Top Picks from the Food Critics at Sonoma Magazine

In search of a bit of culinary deliciousness and variety?  Look no further than these nearby restaurants which made the top 18 list of the food critics at Sonoma Magazine.  From Japanese to Italian, comfort food to farm-to-table, these wine country restaurants are a “must add” to your 2018 dining bucket list.

Single Thread Farm-Restaurant-Inn, Healdsburg: Plan on four hours and serious wallet damage for supper at this luxury kaiseki destination that’s the Japanese answer to The French Laundry. The menu changes nearly daily, combining Asian ingredients with precious produce from the restaurant’s own farm. 131 North St., Healdsburg, 707-7234646.

Pinoli Cucina Rustica, Guerneville: Chef Christian Darcoli owns a similar restaurant in Puerto Rico, but he is on-site for this Mediterranean eatery where he makes his own pastas and forages his own garden. As expected, seasonal pastas are the focus, like ravioli stuffed with sheep ricotta, borage, zucca flower and braised herbs, and then bathed with butter, Parmesan and sage. 13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, 707-604-7609. [SCHEDULED TO REOPEN IN MARCH 2018]

Negri’s Italian Dinners & Joe’s Bar, Occidental: The Negri family has had a winning formula since 1943, and it’s stood the test of time with delicious classics like chicken parmigiana, lasagna and garlic shrimp pasta, all served with family-style starters including minestrone soup, mixed green salad, antipasto veggies, salami, French bread and butter, and for some entrées, ravioli, too. 3700 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, 707-874-0301.

Gypsy Café, SebastopolComfort food is elevated with top-notch ingredients, such as “pork and beans” boasting Rancho Gordo yellow-eye heirloom beans and savory greens, or wine-braised pot roast anchored by golden-seared Parmesan polenta. The chic-antique decor makes a meal extra-special as well. 162 N. Main St., Sebastopol, 707-861-3825.

Gravenstein Grill, Sebastopol: The chef shops Sonoma County for excellent ingredients, then crafts them into mouthwatering Cal cuisine like crispy local duck leg partnered with braised red cabbage mixed with organic local heirloom apples, smoked bacon, herbed spaetzle and organic local plum gastrique. Killer local wine list, too. 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, 707-634-6142.

Fork Roadhouse, Sebastopol: Tucked in a quiet Sebastopol valley, this charming roadhouse is a locals’ favorite for its top-notch California food at fair prices. Chef and owner Sarah Piccolo impresses with signature dishes such as her Tuscan bean breakfast of Meyer lemon broth with kale and two fried eggs, and a pistachio-pepita-encrusted wild salmon with grapefruit lime sauce over a panzanella salad. 9890 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol, 707-6347575.

Want to explore some more?  See the complete list of all 18 restaurants on the Sonoma Magazine website. Happy dining.

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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January Events in Wine Country

The local events scene in 2018 hits the ground running with a variety of venues sure to be a hit with the entire family.  From music festivals to acrobats, winemaker dinners to art exhibits, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of January in Wine Country.

New Year’s Day Celebration (January 1)
Ring in 2018 at Breathless Wines!  Celebrate in style on New Year’s Day with tasty bubbly paired with appetizers, Tarot Card reading to see into your fabulous 2018, and treats and water for that special pooch in your life! This event is free and includes a glass of sparkling wine, appetizers and a tarot reading (the Tarot readings will take place between 1-3pm – please call ahead to reserve a spot). There will also be terrific wine specials: 40% off select wines.  More information can be found here.

Stand Up Sonoma (January 4)
This once in a lifetime night of comedy relief will feature Joel McHale, Nick Kroll, Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, Chris Porter, and Chris D’Elia performing onstage! Pat Jordan will host. All proceeds will go to the Sonoma Pride Fundraiser at The King Ridge Foundation to directly help those in Sonoma County affected by the October wildfires.  More information can be found here.

Year of the Dog (January 5)
Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents the exhibit The Year of the Dog from January 5 through February 11. From Coolidge to Keith Haring, from hunting scenes to Picasso’s “le chien”, the four-legged friend has always taken a special place in the arts. As 2018 is the Chinese year of the dog, Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents artists’ distinctly spirited look at the subject.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member*  First Friday Pour Friday, (January 5) from 5:30- 6:30 pm
Leading the industry in sustainability, Kendall-Jackson will be sharing single vineyard wines normally only found in their tasting rooms. From day one, Kendall-Jackson has been family owned and operated. This fact surprises many wine lovers, who assume that a winery of this stature must have been acquired by a major corporation by now. But Kendall-Jackson remains family run: a fact that is crucial to all aspects of the business. For one thing, with future generations of Jacksons to consider, the winery puts its long-term interests before short-term financial gains. There’s also the integrity of the family name, which appears on every bottle of wine it produces, to uphold. wine starts with respect for the land, the community, and the future generations. Member Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Symphony Pops: What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong (January 6)
A powerhouse trumpeter, gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger, Byron Stripling joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for a tribute to Louis Armstrong that is both electrifying and heartfelt.  More information can be found here.

*Maycama Member* NCAA Championship Viewing Party, Monday, (January 8 ) from 5 – 9 pm
College Football! Watch the NCAA Championships at Mayacama with food, drinks and your fellow Mayacama Members. Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Le Crema Winemaker Dinner (January 12)
The 33rd Annual Winemaker Series continues in 2018! On January 12, the new series opens with Winemaker Craig McAllister of La Crema Winery serving Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Winemaker Dinner: Stonestreet, Friday, (January 20) from 6 – 9 pm
Stonestreet Estate Vineyards stands as one of the most extensive mountain estates in the world and is a testament to the quality of high-elevation winegrowing in California. Here one finds a collection of distinctive single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc — wines carved from an extreme landscape. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs uses artisanal winemaking practices — fruit is harvested by hand, Chardonnays undergo native yeast fermentation and Cabernets are fermented in upright French oak tanks to tame tannins — that ensure the best expression of mountain terroir. The resulting wine is dynamic and intensely flavorful with bold structural integrity and the distinctive flavor profile of the Mayacamas Mountain Range’s Black Mountain. Seating is limited to the first 40 members and their guests. Price: $125++ Per Person, Member Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Golden Dragon Acrobats  (January 21)
Recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, Golden Dragon Acrobats combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. More information can be found here.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (January 26)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is known the world over for melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Over creating an electric musical and spiritual force that has garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people on every continent. More information can be found here.

Sixth Annual Sebastopol Guitar Festival (January 27)
The last Saturday in January is Sebastopol’s annual Guitarfest. The day is filled with fabulous concerts, workshops, and exhibits. Take some time to check out the exhibits of hand-crafted guitars, and join these talented guitar makers as they speak about their craft in afternoon presentations. Enjoy mini-concerts throughout the day; a perfect Saturday outing for those who enjoy acoustic music.  More information can be found here.

Dirty Cello (January 27)
Exciting cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman and her band return to CPAC for their third consecutive year. From China to Italy and across the U.S., Dirty Cello commands audience attention with their high-octane, cello-driven tunes. Blues, bluegrass, rock n’ roll, and even an occasional foray into classical fare— Rebecca Roudman and Dirty Cello always deliver a musical good time!  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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December Events in Wine Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018 to all.

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

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November Events in Wine Country

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

Veterans Day Parade (November 11)
Vintage war birds and sleek air racers fly over to Petaluma on Nov. 11 to take part in what has been called the “largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.” Watch as veterans, the US Air Force Band of the West, Clydesdales, and more parade proudly through the streets of Petaluma. Music in the gazebo starts the festivities at noon and the parade begins at 1:00 and festivities conclude at Walnut Park with a program at 2:45. More information can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Holiday Season in Wine Country; there is nothing quite like it.

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

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October Events in Wine Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Mayacama Member* Great Pumpkin Festival – October 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

September Events in Wine Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August Events in Wine Country

It’s summertime in Wine Country.  The weather is hot and so is the events scene.  August offers a number of events the whole family will enjoy;  from outdoor movies to evening dinners, fairs to festivals, summer is in full swing in Sonoma County.

SHED Supper: Southern Cooking – August 1
Southern Cooking! The August SHED Supper will be a celebration with gumbo, okra, and the best of Cajun cooking, featuring local farmers, winemakers, and visiting chefs. Dinner is served family style and seating is casual, so come with your family, bring a neighbor and make new friends! Beer, wine, and housemade kombucha and shrubs will be available for purchase at the event. More information can be found here.

Sonoma County Fair – August 3 – August 13
The Sonoma County Fair returns to Wine Country.  Get ready for snow in August, a Mardi Gras parade, Talk like a Pirate day and more at the Sonoma County Fair, August 3 – August 13! The Hall of Flowers floral design theme will be “Holidays in Bloom”, in conjunction with the Fair’s 2017 theme “Holidaze at the Sonoma County Fair.”  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* First Friday Pour | Arrowood Friday, August 4 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Arrowood is within the Jackson Family Winery portfolio and located in the heart of Sonoma Valley. This area is described as a warm pocket in a cool region making it perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, Arrowood’s signature wine. Mayacama Members are invited to join us on Friday, August 4th for a tasting and a fun evening.

Petaluma Music Festival – August 5
The Petaluma Music Festival offers a variety of music for people of all ages, as well as fine beers, premium wine tasting, and specialty food vendors. This non-profit festival benefits the music education programs in all Petaluma area schools.  More information can be found here.

NorCal Brew Fest – August 5
The popular NorCal Brew Fest will be held during the Sonoma County Fair! Sonoma County has become known as a premier beer destination as well. Breweries and cideries in the United States are invited to celebrate our local love of beer while enjoying unlimited tastes of over 50 beers and ciders. More information can be found here.

Bounty of Sonoma County Dinner – August 12
Experience a celebration of Sonoma County agriculture with an alfresco dinner party in Healdsburg’s Jordan Winery that brings the region’s greatest culinary treasures to your plate. More information can be found here.

Drive-In Movie – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – August 19
Experience old school Sonoma County. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Drive-In at the Citrus Fair Fairgrounds in Cloverdale.  More information can be found here.

Sonoma County’s Blues and Arts Festival – August 19
The 19th SOMO Concerts invites you to a day long pop-up festival filled with nationally acclaimed Sonoma grown blues and a beautifully curated fine art gallery.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Private KJ Event: Tomato Festival, Saturday, August 19 from 2:00 -5:00 pm
Kendall-Jackson has sadly decided to discontinue their annual Tomato Festival after 20 successful years. However, the private event for Mayacama Members lives on! The great folks from the Jackson Family Wine Estates will host up to 40 of our members for our own private afternoon.

Begin with a tour of the gardens, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables from all over the world. The gardens are tended by Tucker Taylor, formerly of the Master Gardener at the French Laundry. Taste tomato inspired dishes created by KJ’s personal chefs along with artisan pizza from their wood-burning oven, located in the garden. Pair their creations with wines from the Jackson Family Estates while relaxing or strolling through the garden.

Mayacama Members are invited to join us on Saturday, August 19 from 2:00 to 5:00. Attendance is limited to the first 40 members who sign up. Shuttle service will be available by reservation only.

$50++ pp age 21+  Registration required: 707 569 2900 or Register Online.

Movies in The Plaza – Finding Dory – August 22
Head to The Plaza in Healdsburg for the final movie event of the summer.  August’s Movie will be family-friendly, Finding Dory. The movie will begin at 8:45, following the Tuesday evening concert. Reminder that Movies in the Plaza are alcohol free events. Free popcorn for the whole family! More information can be found here.

Movies on the Green – Disney’s Beauty & the Beast – August 26
Grab a picnic blanket and enjoy a summer’s evening on Weill Lawn as the Green Music Center screens a double-feature of Disney’s two versions of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Antiques and Arts Fair – August 27
The annual summer Antiques and Arts Fair in the historic Healdsburg Plaza will boast over 80 vendors, artists and craftsmen displaying their treasures and artistry. Visit nearby art galleries, boutiques, and tasting rooms and dine in one of the towns many popular restaurants.  More information can be found here.

Plan ahead for Sept 1st!

*Mayacama Members* Sip ‘N Swing & Dinner, Friday, September 1 from 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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 4:00pm 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 specialty cocktails, ice cold beers and sip summer wines on several 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

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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July Events in Wine Country

The summer Wine Country event scene has hit the ground running, with a variety of venues that doesn’t disappoint. July offers a number of events the whole family will enjoy;  from Independence Day celebrations to river festivals, beer fests to music festivals, summer is coming to Wine Country in a big way.

Fireworks Over Bodega Bay – July 2
Celebrate Independence Day in Sonoma County with a spectacular firework display over Bodega Bay! The show starts at dark, around 9:30 p.m. Remember to layer as it can get chilly on the coast. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Red, White & Blues, Saturday, July 1 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Come celebrate red, white, and blues…vintner-style! Please join us and co-hosts Janice & John Bostock in the courtyard for great music, dancing, and a scrumptious BBQ. Ravenswood Wine will be flowing along with our newest additions to Red, White, and Blues, Fisher Vineyards, Armida, Silver Oak and Stonestreet. Back by popular demand, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers!

Members Only: $125++ Per Person (wine included)
Registration Required: 707 569 2900 or Register Online
In Room Menu available until 8:30 pm. Bar & Grill a la carte menu available until 5:30 pm.
Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance and no-shows will be charged in full.
Register your children Online for Kids’ Night : Fear Factor Games

*Mayacama Members* Tuesday, July 4th Clubhouse BBQ from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The club will be open Tuesday, July 4th! We will have an All-American BBQ inside the clubhouse for dinner! No A la carte’ service that evening.

Members Only $40++ ages 13+
$15++ ages 12 and under
Register Online or call 707.569.2900

Sonoma’s 4th of July on the Plaza – July 4
Named the eighth best 4th of July celebrations in the country by Travel+Leisure Magazine & Yahoo News, Sonoma’s 4th of July Celebration is a tradition that brings the community together in all that makes Sonoma great and honors our great nations independence. Enjoy parades, marching bands and fun floats. On the historic plaza, you’ll find live music and games all day long along with food, beer, and wine. At dusk, find a spot for the fireworks show. More information can be found here.

American Dream Auto Show at 101 North Brewery & Taproom – July 4
Bring the family and join in on the festivities for the inaugural “American Dream Auto Show” event between 11am and 7pm hosted by 101 North Brewing Company. See specialized and custom specialty cars brought in by participating Car Clubs and individuals, plus get your “Luck of the Draw” $1 – $250 Raffle Tickets to win a custom ’49 Chevy Truck. Learn more here.

Flynn Creek Circus in Santa Rosa – July 7-9
Having thrilled audiences all over the world, the Flynn Creek Circus presents an exciting new show for 2017!  Experience a unique story told by the world class character clowns and ringmasters as they bring you tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, and more! More information can be found here.

Wine Country Big Q – BBQ Competition and Festival – July 8
Featuring pit masters from throughout the West Coast, the 6th Annual Wine Country Big Q BBQ Competition and Festival is a nationally sanctioned competition with mouth-watering “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award winning brews and delectable desserts. Fun for the whole family. Professional and amateur categories. Benefit for Sonoma County Vet Connect. More information can be found here.

Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series – Chris Isaak – July 8
The 27th Annual Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series presented by Montgomery Village features great entertainers, award-winning wines, and local food purveyors. Surrounded by stunning wine country scenery, concert-goers are treated to intimate, unforgettable musical performances in a picturesque, summertime setting. More information can be found here.

The GMC’s Annual Bluegrass Festival – July 9
The GMC’s Third Annual Bluegrass Festival has become an annual favorite in Sonoma County. This year’s event features Del and Dawg Bluegrass Band, Mark O’Connor and the O’Connor Family Band, and Sierra Hull.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Green Valley Growers Trip – July 12 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Our annual visit to Green Valley Growers in Sebastopol promises to be another fun field trip. Enjoy Paul’s signature sticky buns and coffee before an intimate tour of Dr. Jerry Bolduan’s garden. Each year his garden is even more beautiful and he has some new things to share with you as well. After a tour, enjoy a light Mayacama-prepared wine luncheon on the outdoor deck. Jerry will speak on numerous garden topics and answer questions as you have them. Join us for the peace and tranquility of his property.

Members Only $40 Per Person
Registration Required: 707 569 2900 or Online Note: Event space is limited. Transportation from Mayacama available with advance notice and departs from the Club promptly at 9:30 am. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance and no-shows will be charged in full.

Bastille Day Dinner – July 14
Celebrate French gastronomy with Jordan’s first-ever Bastille Day dinner party celebration, hosted on France’s Independence Day, also known as La Fête Nationale.  More information can be found here.

Rivertown Revival – July 22
This local community festival highlights the Petaluma River and all of the amazing artists who call Sonoma County home. The fun event includes an art boat race and parade, floating art barges and an all-day festival which features local music, art, food and drink, and fabulous local vendors.  More information can be found here.

Free Movies on the Green – July 22
Spend a summer’s evening with two of Disney’s best loved princesses, The Little Mermaid (1989) and Moana (2016), on the Weill Lawn at the Green Music Center.  More information can be found here.

Breakfast with the Winemakers – July 28-29
Join winemakers from Martinelli, Inman Family Wines and Hook & Ladder Vineyards & Winery for a casual breakfast Q & A on July 28th. On July 29th join winemakers from Fritz Underground Winery, J Rickards Winery and Deux Amis Winery for a casual breakfast Q & A.  More information can be found here.

Fort Ross Festival – July 29
Enjoy a multicultural celebration with live music and dance, food bazaar, beer garden, costumed historical reenactments, historic crafts, militia cannon firings, and children’s activities. Fort Ross Festival is a wonderful summer celebration covering the breadth of the settlements multicultural community. 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.

photo credit: https://www.northcoastwineandfood.com/

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/

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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