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.

Share your #MayacamaScene in 2016

Natural beauty surrounds us each and every day in Wine Country. The picturesque region attracts visitors from across the country looking to spend time relaxing in a gorgeous and tranquil setting. Take a moment to capture your adventures in 2016 and join us in sharing the amazing scenery while staying at Mayacama.

We invite members and guests of all ages to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*. In order to be entered in the contest, 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.

It is getting easier to take amazing photos on-the-go with the incorporation of high resolution cameras in mobile devices. Flickr recently showcased the dominance of the Apple iPhone as far as post frequency over professional DSLR cameras such as Canon and Nikon. With the ability to capture the scenic imagery no further than your pocket or purse, taking photos couldn’t be easier; so grab those phones and click away for a chance to win at Mayacama.

Be sure to join us on Instagram at @Mayacama as we feature our favorite images of Mayacama and beyond. If you’re new to the network, get the Instagram basics. If you need some additional tips, Mashable shares 12 awesome Instagram features you’re probably not using.

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.

Image credit: @jidskonson, @tripledeluca, @ireneturner6

Introducing Mayacama Uncorked

It has been an exciting year at Mayacama and we are thrilled to introduce you to our new Member Magazine – Mayacama Uncorked, a quarterly digital publication showcasing the lifestyle, amenities and recreational opportunities members enjoy in Wine Country.

In the first issue of Mayacama Uncorked, we explore a number of topics including Club Life, Fresh Fare Dining, Membership Perks, Member Amenities, as well as Golf News and Tips. Get ready to mark your calendars in the coming year, upcoming events will be featured in future issues making it easy to fill your annual calendar with a taste of the very best of the Sonoma lifestyle.

In Club Life, the Vintner Program is explored, showcasing World-class vintages, the heart of the wine experience at Mayacama. Members enjoy access to limited vintages as well as invitations to member-only events. Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, offers members a variety of tasting venues and the ability to customize a tasting for any occasion.

Fresh Fare showcases Executive Chef Scott Pikey and his passion for incorporating farm fresh, local ingredients in his delicious culinary endeavors. Watch for an upcoming interview with Chef Pikey for a behind-the-scenes look at his philosophy on food, life and more.

Golf New & Tips offers a wrap-up on the tournament season with the Pro-Member Invitational. For those of you looking to generate more power in your downswing, Mayacama’s PGA First Assistant Golf Professional and TPI Certified Golf Instructor, Andrew Black, offers some video advice for a helpful drill to improve your game.

Get your smartphones ready to capture your favorite local scenes. We’ve just launched an annual photo contest at Mayacama! Share a picture of your visual journey and experiences at Mayacama by using #MayacamaScene for a chance to win giveaways throughout the coming year.

The premiere issue concludes with a wrap-up of the annual Member Holiday Party and a warm welcome to our newest members. Take a peek at the first issue 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.

A Conversation with Our Wine Director

They’re down a dirt road, tucked up against the shores of a crystal-clear creek. They’re balanced on a steep ridge overlooking the valley. They’re draped along a hillside at dusk, allowing their vines of deep black fruit one last touch of a cooling breeze.

Vintner Members of Mayacama’s Vintner Program span the grape-growing countryside around the Sonoma Valley. They come to this special spot not only to make and share their wines, but also to share in the lifestyle of so many Members and guests whose tastes resonate in the same way.

Jeff McCarthy with Mike Gargus, Mayacama’s Assistant Wine Director.

Jeff McCarthy with Mike Gargus, Mayacama’s Assistant Wine Director.

As the rare and special vintages that pour here at Mayacama have helped make a name for our property among wine lovers, so has Jeff McCarthy, our wine director, contributed so many great moments to our experience of what’s in a glass.

With the best weeks of summer still stretching before us, McCarthy paused during a busy schedule to talk a bit of wine, and what’s upcoming for Vintner Program participants.

Mayacama: Who are some of the newest Vintner Members to join the program?

McCarthy: In the past year, we have added Alysian, Benovia, Walter Hansel, and Wren Hop to our Vintner Family. Each winery not only brings great wine to the program, but the Vintner Members themselves are a great addition to our club. They all actively participate in our programs and are available to our members.

MYA: What are some of the most notable upcoming points in the Vintner Program — dates we should add to our calendars for the second half of 2014?

McCarthy: We are looking to expand wine education, as well as add some creative food and wine events. We will continue with our First Friday tastings, Winemaker Dinners, and the Fall Release Party, but also schedule some mid-month complimentary tastings. This time, we’re focusing on specific varietals, their components and flavor components. Also, look for us to host a Cigar-B-Que, an Oktoberfest event, and our own personal tomato festival at the KJ Culinary Center. We have also invited food professionals from a chocolatier and salumi shop, to explore how they pair with wine. A field trip or two are also in the final planning stages.

MYA: With so many ways to experience wine at Mayacama, how do you balance the Vintner’s Program schedule so that it best represents a range of selections from the area? 

McCarthy: If I only brought in the wines that I like to drink, the list would be pretty one-dimensional. I try and bring in wines that represent as many different wine-making styles and flavor profiles as possible, as well as different terroir. [Terroir being the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma.] A great quaffing wine might not be the best food wine — yet our guests drink wine before their meal, as well as with their meal. Finding the right wine for the meal is a wonderful challenge. I also believe that listening to our members is extremely important. I hear what they are saying, note their preferences, and ask for their feedback. When I know what a member likes, I can bring in other wines they will enjoy and that will expand their wine experience.

With the robust schedule McCarthy manages and exciting new partnerships in the pipeline, the Vintner Program is ever-evolving. There’s no better time to enjoy membership at Mayacama with invitations to McCarthy’s wine events, access to special wine orders and more!

 

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

Wildflowers in Sonoma

If you judge a season by its blooms, spring is an early visitor in Sonoma County this year. Scarce winter rains and warm temps settled in ahead of schedule, and so the parks of this lush wine country are already awash in color.

Bottom line, Owners and guests at Mayacama are in the midst of a glorious moment. From the front door of Mayacama’s luxury fractional homes they’re only moments from the heart of this region’s green spaces, and the options for wildflowers are everywhere.

For a guide to how to see spring, this year, let’s turn to the experts who are out on the trails.

Spring Surprises: 2014 in Sonoma County

A drier than usual winter in Northern California means unexpected pleasures along the paths that wind the fields, waterfronts, and woods of Sonoma.

The grasses and non-native vegetation that can crowd wildflowers — park experts think there will be fewer of them this year. That means a chance to see more flowers, and to see certain kinds of blooms that might otherwise have been hidden in years prior.

“Whatever happens, this will be an interesting year,” writes Phil Dean, master gardener, on the Sonoma County Wildflowers blog. “You’ll see things you’ve never before seen. I can’t predict exactly what that will be but you’ll notice different plants and I encourage you to get out and see them.”

And, this year, what you do find — from the indigo hues of grape-scented Blue Sky Lupines to the tender yellow of Sun Cups — these are plants that have proven their hardiness during a drought. There’s a home-gardening tip packed into that phenomenon.

“The nice ones you see surviving well are probably the ones you’ll want to shop for at your local native plant store,” Dean writes. “These are plants that don’t use irrigation [or] need a lot of extra water.”

Seeing Color: A Collection of Guided Walks

So, how do you get to all this beauty? Try a tour with the experts at Sonoma County Regional Parks. The schedule and topics for this spring’s series of free guided hikes is as follows — and there’s more information at their calendar page (once on the site, you can use the provided menu filter to select Wildflower Walks).

What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than to lose oneself in a world of natural wonders — all part of the riches for which this grape-graced landscape is known? And, as always, if you have any questions about transportation or coordinating a walk with the parks department, just talk to your Mayacama concierge.

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