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Microadventure: Explore Bodega Bay

Looking for a local Microadventure the whole family will enjoy?  Then head to the rugged and picturesque Sonoma Coast and explore all that Bodega Bay has to offer.

Walk Along the Beach. Doran Region Park and Beach is a lovely strip of sand formed by the currents of Bodega Bay. It has a bay side, complete with clam flats and salt marsh where a wide variety of birds can be found as well as an ocean side which offers protected surfing, kayaking and swimming with modest waves most of the time.  The beach can get windy at times, so layering your clothes is highly recommended.

Take a Hike.  There are numerous trails in Bodega Bay to explore the coastline at its best.  Whether you explore the peninsula of Bodega Head or walk from Bodega Harbor to Pacific Ocean in the Bodega Dunes, there are a number of trails which allow for exploration, fun and adventure.  A list of local trails and adventures can be found here.

Watching Birds. Coastal Bodega Bay is famous as one of the best birding areas in the region;  the Sonoma Coast and Pacific Flyway offer a number of coastal birding hotspots year round for all levels.  Did you know?  Bodega Bay and the neighboring town of Bodega are famously remembered for their location in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. The Tides Wharf & Restaurant protected characters during the attack, but has expanded into a hotel complex since the film was made.  The iconic schoolhouse from the movie still stands in Bodega, but is a private residence today.

Dine on Local Food.  The region is famous for its fresh seafood, with clam chowder, fish and Dungeness crab (excellent this season) being the most popular items on menus. If you are looking for a more formal dining setting, visit The Duck Club, The Bluewater Bistro & Bar, The Tides Wharf and the casual yet elegant atmosphere of The Bay View Restaurant & Lounge.  More informal dining the whole family will enjoy can also be found throughout the town.  Try Lucas Wharf, Spud Point Crab Company, Fisherman’s Cove, The Bird’s Café, Fishetarian and finally The Dog House, for those seeking casual, non-seafood dining.

Relax and Unwind.  There are a number of spas where you can relax and rejuvenate during your trip to the coast.  The Bodega Bay Lodge offers a number of spa treatments, massages and facials.  Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa provides a full line of rejuvenating treatments as well.  And for those of you looking for a truly unique spa experience, you’ll want to schedule a treatment at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary  in nearby Freestone. It’s a short drive from Bodega but worth the effort, just take a look at the review by Yelper Taffie H. – “The most relaxed I’ve ever been! I highly recommend the “full experience”—cedar enzyme bath, facial and massage. Worth. Every. Penny. Be sure to leave extra time either before or after your treatment to spend some time in the gardens!”

If you have time, be sure to take in the end of the day as the sun sets on the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.  It’s hard to beat the entire sky lit up with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows; it’s a perfect ending to a perfect Microadventure.  So pack up the car and head to the coast for some regional fun in this truly unique and relaxing setting.  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: Bodega Head Beach by Don DeBold on flickr

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Microadventure: The Barlow

If you are looking for a great venue to spend an afternoon with the family, head to nearby Sebastopol and enjoy a day of shopping, dining and exploration at The Barlow.

The Barlow is a destination district/location which brings together the very best wine makers, food producers and artisans, creating a space that offers a direct connection between the consumer and the makers of the local products they love. It’s a place for the community to conduct business, share food and enjoy art, wine and quality time together.

True to the History. As the repurposed blueprint of a former apple cannery, The Barlow is a perfect complement to the rich history of downtown Sebastopol. This is where Sonoma County’s best chefs, vintners and artisans have come to work side by side to create an all-inclusive experience by offering their products directly to the people who love them most.

Enjoy a cup of Goat Rock Coffee, courtesy of Taylor Maid Farms, before visiting the host of retailers and boutiques offering their unique products. Experience art and design at The Passdoor, contemporary clothing and lifestyle concepts at Tamarind, handmade goods at Littlefour Store and incredible art of Tibetan master artist, Tashi Dhargyal at the Tibetan Gallery & Studio.

Enjoy lunch at one of the many dining establishments at The Barlow. From savory and sweet crepes at Ultra Crepes, to a classic Napolitano pizza at Vignette Pizzeria there is something for everybody. Looking for a more formal dining setting? Experience the passionate farm-to-table movement at zazu kitchen + farm, serving up playful Americana and rustic Northern Italian dishes.

You’ll also enjoy access to a host of wineries such as Kosta Browne Winery, La Follette Wines and Marimar Estate. There is even an artisan microdistillery, Spirit Works Distillery, handcrafting gin and whiskey.

Of course, there are many more retailers than listed above. For a complete list of what you will find at The Barlow, visit this link.

The Barlow offers a convenient and tastefully-designed environment whether your plans call for an hour or an entire day; it’s really up to you. The tagline at The Barlow sums it up quite nicely: The Barlow. Sonoma County indulgence. Sebastopol ease. So head west to Sebastopol and enjoy a Microadventure at The Barlow, you’ll be glad you did.

Learn more about The Barlow on their website, Facebook Page, Instagram and Pinterest.

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: Oxbow Public Market

Looking for a local microadventure that is sure to be a hit with the entire family? Then head to Napa for an adventure at Oxbow Public Market, the local gathering place for great food and wine in downtown Napa and throughout the Napa Valley.

The brainchild of Steve Carlin, who was responsible for planning and overseeing the initial operations of the famed Ferry Building in San Francisco, Oxbow Public Market boasts a 40,000 square foot marketplace and features local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. The facility also includes outdoor dining as well as a scenic outdoor deck with seating along the Napa River.

The artisans and purveyors at Oxbow Public Market passionately support the concept of local harvest and sustainable agriculture, creating an atmosphere within the market to improve the local food culture through education, community outreach and support of local businesses and farms. The marketplace consists of 22 merchants, each independently owned and operated.

It’s easy to spend hours exploring Oxbow Public Market, so we have listed a few of the many ways to get you started on your microadventure:

Grab a fresh brewed coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters and cinnamon morning bun at the Model Bakery to start your day. They also offer a “late bake” – an afternoon bake of signature breads for consumer purchase and to supply the region’s best restaurants. You’ll see why the Model Bakery is well known as the Napa Valley’s hometown bakery.

Explore the dizzying array of fresh ground spices at Whole Spice, with custom blends of spices you won’t find anywhere else. From the usual to the exotic, allspice to vanilla and ajowan to zhug, Whole Spice has more than 300 different spices and 50-60 blends available, both bulk and pre-packaged, and all in small quantities to ensure freshness.

Delight in the amazing selection of charcuterie at The Fatted Calf, with a unique selection of artisanal food products from California and Italy hand selected for the shop, as well as a delicious daily lunch menu. Stop in and sample some salumi, beans, pasta, vinegar or fresh cuts and taste the difference.

If you find yourself interested in a sit-down dining experience, there are many options. Enjoy wood-fired deliciousness from Kitchen Door or Ca’ Momi Enoteca, a savory burger from Gott’s Roadside or treats from the sea at the Hog Island Oyster Bar.

Satisfy your sweet tooth and indulge in the marvelous assortments of fine truffles, rich creams and caramels, brittles and chews from Anette’s Chocolates. Not feeling like chocolate? Enjoy a fresh baked cupcake at Kara’s Cupcakes or an inconceivably delicious and organic ice cream at Three Twins Ice Cream.

Set along the Napa River, Oxbow Public Market is located at 610 and 644 First Street in Napa, and is open seven days a week, and only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Most tenants of Oxbow Public Market are open until 9:00pm seven days a week with later hours on Friday evenings.

Follow Oxbow Public Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 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.

Image credit: http://oxbowpublicmarket.com/