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!

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Local Love – Brewsters Beer Garden

Wine Country has an amazing and diverse food scene.  From formal to casual and everything in-between, there are a host of incredible dining options throughout the region.  It’s rare to find a new venue which is truly unique to the area;  Brewsters Beer Garden is that rare find.

Located in the Historic District of Downtown Petaluma, Brewsters Beer Garden was built for people who want more than just a good meal when they eat, they want a dining experience which offers a laid back and kid-friendly environment.  This open-air dining restaurant, whose cuisine is focused on technique-driven dishes influenced by Southern Carolina BBQ and a smattering of locally sourced and sustainably-raised Petaluma producers and ranchers, doesn’t disappoint and is truly a fun and memorable dining experience.  You can even bring Fido, as Brewsters is a dog-friendly restaurant.  It’s a great location for the new restaurant, as Petaluma is the center of the Craft Beer craze in Sonoma County.

Photo Credit: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Offering a seating capacity over 350, this new dining hotspot is the perfect balance of food and ambiance, as guests are treated to outdoor and covered seating in a historic setting, with the comforts of large heat lamps, fire pit, bocce court, children’s playground and live music stage. To complement this unique dining experience, they offer an array of over 30 revolving local craft beers on draft, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine, and a full selection of spirits and cocktails.

Menus changes daily but you can get an idea what they are serving up by perusing their menus here.  Here is a quick glimpse of some of their menu items.  From their Rotisserie and BBQ menu: 1/2 Smoked Chicken, Chopped Hog and Brisket.  Feeling hungry?  Try an item from their Large Plate menu; the King Salmon, with succotash and hollandaise or the Fried Chicken, with buttermilk biscuits, country gravy and swiss chard both sound delicious.  They also have small menu items, sandwiches, salads and a kid’s menu.  Brewsters is open T-FRI 5pm-close / S + S 11:00am-close.

Photo Credit: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page

Although Brewsters is relatively new to the Wine Country food scene, the reviews are coming in and people like what they are serving up in Petaluma.  Take a look at the following reviews from their Facebook Page:

This place is beautiful! Constructed perfectly with class! You are outdoors but it is comfortably heated complete with a gorgeous fire pit! Nice band and dance area. Fun play area for little ones and a Bocce court. The kitchen is open and quite large. I was amazed by the beauty and comfort. The owners are very sweet and proud as they should be! I wish you nothing but success. – Sue Beavers

Warm friendly staff, to go along with the surprisingly warm heaters made for a lovely December evening. Food was top notch, ribs were so very good, desserts were incredible. Goat cheesecake, and buttermilk pie were enjoyed by all. We are excited to have such an exceptional outdoor dining establishment in Petaluma and look forward to our next visit!! – Berkley Sturgeon

Awesome space with a comfortable industrial vibe; great fit for downtown Petaluma. Kids’ play area, bocce ball court; dog friendly – excellent food, great bar. Winner! – Cyn Cady

So next time you find yourself in Downtown Petaluma, stop by Brewsters Beer Garden for a great time and delicious meal too.

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: Brewsters Beer Garden Facebook Page