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Meet Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth

There is so much to do in Wine Country that sometimes deciding on a venue can be a daunting task.  That’s where the experienced team at Mayacama can help. The Concierge team has a wealth of local knowledge and is always willing to share their regional tips to ensure a great outing for you and your family. We recently asked Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth, to share some insight, as well as some of their local favorites, with us.

Describe what members enjoy most about being a part of the Mayacama Community:
I think what members really enjoy most is the variety of events that we have at Mayacama. From 1st Friday pours to our annual events such as Easter where all the departments work together to create a memorable experience for our members and their families.

What are 3 Sonoma County Wineries you would recommend members visit:
Chalk Hill Estates Vineyards, Lynmar Estate & Paradise Ridge Winery.

Chalk Hill Estate has more than 1,300 scenic acres and is devoted to vineyards, a hospitality center, culinary garden, stables and an equestrian pavilion. Chalk Hill offers tours & tastings, and a culinary tour, Horseback riding.

Lynmar Estate features a modern look. Its grounds include a sleek and elegant tasting room with clean lines and soaring overhead beams; an expansive courtyard with magnificent views of rolling vineyards and gardens, award winning chardonnay’s and pinot. Lynmar offers a 3 course farm to table lunch Thursday through Sunday (April-October).

Paradise Ridge Winery is known for having “the most beautiful view in Sonoma County.” Paradise Ridge also has an amazing outdoor art gallery at their property. Wednesday Evenings from mid-May through October, visitors are invited to enjoy wines, live music, local gourmet food vendors, all while enjoying spectacular panoramic sunsets from the winery’s expansive veranda and beautiful poetry terrace.

Outside of easy access to some of the most admired wineries and vineyards world-wide, what other reasons make Sonoma County a desirable location to enjoy?
Sonoma County is not only a destination for wine but it is also great for the kiddos. We have the Old Faithful Geyser, The Petrified Forest, zip line and sticker factory.

If you only had 48 hours to spend in the wine country, how would you spend them?:
The first day exploring Alexander Valley visit Alexander Valley Vineyards for a cave tour, Dry Creek Road and stop at Dry Creek General Store for picnic items and stop at Truett Hurst to taste and enjoy lunch, visit 32 Winds, our vintner member, and then finish the day in Healdsburg for cocktails and dinner.  Next day exploring the Sonoma coast. Take Westside road to Korbel for a tastings and to stop at their delicatessen and head to Armstrong Redwoods. Travel towards Jenner and Bodega Bay and stop at beaches along the way. If you are over at Bodega on Fri– Mon stop at Wild Flour Bread Bakery. A great little stop for coffee, pastries and garden.

Favorite Mayacama Menu item:
Fish tacos or pan fried chicken

Best SC breakfast spot:
Option 1: Costeaux Bakery – Order the: Croissant breakfast sandwich. Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, egg & cheddar cheese- yum! 
Option 2: Parish Café – Order the: Bananas Foster Pain Perdu or the beignets that are served all day!

Must see:
Safari West

Must do:
Green Music Center

Something you may not know about Mayacama:
Mayacama was once part of Charles Schulz’s (Peanuts cartoonist) 3000 acre property.

Best place to enjoy with your four-legged pal:
Dillion Beach

Favorite local event (outside of Mayacama):
Sonoma County Restaurant Week!

3 words to describe Mayacama:
Living the dream

Thanks, Angie and Loreen, for taking the time to share!

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: A Day in Healdsburg

Looking for a short trip to explore one of wine country’s quaint towns?  Then head north and spend a day in Healdsburg. Just a short trip from Mayacama, this destination location doesn’t disappoint with a number of venues sure to please; restaurants, shops and tasting rooms all await you.

10:00 – 12:00 – Arrive at the square and start your day with a little help from the Healdsburg coffee scene. Head to Flying Goat Coffee for their award-winning gourmet coffee. Enjoy a full-bodied, robust blend? Try Mrs. Garland’s Blend for your AM beverage. Insider tip: There are actually two cafes in Healdsburg (324 and 419 Center St.) so if one is crowded, head to the other nearby location.  We understand how important that cup of coffee can be and waiting may not be an option.

Pair your coffee with a memorable treat at Moustache Baked Goods. Their menu is seasonal and ever-changing; some current cupcakes being offered which caught our eye: The Farmer with fresh carrot cake and cream cheese frosting, The Outlaw with chocolate cake sea salt caramel and The Miller with Meyer lemon olive oil and lemon curd…delicious.

12:30 – Grab your lunch just off the square at Campo Fina. Start with the Burrata Cheese (grilled bread, prosciutto and aged balsamic) followed by the Cubano which includes roasted pork, smoked pork tenderloin, swiss cheese, sweet pickles, pickled onions and mustard aioli on a telera roll. For those looking for a lighter take on their mid-day meal, try The Katina from their Insalata menu – mixed greens, achiote chicken breast, avocado, pickled jalapeno, queso fresco, toasted pumpkin seeds and citrus vinaigrette. If you’d rather dine on southern cuisine, head to The Parish Café for some of the best New Orleans food to be found in our region. Try a Po-Boy or a House Special Gumbo or Muffaletta. Or sample their sides of Jambalaya, Crab Claw Hush Puppies or Fried Green Tomatoes.

2:00-5:30 – Now it’s time to explore some retailers for a unique shopping experience. At SHED, you’ll find all things quintessentially wine country. The quaint store offers beautiful housewares, thoughtfully considered pantry provisions as well as impeccably-designed farm and garden tools. Their wares are the perfect way to embrace wine country living. If you have completed your shopping, cozy up to the Fermentation Bar where they offer house-made kombucha and kefir water, Shrubs (an old-fashioned refresher) as well as local wine, beer, hard cider, honey mead, and natural sodas. In their second floor space, known as the Grange, they host classes and workshops focused on food and farming. At SHED you can embrace your inner agrarian.

Peruse the extensive collection of books at Copperfield’s Books. Set on the Square, this store provides locals and tourists alike with thousands of titles to choose from. Visitors will enjoy an extensive magazine selection as well as expansive cookbook and travel sections. Staff recommendations also give fiction lovers input as to hot titles they may enjoy.

Anytime you combine champagne and shopping it results in a memorable experience. That is exactly what you will find at Looking Glass. Explore designer items while sipping on champagne for a unique and unforgettable retail experience.

6:00 – 8:00 – Now off to dinner. There are a number of dining venues but here are a few local favorites. If you enjoy a rustic yet elegant take on Wine Country dining, look no further than Barndiva. The food is fresh, sophisticated and delicious. Start with the beet salad with brie, apple, radish, endive, kumquat and champagne vinaigrette; for a main dish you can’t go wrong with the seared king salmon with french green lentils, white wine poached apple and frisèe bacon. If you arrive a bit early, drop in to the adjacent Studio Barndiva, an art gallery with an eclectic collection of new work by a variety of artists, painters and sculptors.

Named “One of the top 20 tapas restaurants in the U.S.” by Travel & Leisure, Bravas Bar de Tapas boasts some amazing food as well as one of the best patios in town. Try the Dungeness Crab Fideua, a traditional Spanish style pasta or the Steamed Clams in cava with garlic, parsley and chili flakes. This recent yelp review sums up the dining experience quite nicely: “This was my first tapas experience and I absolutely loved it. A strange mix of classy and casual, suits the tapas experience perfectly. On one hand immaculate presentation and great service and on the other hand casual tables and drinking wine from water glasses.” – Vladimir P.

After 8:00 – Enjoy after dinner drinks in a comfortable and inviting setting at Bergamot Alley, where they serve up Mediterranean wines, as well as a selection of beers, sakés, ciders and dessert wines. It’s a night owl’s paradise as this establishment stays open until 1 am on most nights. Or venture out for cocktails at Spoonbar, spotlighting locally and domestically produced spirits and organic herbs, fruits and vegetables resulting in a true farm-to-bar cocktails. Try the Spoonbar Daiquiri with Flor de Cana, Hamilton Jamaican Dark Rum, Clarified Strawberry Juice, Kiwi Shrub and Kaffir Lime Syrup or the Local Whiskey Tasting Flight, showcasing 4 wine country libations. Choose from spirit focus, cocktails and wine menus for a great way to end an evening.

For those in search of a little dessert, look no further than Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie Bar. This sweet little shop serves up heritage pies, such as Meyer Lemon Raspberry and Strawberry Blueberry Ginger. Or choose an ice cream treat with flavors which include Corn Flake Crown Maple, Blackberry Rosemary and Matcha Almond Green Tea.

So plan a trip to our neighbor to the north for a day of fun for the entire family.

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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