7 Nearby Spots to Visit this Summer

With the wonderful weather of Wine County, it seems like summer is nearly a year-round joy and the fun stretches full into fall.  Whether you decide to spend the day outdoors in the cool water splashing in the sun, or singing a song of summer with a live music concert, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are seven suggestions of nearby summer fun.

Healdsburg Plaza. Browse the restaurants, go shopping, antiquing, wine tasting or enjoy a cooking class. Whether shopping for the home and family, or for gifts, there are boutique clothing shops, antiques and collectibles, hand-crafted jewelry stores, bed and bath shops, fine furniture stores and unique art galleries.

Safari West. Experience an African adventure in the heart of wine country. Guests may explore the Sonoma Serengeti on an African wildlife safari alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife or relax in a luxury safari tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe.

Charles Schultz Museum. Housing the largest collection of Peanuts strips in the world, the Museum explores the art and nuances of Schulz’s craft. View original comic strips, learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development, view a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio, and draw your own cartoons in a hands-on education room.  An added bonus is that adjacent Snoopy Home Ice skating rink is a great way to beat the heat on those warm summer days.

Calistoga. Enjoy hot springs, cool wines at wineries, spas, restaurants, arts and events. Restaurant choices include just about everything from haute cuisine – with a relaxed Calistoga twist, of course – to Authentic Southern BBQ. Explore downtown shops and art galleries; bike or hike the area. The stunning surroundings work their magic as soon as you arrive. Relax….you’re in Calistoga!

Windsor Town Green. Join the Town of Windsor as they celebrate its 25th Anniversary with the Annual Summer Nights on the Green Concerts every Thursday through August 31. The Thursday Live Concerts feature free bicycle valet parking, food vendors, food valet, free family lawn games, and a Windsor Certified Farmers Market.

Guerneville. This small tourist town is situated between the Russian River and the surrounding hills with dining, shopping, activities, entertainment and more. Whether you fancy canoeing, kayaking, tubing or sunbathing, you can play on the Russian River at Steelhead Beach Regional Park. Head to Main Street and stop in at the 5 & 10 for some old fashioned candies or walk downtown Guernville and stroll across the historic bridge.

Green Music Center. The GMC Summer 2017 is comprised of 15 concerts on the stage of Weill Hall + Lawn, featuring some of the biggest names in blues, soul, hip-hop, country, jazz and mariachi. Whether you’re bringing your picnic basket and blanket to sit on our beautifully landscaped lawn, or getting front row seats inside the unparalleled Weill Hall, you’re sure to enjoy your Summer at the Green!

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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.

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