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.

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.

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/

Five Favorite Petaluma Instagrams

Travel to the southern part of Sonoma County and you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most charming communities, Petaluma.  Known as “The Chicken Capital of The World”, this town still retains its old time charm.  Petaluma has stayed true to its roots, preserving its rich agricultural history while also embracing new and popular venues;  its craft beer scene is one of the best in the region. One can easily spend the afternoon exploring the historic downtown, with its retailers, antique stores and diverse and delicious food venues;  there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you do make it to Petaluma, 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 Petaluma Instagrams which capture the spirit of this charming town.


Our boy, Buddy, never looked so good via @drea_rosa64



A pop of color by local, mural artist Ricky Watts via @rickywatts credit @erictobias_photography

Making friends with the locals via @jsimprint


More flowers, more bees, more blue via @jrosenbower


Saturday night vibes via @theshuckery

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.


 

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.

photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/backroadchallenge

Five Favorite Sebastopol Instagrams

At the intersection of Highways 12 & 116, you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most diverse and eclectic communities, Sebastopol.  Here you will experience a small, yet dynamic, town with a global consciousness, resulting in a sophisticated rural environment.  Sebastopol’s rich agricultural history dates back to the 1880’s where Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm developed more than 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and grains.  Agriculture is still a primary focus of this community but now you will find apples orchards, grapes and organic farms throughout the region.

Whether you spend the afternoon exploring The Barlow, a “Maker’s Marketplace” with over 30 makers & merchants on 12.5 Acres, or just pursue the many unique and diverse shops of downtown, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you do make it to Sebastopol, 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 Sebastopol Instagrams which showcase this charming and unique town.



Apple blossom season via @a25i



A different life via @millertiiiime

Farm to Table via @thebarlow707



Florence Street Art via @vajrahodges


Your moment of Zen via @tiltedshed

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

Meet Adam Beattie, Restaurant Manager at Mayacama

Mayacama is more than just golf;  it’s an entire lifestyle experience.  The restaurant at Mayacama offers a variety of dishes which change with the season.  Here you will find entrees which celebrate the bounty of local artisans, organically grown produce, locally raised meat and poultry, fresh caught seafood from the coast, all enhanced with fresh herbs from the chef ’s garden.

The dining rooms are always alive and spill from three separate dining rooms to wide terraces overlooking the golf course. Dinners can be enjoyed in the wine cellar or on its private patio. Whether formal or casual, Mayacama is recognized as one of the truly outstanding culinary programs in Wine Country.

Adam Beattie, Restaurant Manager at Mayacama, took time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions:

What does your background entail and how’d you land at Mayacama? Share your journey with us.

First, I fell in love with golf about 12 years ago.  I grew up playing baseball, basketball, football, and track.  If you had asked me 12 years ago and one day if I’d ever be a golfer, I would have laughed at you!  Transitioning into golf my first year or two was challenging to say the least.  I stuck with it, however, got some lessons and started to become good at it.  Soon after getting my handicap down to a 14, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Mayacama and play golf with a District Mgr. from Young’s Market.  I shot a 105 that day and was humbled.   It was the nicest golf course I had seen or played on; and I still feel the same way.  That was my introduction to Mayacama Golf Club.

As far as my restaurant background, I had the good fortune of growing up in Napa Valley, St. Helena specifically.  I’ve been in the restaurant business for over twenty years now.  I started my first job at fifteen years old at Tra Vigne restaurant.  I spent the next 14 years, through high school and college, working my way up from busser to Asst. General Manager.  The talented mentors and the rich food culture I was exposed to during that time built the foundation for my love of food and hospitality.  Considered one of the best restaurants in California at that time, we would serve over a thousand people a day were enjoying rustic Italian food like they had never tasted before in their lives and drinking fantastic wines -it was the place to be!   Another exciting part of working at an incredibly busy and successful restaurant was learning the business side of it.  I was taught very early that the business creates the art.  This meant that all the prime costs had to be in line daily (food, wine, labor, and liquor) in order for us to run a financially sound restaurant.  Once I left Tra Vigne, I spent the next six years at some excellent restaurants, including Farmstead, Bottega, and Cook.  I then moved to Healdsburg in the winter of 2015 and did some consulting for a few small businesses’ for a year before I came across a job opening at Mayacama on line.  I submitted my resume and had an interview two days later.  It has been almost a year now, and I still feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this team.

What are 3 things that you strive for in terms of the quality at the restaurant?

A staff that is friendly, informed, and genuinely wants to serve their guests/members.  Coaching the staff through competence and compassion are keys to that success.

We have to have products we can support and believe in as a staff.  Chef’s delicious food and our exceptional wine list make that easy.  Not to mention the view we have from the Bar & Grill every day!

Ongoing education about food, wine, and service at daily line ups are a must.  We live in one of the top food and wine meccas of the world, continued education is vital!

The menus are known for being approachable, local and responsibly sourced. Name a few of your favorite (and customers’ favorite) locally sourced brands used at Mayacama:

Preston Farms Produce & Lamb

KJ Farms

Bellwether Farms

Full Belly Farms

Akaushi Beef

David Little’s Potatoes

Old Redwood Beer

And of course, Greg Hauck’s Garden Produce!

What are the 3 most ordered dishes at Mayacama?

Burrata, Our Burger & Crispy Chicken

Do you ever get special requests or requests to bring back a certain menu item?

Our members stick with what’s offered on our seasonal menus most of the time, but when they do have special requests, Chef Pikey & his team are always accommodating.

The menu items guests request the most when it is off season are the Fish Tacos, Pork Cheek Sugo, Short Ribs, and the Old School Cobb Salad.

Name your 3 personal favorite Sonoma County restaurants and your go-to order item at each:

Diavola – Linguine with Clams & Squid or the Cha Cha Cha Pizza (Smoked Pork Belly, Roasted Red Peppers, Goat Cheese, Onions).

Hana Sushi – Any of Chef’s Nigiri (Favorites our Spanish Mackeral, Ikura, & Fluke).

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar – A dozen Kushi Oysters and a Lobster Roll with an ice cold Trumer Pilsner (Always those 3 things  J).

Lightning Round:

My favorite Mayacama dish:   Any of Chef’s Seasonal Sashimi
If I’m not in the kitchen you’ll find me:   On the golf course
If I wasn’t a Restaurant Manager, I’d be a:   Museum Curator
Person I’d most like to dine with us at Mayacama:  Rory McIlroy
Guilty Pleasure:   Pasta
3 Favorite Travel Destinations:   Kaui, Yosemite, and Point Reyes/Inverness on the Coast

Thanks Adam.  We appreciate you taking the time to share your insight.

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.

April Events in Wine Country

It is springtime in Wine County; the weather is heating up and so are the local wine country events.  From antique faires to parades, beer festivals to 10K runs, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of April in Sonoma County.

Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival (April 1)
Head north for the 41st Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival featuring a fiddle contest plus bluegrass and old time music performances. It’s a family friendly event with jam sessions and workshops. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Vineyard 7 & 8 Wine Dinner (April 8)
Saturday, April 8th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Vineyard 7&8 sits at the top of Spring Mountain.  Their vineyards, which lie above the fog, are late ripening with low yields, natural drainage, and infertile volcanic soil. These unique conditions add to the distinctive quality of their wines which is unlike any other appellation.
Their facility allows them to micromanage the entire process, beginning in the vineyards and ending with the consumer.  Owner, associate winemaker, and your fellow member, Wes Steffens will host the dinner. This is a very special opportunity to spend quality time with Wes and one you won’t want to miss. His wines are exceptional and will be paired with a terrific menu chosen by him and Executive Chef, Scott Pikey. Click HERE to register.

Annual Battle of the Brews (April 8)
Experience an incredible day of beers, ciders, bands, and great food at Sonoma County’s Premier Craft Beer Event. Enjoy live performances while over 70 breweries and cideries as well as 20 restaurants vie for your vote.  All proceeds benefit local at-risk youth and other non-profits in Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

IPA 10K and Beer Mile Invitational (April 15)
The IPA 10k and Beer Mile Invitational is a celebration of running and beer in Sebastopol. This two-day event includes a marketplace expo, hoppy Easter hunt and run on Saturday. The beer and music festival features Sonoma County’s fine breweries, bands, and food, and opens to the general public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt (April 16)

Mayacama Clubhouse & Putting Green
10:30 am – 2:00 pm (seating times between 10:30 – 12:30 reserved for families)
1:30 pm Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt is probably our most popular family event! There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, animals, crafts, and tons of eggs for the hunt! There will also be interactive exhibits that focus on art and science. We hope to ignite curiosity and imagination and help build a foundation for a life-long love of learning. Every year it’s great fun, so come create memories that will last a lifetime! Click HERE to Sign Up!

Bubbles and Blooms Festival (April 22)
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard’s 2nd Annual Bubbles and Blooms Festival is a celebration of spring, food, and sparkling wine. This year’s event will be held on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 12-4 p.m. and features award winning wine, food, flower art installations, sustainable gardening techniques, workshops, tours, and a flower market.  More information can be found here.

Prelude to Passport® in Dry Creek Valley (April 28)
Prelude to Passport features select intimate lunches and winemaker dinners hosted by Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Growers. This is your opportunity to enjoy selected wine and food pairings, spend time with your favorite winemaker or learn about grape growing directly from the source.  More information can be found here.

Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade (April 29)
Petaluma’s 36th Annual Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade pays tribute to Petaluma’s history as the “World’s Egg Basket” and its rich agricultural heritage. Originally created in the 1900s to promote Petaluma as part of National Egg Day, the parade has grown to more than 130 parade units attracting 25,000 people into downtown on the last weekend in April.  More information can be found here.

Petaluma Spring Antique Faire (April 30)
The Petaluma Spring Antique Faire is a day-long celebration of all things antique.  You’ll find antique wares that range from flat out oddities to ephemera, jewelry, kitchen wares, linens, furniture, books, home décor, clothing, accessories, rugs and even fossils!  More information can be found here.

Looks like an eventful April awaits, so go out and enjoy all 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.

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/DryCreekValley/

 

Five Favorite Sonoma Instagrams

Just a short trip up south on Highway 12, you’ll find one of Wine Country’s most popular destinations, Sonoma.  Venture around town or just stay on Sonoma Square, this gem of Wine Country has it all – shopping, dining and cultural activities sure to keep you coming back for more.  Whether you spend the afternoon exploring California’s history at Mission San Francisco Solano then do some wine tasting on the Sonoma Square, or just relax for an enjoyable day of exploration and dining, Sonoma doesn’t disappoint.

If you do make it to Sonoma, 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 Sonoma Instagrams which showcase this charming and historic town.

Mission San Francisco Solano via @one_i_design

Beautiful sunrise even through the morning fog via @gabebrown562

Pinot Grigio via @tianabalzarini


Afternoon refreshments at The Girl & The Fig via @rstetins


The rich history of Sonoma Square via @deniseeec

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

Microadventure: Explore Petaluma

Looking for a day trip in Wine Country?  Take a short trip south to the historic town of Petaluma.  Enjoy the charm of this quaint agricultural town which was once called “The Egg Basket of the World”.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family. Petaluma is rich in history and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to entertainment, food and shopping.

9:00 – 10:00 – Arrive in Downtown
Head to Della Fattoria on Petaluma Boulevard in the heart of Downtown.  This charming establishment is an artisan bread bakery and European-style cafe, whose breads can be found at fine markets and restaurants around the Bay Area.  Try the Creamy Polenta with Havarti, Poached Ranch Egg and Breadcrumbs.  Pair it with a large, warm latte…the perfect way to start your adventure.

10:00 – 12:30 – Explore the Retail Scene
Peruse the Historic District with its many retail offerings. Pamper yourself at Robindira Unsworth, a Northern Californian dreamer and designer who creates elegant and very wearable seasonal jewelry collections which are a subtle mix of textures, fine details and beautiful gemstones. Love to clothes shop?   Ethical Clothing is locally owned and operated by two girls who love fashion, great finds, and feeling good about what they wear; they offer locally designed and mindfully manufactured clothing. And don’t miss Truck & Barter, a family owned, modern day general store, carefully curated with bespoke brands and superior quality products.

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch on Kentucky
Stroll over to Topsy’s Kitchen, a family-friendly restaurant specializing in seasonal California farmhouse cuisine with a southern influence.   Try the Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeno-vegetable slaw, sriracha mayo on an artisan french roll or, for something a bit lighter, the Superfood Salad Bowl with organic greens, organic brown rice & quinoa with lemon, kale, roasted beets, spiced chickpeas and miso-lime dressing.  Yum!

1:30 – 5:00 – Experience Petaluma
Explore the Past.  Explore Petaluma’s rich past and charming architecture by taking a self-guided tour of the city’s Victorian-era homes,which include architectural styles such as Queen Anne, Gothic and Colonial Revival as well as many others.  You can download a PDF of the tour here.  You can also explore the Petaluma Historic Museum;  the cornerstone for this stately Carnegie Library was laid in 1904 and now houses Petaluma poultry, dairy and Miwok Indian history exhibits from the 1850’s.

Take a Hike.  Burn off your lunch and some calories at Helen Putnam Regional Park, a wilderness park in Petaluma which offers 6 miles of trails with grassy hillsides and groves of heritage oaks. Ridge-top trails provide panoramic views of the city and the southern Sonoma County countryside. Walk as far as you want on the looped trail system, which allows hikers to create walks of varying length and difficulty. Note that trails are open to cyclists and horseback riders as well. There is also a large fishing pond and a gazebo, picnic area and playground at the park.

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
The only trouble you will have, regrading dinner in Petaluma, is deciding on where to eat. Located in the Historic Petaluma Hotel you will find The Shuckery, a 54-seat oyster bar and restaurant featuring oysters and seafood from Coast to Coast, as well as local produce and wines.  Across the street is The Drawing Board, a new addition to the Petaluma restaurant scene which marries wholesome and delicious food with a sustainable, community-driven ethos. Try the Duck confit, Chickpea fries or Cauliflower veloute; they also offer amazing cocktails. Or you can go “old-school P-Town” at Volpi’s Ristorante & Bar where you will find big Italian food, friendly staff and red and white checkered tablecloths. Try the Chicken Parmesan, with polenta and veggies or the Pesto Gnocchi.

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.

Sonoma County Restaurant Week Returns March 6-12

Foodies rejoice as the 8th annual Restaurant Week returns to Sonoma County.  From March 6 through March 12, participating restaurants will present incredible food at amazing prices in the tradition of celebrating the finest foods Wine Country has to offer.

There are a number of ways to participate.  The two-course prix-fixe lunch option will be offered by participating restaurants, priced at $10 or $15; all restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $19, $29 or $39.   No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers can simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they would like during Sonoma County Restaurant Week.  It’s a great venue to explore new dining opportunities or enjoy old favorites. Reservations are strongly recommended due to the popularity of this event!

Here are just a few nearby restaurants participating in this year’s Sonoma County Restaurant Week:

John Ash & Co.
John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, local foods while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region.  Today, John Ash & Co. remains an icon for gourmet, wine country dining.

The Steakhouse @ Equus
The Equus Restaurant and Loungebar offers diners an inviting and casual dining experience in a modern, stylish setting. The California fusion menu highlights local ingredients and emphasizes classic flavors with Mediterranean, Spanish and French influences.

Sweet T’s
Sweet T’s offers traditional Southern-style cooking, featuring classics such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and house smoked BBQ made using the freshest local produce and meat of Wine Country.

To learn more about Sonoma County Restaurant Week, go to their website or their social channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If Sonoma County Restaurant Week sounds like a great way to explore Wine Country dining, click here to search for all participating restaurants throughout the county. And don’t forget to share your Restaurant Week photos on Instagram by tagging @sonomacountyrestaurantweek or with the hashtag #SCRW.

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.

Image Credit : www.sonomacountyrestaurantweek.org

Five Favorite Healdsburg Instagrams

Just a short trip up north on Highway 101, you’ll find one of Sonoma County’s most popular destinations, Healdsburg.  This quaint town offers something for everybody with amazing shopping, dining and activities sure to keep you coming back for more.  Whether you spend the afternoon exploring all that SHED has to offer, or just relax for an enjoyable day of exploration and dining near Healdsburg Plaza, our neighbor to the north (just a 20 minute drive from Mayacama) doesn’t disappoint.  Plan to make a day of it?  Then check out our Healdsburg Microadventure post for an entire day of food, fun and adventures.

If you do make it to Healdsburg, snap a few images and share with us on Instagram;  we love to see your Wine Country experiences through your eyes. If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.  There is beauty all around so snap away and be sure to share.

Just in case you haven’t made the trip before, here are a few Healdsburg Instagrams which showcase this charming and unforgettable town.

When the sunshine takes a siesta via @scha_booya
The bounty of Wine Country via @saraholzman

The vibrant colors of Downtown Healdsburg via @dooleynoted

Rise. Shine. Run. via @mjhughes707

Foodie heaven.  Absolutely delicious charcuterie board via @claymclachlan

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.