Winter in Wine Country

While most of the country is dealing with snow shovels and blowers clearing out the fallout from the latest winter storm, Wine Country residents are enjoying temperate and comfortable weather which allows for a number of events during the winter months.  Cozy up fireside with a glass of wine or bundle up and venture out with us for winter in Wine Country.

Wine Country is more than just grapes.  Olive Season is in full swing so join the celebration the entire month of January at the 15th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season where attendees will enjoy events, tastings, grove walks and celebrations.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of January 16-17 as the 24th Annual Winter WINEland returns to Wine Country. Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases and library wines – perfect for every wine lover in your life.

Grab your scarves and head to the coast for the 13th Annual Chowder Day at Bodega Bay. On Saturday, January 30, tour seaside restaurants and taste chowder as competitors battle it out for the title of best chowder.

VinOlivo is one of the most anticipated events of the season. On February 26-28, join more than 60 wineries and 20 top restaurateurs as they come together for a weekend of epicurean celebration.

Enjoy family fun at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. There will be art made from citrus, wine tasting and gourmet food as well as kid-friendly activities such as arts, crafts and a carnival. The Citrus Fair runs from February 12-15.

Finishing up the winter season is the 10th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival taking place March 18-20 in Petaluma. This popular weekend event will be filled with mouth-watering cheeses, chef demonstrations and pairings, farm tours, educational sessions by a host of knowledgeable, talented chefs, cheese experts, cheesemakers, authors and more.

The migration of whales peaks along the coast of Sonoma from January through May as gray and blue whales make their annual migration from the waters of Alaska down to Baja California for winter and return north for their summer feeding. There are a number of whale watching boats which follow the migration. For you landlubbers, Ocean Overlook at Bodega Head offers an excellent vantage point to view this epic event.

There’s plenty of activities both onsite and off during your winter stay at Mayacama, so save some dates and load up your calendar with the best of winter in Wine Country.

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.

 

 

Sonoma Style Holiday Showstoppers

‘Tis the season. It’s time to bundle up and head out to experience the joys of this holiday season.  Don’t worry… you won’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class performances throughout Wine Country.

The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is the North Bay’s premier Arts Center presenting world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual arts and many popular community events.  Enjoy an evening out with ease, as the Center is located less than 6 miles from Mayacama. Local Tip: Willi’s Wine Bar‘s classic roadhouse appeal captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County Wine Country and is a great spot to gather before or after a show.

Joy To The World from Transcendence’s “Broadway Under The Stars”
12/4, 12/5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to celebrate Transcendence-style with this breathtaking holiday revue for all ages sprinkled with that beloved collection of song and dance. Join this extraordinary cast of Broadway professionals for a concert filled with Broadway showstoppers, holiday favorites and modern twists on some of the world’s most uplifting and cherished songs.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Home for the Holidays!
12/6
Known for its warm, rich choral tones, the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) returns for a second year at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with a holiday celebration that is a festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed extravaganza!

Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker
12/19

Experience the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece as world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes captivate the hearts of young and old alike. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the holiday tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to life.

The Napa Valley Opera House (NVOH) is a performing arts organization that owns a national historic landmark theatre in the heart of downtown Napa and has been part of the Napa community for more than 130 years. Local Tip: Dine at nearby Ristorante Allegria before or after the show. Located in a historic landmark, this Italian restaurant captures the ambiance and love for Italian cuisine with a fresh twist.

VOENA – Voices of the Season…Cameo
12/13
VOENA is a captivating, multi-cultural, world music experience that redefines “choir” the way Cirque du Soleil redefines “circus.” Director Annabelle Marie inspires more than 150 children from ages 6-18 to celebrate music through voice, sound, rhythm and physical expression.

VOENA is a unique and dynamic ensemble of voices that leaves audiences with an elevated sense of spirit. – Elizabeth Warnimont, Benicia Herald

Nestled in the foothills of wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, presenting year-round programming of premiere classical, contemporary, jazz, chamber and world music artists in concert. Local Tip: Come again in summer for an alfresco picnic set to your favorite tunes during the summer concert series.

Handel’s Messiah – Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
12/20
Few orchestral pieces are more beloved than Handel’s Messiah. Experience this glorious choral masterpiece in the superb acoustics of Weill Hall, accompanied by one of America’s most admired early music ensembles. This performance is a great way to celebrate the holidays.

Be sure to reserve your tickets early, as these popular events sell out very quickly this time of year.

Happy Holidays from the Mayacama Team.

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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Michelin Guide to Wine Country Restaurants

The Michelin Guide recently released its 2016 stars for the San Francisco Bay Area, and Wine Country ranked very high compared to the rest of the region.  When planning your next stay at Mayacama, add these local stars to your list and experience some of the very best fine dining in Wine Country.

Three Stars

The French Laundry
Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant, a uniquely American restaurant whose inspiration lies in the countryside of France.

The Restaurant at Meadowood
A modern American restaurant meant to speak to and positively impact the Napa Valley community while delivering a singular dining experience for every guest.

One Star

Auberge du Soleil
Executive Chef Robert Curry’s inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich ingredients of California’s Napa Valley and draws from regional produce, accented with Mediterranean flavors.

Bouchon
Authentic French bistro fare with Thomas Keller’s unfailing attention to detail in both ingredients and presentation.

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Ever-changing menu which relies exclusively on not only what is fresh and of the moment in Sonoma County, but on what is perfect, unexpected and delightful.

La Toque
Chef Ken Frank’s menu evolves constantly to show off each season’s finest ingredients from a network of local farmers and purveyors who supply the restaurant with some of the finest foods in the world.

Madrona Manor
Stylish, high-end cuisine in a cozy, old-world setting, which captures the rich culture of wine, food and nature inherent to the region.

Solbar
Executive Chef Brandon Sharp turns farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients into unique, flavorful and surprising dishes that reflect the best Napa Valley has to offer.

Terra
Chef-owner Hiro Sone wows patrons with his cross-cultural menus, presented in an enchantingly rustic retreat that suggests Tuscany.

Terrapin Creek
A casual neighborhood spot where friends and neighbors can gather to enjoy great local and international cuisine.

Read more: Get the Inside Scoop which lists all the Bay Area Michelin-ranked restaurants.

Bon Appétit.

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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Sip and Savor Sonoma County Cider

Consider the apple.  No other fruit is so simple yet so full of possibility. Sonoma County is at the heart of the Wine County, but also boasts a climate ripe for producing luscious apples. A handful of small-scale companies are making their mark and ushering in a new era of craft apple cider. As fall gets into full swing, and apple picking season wraps up, tap into the flavors of the season by sipping and savoring Sonoma County cider. Just a short journey from Mayacama are a few fantastic cider companies that are worth seeking out as the weather cools off and crisp evenings roll in.

Ace Cider: Established in 1993, Ace has been credited with helping pioneer the hard cider movement in the U.S. Like all cider, theirs is gluten free and has less calories than beer or wine. Using only the best eating apples for their juice and the top ingredients, their Award-Winning ciders are very pure, clean, and refreshing. Must try cider: Ace Perry Cider. Made from delicious apple and pear juices, this sweet cider is refreshing and light with bright fruit flavor.

Sonoma Cider: Press on. Sharing an entrepreneur’s curiosity and deep passion for beverages, father-son team David and Robert Cordtz set out in 2013 to reinvent the cider category. Together, they make Sonoma Cider anything but run of the mill. Their core series includes apple, pear and bourbon ciders, and they also release Limited Run series. Must try cider: The Anvil. Enjoy the flavors of apple and bourbon with a hint of smoke. Made from organic apples and spiked with a healthy measure of proprietary barrel-proof bourbon flavor, this cider is intense, alive and totally memorable.

Tilted Shed: Respect the craft. Revere the apples. Cider is beautiful! This husband-wife duo Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli started cultivating cider apples in 2011 out of an obsessive love for cider. They have planted 100 varieties of traditional cider apples and perry pears. Must try cider: January Barbecue Smoked Cider. Imagine drinking a brut champagne near a bonfire. This cider is best served in a white wine glass at no colder than 55 degrees to experience its aromatics. Pair it with aged and funky cheeses (e.g. Tumalo Classico, Pennyroyal Boont Corners, Point Reyes Blue).

Devoto Orchards Cider: Back in the ‘70s, Stan and Susan Devoto left Berkeley to plant heirloom apples, as well as flowers and micro-greens, on a family farm in Sebastopol. They decided to start making farmstead cider from the family apples in 2012 and the rest is history. Their lot includes traditional cider and hybrid dessert varieties, as well as heirloom apples like Sebastopol’s famous Gravenstein. Must try cider: Cidre Noir. The Arkansas Black, Black Twig, and Black Jonathan apples make up the backbone of the Noir. The Cidre Noir offers layers of ginger, licorice, and crisp green apple on the palate finished with an elegant tannic structure. This cider is best paired with rich, creamy dishes and local favorite – Cowgirl Creamery’s signature Mt. Tam cheese.

“To make the best cider, your family tree better be…well…an apple tree.” – Jolie Devoto, 2nd Generation Apple Farmer

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 866.393.1819 (toll free) or 707.569.2950 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Farm Fresh Finds

Sonoma County offers a wide variety of opportunities to explore local farms and ranches as you discover the roots of its agricultural bounty.  The local cuisine emphasis is on whole, fresh, traditional fare in its most natural state and can be found in many nearby restaurants, but if you enjoy gathering in the kitchen and creating something special, there’s no better place to shop for farm fresh ingredients.

Whether you’re looking for fresh garden to table recipes or stocking up on your weekly fruits and veggie haul, here are a few local farmers markets and farms to add to your jaunt, just a hop away from Mayacama:

Tierra Vegetable is a diversified 20-acre family farm in Santa Rosa that grows hundreds of different varieties of vegetables and some fruits in a sustainable manner. At the Tierra Vegetables Farm Stand, located inside the Big White Barn on the farm, they sell only locally grown and locally produced fruits and vegetables that are freshly picked, flavorful and nutritious, and of the highest quality possible.

Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market  was among the first in the state to become a certified market.  The market prides itself on showcasing the diversity of Sonoma County. Conveniently located at the nearby Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with easy parking and a chance to chat with the certified farmers and vendors directly, this market is open year-round two days each week (Saturdays and Wednesdays from 8:30am – 1pm) rain or shine!

Healdsburg Farmers’ Market has been trucking fresh, seasonal and sustainably-grown produce to town from farms since 1978. The Saturday market runs May – November from 9am to Noon at North and Vine Streets, just one block west of the Plaza. The Wednesday market runs 3:30pm – 6pm from June – October at Purity/Cerri Lot on North Street between Grove Street and Foss Street (across the street from the parking lot where the Saturday Market is held).

Windsor Certified Farmers Market features delicious Recipes Fresh From The Farm. The market is located in the Heart of Windsor on the Town Green at 701 McClelland Drive at Market Street. It is open Sundays from 10-1pm mid-April to mid-December and Thursday nights from 5-8pm mid-June through August.

Green String Farm is a sustainable farm in Petaluma that is focused on aiding natural processes to grow healthy and happy fruits and vegetables. The Farm Store is open every day from 10-5pm. You can also tour the farm to see the grounds, learn about soil improvement and responsible land stewardship. Public farm tours are hosted the first Saturday of every month at 12 noon, weather permitting.

Santa Rosa Community Farmers’ Market at the Veterans Building was voted best in Sonoma County by the Press Democrat readers. The market is located at 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa (across from the fairgrounds). This market is open Saturdays from 8:30am to 1pm and Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm – rain or shine!

 

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 866.393.1819 (toll free) or 707.569.2950 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Beyond Wine: Craft Breweries of Sonoma

When visiting Mayacama in the heart of California Wine Country, it’s natural to gravitate towards drinking wine. While vacationing amidst this luxury real estate in Sonoma, it’s also worth exploring some of the nation’s best breweries. A number of fantastic breweries and brewpubs are just a short meander from the lovely Sonoma fractional ownership resort at Mayacama and each is well worth a visit for novices and hopheads alike.

Russian River Brewing Company – While the space is unassuming, some consider this brewery to be the best in America. They are undoubtedly one of the most creative, with an emphasis on experimentation. You’ll find sour and wild ales, the famous Pliny The Elder Double IPA, and a number of artful takes on Belgian Ales. Go for the sampler – the ridiculous paddle board of mini-glasses will keep you busy for hours. (Note: the food here is standard pub fare – eat before arrival if you’re looking for upscale grub.)

Lagunitas Taproom – Lagunitas has developed a national reputation for both quality and fair pricing, especially with their pale ales. There is food here, but it is limited to sandwiches, salads, and snacks. We suggest the Dogtown pale, the IPA, and the cappuccino stout for newcomers. You can also find live music at the taproom. Note: closed Monday and Tuesday.

Hopmonk Tavern – This mini-chain of brewpubs can be found in Sonoma, Novato, and Sepastopol. They combine a small selection of house-made brews (including their hoppy Kellerbier) with a selection of West Coast favorites. There are open mic nights, they offer live music most evenings, and you’ll discover a pleasant vibe on the premises.

Bear Republic Brewing – Located in the wine mecca of Healdsburg, this neighborhood pub brews both the famous Racer 5 IPA and Hop Rod Rye, along with some excellent stouts. After a day of wine touring, a blast of hops is a nice change of pace for the palate! You’ll also find a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, and burgers to complement your brews.

Fogbelt Brewing – The new kids in town, Fogbelt Brewing, are quickly developing into the next big thing. The brewery’s offering use California hops exclusively. A small menu (utilizing some local sourcing) is available that includes panini and grilled sausages.

To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.393.1819 (toll free) or 707.569.2950 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com

On the Road to Mayacama | Blog

On the Road to Mayacama

Enjoying the freedom of the open road is a priceless luxury. And what better place to savor exquisite ocean views and fascinating pieces of history than cruising the California coast? While preparing for your visit to the Sonoma private residence club Mayacama, build an extra day or two into your itinerary to leisurely make the drive north from San Diego to your private luxury vacation home. Explore these four stops along the way, and you’ll come away with a whole new understanding of the phrase “stop and smell the roses.” Grab a map and put your sunglasses on — may we suggest renting a convertible to get the full effect?

 

Stop 1: Santa Monica Pier

The ramp at the intersection of Ocean and Colorado in Santa Monica will lead you directly to the historic Santa Monica Pier, first built in 1909 and now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. Health-conscious early birds can join in on the free Saturday morning Run + Yoga classes the pier offers on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Be sure to peek at the Pier’s famous 1922 carousel — you can hop on for a ride when it opens at noon. Another fine option: Simply relax on the beach, gaze at the expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, and watch the dedicated fishermen try to reel in a prize mackerel.

 

Stop 2: Lunch at San Ysidro Ranch

Come midday, take advantage of the rustic fine-dining experience that the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara presents. Originally a 19th-century citrus-packing house, Stonehouse offers outdoor dining on an ocean-view deck; indoors, a wood-burning fireplace and soaring wood beams impart a cozy lodge-like atmosphere. As for the cuisine, locavores will appreciate the origin of the menu’s herbs and vegetables: All are grown in the restaurant’s organic gardens. For lunch, sample the three-course market menu, which includes selections like a local wild mushroom risotto with organic pea shoots and oven-roasted tomatoes. On weekends, a champagne brunch is served, with entrees like the grilled prime Wagyu hanger steak, ready and waiting to be washed down with a glass of bubbly.

 

Stop 3: Hearst Castle

Once you’re in San Simeon, turn right on San Simeon Road and step into a real-life fairytale with a guided tour of the Hearst Castle, the brainchild and estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Completed in 1947, the castle boasts 165 opulent rooms (including a movie theater and a giant dining hall) built on 127 impeccably landscaped acres (think: vivid pink bougainvillea, a massive outdoor pool, and an airport), all intended to showcase Hearst’s vast collection of art. The eclectic works are still on view, ranging from a 3rd-century Roman mosaic to an exquisite 19th-century Tiffany lamp. Come for the tour, but stay for the view: “The Enchanted Hill” overlooks California’s rugged Central Coast and the Pacific Ocean.

 

Stop 4: San Jose Rose Garden

Farther north, the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is a true vacation for the senses (especially the olfactory system), with 4,000 rose shrubs that showcase 189 rose varieties. Stroll through the grounds and past the reflection pool and two-tiered water fountain while taking in the color and scent of eye-popping blooms surrounded by California redwoods. Grab a brochure to track which roses are planted where — and appreciate the wacky variety names, like Voo Doo and Olé.

 

Destination: Mayacama

Pleasure awaits after a full day of exploring the California coast. Once you’ve reached Mayacama, the only decision you have to make is which relaxing activity you’ll indulge in first. Hit the links on Mayacama’s immaculate 6,761-acre golf course; choose a spa treatment to unwind from the drive, like the Mayacama Signature Massage, designed to soothe tired muscles; sip a glass of cabernet sauvignon, poured from a bottle retrieved from your private wine locker; or make a dinner reservation to feast on Chef Scott Pikey’s seasonal selections, like clam fettuccine or the bacon-wrapped veal loin. Enjoy.

 

To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.393.1819 (toll free) or 707.569.2950 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com