December Events in Wine Country

The last month of 2017 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to local events.  From crab feeds to Holiday concerts, Santa runs to lighting ceremonies, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of December in Wine Country.

Annual Lighting of the Snowmen Festival (December 2)
This year, the Lighting of the Snowmen kicks off with a festival and actual lighting on December 2nd and the display will remain up through the end of December for all to enjoy!  This Cornerstone classic will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive decorations and more! More information can be found here.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus “Home for the Holidays” – A Benefit for Face to Face (December 2)
“Home For The Holidays” is an incredible holiday celebration, full of humor, personality, and gorgeous choral music. SFGMC’s performance features classic holiday favorites, alongside some new works that are sure to warm your heart and get you in the festive mood.Net proceeds support F2F’s mission of ending HIV in Sonoma County while also caring for clients affected by the recent firestorms. More information can be found here.

17th Annual Windsor Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting (December 7)
Begin your holiday season with graceful horse-drawn carriages, music fun and even a visit from Santa, all at Windsor Town Green. More information can be found here.

Santa Rosa SantaCon (December 9)
Grab your Santa hat and get as festive as you want as we support local businesses and continue to raise money for fire victims across Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

Oyster Shucking Workshop at SHED (December 9)
Explore the wonderful world of oysters with our chef and culinary educator in this oyster tasting and shucking demonstration. You’ll learn about the history, flavor profile, and preparation of oysters and why they make the perfect appetizer for your holiday gathering. More information can be found here.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 9)
A flotilla of decorated boats make a spectacular arrival at the Petaluma River Turning Basin in the heart of historic downtown; Arriving about 6:15pm. More information can be found here.

Tides Wharf Crab Feed Series (December 15)
The Annual Crab Feed Series at The Tides Wharf Restaurant in Bodega Bay features chilled Dungeness crab, cocktail sauce, drawn butter, Tides’ mustard sauce, clam chowder, pasta, green salad, and French bread. Reservations are recommended.  A Sonoma County tradition.  More information can be found here.

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Concert with David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White (December 17)
This year’s 20th anniversary tour promises to be extra-special, reuniting Koz with two members of the original lineup – David Benoit and Peter White – and Rick Braun, a guest on many of Dave’s holiday jaunts, dating back to the early years. Newcomer Selina Albright will also join in the festivities. Together, the five remarkable artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs.  More information can be found here.

Christmas Eve Dinner at John Ash & Co. (December 24)
Make local plans for this Christmas Eve. Executive Chef Tom Schmidt has prepared a festive menu of seasonal cuisine and libations.  More information can be found here.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (December 31)
Ring in the New Year with hands-on crafts for kids, Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon drops at Noon, and root beer toasts at Noon and 3:00 pm! Great fun for the little ones before the adults head out for the evening. More information can be found here.

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018 to all.

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 Fall Instagrams

Fall is a special time of year in Wine Country as harvests are collected in preparation for the coming winter months. Now, more than ever, is a great time to get out, explore all of the natural beauty and help support the local businesses throughout the region.  The weather is crisp and clear and the vibrant colors are memorizing.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye for Fall.

The beauty of Country living in Sonoma County via @paulterrell5830

Harvest Highway Sonoma County via @csharrison

In Wine Country with the Duetto via @bella.macchina

 

Capturing the beauty of the region via @capturesbycasares

 

Sonoma County sunset via @zingibertea

Share your own adventures with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. 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.

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.


 

Explore McEvoy Ranch

Wine County is best known for its grapes, but it is also home to a variety of other crops. Olives are very popular in the region and thrive in our various microclimates;  when the discussion turns to olives and harvesting all of their deliciousness, one name, McEvoy Ranch, will surely be the topic of conversation.

A little background.  With a renegade approach and love of Tuscan olive oil, McEvoy Ranch Founder, Nan McEvoy, purchased a gorgeous 550-acre sprawling ranch in West Marin County and  engaged Dr. Maurizio Castelli, a leading authority on agriculture, to recommend the best olive varieties for the unique setting. Fast-forward twenty years and McEvoy Ranch is one of the preeminent leaders in certified organic, extra virgin olive oil and is a a favorite of chefs, at home and in restaurants, who favor the farm-to-table approach.

To maintain a healthy balance with the natural surroundings only 15% of the acreage is planted. This purposeful strategy aligns with their strong commitment to ensure they provide good land stewardship for the olive orchards, grape vineyards, and other fruits, vegetables, and flora grown on the estate.  Learn more about McEvoy Ranch with this informative video.

Make a day of it.  As you enter the Bunny Gate, you are immediately overcome by a sensation of being transported somewhere else. Maybe this started when you drove up our windy narrow road or when you spotted a doe and her two fawns feeding. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Petaluma, the idyllic setting is the perfect way to enjoy country living and they strongly recommend that you visit them seasonally to capture the beauty of Mother Nature at each time.

McEvoy Ranch offer s a variety of venues in which to experience the estate. Interested in something beyond a sit-down tasting at our table? We offer enchanting walkabout tours and special workshops throughout the year.  They even have a community milling day, on November 12, where small growers from across Northern California bring their freshly-picked olives to the mill to create a true regional blend olive oil.  So bring your camera, good friends, and comfortable shoes. There’s much to discover.

To learn more about McEvoy Ranch visit their website, Facebook Page and Instagram feed.

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 a special time of year as we transition from harvest festivals to the holiday season. From parades to lighting ceremonies, jazz festivals to turkey trots, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of November.

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.

Star Party (November 11)
Join the fun at the Robert Ferguson Observatory.  Star Parties begin at dusk, when the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building, and presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom.  More information can be found here.

End of Prohibition Celebration at Korbel (November 11)
Start the holiday season off right at Korbel’s nod to the End of Prohibition! Dress yourself in the prohibition era fashion and let our fabulous live band swing you back in time! Nosh on a variety of savory and sweet bites, festive cocktails, and of course Korbel California Champagnes!  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Jazz Jam Benefit Concert (November 12)
Healdsburg Jazz is producing a special Jazz Jam Benefit Concert, a fundraiser in support of those affected by the recent devastating fires in Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza (November 18)
Celebrate the fifth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza.  Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights, music and performances, holiday treats and more. Free to the public and family friendly. Music starts at 5pm. More information can be found here.

Winterblast (November 18)
Bring the family to SOFA’s (Santa Rosa Arts District) largest open studio event of the year featuring the SOFA Parade, street performers, live music, fire dancers, and more. Free and family friendly. Meet the artists of the SOFA district and celebrate!  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Turkey Trot (November 23)
Round up the family and head to downtown Healdsburg before your big meal! Join Nuya Nutrition and Healdsburg Running Company on Thanksgiving morning for The Healdsburg Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk through Healdsburg Open Space Preserve. Run or walk the 5K and stick around for light food, drinks, and seasonal goodies before you head off for the rest of your day. More information can be found here.

Alexander Valley Black Friday Open House (November 24)
Wineries in the renowned Alexander Valley open their doors for a day of wine tasting, food pairings and Black Friday sales on your favorite wines and unique wine country gifts! Participating wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Medlock Ames Winery, HANNA Vineyards & Winery, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, Soda Rock Winery and deLorimier Winery. More information can be found here.

Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade of Lights (November 25)
Start the holidays in Downtown Geyserville with the annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade! Enjoy caroling, warm winter fare, and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus. More information can be found here.

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.

Image credit: SOFA Winterblast on Facebook

 

October Events in Wine Country

Fall has come to Wine Country.  Crops are being harvested as residents prepare to celebrate the changing of the seasons. From harvest fairs to Oktoberfests, wine runs to Halloween celebrations, there is something for everyone this October in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair – October 6
The Harvest Fair will mark its 43rd year of showcasing Sonoma County’s grand harvest which continues to result in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Half Marathon – October 8
Prepare yourself for an epic run through California’s award winning wine region. The first mile runs through the residential area of Healdsburg past 100 year old homes and quaint streets. Just outside town are miles of vineyards and dozens of wineries. Nice gently rolling roads with breathtaking views of Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. More information can be found here.

Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival – October 14
Join Fort Ross Conservancy, California State Parks, and the Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association for the annual Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival.  Attendees will enjoy an incredible day of world-class Wine Tasting, delicious local foods, music and much more, all set on the spectacular Sonoma Coast at Fort Ross State Historic Park. More information can be found here.

Cotati Oktoberfest – October 14
Break out the Lederhosen and get ready for wunderbar German food, German beer, fresh craft brews on tap and hilarious contests including the world-famous wiener dog races, the tankard hoist, yodeling, costume contest and the potato sack races!  More information can be found here.

Cornerstone Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival – October 14-15
Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun, fall festivities at Cornerstone’s first annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch! Attendees will enjoy live music, lawn games, seasonal treats and pumpkins, food and beer for purchase.  More information can be found here.

Tolay Fall Festival – October 14-15 & 21-22
Celebrate the fall season.  More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design. More information can be found here.

Pinot on the River – October 22
Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as they focus on limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. The Pinot Noir Grand Tasting will include over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square;  it’s a Sonoma County wine weekend you won’t want to miss. More information can be found here.

Pumpkins on Pikes at Tara Firma Farms – October 28
The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the Petaluma corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attend.
FREE pumpkin included with admission. Get tickets here.

Halloween at Howarth Park – October 28
Join the fun at the 12th annual Halloween at Howarth! Dress in your best costume and come trick-or-treat throughout one of Santa Rosa’s most popular parks! Plus, hop on Howarth Park’s train and carousel with your costumed friends and catch a pony ride too!  More information can be found here.

Destination Races Healdsburg Half Marathon and Hallowine 5K – October 28
This end of wine harvest and Halloween themed race runs through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys in late October when the weather is ideal for running and the autumn-colored vineyards glow in the warm sunshine. Enter the costume contest, win wine awards for your age group, and enjoy wine-tasting, food, beer, exhibitors, live music and more! More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Great Pumpkin Festival – October 28

Members are invited us for Mayacama’s first Great Pumpkin Festival from 2-6pm! The courtyard will be filled with an abundance of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes that we will use at this festive Fall event. Participants will have a ball with pumpkin bowling, pumpkin putt-putt, pumpkin painting, and other pumpkin surprises! Costumes are encouraged for all ages and prizes will be given to those who have the most creative, the scariest and most unique look of their own. The whole family will enjoy making their version of the ultimate hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar before taking an adventure on a hayride from 3 – 5 pm. Buffet dinner with Chef Scott’s creations will be available at 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you in your unique Halloween look on October 28!

Price $35++ per adult
Price $25++ per child
Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Dia de los Muertos Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets – October 28
The procession starts at 4:00 pm at 100 Petaluma Blvd. N. and ends at Petaluma Historical Museum. Festivities include live music, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec dancers, food and art, a children’s activity area, and much more. View the full line-up of activities throughout October here or follow the event Facebook Page.

Museum Mondays: Happy Halloween, Charlie Brown! – October 30
Celebrate Halloween at this special Museum Monday for Little Ones! Come in costume to trick-or-treat throughout the Museum. Also, enjoy sing-along songs, spider web yarn threading, and decorating a mini pumpkin! More information can be found here.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail – October 31
Join over 60 participating Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12.  Prepare for a hauntingly “ghould” time from 3 – 5:30pm on Monday October 31st as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma.  For those you can’t get enough, head over to the Historic Downtown residences where trick-or-treaters come for all over the region to celebrate.  More information can be found 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.

 

Halloween Fun in Wine Country

Fall is a special time in Wine Country, with cool, crisp mornings and evenings and comfortably warm days.  It’s a perfect time to get outdoors and explore all the local, seasonal venues sure to put you in the Halloween “spirit”.

Get a jump on your Halloween season by attending the All Hallow’s Art Fest on September 23.  Artists from across the country gather in Wine Country to participate in this Halloween tradition. This unique show transforms Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma into a place filled with magic and mischief. Halloween collectors, and enthusiasts will not be disappointed.

We’ve also listed a number of seasonal pumpkin patches throughout the region.  From family farms to wineries, there are a number of patches to start your family’s pumpkin hunt.

Healdsburg
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch
Preston Organic Farm and Winery

Santa Rosa
Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch

Muelrath Ranches
Punky’s Pumpkin Patch
The Santa Rosa Patch

Sebastopol
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

Petaluma
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
Peter Pumpkin Patch
Pronzini Pumpkin Patch
McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch

During the month of October, 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 number of events you should put on your calendar.  More information can be found on the El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma Facebook Page.

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. 

Photo Credit: http://www.springhillcheese.com

Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration

Fall is a special time of year in Sonoma County as the bounty of the region is harvested before the onset of winter.  This agricultural celebration is perfectly represented at the inaugural Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration on October 1.  After 20 years of hosting the immensely popular Heirloom Tomato Festival, Kendall-Jackson has decided it was time for a change; it’s now time to broaden the celebration and toast the bounty of the Wine Country harvest by hosting an exclusive event sure to please even the most discerning palate.

This event is designed to engage all the senses and create a more intimate experience.  Attendees will enjoy farm fresh produce straight from the Kendall-Jackson garden (including the famous tomatoes), unique plates from select local purveyors (see below), dynamic educational seminars featuring everything from bee hives to cheese making, wine & food pairing demonstrations, outdoor painting sessions, live music, and – of course – exceptional Kendall-Jackson wines!  Sounds like an amazing event.

Attendees will enjoy local food samplings from:
Two Birds/One Stone
Stark Reality Restaurants
Jackson’s Bar and Oven
Volo Chocolate
Hog Island Oysters
Hana
Backyard
Fiorello’s Artisan Gelato
El Barrio
The Farmer’s Wife
Pt. Reyes Creamery
CHEVOO
Nicasio Valley Cheese Co,
Beehive Creamery

Musical entertainment by:
Rootstock
Keith Andrew Band
American Honey

Proceeds from Harvest Celebration tickets sales will benefit the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide environmentally sustainable, science-based horticultural information to all of Sonoma County’s population. Presentations will include water conservation, sustainable gardening, and supporting pollinating insects.

When:
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Wine Club: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
General Admission: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA 95439

This event easy to get to as it is just over 5 miles from Mayacama.  You can purchase your tickets for the Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration online 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: http://www.kj.com/

September Events in Wine Country

The seasons are about to change; you can feel it in the cool night air.  Fall is coming to Wine Country and serving up a number of events the whole family can enjoy.  From concerts to brewfests, antique faires to blues festivals, the events scene is in full swing in Sonoma County.

*Mayacama Member* Labor Day Family Feast – September 2
Members are invited to a special celebration dinner during the last holiday of summer! Savor the end of the season with Chef Pikey’s favorite grilled dishes and sides including seasonal vegetables, smoked brisket and more.

Price $65++ per person age 13+ (includes wine 21+) Price $20++ per child age 12 and under
Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online Notes: Bar & Grill menu unavailable after 5:30 pm

*Mayacama Member * Labor Day BBQ & Activities Sunday Sept 3 and Monday, Sept 4 (11am-3pm)
Savor the last few weeks of Summer with a lazy day! Splish-splash by the pool under rays of sunshine paired with laughter & smiles! Join us over the holiday weekend for a line up of games, activities, mid-day BBQ’s and events that will entertain the entire family! Dive into the Labor Day poolside festivities and win cool prizes at the same time! We will also have BIG surprises for both days (hint- inflatable amusement for the whole family).

Spa Meditation Retreat – September 6
This meditation retreat is a well-crafted day weaving meditation, spa experiences, connection and quite time in nature in the sanctuary of 6-acres of secluded creekside meditation gardens. More information can be found here.

Kenny G & George Benson – The Breezin’ and Breathless Tour – September 8
One of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time, saxophonist Kenny G is known the world over for his signature smooth jazz sound. He is joined on tour by ground-breaking jazz guitarist and singer songwriter George Benson, whose 1976 album Breezin’ was certified triple-platinum, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976. More information can be found here.

Wine Country Nature and Optics Festival – September 9
The 6th Annual Wine Country Nature and Optics Festival features fauna, flora, and fine art! The largest nature festival in Northern California, it’s a family friendly event with 60 nonprofit nature organizations and artists represented. See live bats, bees, and birds! Corporate binocular and spotting scope exhibitors will be giving demonstrations and selling merchandise – Swarovski, Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Opticron, Celestron, Kowa, Manfrotto, Hawke and Out of this World Optics. More information can be found here.

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival – September 9, 10
The annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival is back at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. Enjoy this two day, outdoor music festival surrounded by the beauty of the Russian River and towering redwoods. More information can be found here.

Marin French Cheese 3rd Annual Summer Picnic – September 10
Join Marin French Cheese for a delectable, fun-filled day on the idyllic premises of Marin French Cheese Company’s “Cheese Factory,” just 10 miles west of Petaluma. Local food and beverage purveyors will sample and sell their products. More information can be found here.

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival – September 16
Join the fun as 23 North Bay breweries showcase their craft beer specialties along Petaluma’s historic riverfront at the annual Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival. Sip local brews, taste delicious bites from Petaluma restaurants, and enjoy live music! More information can be found here.

Kid’s Night Cookout at the Museum – September 16
Drop the kids off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum as they cook their own hot dogs and roast marshmallows. Kids will have the Museum all to themselves to cook, create, and cartoon. Discount of $5 off for siblings. Advance reservations required – register online or call 707-284-1272. More information can be found here.

Sonoma Valley Uncorked – September 17
Enjoy hand crafted wines produced by amateur wine makers in Sonoma Valley at this vine-to-wine tasting experience in the heart of Wine Country. Proceeds from the event fund programs and materials for outreach by the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza.  More information can be found here.

Fall Antique Faire – September 24
“The Bay Area’s Premier Antique Center,” Historic Downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. The event has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectables to suit everyone’s budget.  More information can be found here.

Levi’s Granfondo – September 30
Rolling through the streets of Santa Rosa and into the golden hills of Sonoma County’s coastal mountains, Levi’s GranFondo is both a challenging and competitive mass start cycling event hosting riders of all ability levels from around the world. More information can be found 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: https://www.facebook.com/RussianRiverFestivals

Microadventure: Explore Occidental

Quietly nestled in western Sonoma County, you’ll find the charming town of Occidental, a small community with a big heart.  Founded in 1876 as the last stop on the North Pacific Coast Railroad, Occidental offers visitors a welcome escape from a busy lifestyle.  But don’t let the size of Occidental fool you; this community boasts galleries, gift shops and popular dining establishments as well as a variety of cultural and entertainment venues the whole family will enjoy.

10-12pm – Brunch and a little shop.
Grab a bite to eat at Howard Station Cafe (try the Corned Beef Hash or Smoked Salmon Omelette Florentine) and pursue the galleries (Laurence Glass Works is a must see) and shopping venues like Hand Goods, a small outlet of local artisan goods.

1-5pm – Explore the surrounding area.
Explore the natural beauty of the Western Hill Gardens, which is open on Saturdays and by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The landmark garden has been renovated by the new owners and boasts major collections including: Australians, Camellias, Conifers, Dogwoods, endangered Chinese Maples, Hydrangeas, and Rhododendrons. They also have a downloadable visitors guide here.

For the adventure seekers, head to Sonoma Canopy Tours and immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the world famous California Coastal Redwoods.  They offer two unique courses, each a two-and-a-half hour Guided eco tour, that include multiple zip lines, sky bridges, a majestic spiral staircase and a rappel to the forest floor.

The Occidental Center for the Arts provides diverse, high-quality arts and cultural events in western Sonoma County and the communities beyond. Housed in a newly remodeled performing venue with superb acoustics and an adjacent exhibition gallery, the OCA works to enrich the lives of local residents through diverse cultural performances, exhibitions, events and arts education that inspire, teach, and entertain.

Insider Tip:  If you plan your trip on a Friday from June through October, you’ll definitely want to take in the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market (open 4 pm until dusk) with its bounty of organic produce and fabulous food to savor on the spot or take back home.

5 – 7pm Mangia!
By this time, you have surely worked up an appetite exploring all that Occidental has to offer.  Don’t worry as the downtown offers a variety of dining options. Founded as a railroad saloon and boarding house in 1879, the Union Hotel and Restaurant is now a vibrant Italian cafe, bakery and pizzeria (the breadsticks and minestrone soup are incredible) Try the Chicken Parmesan. Occidental’s famous Negri’s Original Italian Restaurant has been serving Italian classics since 1943.  Not feeling like Italian food?  Mexican, French, and American cuisines can also found.  For a hip, healthy dining option try Hazel.

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.

Photo Credit: Sonoma Canopy Tours

Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams for August

Summertime in Wine Country is a special time of year.  Outdoor activities abound as residents and visitors alike enjoy all that our region has to offer.  Instagramers didn’t disappoint as many shared their Sonoma County experiences.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye for August.

Bright bright sun shiny day via @levisgranfondo

Taller than me via @tomadamian

Perfect wine drinking weather via @wine_country_tastings

Through the trees via @winecountryballoons

Full moon rising in Wine Country via @sidestep7

Share your own adventures with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. 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.

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.