Meet Chelsa Helget, Assistant Golf Professional at Mayacama

At Mayacama, golf is more than just a sport, it’s a passion.  Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. Guided by caddies, golfers take to the meticulously groomed, 6,761-yard layout.  Our golf program is one of the finest in the region and one reason for this is Assistant Golf Professional, Chelsa Helget.

We recently asked Chelsa to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

What led you to your role as Assistant Golf Pro at Mayacama?
I played NCAA Division II collegiate golf for Sonoma State University which is near to Mayacama. Our golf team was fortunate enough to play the golf course twice a year. Mayacama was hosting the 2010 USGA Men’s State Team  Championship and our golf team members volunteered in order to give our thanks for allowing us to play the beautiful course. It was at this time I realized I wanted to work at this club! I began working part-time in the golf shop my senior year of college as my college golf career was coming to an end. I realized I needed to make a decision between the wine industry and the golf industry and I knew from my work experience in both fields that golf was my passion and chosen career choice. It has been one of the best decisions of my life to earn my Class A PGA classification while working here as well as nearly earning my Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional affiliation. I will be elected to the PGA on October 4 and I attend my final LPGA Seminar the end of October 2017 so I will have my Class A by the end of this year, which was my long-term goal 4 years ago! 

Describe the moment you knew you loved the game:
The moment I realized I could score better than my two older brothers is the moment I knew I loved golf! 

Favorite part of the Job:
My office view is my favorite part of the job, it’s absolutely stunning every day here. 

Favorite location on Mayacama’s Golf Course:
My favorite location is #15 tee because of the view.
Best time of day to enjoy it: Evening

Describe your proudest ‘Golf Moment’ to date:
My proudest golf moment to date was winning my first collegiate tournament in Arizona. I remember the nerves I had and how well I managed my emotions and just played one shot at a time. Every minute of that golf round feels like just yesterday even though it was 9 years ago! …and also shooting the course record here at Mayacama with a group of lovely lady members, I shot 66 and it just felt like a walk in the park. 

Lightning Round

If I could play a round with anyone, it’d be: Buddha

3 favorite spots in Sonoma County to hike: Kortum Trail, Hood Mountain, Bodega Head

3 songs on my playlist: “I’m Alive” by Sia “Follow the Sun” by Xavier Rudd “Meet me in the Woods” by Lord Huron

Favorite menu item at Mayacama: Fish Tacos

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Tahoe!!

Thanks for sharing, Chelsa, and for being part of the Mayacama team!

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.

Microadventure: Explore Occidental

Quietly nestled in western Sonoma County, you’ll find the charming town of Occidental, a small community with a big heart.  Founded in 1876 as the last stop on the North Pacific Coast Railroad, Occidental offers visitors a welcome escape from a busy lifestyle.  But don’t let the size of Occidental fool you; this community boasts galleries, gift shops and popular dining establishments as well as a variety of cultural and entertainment venues the whole family will enjoy.

10-12pm – Brunch and a little shop.
Grab a bite to eat at Howard Station Cafe (try the Corned Beef Hash or Smoked Salmon Omelette Florentine) and pursue the galleries (Laurence Glass Works is a must see) and shopping venues like Hand Goods, a small outlet of local artisan goods.

1-5pm – Explore the surrounding area.
Explore the natural beauty of the Western Hill Gardens, which is open on Saturdays and by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The landmark garden has been renovated by the new owners and boasts major collections including: Australians, Camellias, Conifers, Dogwoods, endangered Chinese Maples, Hydrangeas, and Rhododendrons. They also have a downloadable visitors guide here.

For the adventure seekers, head to Sonoma Canopy Tours and immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the world famous California Coastal Redwoods.  They offer two unique courses, each a two-and-a-half hour Guided eco tour, that include multiple zip lines, sky bridges, a majestic spiral staircase and a rappel to the forest floor.

The Occidental Center for the Arts provides diverse, high-quality arts and cultural events in western Sonoma County and the communities beyond. Housed in a newly remodeled performing venue with superb acoustics and an adjacent exhibition gallery, the OCA works to enrich the lives of local residents through diverse cultural performances, exhibitions, events and arts education that inspire, teach, and entertain.

Insider Tip:  If you plan your trip on a Friday from June through October, you’ll definitely want to take in the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market (open 4 pm until dusk) with its bounty of organic produce and fabulous food to savor on the spot or take back home.

5 – 7pm Mangia!
By this time, you have surely worked up an appetite exploring all that Occidental has to offer.  Don’t worry as the downtown offers a variety of dining options. Founded as a railroad saloon and boarding house in 1879, the Union Hotel and Restaurant is now a vibrant Italian cafe, bakery and pizzeria (the breadsticks and minestrone soup are incredible) Try the Chicken Parmesan. Occidental’s famous Negri’s Original Italian Restaurant has been serving Italian classics since 1943.  Not feeling like Italian food?  Mexican, French, and American cuisines can also found.  For a hip, healthy dining option try Hazel.

All in all, a wonderful day full of adventure the whole family will enjoy.  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.

Photo Credit: Sonoma Canopy Tours

Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams for August

Summertime in Wine Country is a special time of year.  Outdoor activities abound as residents and visitors alike enjoy all that our region has to offer.  Instagramers didn’t disappoint as many shared their Sonoma County experiences.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye for August.

Bright bright sun shiny day via @levisgranfondo

Taller than me via @tomadamian

Perfect wine drinking weather via @wine_country_tastings

Through the trees via @winecountryballoons

Full moon rising in Wine Country via @sidestep7

Share your own adventures with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. To join the experience, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.  There is beauty all around so snap away.

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.


 

Summertime Fun with Fido

Beat those Dog Days of summer Sonoma County-style.  We’ve rounded up a few, popular spots for you to enjoy all that the region has to offer without leaving your four-legged friend at home.  So pack up the family and your canine companions and let’s explore Wine Country.

Spring Lake Regional Park and Howarth Park
This 320-acre park in Santa Rosa features camping, fishing, picnic areas with barbecues, and four group picnic areas. Trails are available for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The park also includes a 3-acre swimming lagoon and a 72-acre lake. Don’t forget to visit the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake for a wonderful educational experience for all ages. Although dogs are allowed within both Spring Lake and Howarth Park, they are not allowed at the swimming lagoon or within Trione-Annadel State Park. Please follow all dog leash laws while visiting the parks.  More information can be found here.

Rocky Memorial Dog Park
Rocky Memorial Dog Park, named after a Petaluma Police canine who saved an officer’s life, is located in Petaluma at West Casa Grande Road and boasts nearly 8 acres’of off-leash fun.  It’s a great place for dogs to socialize and exercise and is a favorite for those visiting Wine Country as it is easily accessible from Highway 101. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year. More information can be found here.

Dillon Beach
Nestled along the coast, just west of the small town of Tomales, is Dillon Beach.  This charming community is full of activity for the whole family. You can go swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cycling, fishing and even search the tide pools! There are no leash laws and they welcome dogs if they are friendly and get along with other dogs and people. There is a parking fee to access the beach and park your car for the day.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve
The 155-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve consists of a wide variety of natural communities including wetlands and oak woodlands, rocky serpentine chaparral and open grasslands. Visitors are welcome to explore the current trail network and experience the spectacular vistas throughout the property. Trails are easy to moderate hiking (2-3 miles) taking in views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River, and the Mayacamas Mountains.  Dogs are welcome on paved trails only.  More information can be found here.

Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Sonoma Valley Regional Park is in the center of the Sonoma Valley, next to the village of Glen Ellen. The 202-acre park features several miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding and offers the tranquility of a much larger preserve due the quality of habitat and surrounding open space. The park’s main path is a paved, 1.2-mile trail that begins near a wetland and meadow, winds through magnificent oak woodlands and follows a seasonal creek. The trail is ADA accessible, and picnic tables along the way are lovely spots to linger and enjoy the quiet beauty. Several unpaved trails on the hillsides and ridgetops offer looped hiking options. A beautiful 29-acre addition to the park’s northern boundary opened in May 2015, with a trail connection to the center of the park.  The park’s Highway 12 entrance features the off-leash Elizabeth Perrone Dog Park; a shaded, grassy picnic area, barbecues and drinking fountain. The one-acre dog park is fully fenced, with a double-gated entry, a drinking fountain for dogs and a shade gazebo.  More information can be found here.

Don’t forget to bring along plenty of water this time of year….it can get hot out there.

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.

 

 

 

Meet Rebekah Reynoso, Events Manager at Mayacama

Mayacama is the quintessential Wine Country experience, offering its members unparalleled services, amenities and events.  This effort is lead by the experienced team of Mayacama professionals. One team member with a passion for gatherings and festivities is Rebekah Reynoso, Events Manager at Mayacama. We recently asked Rebekah to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

Before I was Events Manager for Mayacama….
I have been in the food and beverage industry since I was 16-years-old. I started by working in various restaurants throughout Sonoma County and, since then, have had a passion for the hospitality industry. Now, I have been working at Mayacama Golf Club for 15 years! I love being able to create memorable experiences for our members.

Four reasons Mayacama’s site and location makes for a memorable event venue:
The beautiful olive trees in our courtyard.
The grounds of our golf course. We take great pride in our landscape it has established itself as our most popular backdrop.
Our back terrace that overlooks the grounds of our golf course.
The quietness of our property. As soon as you enter our gates it feels as if you have entered a private world. That reservation is refreshing.

My three favorite annual events held at Mayacama and why:
Patrick’s Day Four Ball – This event is the kick off to the tournament season and sets the tone for the year. It is a sold out event and I enjoy seeing all the players come in their best St. Patrick’s Day attire.
All Vintner Pour – This event is our most popular. We typically have up to 400 people sign up each year. I really enjoy the full set up – all the floral, linen, and décor creates such a memorable atmosphere for our members.
Women’s Member Guest Tournament – I love being able to see the women of Mayacama come out to play a two day tournament. We make it special by including luncheons, receptions, and special gifts for all the players.

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of the Mayacama community?
I think there are a lot of reasons that people choose to become a part of this community. Our golf course, to start, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and intrigues, regardless if you play or not. The social camaraderie – we hold so many special events for our members that offer an opportunity to meet new people. Our community is unique and compelling because we establish relationships with each member. For us, we take pleasure when they associate our club as home.

Locals know best. Share 3 of your favorite Annual Sonoma County events that members and guest’s should attend and why.
Annual DuMOL Wine Tasting – Fun.
Sonoma County Fair – Family.
Barrel Tasting – Memorable.

Current Addiction:
I would say my phone. All of my children are grown up and as a mom that is our number one source of communication.

5 things I can’t live without:
My friends, family, phone, wine, and coffee!

Best part of my job:
I love my team. I have a very dedicated crew that shows up to every event ready to work. They are self-motivated and dependable. They make event we have, member or private, run seamlessly.

Next spot on my travel itinerary:
Hawaii

Thanks for sharing, Rebekah, and for being part of the Mayacama team.

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.

Five Favorite Mayacama Golf Instagrams

Woven into the hillsides and valleys, the Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Mayacama is unequivocally one of his finest. Guided by caddies, golfers take to the meticulously groomed, 6,761-yard layout. Consistently ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses in America,” the soul of the club is the camaraderie – from the annual Member-Guest tournaments to the “Sip ’n Swings” to the interclub challenges against the leading clubs in the US and around the world.

If you play a round or two at Mayacama, be sure to snap a few photos of your adventures and share them with us on Instagram by using #MayacamaScene.  If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.

Here are a few recent Mayacama Golf Instagrams which capture the game we all love so much.

The beauty of the course via @colbertlife

Mayacama by Golf Photographer, Patrick Koenig   @pjkoenig

No better way to close out the work day via @hayden_stratton

Flashback Friday to my favorite Bay Area track via @deluca_golf_tips
It is always a beautiful day for a round of golf at Mayacama via @knockitstiff

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene.

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.


 

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/

Meet Brian Hill, Front Office Lead at Mayacama

Mayacama is the quintessential Wine Country experience, offering its members unparalleled services.  This effort is lead by the experienced team of Mayacama professionals. One team member with a wealth of local knowledge and passion for the region is Brian Hill, Front Office Lead at Mayacama. We recently asked Brian to share some insight, as well as some of his local favorites, with us.

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of the Mayacama community?

The most compelling reason I feel people want to be a part of this community is the people. Everyone here is here because they want to be; members guests and our employees. That is a big reason why the atmosphere at this club is so good. Everyone is happy and with a good attitude.

Something people may not know about Mayacama is:

Something you may not know about the club is that the land was originally owned by Charles Schultz. We also are in the top 100 of Golf Courses in America!

Favorite spot on the Mayacama course/why:
Favorite spot on the course is the 3rd . The third hole is nothing but great, after playing one and two you walk into a testy par 3 that is no break from the challenge of the start of the course. No matter what set of tees you are playing it is a challenge ranging from 129 to 178 yards. The carry is intimidating and you have to be able to trust your swing and your club selection in order to score on that hole. If confidence is an issue, a high number will more than likely be a result. It’s a signature golf hole and it’s also one of my favorites because I have my one and only hole in 1 on this hole!!

Favorite item on Chef Pikey’s menu:
The great thing about Mayacama, is that our Chef is constantly changing out menu throughout the seasons. I have been fortunate enough to try many amazing dishes throughout my time here. My favorite item is the cheeseburger – which is luckily, almost always on the menu. It’s thick, juicy and always cooked to the perfect temperature.

Favorite annual event at Mayacama/why:
My favorite annual event here at Mayacama would have to be our Easter Sunday festivities. Seeing the families all together, the kids happy and playing everywhere makes for a fantastic event. Our activities team hides around 5000 eggs for all the kids on the driving range and I think it takes the kids about 3 minutes to get them all!  There is also a beautiful brunch, a petting zoo and many activities for the kids in our courtyard.

Best spot to catch the sunset at Mayacama:
Our property consists of over 600 acres, so I feel like wherever you are the sunset is bound to be a special. But, my favorite place would be on the back terrace. The terrace faces a couple of holes on the course, and when the sun goes down it really makes me recognize the beauty of where I work.

Best month to visit/why:
The best month would have to be May. Every April, we go through an aeration which prepares our golf course for the upcoming season and is perfect by May! We host our All Vintner Pour , the second week of May, and it is our biggest event yet. 300 people come to the Pour that features all of our Vintner Members pouring their best wines! Also My favorite tournament, The Match Play Championships, is during this month! May really kick starts all these popular events and signifies the beginning of Summer – bringing out all of our members and their families.

Locals know best. Share 3 of your favorite spots around Sonoma County for members to get on their must visit list:
Valette– A fantastic restaurant in Healdsburg. Have to order the scallops!
32 Winds Winery– Our Vintner Member, Ed Mascarin, owns this boutique winery and the wines are just as fantastic as the property it is on.
Safari West– Safari West is a 400-acre private wildlife preserve located just 25 min from Mayacama. The selection of wildlife emphasizes species native to Africa, including giraffes, rhinoceros, cheetahs, and numerous species of birds. It is a fun place for the family to see animals, have a tour around the facility in a jeep, and even enjoy a nice stay on the property!

Lightning-round 

If I wasn’t working you’d find me at: home with wife, son Brayden, daughter Ava while watching the Warriors or Giants!

5 things I can’t live without:  Kids (Brayden & Ava), Wife (Lisa), sports, my bed, and beer

Best part of my job: Co-Workers

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Hawaii

Thanks for sharing, Brian, and for being part of the Mayacama team.

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.

Kayaking and Paddling Wine Country

The weather is warming up so it’s time to hit the water; it’s a great way to beat the heat while enjoy the natural beauty of the region.  There are a host of great locations throughout Wine Country to kayak, canoe and even paddleboard.  The most popular nearby locations for getting on the water are Lake Sonoma and Spring Lake and, of course, the Russian River.  For those wanting to explore the coast, Bodega Bay is the place to be.  Tomales Bay, in neighboring Marin County, also draws kayakers from across the nation.

To get out on the water, you will need equipment, which not a difficult problem to overcome.  There are a number of rental options to get you on the water in no time.  Kayak, paddleboard, and pedal boat rentals are available for $12/hour at Spring Lake through Labor Day. Paddleboards rentals and guided paddleboard tours are available at Riverfront Regional Park in the summer by appointment. For more information, visit russianriverpaddleboards.com.  There are also a number of private kayak rental locations throughout the region.

Paddling the Russian River
The Russian River runs through Sonoma County from Cloverdale in the north to Jenner in the west and has seven Regional Parks located along the shore which provide launch points for kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. Paddling season is typically May through September. As you cover more area when paddling a river, it is great for nature watching allowing people to experience such animals as ospreys, bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, turtles, otters and other birds and wildlife you may not notice on land. Below are some travel times by kayak, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks.

Travel Times by Kayak
Del Rio Woods to Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – 1.5 to 2 hours
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach to Forestville River Access – 4 to 6 hours
Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach – 2 hours
Steelhead Beach to Guerneville River Park – 4 to 5 hours
Guerneville River Park to Monte Rio – 1.5 hours
Monte Rio to the Highway 1 bridge in Jenner – 3-4 hours
Note: If traveling by canoe, add 1 to 2 hours to the kayak times.

Want to explore more?  Here is a quick list of paddling destinations throughout the region, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks:

Riverfront Regional Park – Windsor
Steelhead Beach – Forestville
Sunset Beach – Forestville
Doran Regional Park – Bodega Bay
Spring Lake Regional Park – Santa Rosa
Cloverdale River Park – Cloverdale
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – Healdsburg
Del Rio Woods – Healdsburg
Westside Regional Park – Bodega Bay

Looking for more adventure?  Here is a great link showcasing numerous additional kayaking and canoeing locations throughout Sonoma County.

So grab that gear and hit the water for a memorable and relaxing adventure the whole family will 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.

 

Meet Tim Hoffman, Director of Sales at Mayacama

Membership in a Private Residence Club, especially one of the quality of Mayacama, offers many benefits beyond those typical of second home ownership. At Mayacama, every residence is meticulously maintained and managed, removing all of the property management, maintenance and worries associated with second home ownership. Your only job as a Mayacama Member is to relax and enjoy your stay.

Tim Hoffman, Director of Sales at Mayacama, helps members obtain their goal of residential membership.  He recently took time to answer a few questions for us.

What was life like before becoming Director of Sales?
Before my business life, I was fortunate to travel the world representing my country through sport. For 13 years, I traveled internationally as a member of the US National Speed Skating Team, competing in many World Cups and World Championships, and was blessed to have the ability early in my career to become National Champion 4 times…prior to arthritis setting in and wheels falling off 😉 After retiring, I moved into sales, both residential and development real estate sales in Park City, UT. With neither my, or myself, skiing anymore…we moved to wine country to escape the winters, where I was fortunate to find a career here at Mayacama!

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of the Mayacama community?
Each individual or family has something inherently unique that compels them to join. Notwithstanding the amazing beauty and ambiance of the topography and architectural design of Mayacama…when it comes down to it, the energy and the sense of belonging that our members and staff exude is perhaps the most compelling of all.

The 3 things that owners in the Residence Club are most surprised to discover at Mayacama are:
(1) The feeling that you are part of a family every time you visit. With members coming from everywhere across the country, Mayacama has become a second family for many!
(2) Although it sounds boring…Consistency. The way the club is managed, the food service and quality, the course maintenance and experience, etc… You know that every visit to Mayacama will be an extraordinary experience. 
(3) Mayacama is not only for adults…our childrens’ programming is truly second to none which evidenced by this past Easter at the club!

3 favorite features of the Mayacama Villas: The Mayacama Villas will be the perfect meld between our Private Residence Club Membership and our Estate Home Ownership. Whereas there are many exciting benefits of Villa ownership, my 3 favorite features would be (1) the ever popular yet tastefully redesigned Harvest Room (2) True owner use flexibility and control in deciding when they will stay in their villa and when they will lease their villa back to the club (3) the ability to have a guarantee that 100% of the Villa costs (including property tax, utilities, insurance, reserves, maintenance, etc…) will be covered.

Locals know best. Describe a few destinations in Sonoma County that you’d recommend to guests.
Sonoma wine country has so much to offer from the Charles Shultz museum, to amazing wine tastings, to hiking trails or biking our country roads, or to visiting the coast. Over time, I believe members and guests should take the opportunity to visit as much of the area as they can. Our Vintner Members have some of the finest wineries around to visit, Healdsburg continues to offer more and more boutique shops, restaurants and tastings rooms, Safari West is an experience hard to find anywhere stateside. With the coming expansion the our local airport, and the additional airlines lining up to offer flights to and from…Sonoma County just beginning to take off!

Now for the Lightning Round.

Red or White: Red

Favorite spot on the Mayacama course: 15 tee box…that view is something else!

5 things I can’t live without: That’s easy…My wife, family & friends, traveling with any or all of them, BBQing on a warm summer night (or on cold blistery night for that matter)

Best part of my job: The ability to introduce and welcome many new Members to one of the finest private clubs in the world.

Next spot on my travel itinerary: a few of us old teammates are planning a trip through Europe, to tour our families around the cities and towns we competed in most often…cant wait! But before then…a quick trip to Wisconsin for a family reunion.

Thanks for taking the time out of busy schedule Tim!

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.