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7 Sweet Destinations in Sonoma County

If you find yourself in search of something a little sweet or a date night dessert, don’t worry.  We’ve rounded up some of the finest destinations in Sonoma County sure to satisfy the most demanding sweet tooth.

Nestled in the small, quaint town of Forestville you will find a special dining experience. Backyard is a seasonal, sustainable restaurant drawing their inspiration from the bounties of Sonoma County.  Along with their amazing dinner and lunch menus, you will find dessert and brunch menus which include some tasty treats.   For weekend brunch you have to order the Bucket ‘o Doughnuts (pictured above), served with Santa Rosa Plum Jam, Cinnamon & Sugar. Simply delish!  On their dessert menu, try the Route 12 Strawberry Crumble with buttermilk sherbet;  you can thank us later.

Guerneville has a wonderful venue for those looking for sweets.  Located in the historic Guerneville Bank Club, you will find the handmade ice cream deliciousness that is Nimble & Finn’s;  they use organic dairy from local Straus Creamery, seasonal produce and housemade jams, cakes and candy in their inspired takes on classic flavors.  For those interested in baked goods, Chile Pies Baking Company doesn’t disappoint, offering handmade pies and other baked goods like cookies and cupcakes. Try the Green Chile Apple & Mexican Chocolate Pecan pies….delicious.

Take a sweet trip into the past and explore all that Powell’s Sweet Shoppe in Windsor has to offer. Powell’s Sweet Shoppes are a nostalgic recreation of the old-fashioned corner candy store offering customers treats they haven’t seen in years. They also offers ice cream, candy, and a variety of chocolate delicacies.  Grab a bag and start shopping.

Located in the historic Great Petaluma Mill, Wild Goat Bistro offers a casual dining experience in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The charming space reflects a European style bistro which serves up some of the best entrees and desserts in town.  Try the Ultimate Italian Lemon Cake, Everyone’s Favorite Carrot Cake or the Fig Lovers Spiced Cake…you won’t be disappointed.

Imagine Bananacake chocolate ganache and brown butter or Gravenstein apple cake with caramel drizzle. Are you hungry for more? These are both cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg. This popular sweet shop is also known for their French macaroons, cakes and other seasonal treats. Your sweet tooth won’t be disappointed with anything on their menu!

Screamin’ Mimi’s in Sebstopol is home to over 300 recipes of homemade ice cream and sorbet. Voted Sonoma County’s Best Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert every year since 1995, this local favorite has garnered national attention, being listed #4 Best Ice Cream in the US from USA Today, as well as making the list in Food & Wine Magazine’s Top Ice Cream Parlors in the US.  For a special ice cream treat, try the Mimi’s Mud or Deep Dark Secret. Yum!

Enjoy.

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: Backyard’s Bucket ‘o Doughnuts http://www.backyardforestville.com

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Microadventure: Explore Guerneville

Looking for a little outdoor adventure?  Take a short trip West to the charming town of Guerneville.  Enjoy the rustic charm of this quaint town nestled amidst towering Redwoods, scenic river waters and a casual, carefree atmosphere.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family.

Guerneville has been a vacation getaway for San Francisco’s residents for quite some time; it’s small town charm and rustic setting is a welcomed change from the urban pace of the city by the Bay. Don’t be misled by Guerneville’s small town charm; it boasts a variety of resorts, trendy restaurants and wineries making it a regional destination hot spot.

9:00 – Arrive in Downtown Guerneville
Head to Big Bottom Market for a hearty breakfast and possibly to stock up on a few items for you to enjoy throughout the rest of the day.  They offer a Box Lunch which includes an artisan sandwich, tasty chips, house-made cookie and bottled water – perfect for a mid-day picnic.

10:00 – 12:00 – Explore Main Street
Explore historic stores and immerse yourself in the Guerneville cultural, a town rich in Sonoma County history.  Travel back to a simpler time as you walk the small downtown area experiencing all that this quaint town has to offer.

12:00 – 5:00 – Experience Redwoods, Rivers or Wine
Guerneville is known for its amazing scenery and there are a number of venues to explore while visiting this town.  Johnson’s Beach is a popular spot to experience the waterfront of the Russian River as it travels to it final destination, the Pacific Ocean at nearby Jenner.  Or head north 5 minutes and explore the majestic beauty of the 805-acre Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve.  The ancient coast redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet!  These remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

If wine tasting sounds better than a nature adventure, Guerneville doesn’t disappoint;  they have a large, regional winery presence, with more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive.  For a nice write-up of wine tasting in Guerneville, visit this site.

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
Time to head back into town and experience some great dining options for a town with a population under 5,000.  Main Street Bistro is Sonoma County’s longest running acoustic music venue which also serves up a variety of California Italian menu items. On Main Street you will also find popular restaurants such as casual 3 Alarm Grill, popular El Barrio Bar (known for their drinks but also has a small menu of dining options), Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner and modern California bistro, boon eat + drink, whose menu is comprised of small plates, salads, and seasonal main dishes – simple and tasty.

After dinner, head to the Guerneville Bank Club, a collective retail and art gallery space that features art shows, handcrafted pies, homemade ice cream, curated retail and a little bit of history compliments of the Russian River Historical Society.

Happy travels!

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.

Image credit: Terry Morse on Flickr