sonny Landreth, recent winner of the Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist Guitar, award winning blues vocalist Janiva Magness, cutting edge bluesman Lightinin Malcolm and rising locals HowellDevine. Learn more here.

36th Annual Bodega Fire Big Event BBQ (Aug. 7 – 10:30am to 5:00pm)
Head towards the coast and experience a taste of small town charm at the 36th Annual Bodega Fire Big Event BBQ.  It’s a big day of family fun in the little town of Bodega! The Big Event begins with Sonoma County’s Shortest Parade at 10:30 a.m. followed from 10:45 a.m. until 5 p.m with live Country and Rock n Roll music along with BBQ chicken and tri-tip lunch served with salad, beans, and garlic bread.  Beer on tap, wine, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s will be available. There will also be kids’ games and craft vendors; this event is pet friendly and parking is free. All proceeds benefit Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Learn more here.

Gravenstein Apple Fair (Aug. 13 & 14 – 10:00am to 6:00pm)
The 43rd annual Gravenstein Apple Fair will be held under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Enjoy live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, contests and activities, and excellent local food, craft beer, cider, & wine. There will be plenty of kid-friendly events as well. Of course, Sebastopol’s famous heirloom Gravenstein apples will be celebrated and available in many delicious forms. Adults (ages 13 and over) $12; Children (ages 6 to 12) $8. Learn more here.

Healdsburg Water Carnival (Aug. 13 – 11:00am to 5:00pm)
Cool off on a warm, summer day at the Healdsburg Water Carnival.  Join the fun on the Russian River where you will experience Sonoma County’s only floating wine-barrel races, the Great American Rubber Duck Dash with cool prizes, children’s games as well as activities, live music, and delicious food prepared by local food truck chefs. The Wine Country fun takes place at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach! Get all the details here.

Taste of Petaluma (Aug. 20 – 11:30am to 4:00pm)
Explore the tastes and flavors on a culinary walking tour of Petaluma’s finest restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries and breweries. Sample Petaluma’s upscale food and art scene in one afternoon while you stroll through the historic downtown. Various entertainers will be performing.  Choose from 50 different participants, ready to tempt you with some incredible food and wines. Learn more here.

The Santa Rosa Full and Half Marathon and Downtown 5K and 10K  (Aug. 28 – 6:00am to 1:00pm)
The 8th annual Santa Rosa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K returns to Wine Country. The course starts in Juilliard Park and the first two miles run through scenic Downtown Santa Rosa. It is a flat, fast course that then continues along the scenic Prince Memorial Greenway. Mile 8 – 19 takes runners through beautiful West Sonoma County and runs through De Loach Vineyards and even their barrel room. The Post-Race Festival will be held at Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with food and fun for all, including a farmers market and kids’ activities. Relax after your run at the 3rd Annual Ready Set Growl Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Learn more about the race here.

So get outdoors and enjoy some summertime fun.

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

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Meet Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth

There is so much to do in Wine Country that sometimes deciding on a venue can be a daunting task.  That’s where the experienced team at Mayacama can help. The Concierge team has a wealth of local knowledge and is always willing to share their regional tips to ensure a great outing for you and your family. We recently asked Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth, to share some insight, as well as some of their local favorites, with us.

Describe what members enjoy most about being a part of the Mayacama Community:
I think what members really enjoy most is the variety of events that we have at Mayacama. From 1st Friday pours to our annual events such as Easter where all the departments work together to create a memorable experience for our members and their families.

What are 3 Sonoma County Wineries you would recommend members visit:
Chalk Hill Estates Vineyards, Lynmar Estate & Paradise Ridge Winery.

Chalk Hill Estate has more than 1,300 scenic acres and is devoted to vineyards, a hospitality center, culinary garden, stables and an equestrian pavilion. Chalk Hill offers tours & tastings, and a culinary tour, Horseback riding.

Lynmar Estate features a modern look. Its grounds include a sleek and elegant tasting room with clean lines and soaring overhead beams; an expansive courtyard with magnificent views of rolling vineyards and gardens, award winning chardonnay’s and pinot. Lynmar offers a 3 course farm to table lunch Thursday through Sunday (April-October).

Paradise Ridge Winery is known for having “the most beautiful view in Sonoma County.” Paradise Ridge also has an amazing outdoor art gallery at their property. Wednesday Evenings from mid-May through October, visitors are invited to enjoy wines, live music, local gourmet food vendors, all while enjoying spectacular panoramic sunsets from the winery’s expansive veranda and beautiful poetry terrace.

Outside of easy access to some of the most admired wineries and vineyards world-wide, what other reasons make Sonoma County a desirable location to enjoy?
Sonoma County is not only a destination for wine but it is also great for the kiddos. We have the Old Faithful Geyser, The Petrified Forest, zip line and sticker factory.

If you only had 48 hours to spend in the wine country, how would you spend them?:
The first day exploring Alexander Valley visit Alexander Valley Vineyards for a cave tour, Dry Creek Road and stop at Dry Creek General Store for picnic items and stop at Truett Hurst to taste and enjoy lunch, visit 32 Winds, our vintner member, and then finish the day in Healdsburg for cocktails and dinner.  Next day exploring the Sonoma coast. Take Westside road to Korbel for a tastings and to stop at their delicatessen and head to Armstrong Redwoods. Travel towards Jenner and Bodega Bay and stop at beaches along the way. If you are over at Bodega on Fri– Mon stop at Wild Flour Bread Bakery. A great little stop for coffee, pastries and garden.

Favorite Mayacama Menu item:
Fish tacos or pan fried chicken

Best SC breakfast spot:
Option 1: Costeaux Bakery – Order the: Croissant breakfast sandwich. Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, egg & cheddar cheese- yum! 
Option 2: Parish Café – Order the: Bananas Foster Pain Perdu or the beignets that are served all day!

Must see:
Safari West

Must do:
Green Music Center

Something you may not know about Mayacama:
Mayacama was once part of Charles Schulz’s (Peanuts cartoonist) 3000 acre property.

Best place to enjoy with your four-legged pal:
Dillion Beach

Favorite local event (outside of Mayacama):
Sonoma County Restaurant Week!

3 words to describe Mayacama:
Living the dream

Thanks, Angie and Loreen, for taking the time to share!

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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Learn to Surf at Stinson Beach

Looking for a great way to cool off this summer?  Then head to the beach and take some surfing lessons.  Whether you are new to surfing or just want to improve your skills, Stinson Beach Surfing Camp is the place to be.  Stinson Beach is just over 60 miles from Maycama and boasts some of California’s best surfing.

Owned and operated by Tommy Glavey, a life-long waterman, the surf camp provides instruction geared toward your skill level.  From newbies to advanced riders and everything in between, they offer you and your family an opportunity to enjoy this incredible sport all set to the majestic beauty of the Marin coast.

Group and private lessons are available. All gear is provided and includes surfboards, leashes, and wetsuits.  All you need to bring is yourself, a towel, sunscreen and some water to drink.  Lessons are scheduled based on mutual availability.

Surf Camp for Kids.  The surf school offers children and teenagers, ages 6-17 years old, summer surf camps where attendees gain lifelong positive memories and meet new friends all while learning water skills. The camp welcomes all skill levels as many repeat surfers return every year.

The experienced staff of local Marin surfers and lifeguards have years of open water experience and take students step by step into surfing in a safe environment. Their overall mission:  teach fundamental skills to help create knowledgeable surfers to keep surfing safe and fun for everyone! All staff is CPR and First Aid trained, and there is always a Certified Ocean Lifeguard on duty during camp sessions. General student to staff ratio is four to one (4:1).

So what can you expect at summer surf camp?  In the mornings surfers will stretch, warm-up and surf for about two hours. After surfing, camp attendees will eat lunch and relax in the shade. Before heading out again, they play beach games (soccer, football + more) for about thirty minutes, and once everyone is ready, the campers all go surf and swim for another two hours. Camp includes everything surfers will need including trained professional surf instructors, soft foam surf boards, wetsuits, rashguards, bottled water and camp t-shirts.  Campers should bring their own lunch or money for lunch.  All the details can be found on their website.

If your surfer is hungry after camp, there are a number of local dining spots which capture the flavor and spirit of Stinson Beach.  Some of the local favorites are Parkside Snack Bar, Siren Canteen, Breakers Café and Sand Dollar Restaurant.

So head to the beach and learn how to surf. It’s a great way to spend a summer day and a wonderful sport which captures the California spirit.

Looking to explore the simple art of surfing? From July 2 – September 25, 2016 the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art‘s entire space will be devoted to housing surfboards from all over the world. Pus, surf legends like Carl Ekstrom, Danny Hess, Bill “Stretch” Reidel, Christian Beamish, and Jon Wegener will make appearances. Read more about it here.

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

Photo credit: Stinson Beach Surfing Camp

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July Events in Wine Country

The weather is warming up and summer is here so it is time to get out and explore all that Wine Country has to offer.   Of course, Independence Day gets the highlight this month but there are other exciting and entertaining venues the whole family can enjoy this July.

Fireworks Over Bodega Bay (July 2)
Get a jump on Independence Day as Saturday night comes alive at the Sonoma Coast.  The spectacular, free firework display over the water is produced by Pyro Spectaculars and will start at dark (9:30PM) on Saturday, July 2.  The display can be seen from all around Bodega Bay.  More information can be found here.

Windsor Kaboom Independence Day (July 3)
Join the Town of Windsor as they celebrate our nation’s Independence Day on July 3 at Keiser Park in Windsor. With musical performances from McKenna Faith and Foreverland and all the food and fun your family could ask for, it’s the fireworks event you don’t want to miss! More information can be found here.

Small Town Family Fun on the 4th (Kenwood & Healdsburg)
Join the fun of an Independence Day parade as it marches through the cozy community of Kenwood.  The event showcases classic vehicles, music, bicycles, Uncle Sam and even well-dressed pets.  Start the day with an early 7AM pancake breakfast and/or a 7:30AM Kenwood 3k-10k Footrace. The Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and the route encircles Plaza Park. There will be a Rotary Club BBQ and Family Fun starting at Kenwood Plaza Park at 11:30AM. More information can be found here.

Enjoy the feel of small town America as friends and family gather on the Healdsburg High School Football Field. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics for a day of family fun which ends with a 40-minute fireworks show beginning at dusk.

There are so many Independence Day events in Wine Country that we can’t list them all.  Here is a nice resource page showcasing July 4th fun throughout the region.

All American Zin Day (Healdsburg – July 2)
Celebrate Independence Day at The 10th Annual All American Zin Day with some of the best Dry Creek Valley Zins along with great food.  Participating wineries include Kokomo, Mazzocco, Rued and Wilson Wineries. More information can be found here.

Cline Cellars Wine and Dixieland Jazz Festival (Sonoma – July 9)
Spend a summer’s day enjoying music by bands like Black Diamond Blue Five and the Jambalaya Big Swing Band while enjoying a glass of fine wine.  Wine, beer, and food are available for purchase and guests are welcome to bring a picnic. There will be event day wine specials. More information can be found here.

Fort Ross Festival (July 30)
This annual celebration showcases the rich and diverse culture of the region and features costumed historical re-enactments, historic crafts, music, dance as well as a multicultural food court, beer garden and more. More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region has to offer in the way of summertime fun.

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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Microadventure: Explore Bodega Bay

Looking for a local Microadventure the whole family will enjoy?  Then head to the rugged and picturesque Sonoma Coast and explore all that Bodega Bay has to offer.

Walk Along the Beach. Doran Region Park and Beach is a lovely strip of sand formed by the currents of Bodega Bay. It has a bay side, complete with clam flats and salt marsh where a wide variety of birds can be found as well as an ocean side which offers protected surfing, kayaking and swimming with modest waves most of the time.  The beach can get windy at times, so layering your clothes is highly recommended.

Take a Hike.  There are numerous trails in Bodega Bay to explore the coastline at its best.  Whether you explore the peninsula of Bodega Head or walk from Bodega Harbor to Pacific Ocean in the Bodega Dunes, there are a number of trails which allow for exploration, fun and adventure.  A list of local trails and adventures can be found here.

Watching Birds. Coastal Bodega Bay is famous as one of the best birding areas in the region;  the Sonoma Coast and Pacific Flyway offer a number of coastal birding hotspots year round for all levels.  Did you know?  Bodega Bay and the neighboring town of Bodega are famously remembered for their location in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. The Tides Wharf & Restaurant protected characters during the attack, but has expanded into a hotel complex since the film was made.  The iconic schoolhouse from the movie still stands in Bodega, but is a private residence today.

Dine on Local Food.  The region is famous for its fresh seafood, with clam chowder, fish and Dungeness crab (excellent this season) being the most popular items on menus. If you are looking for a more formal dining setting, visit The Duck Club, The Bluewater Bistro & Bar, The Tides Wharf and the casual yet elegant atmosphere of The Bay View Restaurant & Lounge.  More informal dining the whole family will enjoy can also be found throughout the town.  Try Lucas Wharf, Spud Point Crab Company, Fisherman’s Cove, The Bird’s Café, Fishetarian and finally The Dog House, for those seeking casual, non-seafood dining.

Relax and Unwind.  There are a number of spas where you can relax and rejuvenate during your trip to the coast.  The Bodega Bay Lodge offers a number of spa treatments, massages and facials.  Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa provides a full line of rejuvenating treatments as well.  And for those of you looking for a truly unique spa experience, you’ll want to schedule a treatment at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary  in nearby Freestone. It’s a short drive from Bodega but worth the effort, just take a look at the review by Yelper Taffie H. – “The most relaxed I’ve ever been! I highly recommend the “full experience”—cedar enzyme bath, facial and massage. Worth. Every. Penny. Be sure to leave extra time either before or after your treatment to spend some time in the gardens!”

If you have time, be sure to take in the end of the day as the sun sets on the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.  It’s hard to beat the entire sky lit up with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows; it’s a perfect ending to a perfect Microadventure.  So pack up the car and head to the coast for some regional fun in this truly unique and relaxing setting.  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.

Photo credit: Bodega Head Beach by Don DeBold on flickr

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June Events in Wine Country

The weather is warming up and summer is almost here, making it a great time to get out and explore Wine Country.  From concerts to art tours, lavender fields to hot air balloons, there is something for everyone in June.

Rodney Strong Vineyard Summer Concert Series
There’s no better way to enjoy a Wine County summer day than at Rodney Strong’s Summer Concert Series in Healdsburg. This popular music concert series draws large audiences from across the region and beyond.  Guests will find themselves surrounded by acres of beautiful vineyards providing a unique concert experience. Picnic on the winery’s luxurious greens while enjoying music from top performers such as Boney James, Smokey Robinson, Davis Sanborn and more. Runs June through September.

Art at the Source
Explore the art world of Wine Country at the Art at the Source Open Studio Tour.  Sebastopol Center for the Arts sponsors the 22nd annual open studio event the first two weekends in June. This is a great way to see and purchase fine art from hundreds of experienced and emerging artists, while traveling the scenic byways of western Sonoma County. This year’s tour will feature 135 artists at 87 studios, representing a number of disciplines including painting, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, fine jewelry, art glass, assemblage, woodwork, mosaic and photography. Runs June 4-5 & June 11-12 (Saturday and Sunday) from 10am–5pm.

Beerfest
Join the fun at the 25th Annual Beerfest celebration.  Beerfest is an extravaganza with more than 50 of Northern California’s best craft breweries featuring over 120 unique brews. VIP tickets holders will enjoy food pairings with specialty beers, plus our collectible mug. Benefits Face to Face, a local non-profit supporting the health and well-being of those living HIV/AIDS. Saturday, June 11 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
The annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic is a 2-day event where spectators can experience balloons up close, watch them launch, and even take tethered rides. Early risers can experience “Dawn Patrol”, the breathtaking sights as pilots use heat to fill their balloons. While the balloons fly overhead, the park will be host to food, music, and crafts vendors who turn out to serve spectators and enjoy the festivities. Keiser Park in Windsor the weekend of June 18th & 19th.

June is Lavender month in Wine Country, showcased by two local events. Sonoma Lavender in Kenwood is holding open house, offering U-Cut fresh lavender as well as a wide variety of lavender products.  No food is offered but there are many wineries and restaurants nearby. Runs the weekends of June 18-19 and 25-26.

Sip, smell and savor the beauty of Matanzas Creek’s exceptional wine portfolio and vibrant gardens at the Days of Wine & Lavender event.  Enjoy live music, delicious food and wine pairings, vineyard tours and open house at the Lavender Barn with sweeping views of gardens, vineyards and Taylor Mountain to the south. Must be 21 years or older to attend.  For more information visit their website. June 25.

So get outdoors and explore all that Wine Country has to offer in June.

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Photo credit: Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic