Get Cozy at these Wine Country Restaurants

Winter months bring a chill to the air so how does one get a feeling of warmth while dining in Wine Country?  It’s easy really; just head to these local restaurants which offer the relaxing warmth, sounds and aroma of crackling wood fires on a cool winter day. Whether you are enjoying the ambiance of a blazing fireplace or partaking in the delicious treats cooked up in a wood-burning oven, the warm atmosphere offered by both is a welcome and inviting setting for you and your family.

Campo Fina, Healdsburg
Enjoy authentic, rustic Italian food all set in a comfortable, casual setting which includes a wood-burning oven on the back patio. Try the Wood-fired Pork Belly Pizza with pork belly, parmigiano, marscapone, brusells sprouts, leeks, garlic & black pepper.

Cafe Citti, Kenwood
While wood-burning ovens fire your pizza, relax at this casual, locals’ hangout anchored by a fireplace to warm you on cool days.  Not in the mood for pizza?  Try one of their specialty pastas.  You can’t go wrong with the Gnocchi, Luca’s house made potato dumplings served with your choice of Meat sauce, Marinara sauce or Pesto sauce or the Ravioli alla Citti- Luca’s house made ravioli filled with pork, swiss chard and fresh herbs, served in a light tomato and basil cream sauce.

Rosso Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar, Petaluma and Santa Rosa
Enjoy rustic Italian food created from fresh, organic, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The Tuscan wood-burning oven gives you the true Neapolitan style of crisp, yeasty, wood-fired pizza. The wine bar boasts over 100 wines from around the world to pair with one of the best pizzas in Sonoma County. Add the Capo salad (local arugula, oven roasted artichokes, shaved grana padano and whole lemon vinaigrette) with your pizza for an unforgettable and delicious dining experience.

Central Market, Petaluma
The perfect setting for a gathering of friends and family, this popular Petaluma restaurant offers farm-to-fork Californian-Mediterranean fare and wine pairings served up in a casual, loft-like bistro, with bread baked daily in its wood-fired oven. From the Wood Grill section of the dinner menu, try the Mary’s Chicken Breast with soft polenta and roasted mushrooms or the Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak served with Diablo butter and Kennebec fries.

Stark’s Steak & Seafood, Santa Rosa
Located a few blocks from Historic Railroad Square, this Santa Rosa establishment serves up some of Sonoma’s best steaks and seafood. Enjoy your meal in the front room with its roaring fireplace and popular bar, or the more formal dining room.  Either way you’ll experience some of the best dining in Wine Country.  Try the Bacon wrapped 10 oz. filet mignon with the whole grain mustard bearnaise;  it’s simply delicious.

Monti’s, Santa Rosa
Monti’s is a popular choice for contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to nightly specials from the large wood-fired rotisserie, there are small and big plates featuring fresh local meats and seasonal produce.  Their “Off the Rotisserie” menu items change daily but offer such dishes as Honey glazed Neiman Ranch St. Louis spare ribs and Suckling pig served with sage polenta, smoked pearl onion and swiss chard.

Vignette, Sebastopol
The wood-burning oven is blazing at this delightful spot situated in The Barlow.  Vignette serves up delicious Neapolitan pizza made with love & true artisan intentions.  All pizzas are baked in a wood fire oven at 850 degrees, producing a lightly charred tender crust and topped with the highest quality, local organic ingredients. Choose from a variety of menu items from their Pizze Classiche and Pizze Moderne categories.

So remember to bundle up and enjoy all the warmth that Wine Country has to offer.

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

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Microadventure: A Day in Healdsburg

Looking for a short trip to explore one of wine country’s quaint towns?  Then head north and spend a day in Healdsburg. Just a short trip from Mayacama, this destination location doesn’t disappoint with a number of venues sure to please; restaurants, shops and tasting rooms all await you.

10:00 – 12:00 – Arrive at the square and start your day with a little help from the Healdsburg coffee scene. Head to Flying Goat Coffee for their award-winning gourmet coffee. Enjoy a full-bodied, robust blend? Try Mrs. Garland’s Blend for your AM beverage. Insider tip: There are actually two cafes in Healdsburg (324 and 419 Center St.) so if one is crowded, head to the other nearby location.  We understand how important that cup of coffee can be and waiting may not be an option.

Pair your coffee with a memorable treat at Moustache Baked Goods. Their menu is seasonal and ever-changing; some current cupcakes being offered which caught our eye: The Farmer with fresh carrot cake and cream cheese frosting, The Outlaw with chocolate cake sea salt caramel and The Miller with Meyer lemon olive oil and lemon curd…delicious.

12:30 – Grab your lunch just off the square at Campo Fina. Start with the Burrata Cheese (grilled bread, prosciutto and aged balsamic) followed by the Cubano which includes roasted pork, smoked pork tenderloin, swiss cheese, sweet pickles, pickled onions and mustard aioli on a telera roll. For those looking for a lighter take on their mid-day meal, try The Katina from their Insalata menu – mixed greens, achiote chicken breast, avocado, pickled jalapeno, queso fresco, toasted pumpkin seeds and citrus vinaigrette. If you’d rather dine on southern cuisine, head to The Parish Café for some of the best New Orleans food to be found in our region. Try a Po-Boy or a House Special Gumbo or Muffaletta. Or sample their sides of Jambalaya, Crab Claw Hush Puppies or Fried Green Tomatoes.

2:00-5:30 – Now it’s time to explore some retailers for a unique shopping experience. At SHED, you’ll find all things quintessentially wine country. The quaint store offers beautiful housewares, thoughtfully considered pantry provisions as well as impeccably-designed farm and garden tools. Their wares are the perfect way to embrace wine country living. If you have completed your shopping, cozy up to the Fermentation Bar where they offer house-made kombucha and kefir water, Shrubs (an old-fashioned refresher) as well as local wine, beer, hard cider, honey mead, and natural sodas. In their second floor space, known as the Grange, they host classes and workshops focused on food and farming. At SHED you can embrace your inner agrarian.

Peruse the extensive collection of books at Copperfield’s Books. Set on the Square, this store provides locals and tourists alike with thousands of titles to choose from. Visitors will enjoy an extensive magazine selection as well as expansive cookbook and travel sections. Staff recommendations also give fiction lovers input as to hot titles they may enjoy.

Anytime you combine champagne and shopping it results in a memorable experience. That is exactly what you will find at Looking Glass. Explore designer items while sipping on champagne for a unique and unforgettable retail experience.

6:00 – 8:00 – Now off to dinner. There are a number of dining venues but here are a few local favorites. If you enjoy a rustic yet elegant take on Wine Country dining, look no further than Barndiva. The food is fresh, sophisticated and delicious. Start with the beet salad with brie, apple, radish, endive, kumquat and champagne vinaigrette; for a main dish you can’t go wrong with the seared king salmon with french green lentils, white wine poached apple and frisèe bacon. If you arrive a bit early, drop in to the adjacent Studio Barndiva, an art gallery with an eclectic collection of new work by a variety of artists, painters and sculptors.

Named “One of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the U.S.” by Travel & Leisure, Bravas Bar de Tapas boasts some amazing food as well as one of the best patios in town. Try the Dungeness Crab Fideua, a traditional Spanish style pasta or the Steamed Clams in cava with garlic, parsley and chili flakes. This recent yelp review sums up the dining experience quite nicely: “This was my first tapas experience and I absolutely loved it. A strange mix of classy and casual, suits the tapas experience perfectly. On one hand immaculate presentation and great service and on the other hand casual tables and drinking wine from water glasses.” – Vladimir P.

After 8:00 – Enjoy after dinner drinks in a comfortable and inviting setting at Bergamot Alley, where they serve up Mediterranean wines, as well as a selection of beers, sakés, ciders and dessert wines. It’s a night owl’s paradise as this establishment stays open until 1 am on most nights. Or venture out for cocktails at Spoonbar, spotlighting locally and domestically produced spirits and organic herbs, fruits and vegetables resulting in a true farm-to-bar cocktails. Try the Spoonbar Daiquiri with Flor de Cana, Hamilton Jamaican Dark Rum, Clarified Strawberry Juice, Kiwi Shrub and Kaffir Lime Syrup or the Local Whiskey Tasting Flight, showcasing 4 wine country libations. Choose from spirit focus, cocktails and wine menus for a great way to end an evening.

For those in search of a little dessert, look no further than Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar. This sweet little shop serves up heritage pies, such as Meyer Lemon Raspberry and Strawberry Blueberry Ginger. Or choose an ice cream treat with flavors which include Corn Flake Crown Maple, Blackberry Rosemary and Matcha Almond Green Tea.

So plan a trip to our neighbor to the north for a day of fun for the entire 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.

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