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June Events in Wine Country

The weather is warming up and summer is almost here, making it a great time to get out and explore Wine Country.  From concerts to art tours, lavender fields to hot air balloons, there is something for everyone in June.

Rodney Strong Vineyard Summer Concert Series
There’s no better way to enjoy a Wine County summer day than at Rodney Strong’s Summer Concert Series in Healdsburg. This popular music concert series draws large audiences from across the region and beyond.  Guests will find themselves surrounded by acres of beautiful vineyards providing a unique concert experience. Picnic on the winery’s luxurious greens while enjoying music from top performers such as Boney James, Smokey Robinson, Davis Sanborn and more. Runs June through September.

Art at the Source
Explore the art world of Wine Country at the Art at the Source Open Studio Tour.  Sebastopol Center for the Arts sponsors the 22nd annual open studio event the first two weekends in June. This is a great way to see and purchase fine art from hundreds of experienced and emerging artists, while traveling the scenic byways of western Sonoma County. This year’s tour will feature 135 artists at 87 studios, representing a number of disciplines including painting, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, fine jewelry, art glass, assemblage, woodwork, mosaic and photography. Runs June 4-5 & June 11-12 (Saturday and Sunday) from 10am–5pm.

Beerfest
Join the fun at the 25th Annual Beerfest celebration.  Beerfest is an extravaganza with more than 50 of Northern California’s best craft breweries featuring over 120 unique brews. VIP tickets holders will enjoy food pairings with specialty beers, plus our collectible mug. Benefits Face to Face, a local non-profit supporting the health and well-being of those living HIV/AIDS. Saturday, June 11 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
The annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic is a 2-day event where spectators can experience balloons up close, watch them launch, and even take tethered rides. Early risers can experience “Dawn Patrol”, the breathtaking sights as pilots use heat to fill their balloons. While the balloons fly overhead, the park will be host to food, music, and crafts vendors who turn out to serve spectators and enjoy the festivities. Keiser Park in Windsor the weekend of June 18th & 19th.

June is Lavender month in Wine Country, showcased by two local events. Sonoma Lavender in Kenwood is holding open house, offering U-Cut fresh lavender as well as a wide variety of lavender products.  No food is offered but there are many wineries and restaurants nearby. Runs the weekends of June 18-19 and 25-26.

Sip, smell and savor the beauty of Matanzas Creek’s exceptional wine portfolio and vibrant gardens at the Days of Wine & Lavender event.  Enjoy live music, delicious food and wine pairings, vineyard tours and open house at the Lavender Barn with sweeping views of gardens, vineyards and Taylor Mountain to the south. Must be 21 years or older to attend.  For more information visit their website. June 25.

So get outdoors and explore all that Wine Country has to offer in June.

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 County Hot Air Balloon Classic

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June is Lavender Month in Sonoma Wine Country

Each June, Sonoma County blossoms with the vibrant color and fragrance of lavender ushering in local celebrations with lavender festivals, retail offerings and lavender-inspired dining.

The use of lavender has a long history, having been first recorded over 2,500 years ago. The fragrant flowers was prized by Mediterranean cultures, being primarily used as a perfume.  Ancient Greeks found medicinal uses for the vibrant flowers, using it as a cure for everything from insomnia and aching backs.  Ancient Romans used lavender as insect repellent, flavoring as well as perfume; the aromatic flower derives its current name from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash.”

Today, you can find lavender throughout Sonoma Wine Country. The popular plant retains its historic roots, being used as plantings, as well as an essential ingredient for wellness, culinary and beauty products.  Local farmers, vendors and retailers throughout the region use the full benefits of the vibrant plants which come to full bloom in June.

Sonoma Lavender in Kenwood is holding open house on the weekends of June 18-19 and 25-26, offering U-Cut fresh lavender as well as lavender products including hot/cold wraps, lavender bath & body, diffusers, candles, gifts, sachets and bouquets.  No food is offered but there are many wineries and restaurants nearby if you want to make a day of it.

On June 25, sip, smell and savor the beauty of Matanzas Creek’s exceptional wine portfolio and vibrant gardens at the Days of Wine & Lavender event.  Enjoy live music, delicious food and wine pairings, vineyard tours and open house at the Lavender Barn with sweeping views of gardens, vineyards and Taylor Mountain to the south.  This 20th Anniversary celebration is sure to be an afternoon you won’t soon forget. Must be 21 years or older to attend.  For more information visit their website.

Lavender season also keeps local retailers busy.  At Lavender Bee Farm in Petaluma, they open their farm for visits in season.  Amid the rolling hills of Sonoma County, the family honey farm plays host to over 5,000 lavender plants and multiple hives and is chemical-free for the health of the bees, plants, and you!  Shop for lavender bouquets, sachets, hydrosols and honey year-round on their website.

Lynn’s Lavender & Lotsmore in Sebastopol also offers a large range of lavender products for your home, garden, body and soul.

So get outdoors this June and enjoy the beauty and fragrance of lavenders in Sonoma Wine Country.

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.