Meet Mayacama’s Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy

One of the most popular features at Mayacama is our wine program.  Located in the heart of Wine Country where country roads in every direction are lined with vineyards, Mayacama members enjoy access to the very best Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel vineyards on the continent.  This program is truly unique in that renowned vintners from Napa and Sonoma are not only active members, but also  an integral part of the entire Mayacama experience.  Leading this program is Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, who willingly offers his experience and expertise with members and guests alike.

We recently asked him to share some of his knowledge, recommendations and tips with us to gain some insight into the Mayacama wine experience.

What are some of your favorite features of the Wine Program at Mayacama?

Working with incredible wineries, our education program and fantastic members who love their wine.

What has been the most rewarding part of your role in the Vintner Program?

The relationships I have made with both our club members and our local wineries.

The Vintner Program is ever-evolving. Describe the newest Vintner Members to join the program and what they offer:

Dutcher Crossing brings many fabulous varietals to work with and their hospitality program has become a club favorite.  Fisher Vineyards has given us some outstanding chardonnay and red varietals in AVAs that give our list better depth.  A visit to their Mountain winery is a great experience.  Wilson Winery brings many different properties to the program allowing us to expand in many categories.  Their hospitality staff is outstanding and the Vineyards they are planting at our front entrance will allow us to expand our education program.  All three wineries have incredible people that add to our club’s wine culture.

Give us some insight into the specialty tours offered to members:

Our tours are based on the preferences of the members.  We try to group them by location to maximize drive time and member needs.  Some offer great behind the scenes experiences, others food and wine pairings, others great picnic spots.  We try to showcase as many as possible.  I personalize a limited amount of tours for members and our concierge is great at identifying member preferences.

We’re big on travel around here. What’s your next travel destination?

Just spent the weekend in Napa, a day in Dry Creek and a half day on the Russian River.  Later this summer the Sierra Foothills, planning a late in the year Santa Barbara trip and a trip to Bordeaux next summer.

Jeff recently featured a wine pairing for those interested in dining on local oysters.

Wine Pairings:  One of the great pleasures for an oyster lover is the pairing of oysters and wine.  I love wines of higher acids to act as foil for the rich fattiness of the oysters.  I also look at what I put on the oysters when making my wine selection.

My two favorite pairings with raw oysters are a great Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine or Champagne or a great Sauvignon Blanc, local or imported.  Since I usually eat my oysters plain or with lemon or a mignonette, I find these wines a perfect paring.  With bbq oysters, I prefer a nice chardonnay with the savory and a light red with the sweet.  The fun part is you get to choose which pairing works best for you.

Visit Hog Island:  Let us set up a tasting at Hog Island for you.  Our concierge can reserve a spot for you on the shores of Tomales Bay in Marshall or you can visit Hog Island in Napa at the Oxbow market or the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  Tuesday in Marshall is shuck-your-own day.  They will give you gloves, ice and an oyster knife.  If you want to bbq, remember to bring your own charcoal.

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.

 

Meet Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Mayacama Menu item:
Fish tacos or pan fried chicken

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

Must see:
Safari West

Must do:
Green Music Center

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

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

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

3 words to describe Mayacama:
Living the dream

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

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

Introducing the Mayacama Villa Ownership Program

Have you heard? Mayacama now offers Whole Ownership! Take advantage of this amazing lifestyle opportunity to own a fully furnished Villa outright with the Club paying for 100% of the annual expense and maintenance costs.  Did we mention? All golf dues are at no cost to the owner and their family for as long as they own the Villa and owners will also enjoy the opportunity to participate in our reciprocity program with more than 70 premier properties worldwide via Elite Alliance.

Here’s how it works: Owners determine 4 months of annual use, the remaining 8 months will be rented out to Mayacama Members and their guests. Rental revenues will be used to offset annual maintenance costs which include HOA dues, utilities, property taxes, etc. Excess rental revenues above annual maintenance costs will be split between owner and Mayacama. Mayacama guarantees to cover 100% of annual costs!

View the Villa Ownership Renderings and Property Photos 

The Villas feature a unique floor plan with the popular central Harvest Room, ideal for al fresco wine country living.  The Harvest Room features radiant heat travertine flooring, folding doors for indoor/outdoor living, and an enhanced kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances including a gas range and full size refrigerator. The Villas also include two master suites, a third bedroom with an en suite bathroom, and an additional living room with a “Murphy” bed option for a total of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Highlights:

  • Multiple floor plan options
  • Harvest Room (indoor/outdoor living and dining area)
  • Full kitchen
  • Two master suites with walk-in closets
  • 3rd bedroom with en suite bath
  • Optional 4th bedroom or study
  • Fully furnished
  • Four fireplaces
  • Wraparound patio
  • Washer & dryer
  • Owner’s closet
  • Gated courtyard with gardens
  • Hassle-free living and maintenance

Please contact our Sales Executive, Tim Hoffmann if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity:

Tim Hoffmann
Sales Executive | CalBRE #01942747
Direct: 707.569.2954
Mobile: 435.513.0642

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.

Mayacama Featured in Golfweek Magazine

Mayacama, and all that is has to offer, was recently featured in Golfweek. The Vintner Program, coupled with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and our ownership options, were all showcased in the article, re-purposed in its entirety below.

At Home In The Valley
Want to immerse yourself in wine country? We have the club for you
By Martin Kaufmann // Santa Rosa, Calif.

“This is the gateway to wine country,” our caddie, Danny Flores, said as we finished climbing the steep hill to the 15th tee at Mayacama Golf Club.

Flores, who brings a certain flourish to his work, waved his arms in a grandiose fashion, pointing eastward toward Calistoga, St. Helena and Napa, nerve centers of the wine industry in the adjacent valley.

One senses this is part of Flores’ regular shtick with first-timers. He has the easy, practiced patter of an entertainer, which he is in a parallel life. But his point is well taken. If ever there should be a place that provides visitors an overview of wine country, it probably should be a club built to celebrate the wines of Northern California.

Mayacama, in the heart of Sonoma Valley, has 460 members, 36 of whom are local vintners. These include some of the biggest names in the business: Harlan, Jackson, Gallo, Foley, Joseph Phelps and  Silver Oak among them.

As part of their memberships, the vintners agree to donate to the club one barrel of wine – equal to about 25 cases – each year. As a practical matter, that gives wine director Jeff McCarthy a big pricing advantage. But that’s a fraction of McCarthy’s inventory. There are 750 bottles on the wine list, which changes weekly, and several other young or, to borrow McCarthy’s term, “geeky wines” that he’s holding in reserve.

Not surprisingly given the location, McCarthy described the club as “pretty pinot-, cab-, chard-heavy.” Pinot is the club’s biggest volume seller, though the region’s pricey cabernets generate the most revenue.

Each member has a locker in the wine cellar that holds up to four dozen bottles and includes a leather-bound notebook to record tasting notes.

“They have to share golf lockers. They get their own wine locker,” McCarthy said, a sign that the club has its priorities in order.

McCarthy runs an education program, the newest component of which is a 19-acre vineyard that Wilson Winery, a new member, planted on the property. McCarthy will use that as a “laboratory” to show members the viticultural process.

There’s a local focus to much of McCarthy’s program. One of his most popular hourlong seminars deals with the neighborhoods of the Russian River Valley. He notes that the growing characteristics across Sonoma County – the terroir, to use the all-encompassing term favored in the industry – are more diverse than all of France’s wine-growing regions.

It’s probably appropriate that there’s so much wine on property, because Mayacama is a course that could drive even low-handicappers to drink. It’s a difficult Jack Nicklaus design where uneven lies and tiered targets tend to be the rule rather than the exception. It is a Nicklaus Signature course, which means, among other things, that the architect gave the design more personal attention.

For all of its challenges – a friend, an accomplished player, still mutters about the severely sloped green on the par-3 third – it’s also playful at times. There’s a large tree directly in front of the two-tiered green on the par-5 fourth – the sort of thing one might expect from a more iconoclastic designer such as Jim Engh, but not from Nicklaus. The seventh, a short 4 across a stream to a diagonal green, immediately reminded me of one of Nicklaus’ favorite holes, the 14th at Muirfield Village.  A similar-length par 4, No. 16, presents multiple options; my friend has played it numerous times and still hasn’t settled on the proper approach.

Mayacama (No. 59 on Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list) has been renovating its bunkers, but that project recently was expanded. Thirteen greens were lost after the early-April aeration for reasons that remain something of a mystery. Rather than applying a Band-Aid, the club quickly settled on plans to regrass all 18 greens with Tyee 007 bentgrass. Work should be completed by fall.

Walking is strongly favored at the club, which speaks to the fitness of the membership, not to mention Flores and his fellow Sherpas who double-bag it up and down the rugged terrain. At times it’s less a walk in the park than a hike in the mountains.

And make no mistake: there always is the sense that you’re immersed in nature while on the course. There are only 31 lots on the 675-acre, gated property, 22 of which have homes on them, but you have to look pretty hard to find them while playing.

Mayacama also has a residence-club program that costs $385,000 to join; there are six three-bedroom villas and nine one-bedroom casitas from which to choose. Members who pick this alternative can arrive to a fully stocked refrigerator and, if requested, an in-room chef.

Think of that as your turnkey alternative if you want to pass through the gateway to wine country.   Gwk

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.

#MayacamaScene – Share Your Experience

From scenic landscapes to unforgettable golf experiences, memorable life events to outdoor exploration, we welcome members and their guests to showcase their Mayacama Wine Country experience with us. Join the fun, contribute and follow along as instagramers share their experiences by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

Here are a few recent instagrams which caught our eye.

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The 18th Hole at Mayacama via @drewkass

 

Beautiful setting for a beautiful event via @herecomestheguide

Beautiful setting for a beautiful event via @herecomestheguide

 

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Malasas Crispy Bacon via @liammayclem

 

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The beauty of the grounds at Mayacama via @miamorwines

 

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Pinot Noir over the 18th Hole via @lou_lou_

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be enter, 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 imagery as often 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.

Mayacama Member Wine Notes

Wine at Mayacama is a way of life.   Besides having one of the top rated golf courses in the country, we have a Vintner and Wine Program that is unique only to this property. We are located in the heart of Wine Country and our members take their wine as seriously as their golf.  The wine program features 35 Vintner Members, selected by our Vintner Committee, and each Vintner has to meet a strict set of standards.  Once on board, they make their wine available to members with special pricing through our offers and their wine clubs, they also host wine and food events, provide intimate tastings and help support our club events. Their wines are featured on our list along with other great wines from among our general membership and other wineries of interest to our members.

Jeff McCarthy, Wine Director at Mayacama shares some Wine Notes:

The All Vintner Pour is decidedly our most popular Mayacama Member wine event of the year! Our 2016 All Vintner Pour is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 4:00pm.  In our courtyard, all 35 Vintner Members feature their new releases at various wine stations. Their wines are available for purchase and our members and their guests have the chance to fill their wine lockers and cellars at home and purchase for friends and family.

12th Annual Mayacama Member All Vintner Pour
Saturday, May 14th from 4-7pm
– Meet Vintner Members & Winemakers
– 120 Limited Production Wines
– Member Pricing Opportunities for Members & Guests
– Bountiful Food Stations that include Oysters, Shrimp, Roasted Pig, and Desserts
– Passed Hors D’oeuvres
– Live Music
$150++ Per Member / Per Guest (Only Age 21+)
Register Online or call 707.569.2900

Register separately for additional family-friendly fun on the same weekend…
KIDS – Lego Star Wars Epic Battles! – May 14 (4:00 – 9:00 pm) 707 569 2908

Last year, we hosted 350 members and guests.  Weather was perfect, in the mid 70’s.  We expect great weather again as our guests dine on grilled New York, whole suckling pigs hand carved at our pork taco station, lamb chops grilled to order, fresh shucked Hog Island Oysters with lemon and “Hog Wash” and a buffet of assorted cold seafood, cheeses, charcuterie and other treats prepared by our culinary team.  To give you an idea of what our Chef and his culinary team prepared last year, they produced; 150 pounds of New York, 200 pounds of suckling pig, 60 pounds of shrimp, 70 whole racks of lamb, 25 pounds of cheese, over 3000 assorted canapés, 800 fresh oysters, 1000 mini desserts and 60 pizzas.  By the end of the event, there was nothing left!

The wines to be featured this year are off the charts.  Futures of incredible 2013 and 2014 Cabs will be available to taste for the first time along with wines from the outstanding 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages.  Many of the wines are being previewed at the pour and our members will be the first to try these beautiful gems.  This year we will introduce three new Vintner Members at their “first pour” so be sure to drop by and enjoy their wines.

Live Brazilian jazz from Jive Samba will again be part of the festivities.  After the pour, everyone heads to the bar for a few hours of libations, homemade pizzas and truffle fries. The next day, the wine orders will begin to flow.  Come and join us and experience the best of the Wine Country.

Welcome New Vintner Members
Just in time for our 2016 Vintner Pour are the arrival of three new Vintner Members.  Please join us for a warm Mayacama Welcome for our three new Wineries.

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Dutcher Crossing Winery represents an authentic and enjoyable experience for wine-lovers who visit the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The perfect blend of award-winning wines, gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality await visitors.

Proprietor Debra Mathy can often be found welcoming guests with Dutchess, her Golden Lab, sidekick and official greeter. Winemaker Kerry Damskey’s small-lot, select vineyard approach to winemaking can be learned and enjoyed in the tasting room. In short, Dutcher Crossing offers the timeless qualities of an artisan approach to life.

The vintage high-wheel bicycle, a treasured gift from Debra’s father, represents Dutcher Crossing’s pursuit of quality small-lot winemaking, the guiding power of her father’s imagination and the journey that lies ahead.

With a magnificent view of the panoramic vineyards and hillside beauty of the Dry Creek Valley, our tasting room welcomes visitors with a sampling of some Dry Creek’s best wines. In an intimate setting, Dutcher Crossing Winery is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Away from the crowds, just outside of Healdsburg, you will find a warm, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere here in our tasting room and winery.

Fisher Family Winery

The Family Winery…IS THE RESULT OF EXPERIENCE OVER MANY YEARS. The winery was founded in 1973, when Fred and Juelle purchased 100 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western slope of Spring Mountain. There, they built a winery tucked in among the vines and Douglas Firs. The winery itself is a product of the estate, having been built from the timber that was cut and milled on-site and crafted into an award-winning facility by their good friend and architect, William Turnbull.

In 1976, the family found another 57 acres on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. The property runs from the Napa River to the Eastern Vaca Range, adjacent to the famed Eisele Vineyard, and is the source of our Lamb Vineyard Cabernet, Coach Insignia Cabernet and Cameron, Bordeaux Blend.

Their commitment is to grow and produce wines of consistent, world-class quality that express their unique mountain or valley heritage in the truest sense of terroir; the resulting wines should pay tribute to the land we are fortunate to care for, as well as each member of our team, which together will yield classic balance and style that transcends time.

Founder Fred Fisher says;”We are small in size but great in scope with both mountain and valley estate vineyards. Our wines reflect the great care we have given these vineyards; those who drink the wines and those who write about the wines sing their praise, and we are grateful.”

Wilson Family Wineries

It is hard to open the Press Democrat around the beginning of October and not see results from the annual “Sonoma County Harvest Fair” dominated by the wines from the Wilson Winery Family portfolio. In the last five years they have earned 4 “Sweepstake” awards and slough of gold medals from a panel of professional wine judges. To say they are a local favorite would be an understatement.

For Mayacama Members, you will soon see the 19 acres around our entrance being transformed into vineyards and notice the old barn has been beautifully restored. Within the next 3-4 years, the Wilsons will be crafting wines from vineyards inside our outer gate. Not only will this add to the beauty of the property, but it will also give us a “Vineyard Laboratory” where we can share the secrets of viticulture with our members.

The Wilson Family Portfolio is distinguished not only by its outstanding wines, but by the twin pillars of family and tradition on which its reputation rests. The tradition pre-dates the winery’s founding in 1993 and is evident in the century-old tin barn that houses the Wilson’s facility. One of the oldest structures in the legendary Dry Creek Valley, the barn has been lovingly restored by Ken and Diane to provide a state-of-the-art venue for their award-winning winemaking while offering glimpses into both a storied past and a promising future.The Wilson portfolio of wineries includes; Wilson Winery, Mazzocco, Soda Rock, Matrix Winery, deLorimier, St. Anne’s Crossing, Pezzi King and Jaxon Key

Contact our Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, at 707 569 2906 or jmccarty@mayacam.com regarding this new and exciting service.

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.

Meet Activities Director, Melinda Murray

It’s great to be a kid at Mayacama, where we offer an array of area and on-site adventures for our youngest Members. In addition to traditional adventures, there are also special events showcasing crafts from glass fusion workshops, sculpture classes and science experiments. Year-round, we’re always looking for new ways to create enjoyable activities which will become unforgettable memories for the little ones.

We recently had a chance to chat with Mayacama’s Activities Director, Melinda Murray, to gain some personal and professional insight.

# years in Sonoma County: 20

Originally from: Marin County

Job Title: Activities Director

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of Mayacama?

Over the last seven years of working at Mayacama, I have learned that one of the biggest pulls for our members, especially those with children, is that the club is so kid friendly. With our newly renovated play room, kids’ nights during most club events, childcare offered at anytime, our extensive summer camp schedule, and year round activity options, our members feel comfortable knowing that their children will have as much fun as they will during their stay.

What is the most popular family-friendly event at Mayacama:

Our biggest event by far for the whole family is our Easter celebration we hold every year on Easter Sunday. We fill the courtyard with crafts, cookie decorating, games, a balloon artist, cartoonist, baby animal petting zoo, and our very own Easter Bunny to take pictures with. We also have a 5,000 egg hunt that always gets the kids excited. Other noteworthy events at the club are our Mothers day brunch with a gift craft option for the children, Gingerbread house decorating at the Christmas party, and the Halloween carnival I am very excited to be bringing back this year.

Outside of Mayacama, what are 3 of your favorite spots to take kids?

I love keeping the kids active and letting them have the freedom to run around, so one of my top spots to take children is Rebounderz in Rohnert Park. It is an indoor trampoline park with an arcade and huge jungle gym for the kids to explore.

The Charles Schulz museum and Snoopy’s Ice Arena are other great spots to take kids of all ages. The museum encourage creativity with a cartoon classes offered and the history of one of our famous Sonoma County residents, while the ice rink lets the kids release some energy and play.

My other favorite spot to take the kids is Glass Fusion and Pottery Too in Sebastopol where the children are able to showcase their creative side and make beautiful and one of a kind art pieces.

What are your favorite Sonoma County annual events that are kid-friendly?

The Sonoma County Fair is a great place to take children of all ages with the rides, shows, food, and attractions that always guarantee a good time. There are also many local children theater productions and child friendly shows that run throughout the year. These are great to go to because I love when seeing a show with a child inspires their inner performer.

What’s new at Mayacama? 

Last year we renovated the clubhouse kids room by opening up all the walls and added games, big screen TV’s, a ping pong table, and shuffle board table, making it a family friendly location to spend some quality time in.

One of the additions to the activities schedule I am most excited about is the Halloween Carnival we will be bringing back this year. With games, crafts, haunted carriage rides, and entertainment galore, I am hoping this event will become as popular as the Easter Celebration.

3 words I’d use to describe Mayacama: Serene, vibrant, and family friendly.

Growing up I dreamed of being a: Professional Ballerina like my mother.

5 things I can’t live without: Golf, performing, friends, popcorn, and my dog.

Best part of my job: Giving children and their families memorable experiences while visiting Mayacama.

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Scotland and Ireland for a historical golf trip.

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.

Go Behind The Scenes with Daniel Hildebrand at Mayacama

Let’s face it. Everyone enjoys a friendly, familiar face. One of the reasons that members invest in Mayacama is because the staff is here to greet you time and time again. Over the years, relationships have been formed and friendships created between the Mayacama team, guests, neighbors and members. Each lifestyle section of our resort features consummate professionals in their industry that are happy to answer questions and lend a tip. Over the next several months we’ll be introducing you to Mayacama team members and sharing a behind the scenes look at the Mayacama lifestyle. We interviewed Daniel Hildebrand, Director of Residences at Mayacama, for a closer look at the residential side of the resort and what attracts buyers to invest in fractional and whole ownership at our resort:

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of Mayacama?
I believe the most compelling reason members have become a part of Mayacama is the outstanding golf program that has been fostered into place by our Head Golf Professional, Ted Antonopoulos. From the physical course itself, to the locker room experience, the maintenance of the grounds, and the friendliness of the staff, it all comes together to make a lasting impression that our members get to relive again and again.

The 3 things that owners in the Residence Club are most surprised to discover at Mayacama are:
The Residence Club members enjoy the scope of demographic of Residence owners. From young families to retired couples, people of all ages and backgrounds have come to call Mayacama their home in wine country.

Members are pleasantly surprised by the abundance of activities offered through our Mayacama Kid’s Summer Camp. Petting zoos, Magic Camp, and Jr. Golf Boot Camp are just some of the programs offered by our team!

While people understand that California offers great weather, Residence Club Members have come to welcome the temperate climate all 12 months of the year. Never too hot, never too cold the Residence Club Members will find themselves enjoying a refreshing glass of white wine in the middle of August while also snuggled up with a sheep skin blanket in the middle of January. Anytime is a good time to reside at Mayacama.

3 favorite design features of Mayacama Residences:
I love that Residence Club Members have the option to utilize a One-Bedroom Casita or a Three-Bedroom Villa. While the Three Bedroom Villa is the perfect spot for hosting 3 couples, or housing the entire family – a One Bedroom Casita makes the perfect spot for an intimate weekend getaway.

The Harvest Room in our Three-Bedroom Residences is a living space that functions unlike any other room. With just 3 walls, this room offers an option to embrace the outdoor beauty of Sonoma County, while including the amenities of a traditional gathering space.

The beauty and intricacy of the Residences is something very special. Inspired by the Mediterranean/Tuscan architecture, the clay tile roofs, heavy stucco, archways, and authentic landscaping seemingly to transforms you into a true Italian Villa.

Locals know best. Share someplace in Sonoma County that you’d recommend to guests/why:
For families, I love Safari West! An authentic safari adventure, Safari West offers guests something they would never expect in the heart of “Wine Country.” With giraffes, buffalo, and zebras, the family will feel like they have had their own personal zoo brought to them in Sonoma County.

We have a great local dining scene, but everyone has their favorites. What is your favorite nearby restaurant?
With so many options to pick a favorite is impossible. Persimmon (Healdsburg) is a restaurant I just recently tried and I was blown away!

What dish do you recommend? Their Seven Spice brisket was something I did not expect to find on the menu. My favorite thing was Flat Iron steak with house made kimchee and fried rice.

For those who are lucky enough to return time and time again, share one of your favorite, local summertime activities or events with us:
Summer Nights on the Green in Windsor is always a great time! The live music, local food tents, and regional crafts are always entertaining for 3 – 4 months out of the Year!

Red or White: Rose

Favorite Mayacama menu item: Crispy Chicken Breast and Thigh

5 things I can’t live without: My Dog (Mojeaux), My Family, Beer, Cheese, Coffee

Best part of my job: The team at Mayacama

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Sun River, Idaho

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.

Mayacama Members Speak

The story begins and revolves around an expansive Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse. Formal and casual alfresco dining overlooks a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. There is a spa, tennis, pools, fitness, hiking, bocce and exquisite residences nestled into the lush oak-shaded landscape. A Vintner Member program that features 35 of the leading winemakers from Napa and Sonoma accentuates the entire experience. Mayacama is above all things a vibrant and immanently social lifestyle, and an idyllic home away from home.

Discover the Mayacama Whole Ownership Villa Program and the eventual accelerated build-out of more lodging.

We always enjoy hearing first impressions of the property, we invite you to learn more about Membership at this captivating Wine Country retreat through the words of Mayacama Members.

“From our very first visit to Mayacama, we were taken in by the people, the location, and the wealth of activity at the club. We are already creating great memories with our new friends. We look forward to many years at Mayacama with our children and, some day, their families.” – Karl and Robin May

“We’d heard about this fantastic course called Mayacama so we started looking into how we could play it. We were so impressed on our first visit with the beauty of not only the golf course and surrounding vistas, but also the residences and common areas. We’re so excited to be part of Mayacama and look forward to golfing and enjoying all Mayacama has to offer on our visits to Northern California.” – William Gundry and Susan Bentley

There are so many reasons to love life at Mayacama. From its prime location to amazing amenities, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons we enjoy life at Wine Country’s premiere resort community. Read 10 Reasons We Love Mayacama Life. Click here to inquire about Memberships at Mayacama.

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.

10 Reasons We Love Mayacama Life

There are so many reasons to love life at Mayacama. From its prime location to amazing amenities, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons we enjoy life at Wine Country’s premiere resort community.

675 Acres of Classic California Wine Country
Your very own sprawling spot in the heart of Wine Country has to top the list. Sonoma County offers some of the most picturesque settings in Northern California, whether taking in rolling hills of grape vines and the colors they bring, exploring the charm and character of one of its many quaint towns or enjoying outdoor activities in a lovely natural setting. It’s hard to believe such a tranquil location exists amazingly close and within easy reach of the buzz of an international city.

Easy Access to San Francisco City Life
We’d be amiss if we didn’t highlight Mayacama’s close proximity to San Francisco. Just over an hour away the City by The Bay offers a variety of entertainment and cultural venues coupled with its incredible food scene. If you find yourself heading into the City, be sure to visit this popular travel site showcasing all that San Francisco has to offer.

A Day Trip to Lake Tahoe’s Year-Round Playground
Whether enjoying world-class skiing at Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Northstar or spending a fun-filled summer weekend on the water, Lake Tahoe is your playground at elevation and is less than a 4 hour trip from Mayacama.

The Raw Beauty of the Sonoma Coastline
The rugged majesty of the Sonoma coastline is easy to reach from Mayacama. Visitors escape to this remote destination to unwind, relax and take in some of the more scenic sights along this barely touched coastline. You can also travel back in time with a visit to the early Russian establishment at Fort Ross, an outpost engaged in hunting and trading.

World Class Dining with a Farm to Table Twist
Enjoy the casual elegance that Wine Country has to offer with its variety of farm-fresh dining options throughout the region. Whether you choose an elegant, formal setting or a casual family-friendly venue, there is something for everyone when it comes to dining in Wine Country. In fact, 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.

No Club Celebrates Golf and Wine like ‪Mayacama
Of course, we are a bit partial when it comes to golf courses. Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. GOLF.com ranks Mayacama #9 among the “19 Best 19th Holes”. Saying, “It boasts (35+) vintner-members, including the folks who produce Cakebread Cellars Chalk Hill Estate Winery and Silver Oak Cellars. Each vintner provides special tastings each year — the better to help members cope with a Jack Nicklaus design that’s so tough, it would drive anyone to pop a second cork.” However, if you do find yourself along the California coast, there are a number of outstanding public courses in Pebble Beach and Santa Cruz, an easy drive from Mayacama.

Pedal Heaven – 2-Wheeled Nirvana
Recreational bicycling options abound in the region. Enjoy scenic and winding roads as you tour the landscape of Wine Country on 2-wheels. Our Concierge can set you up with group bike tours or recommend the very best trails for those novice to recreational riders. For the competitors out there, Levi’s GranFondo is both a challenging and competitive mass-start cycling event hosting riders of all ability levels from around the world.

Rejuvenation -Hot Springs and Spa Central
Our region is known for its health spas, drawing visitors from across the globe. Unwind onsite. The Spa at Mayacama offers an experienced team of massage therapists and estheticians who deliver rejuvenating treatments for body, mind and spirit. For those looking for a nearby spa outing, head over the hill to nearby Calistoga, a town made famous by their geothermal hot springs.

A Kid-Friendly Location
If you have little ones, there are a number of venues to keep them engaged and entertained. In addition to the family-friendly onsite pool, golf and tennis courts, Maycama offers a great line-up of kid-friendly events planned year-round for our wee members. Thoughtfully created for different age groups up to 14 years old, the Mayacama Juniors’ Club features year-round activities that are anything but ordinary. There’s trapeze adventure at the Russian River Circus School. Kids can learn about the magic of filmmaking and special effects with an industry expert. Experience life on the Savannah at Safari West or skate ‘til you drop at Snoopy’s Home Ice. If they still have energy after the skating adventure, head over to the adjacent Charles M. Schultz Museum and explore the world of the man who brought us the Peanuts Comic Strips.

An Event for Every Season
There are a number of events and festivals throughout the year. From wine and harvest, food to film, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A few examples of local events in the upcoming months are the Annual Olive Festival, California Artisan Cheese Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival and Savor Sonoma County- A Barrel Tasting & Culinary Experience. The list goes on and on… At Mayacama, you are never short of memorable life-long experiences to share with friends and family.

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.