Kayaking and Paddling Wine Country

The weather is warming up so it’s time to hit the water; it’s a great way to beat the heat while enjoy the natural beauty of the region.  There are a host of great locations throughout Wine Country to kayak, canoe and even paddleboard.  The most popular nearby locations for getting on the water are Lake Sonoma and Spring Lake and, of course, the Russian River.  For those wanting to explore the coast, Bodega Bay is the place to be.  Tomales Bay, in neighboring Marin County, also draws kayakers from across the nation.

To get out on the water, you will need equipment, which not a difficult problem to overcome.  There are a number of rental options to get you on the water in no time.  Kayak, paddleboard, and pedal boat rentals are available for $12/hour at Spring Lake through Labor Day. Paddleboards rentals and guided paddleboard tours are available at Riverfront Regional Park in the summer by appointment. For more information, visit russianriverpaddleboards.com.  There are also a number of private kayak rental locations throughout the region.

Paddling the Russian River
The Russian River runs through Sonoma County from Cloverdale in the north to Jenner in the west and has seven Regional Parks located along the shore which provide launch points for kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. Paddling season is typically May through September. As you cover more area when paddling a river, it is great for nature watching allowing people to experience such animals as ospreys, bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, turtles, otters and other birds and wildlife you may not notice on land. Below are some travel times by kayak, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks.

Travel Times by Kayak
Del Rio Woods to Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – 1.5 to 2 hours
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach to Forestville River Access – 4 to 6 hours
Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach – 2 hours
Steelhead Beach to Guerneville River Park – 4 to 5 hours
Guerneville River Park to Monte Rio – 1.5 hours
Monte Rio to the Highway 1 bridge in Jenner – 3-4 hours
Note: If traveling by canoe, add 1 to 2 hours to the kayak times.

Want to explore more?  Here is a quick list of paddling destinations throughout the region, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks:

Riverfront Regional Park – Windsor
Steelhead Beach – Forestville
Sunset Beach – Forestville
Doran Regional Park – Bodega Bay
Spring Lake Regional Park – Santa Rosa
Cloverdale River Park – Cloverdale
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – Healdsburg
Del Rio Woods – Healdsburg
Westside Regional Park – Bodega Bay

Looking for more adventure?  Here is a great link showcasing numerous additional kayaking and canoeing locations throughout Sonoma County.

So grab that gear and hit the water for a memorable and relaxing adventure the whole family will 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.

 

Wine Country Movies Under Starry Nights

There is no better way to spend a warm, summer evening than taking in a outdoor movie.  It’s a great way to beat the heat while having a fun evening together doing something the whole family will enjoy.  Wine Country doesn’t disappoint when it comes to movies under a star-filled sky.

We’ve put together a short list of outdoor movie venues that is sure to be a hit with the entire family.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery Outdoor Amphitheater
Saturday, June 24
A not-so-silent movie night featuring Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights”  with the original musical score performed live by our orchestra. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Wine bars open until 9:30 pm.  Food vendors on-site. Movie begins at sunset.  Ticket and more information can be found here.

St. Francis Winery “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival
Thursdays | July 6-27 | 7pm
Pack a blanket and join us on the lawn of our beautiful Sonoma Valley Tasting Room for a film under the stars. Back for its eighth year, our Stars Under the Stars Outdoor Film Festival takes place every Thursday night at the Winery from July 6 to July 27. Seating on the lawn begins at 7pm with a pre-show concert and wine reception. El Coyote Food Truck will be serving delicious Mexican food available for purchase. Our feature film begins at dusk. Festival sommelier and film aficionado Christopher Sawyer will pair St. Francis’ world class wines with world class films. More information can be found here.

The Breakfast Club
Starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson & Molly Ringwald (1985)
Pre-show concert by: Band Camp
Thursday, July 6

Grease
Starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978)
Pre-show concert by: Wine Country Jazz
Thursday, July 13

Some Like It Hot
Starring Marilyn Monroe & Tony Curtis (1959)
Pre-show concert by: Carlos Herrera Band
Thursday, July 20

Good Will Hunting
Starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (1997)
Pre-show concert by: Nate Lopez
Thursday, July 27

Movies in the Park Howarth Park
Fridays, August 11 – September 15
A little later in the summer but family fun not to be missed.  Take the family, a picnic, and a blanket for a fun night at the movies under the stars in Howarth Park! Each Friday from Aug. 11 through Sept. 15, movies will start at dusk (around 8 p.m. in August and 7:45 p.m. in September). Enjoy pre-movie entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from vendors onsite.  More information can be found here.

August 11 – Secret Life of Pets
August 18 – Lego Batman
August 25 – Finding Dory
September 1 – Moana
September 8 – Sing
September 15 – Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Free Movies on the Green
Saturday night movies on the lawn at the Green Music Center.
July 22 5;00 The Little Mermaid (1989) and Moana (2016)
Aug 26 5:00 Disney’s Beauty & the Beast – Animated (1991) and Beauty & the Beast – Live Action (2017)

Alexander Valley Film Society
Offers Monthly Screening Series in Cloverdale and Healdsburg on Mondays and Tuesdays.  More inforamtion can be found here.

June 5 – Finding Oscar – 7PM at The Clover Theater
June 27 – Secret Life of Pets – 9PM at Healdsburg Plaza
July 10 – TBD – 7PM at The Clover Theater
July 25 – Toy Story – 9PM at Healdsburg Plaza
August 19 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Drive-In!
August 22 – Finding Dory – 9PM at Healdsburg Plaza

Tuesday Kid’s Movies (Free) on Windsor Town Green
June 6 – August 1 (start 15 minutes after sunset)
The dates are set up the movie list is still updating.  Movies and 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.

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June Events in Wine Country

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are just around the corner and Wine Country doesn’t disappoint when it comes to local events. June offers a number of venues the whole family will enjoy;  from food festivals to river races,  beerfests to music festivals, summer is coming to Wine Country in a big way.

The Great Russian River Race – June 3
The 7th annual canoe, kayak, and SUP race hits the water of the Russian River. There are two separate races, a 4-mile race for recreational paddlers and an 8-mile race for experienced paddlers and pros. The races end at Johnson’s Beach with a FREE River Race Party from noon to 4 p.m. for the community to enjoy. Enjoy live music, food trucks and beer, costume competition, and an award ceremony for the racers!  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Schulz Celebrity Classic – Tuesday, June 6
It is almost that time of year again! The Schulz Celebrity Classic will be held on Tuesday, June 6th at Mayacama. There are still a few foursomes available so please sign up for a terrific cause to help underprivileged children in Sonoma County. This is one of the most fun events you will ever experience here at Mayacama, so don’t miss it! For more information about the tournament and charities, please click HERE.

North Coast Wine and Food Festival – June 10
90 Gold-Medal wines. 20 amazing chefs. 1 extraordinary event. Enjoy all this as well as live music, entertaining talk, art-inspired gardens and the top wines from the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge. More information can be found here.

Beerfest – The Good One – June 10
Taste the best of the region at Beerfest, a celebration which brings 60+ craft breweries and cideries to a great tasting event.  Beerfest takes place on the lawn at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Brewers will be serving some of the most creative and diverse regional beers and ciders.  More information can be found here.

Railroad Square Music Festival – June 11
Celebrate local music.  The Railroad Square Music Festival is a free day of music from Noon to 7PM in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.  It is a project of The North Bay Hootenanny, a Santa Rosa based non-profit that has been working for the past five years to bring the North Bay music world to another level.  More information can be found here.

Cotati Jazz Festival – June 17
Join the fun at the 37th annual Cotati Jazz Festival with music, crafts, food and fun for the whole family.  More information can be found here.

Father’s Day at Korbel Champagne Cellars – June 17
The perfect Father’s Day pairing: Oysters and Korbel Champagne! Relax on the Korbel Wine Shop deck with Nellie’s Oysters, fresh from Tomales Bay, paired with a complimentary taste of Korbel’s Natural California Champagne. More information can be found here.

Giro Bello – June 24
Three insanely beautiful bike rides through the Sonoma County wine country— all to benefit Rotary’s projects.  “Giro Bello is my favorite ride of the year! Well-supported, extremely scenic route; great festivities and food at the end of the ride….this is the ride of the summer.” Alex Kamages, cycling enthusiast.  More information can be found here.

Summer of Zin Concert – June 24
Celebrate summer with an incredible concert by the Sun Kings, the Bay Area’s premier Beatles cover band!  Twist and shout to live music on beautiful picnic grounds. Get by with a little help from your friends with Dry Creek Vineyard wines and delicious fare from various local food trucks available for purchase.  More information can be found here.

Kid’s Night at the Museum – June 24
Drop your kids off for after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Kids will have the Museum to themselves for pizza dinner, games, art, crafts, and cartooning. Get your tickets today here.

*Mayacama Member* Sip ‘N Swing & Dinner – Friday, June 30, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Members are invited to join us for this fun, casual golf event which is open to Social Members and guests too. Our Sip ‘N Swing event begins with a 4:00 pm shotgun start, followed by a dinner buffet on the Dining Room Terrace. The format for this event is a six-person, 9-hole scramble. Make your own team of six or sign up individually and we will pair you with a group. Participants will enjoy a specialty cocktail and sip summer wines on some of the holes. Even if you aren’t able to play in the Sip ‘N Swing, make plans to meet up with the players and enjoy a fun dinner with your fellow members.

$100++pp For Golf & Dinner
Reservations Required on Foretees

$55++pp For Dinner Only
Reservations Required: 707 569 2900 or Register Online

So get out there and have some fun, wine country style!

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.northcoastwineandfood.com/

Five Favorite Petaluma Instagrams

Travel to the southern part of Sonoma County and you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most charming communities, Petaluma.  Known as “The Chicken Capital of The World”, this town still retains its old time charm.  Petaluma has stayed true to its roots, preserving its rich agricultural history while also embracing new and popular venues;  its craft beer scene is one of the best in the region. One can easily spend the afternoon exploring the historic downtown, with its retailers, antique stores and diverse and delicious food venues;  there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you do make it to Petaluma, be sure to snap a few photos of your adventures and share them with us on Instagram by using #MayacamaScene.  If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.

Here are a few recent Petaluma Instagrams which capture the spirit of this charming town.


Our boy, Buddy, never looked so good via @drea_rosa64



A pop of color by local, mural artist Ricky Watts via @rickywatts credit @erictobias_photography

Making friends with the locals via @jsimprint


More flowers, more bees, more blue via @jrosenbower


Saturday night vibes via @theshuckery

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

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.


 

5 Sonoma County Hiking Spots

It’s springtime and you have the urge to explore the great outdoors. Sonoma County has a variety of open space trails, perfect for hiking. We’ve listed a few favorites throughout the region and ranked them by difficulty.  So lace up those walking shoes or hiking boots and explore all that Wine Country has to offer.

Crane Creek Regional Park – Easy
Crane Creek Regional Park features rolling grasslands and beautiful stands of oaks on 128 acres east of Rohnert Park. Ridges offer sweeping views of the countryside and Rohnert Park, and meadows are covered with wild poppies in spring. The park has 3.5 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding and an 18-hole disc golf course.  The trails cover rolling terrain, with the easiest trails running parallel to Crane Creek beneath mature oaks. For a little bit more exertion, the Fiddleneck and Hawk Ridge trails offer excellent views from the top of the hill.

Gualala Point Regional Park – Easy
This spacious 195-acre park has open meadows mixed with coastal forest. The park contains a campground, trail system, coastal vistas, and sandy beaches. The park is located adjacent to the Gualala River, which offers limited seasonal fishing. Please check all current regulations. Gualala Point Regional Park offers 2.9 miles of coastal trail along bluffs, through meadows, and above the Gualala River. Gualala Point Park is popular with day hikers and picnickers.

Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve – Moderate
Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve is a prominent Santa Rosa landmark, providing hikers with panoramic views of the city and distant peaks. The park’s 1,100 acres include sweeping grasslands, oak woodlands, several creeks and habitat for a variety of wildlife. The park boasts 5.5 miles of unpaved trails. The Eastern Trail is the most difficult, with a steep, 1,000-foot ascent to near the top of the mountain.  The Western Trail offers a challenging yet more gradual climb up the mountain, connecting to the last leg of the Eastern Trail for the steep climb to the top.  Both the Eastern and Western Trails offer sweeping views of Santa Rosa and beyond.

Shiloh Ranch Regional Park – Challenging
The 850-acre park in east Windsor has nearly 8 miles of trails for hiking, bicycle and horseback riding. Shiloh Ranch is a rugged landscape in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. The park includes oak woodlands, forests of mixed evergreens, ridges with sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, canyons, rolling hills, a shaded creek and a pond. The loop trail system allows hikers to create routes of varying lengths and intensity.  Shiloh is the only Regional Park that does not allow dogs on trails, although they are welcome in the group picnic area. The trail system allows users to create several loop options of varying length.

Trione-Annadel State Park – Varying
The park offers miles of trails for hiking and has more than 5,500 acres of rolling hills, seasonal streams, meadows and woodlands. Hikers can choose among more than 40 miles of trails. Elevation gains and degree of difficulty vary with each trail.  For wildflower lovers, Trione-Annadel State Park offers a great variety of flowers from early Spring until early Summer, especially on a hike around Lake Ilsanjo. The best months to see the park’s wildflowers are April and May. Dogs are not allowed on trails. Dogs are allowed on a leash under your control only on Channel Drive (a paved road) within the park.

So get out there, enjoy this weather and experience all that Wine Country has to offer!

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

 

 

May Events in Wine Country

With the weather warming up, it’s time to make plans to attend some local events.  May offers a number of venues the whole family will enjoy.  Experience film festivals, wine tasting, rose parades and so much more this month.

Castles and Kites – May 6
Bring the whole family to Doran Beach and celebrate the joys of sandcastle building and kite flying. Amateurs and experts are welcome. Bring your own kite or purchase one from local vendors. Long-time sand sculptors will be on hand to work on elaborate creations to build the sandcastle you have always imagined. More information can be found here.

Catch a Spring Class @ SHED in Healdsburg
Kokedama Workshop – May 6 from 1-2:30pm
Make your own kokedama and create a garden on a string with the guidance of SHED’s floral designer Sue Volkel in this hands-on workshop at SHED. Very similar to bonsai, the plant and roots of a kokedama are contained in a small space.

Harvest with Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis – May 13 from 1-2:30pm
Learn to create beautiful floral arrangements and botanical-based culinary and body care products with the harvest from your backyard garden with designers and authors Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective. Visit the events site to register.

Derby Day – May 6
The Meals on Wheels Derby Day is one of the most memorable charitable events of the region. Celebrating the rich traditions of the Kentucky Derby®, attendees walk the catwalk with their finest Derby-inspired apparel and compete for prizes. A team of Sonoma County chefs will prepare a four-course, southern-inspired gourmet luncheon. The day will include a silent and live auction and culminate with the live running of the Kentucky Derby®. More information can be found here.

Film Festival Petaluma – May 6
Film Fest Petaluma returns to the Mystic Theatre in historic downtown Petaluma. Programs feature a broad mix of animated, live action, and documentary shorts. All sessions will host international filmmakers in conversation alongside several Sonoma County students. More information can be found here.

Spring at Jordan – May 13
The annual Spring at Jordan party returns to Jordan Winery. The Spring at Jordan event is a celebration of Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon new vintage releases, hosted on the Winery Chateau lawns. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* 2017 All Vintner Pour – May 13
Our 2017 All Vintner Tournament and Pour is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 from 4-7pm.  The weekend will start with our Draw Party Dinner on Friday, May 12. Participating Members will have their names randomly drawn and are then paired with a Vintner Member for the “Vintner Cup” golf tournament held on Saturday morning. The wines to be featured on Saturday afternoon during the Pour are truly “off the charts”. Live Brazilian jazz from Jive Samba will again be part of the festivities.  The next day, the wine orders will begin to flow.  Come and join us and experience the best of the Wine Country. Click HERE to sign up.

*Mayacama Member* Mother’s Day Brunch – May 14
Spoil Mom and your whole family with our sensational Mother’s Day Brunch between 11am – 2pm! Make a relaxing Spa treatment for her during the weekend and she’ll feel totally spoiled! Imagine us doing the cooking, Mom is relaxing in the Spa, and kids will visit Activities Director, Melinda Murray to make Mom a special gift. Click HERE to Sign Up!

Mother’s Day at Russian River Rose – May 14
Experience the beauty and fragrance of the once-blooming antique roses and stroll down the Rose Allee with huge rambling roses billowing down from 12’X12′ arches in Healdsburg. Enjoy the ‘Butterfly Garden,’ the ‘Rose History Trail,’ and  the fragrant Perfume Rose Fields. The nursery will be open 10am -5pm and brimming with roses and hummingbird/butterfly attracting annuals and perennials. Visit the website.

Sonoma County Backroad Challenge – May 20
It has been said that the Backroad Challenge is the best way to spend a Saturday outside. It’s your chance to ride one of three epic Wine Country backroad routes that will take your breath away and test your resolve. More information can be found here.

Cruisin’ the Boulevard – May 20
Enjoy a day of classic American cars, cruising, rock ‘n roll, and the happy days of the ‘50s and early ‘60s at Cruisin’ the Boulevard.  Petaluma was one of the main shooting locations for the classic movie, American Graffiti. More information can be found here.

Sunset Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma – May 20 -21
For the second year, Sunset Magazine will host Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone, a marketplace with food, wine, and spirits, shops, gardens and event spaces that serves as Sunset’s beautiful wine country location year-round. Get your tickets today here.

123nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival – May 20
Experience the 123nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival, one of Sonoma County’s most time honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. After the parade, the fun continues with a festival in Downtown Santa Rosa. Enjoy family fun activities, music, and a variety of food booths. More information can be found here.

Windsor Half Marathon – May 21
Join the fun as the Windsor Half Marathon returns to Wine Country.  Participants can run a variety of distances (Half Marathon – 10k – 5k) all through picturesque Windsor.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Memorial Day Feast – May 27
Memorial weekend is the kickoff of summer. Don’t forget your sunhats, sunscreen and swimsuits to enjoy the pool and tennis courts. Join us for a backyard Family Feast from 6-8:30pm, bring your family and friends and enjoy the long weekend.
$65++ per person age 13+ (includes wine 21+)
$20++ per child age 12 and under
Register HERE

Oysterpalooza – May 28
Oysterpalooza returns to Valley Ford. The ninth annual Oysterpalooza will take place at Rocker Oysterfeller’s at the Valley Ford Hotel. This celebration of the oyster will include live music from three local bands playing Americana, Roots and Bluegrass. More information can be found here.

So get out there and have some fun, wine country style!

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 Sebastopol Instagrams

At the intersection of Highways 12 & 116, you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most diverse and eclectic communities, Sebastopol.  Here you will experience a small, yet dynamic, town with a global consciousness, resulting in a sophisticated rural environment.  Sebastopol’s rich agricultural history dates back to the 1880’s where Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm developed more than 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and grains.  Agriculture is still a primary focus of this community but now you will find apples orchards, grapes and organic farms throughout the region.

Whether you spend the afternoon exploring The Barlow, a “Maker’s Marketplace” with over 30 makers & merchants on 12.5 Acres, or just pursue the many unique and diverse shops of downtown, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you do make it to Sebastopol, be sure to snap a few photos of your adventures and share them with us on Instagram by using #MayacamaScene.  If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.

Here are a few recent Sebastopol Instagrams which showcase this charming and unique town.



Apple blossom season via @a25i



A different life via @millertiiiime

Farm to Table via @thebarlow707



Florence Street Art via @vajrahodges


Your moment of Zen via @tiltedshed

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.

 

5 Sonoma County Spots for a Picnic

With the weather warming up, it’s time to pack those picnic baskets with tasty treats and explore all the natural, outdoor beauty that awaits you in Wine Country. Whether you travel to the coast or decide on a scenic inland setting, Sonoma County doesn’t disappoint.  Here are a few local places to enjoy a picnic with friends and family.

Viansa Winery
Located at the summit of the Sonoma Valley, Viansa offers breathtaking 270° views of Sonoma Valley, with San Pablo Bay to the south, Mayacamas Mountains to the East, and “King’s Highway” leading the way to the North. Viansa includes 33 acres of estate vineyards and 97 acres of natural wetlands, which serve as home to a variety of indigenous water fowl. Enjoy a glass of wine and picnic fare from their marketplace on the terrace or take an estate tour, it’s up to you.  Few places in the region boast such panoramic views.  They are dog-friendly so you can bring Fido along as well.

Marin French Cheese Company
Known locally as “The Cheese Factory”, the Marin French Cheese Company has been sourcing the finest cow’s milk from local Marin dairies and crafting small batch, soft-ripened cheeses since 1865.  Begin your visit at the cozy retail shop and sample award-winning cheeses. Make a picnic of cheese, sandwiches and drinks and enjoy lunch at the tables and lush grounds, which include a pond. Just 20 minutes from downtown Petaluma and about 30 minutes to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. This venue is dog-friendly.

Goat Rock
Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home to a colony of harbor seals which are fun to watch, but please stay at least 50 yards from the seals, especially during pupping season (March – August.) Due to the protected status of the seals, DOGS are NOT allowed on Goat Rock Beach.  Leashed dogs are allowed on Blind Beach which is off the south parking lot at Goat Rock.

Sonoma Plaza
Spend the day on Sonoma Plaza.  The Plaza is a large park in the heart of Sonoma, with lush green lawns, playgrounds, fountains, a pond with ducks and plenty of shade provided by the mature trees. This destination is a great place for families and offers a quaint yet sophisticated environment, with an emphasis on the rich history of the region. Pack your own lunch or purchase from local vendors such as nearby Angelo’s Wine Country Deli.  Afterwards, do a little shopping or window browsing at the many nearby retailers.

Armstrong Woods
Relax, rest and recharge under the majestic Redwoods of Guerneville’s Armstrong Woods, which preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood and is the tallest living thing on our planet! Standing 200-250 feet tall, the grove of trees offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering the onlooker great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection.  Picnic tables, grills and restrooms make this outing very easy for all.

So get out there, enjoy this weather and experience all that Wine Country has to offer!

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

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/ViansaSonoma/

 

April Events in Wine Country

It is springtime in Wine County; the weather is heating up and so are the local wine country events.  From antique faires to parades, beer festivals to 10K runs, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of April in Sonoma County.

Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival (April 1)
Head north for the 41st Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival featuring a fiddle contest plus bluegrass and old time music performances. It’s a family friendly event with jam sessions and workshops. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Vineyard 7 & 8 Wine Dinner (April 8)
Saturday, April 8th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Vineyard 7&8 sits at the top of Spring Mountain.  Their vineyards, which lie above the fog, are late ripening with low yields, natural drainage, and infertile volcanic soil. These unique conditions add to the distinctive quality of their wines which is unlike any other appellation.
Their facility allows them to micromanage the entire process, beginning in the vineyards and ending with the consumer.  Owner, associate winemaker, and your fellow member, Wes Steffens will host the dinner. This is a very special opportunity to spend quality time with Wes and one you won’t want to miss. His wines are exceptional and will be paired with a terrific menu chosen by him and Executive Chef, Scott Pikey. Click HERE to register.

Annual Battle of the Brews (April 8)
Experience an incredible day of beers, ciders, bands, and great food at Sonoma County’s Premier Craft Beer Event. Enjoy live performances while over 70 breweries and cideries as well as 20 restaurants vie for your vote.  All proceeds benefit local at-risk youth and other non-profits in Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

IPA 10K and Beer Mile Invitational (April 15)
The IPA 10k and Beer Mile Invitational is a celebration of running and beer in Sebastopol. This two-day event includes a marketplace expo, hoppy Easter hunt and run on Saturday. The beer and music festival features Sonoma County’s fine breweries, bands, and food, and opens to the general public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt (April 16)

Mayacama Clubhouse & Putting Green
10:30 am – 2:00 pm (seating times between 10:30 – 12:30 reserved for families)
1:30 pm Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt is probably our most popular family event! There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, animals, crafts, and tons of eggs for the hunt! There will also be interactive exhibits that focus on art and science. We hope to ignite curiosity and imagination and help build a foundation for a life-long love of learning. Every year it’s great fun, so come create memories that will last a lifetime! Click HERE to Sign Up!

Bubbles and Blooms Festival (April 22)
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard’s 2nd Annual Bubbles and Blooms Festival is a celebration of spring, food, and sparkling wine. This year’s event will be held on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 12-4 p.m. and features award winning wine, food, flower art installations, sustainable gardening techniques, workshops, tours, and a flower market.  More information can be found here.

Prelude to Passport® in Dry Creek Valley (April 28)
Prelude to Passport features select intimate lunches and winemaker dinners hosted by Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Growers. This is your opportunity to enjoy selected wine and food pairings, spend time with your favorite winemaker or learn about grape growing directly from the source.  More information can be found here.

Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade (April 29)
Petaluma’s 36th Annual Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade pays tribute to Petaluma’s history as the “World’s Egg Basket” and its rich agricultural heritage. Originally created in the 1900s to promote Petaluma as part of National Egg Day, the parade has grown to more than 130 parade units attracting 25,000 people into downtown on the last weekend in April.  More information can be found here.

Petaluma Spring Antique Faire (April 30)
The Petaluma Spring Antique Faire is a day-long celebration of all things antique.  You’ll find antique wares that range from flat out oddities to ephemera, jewelry, kitchen wares, linens, furniture, books, home décor, clothing, accessories, rugs and even fossils!  More information can be found here.

Looks like an eventful April awaits, so go out and enjoy all that Wine Country has to offer!

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

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Five Favorite Sonoma Instagrams

Just a short trip up south on Highway 12, you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most popular destinations, Sonoma.  Venture around town or just stay on Sonoma Square, this gem of Wine Country has it all – shopping, dining and cultural activities sure to keep you coming back for more.  Whether you spend the afternoon exploring California’s history at Mission San Francisco Solano then do some wine tasting on the Sonoma Square, or just relax for an enjoyable day of exploration and dining, Sonoma doesn’t disappoint.

If you do make it to Sonoma, be sure to snap a few photos of your adventures and share them with us on Instagram by using #MayacamaScene.  If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.

Here are a few recent Sonoma Instagrams which showcase this charming and historic town.

Mission San Francisco Solano via @one_i_design

Beautiful sunrise even through the morning fog via @gabebrown562

Pinot Grigio via @tianabalzarini


Afternoon refreshments at The Girl & The Fig via @rstetins


The rich history of Sonoma Square via @deniseeec

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.