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.

Photo Credit: SHED Facebook Page

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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Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams in October

Fall is a special time of year in Wine Country.  The changing of the seasons ushers in the harvest and the skies are alight with spectacular sunsets and sunrises throughout the region.  From local Mayacama experiences to a day trip through Wine County, we encourage those on Instagram to capture and share their Wine Country experiences with us.  Follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and the spectacular region we are fortunate to call “Home”.  The beauty of the region awaits so grab those phones and cameras and click away.

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

 

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Sunrise in Sonoma via @mikepucci_sonoma

 

 

 

 

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Monte Rio Beach on the Russian River via @lisa26june

 

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Clouds gather over the pumpkin patch at the Tolay Fall Festival via @sonomajules

 

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The rugged Sonoma Coast via @zsnugz

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Stormy sunset over Sonoma County via @jamesdaniel

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.

 

Spooktacular Fun in Wine Country

Fall is a special time in Wine Country.  The mornings have a crispness to them but the days are still comfortably warm.  It’s a great time to get outdoors and explore all the local, seasonal venues sure to put you in the Halloween “spirit”.

There are a number of seasonal pumpkin patches from which to choose your future carved masterpiece.  From working family farms to wineries, here are a few options for those looking to have some fun and create their own jack-o-lanterns.

Healdsburg
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. until dusk

Preston Organic Farm and Winery
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Santa Rosa
Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch
Thurs. and Fri. noon to 7:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sun. noon to 7:30 p.m.

Muelrath Ranches
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Punky’s Pumpkin Patch
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Santa Rosa Patch
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sebastopol
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Petaluma
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Peter Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now that we have the pumpkins covered, we need a few venues to celebrate this special time of year. Petaluma is the place to be, as they have two events sure to be a hit with the entire family.

During the month of October and into the first days of November, Petaluma celebrates El Día de los Muertos, a ritual celebration from México, Latin and South America in which the spirits of dead loved ones are invited to visit the living as honored guests.  The month long celebration has a few events you should put on your calendar:

Fine Art Exhibits and Altars throughout Petaluma
October 1st – November 2nd
Downtown Petaluma
Take a walking tour throughout downtown and view the many beautiful altars and artwork created by members of our community.

Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets
Saturday October 29th, 6:00 – 10:00
Starts at Water Street Bistro, 100 Petaluma Blvd. North, and ends up at Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 4th Street.
Festivities will include live music, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting, art and altars, and much more.

More information can be found on the El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma Facebook page.

Halloween Day celebrations begin early for the little ones.  Join over 60 participating Petaluma Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12.  Prepare for a hauntingly good time from 3 – 5:30pm on Monday October 31st.  There will be a map on their website the week before Halloween or you can just follow the orange and black balloons you’ll find around town. And when the sun goes down, it’s just a short walk to the residential Historic District where you will find a host of decorated homes and a very large gathering of trick-or-treaters.   D Street is the place to be on Halloween!

Happy Hauntings.

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

7 Sweet Destinations in Sonoma County

If you find yourself in search of something a little sweet or a date night dessert, don’t worry.  We’ve rounded up some of the finest destinations in Sonoma County sure to satisfy the most demanding sweet tooth.

Nestled in the small, quaint town of Forestville you will find a special dining experience. Backyard is a seasonal, sustainable restaurant drawing their inspiration from the bounties of Sonoma County.  Along with their amazing dinner and lunch menus, you will find dessert and brunch menus which include some tasty treats.   For weekend brunch you have to order the Bucket ‘o Doughnuts (pictured above), served with Santa Rosa Plum Jam, Cinnamon & Sugar. Simply delish!  On their dessert menu, try the Route 12 Strawberry Crumble with buttermilk sherbet;  you can thank us later.

Guerneville has a wonderful venue for those looking for sweets.  Located in the historic Guerneville Bank Club, you will find the handmade ice cream deliciousness that is Nimble & Finn’s;  they use organic dairy from local Straus Creamery, seasonal produce and housemade jams, cakes and candy in their inspired takes on classic flavors.  For those interested in baked goods, Chile Pies Baking Company doesn’t disappoint, offering handmade pies and other baked goods like cookies and cupcakes. Try the Green Chile Apple & Mexican Chocolate Pecan pies….delicious.

Take a sweet trip into the past and explore all that Powell’s Sweet Shoppe in Windsor has to offer. Powell’s Sweet Shoppes are a nostalgic recreation of the old-fashioned corner candy store offering customers treats they haven’t seen in years. They also offers ice cream, candy, and a variety of chocolate delicacies.  Grab a bag and start shopping.

Located in the historic Great Petaluma Mill, Wild Goat Bistro offers a casual dining experience in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The charming space reflects a European style bistro which serves up some of the best entrees and desserts in town.  Try the Ultimate Italian Lemon Cake, Everyone’s Favorite Carrot Cake or the Fig Lovers Spiced Cake…you won’t be disappointed.

Imagine Bananacake chocolate ganache and brown butter or Gravenstein apple cake with caramel drizzle. Are you hungry for more? These are both cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg. This popular sweet shop is also known for their French macaroons, cakes and other seasonal treats. Your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed with anything on their menu!

Screamin’ Mimi’s in Sebstopol is home to over 300 recipes of homemade ice cream and sorbet. Voted Sonoma County’s Best Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert every year since 1995, this local favorite has garnered national attention, being listed #4 Best Ice Cream in the US from USA Today, as well as making the list in Food & Wine Magazine’s Top Ice Cream Parlors in the US.  For a special ice cream treat, try the Mimi’s Mud or Deep Dark Secret. Yum!

Enjoy.

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

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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.

 

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