Top Picks from the Food Critics at Sonoma Magazine

In search of a bit of culinary deliciousness and variety?  Look no further than these nearby restaurants which made the top 18 list of the food critics at Sonoma Magazine.  From Japanese to Italian, comfort food to farm-to-table, these wine country restaurants are a “must add” to your 2018 dining bucket list.

Single Thread Farm-Restaurant-Inn, Healdsburg: Plan on four hours and serious wallet damage for supper at this luxury kaiseki destination that’s the Japanese answer to The French Laundry. The menu changes nearly daily, combining Asian ingredients with precious produce from the restaurant’s own farm. 131 North St., Healdsburg, 707-7234646.

Pinoli Cucina Rustica, Guerneville: Chef Christian Darcoli owns a similar restaurant in Puerto Rico, but he is on-site for this Mediterranean eatery where he makes his own pastas and forages his own garden. As expected, seasonal pastas are the focus, like ravioli stuffed with sheep ricotta, borage, zucca flower and braised herbs, and then bathed with butter, Parmesan and sage. 13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, 707-604-7609. [SCHEDULED TO REOPEN IN MARCH 2018]

Negri’s Italian Dinners & Joe’s Bar, Occidental: The Negri family has had a winning formula since 1943, and it’s stood the test of time with delicious classics like chicken parmigiana, lasagna and garlic shrimp pasta, all served with family-style starters including minestrone soup, mixed green salad, antipasto veggies, salami, French bread and butter, and for some entrées, ravioli, too. 3700 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, 707-874-0301.

Gypsy Café, SebastopolComfort food is elevated with top-notch ingredients, such as “pork and beans” boasting Rancho Gordo yellow-eye heirloom beans and savory greens, or wine-braised pot roast anchored by golden-seared Parmesan polenta. The chic-antique decor makes a meal extra-special as well. 162 N. Main St., Sebastopol, 707-861-3825.

Gravenstein Grill, Sebastopol: The chef shops Sonoma County for excellent ingredients, then crafts them into mouthwatering Cal cuisine like crispy local duck leg partnered with braised red cabbage mixed with organic local heirloom apples, smoked bacon, herbed spaetzle and organic local plum gastrique. Killer local wine list, too. 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, 707-634-6142.

Fork Roadhouse, Sebastopol: Tucked in a quiet Sebastopol valley, this charming roadhouse is a locals’ favorite for its top-notch California food at fair prices. Chef and owner Sarah Piccolo impresses with signature dishes such as her Tuscan bean breakfast of Meyer lemon broth with kale and two fried eggs, and a pistachio-pepita-encrusted wild salmon with grapefruit lime sauce over a panzanella salad. 9890 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol, 707-6347575.

Want to explore some more?  See the complete list of all 18 restaurants on the Sonoma Magazine website. 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.

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Microadventure: A Day in St. Helena

Looking for a short trip to explore one of wine country’s quaint towns?  Then head east and spend a day in St. Helena. Just a short trip from Mayacama, this destination location doesn’t disappoint with a number of restaurants, shops and wineries all set in the picturesque Napa Valley.

10:00 – 12:00 – Begin you day with a little morning deliciousness served up at The Model Bakery. After your morning bite explore the quaint downtown where you will find a variety of retail shops.  Shoppers will enjoy fine jewelry of Palladium Jewelrydecedent chocolates of Woodhouse Chocolates, clothing boutiques such as Pearl Wonderful Clothing and gift shops such as Rabbit Rabbit, just to name a few.  The downtown core shopping is very easy to peruse taking up just two short blocks in the heart of downtown St. Helena.

12:00 – 2:00 – Visit the Greystone campus of the California Institute of America.  Built in the late 19th century and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Greystone was once home to the Christian Brothers. Relax in the contemporary, casual Gatehouse Restaurant or  enjoy a smaller bite from The Bakery Café by illy while taking in the view of the surrounding vineyards from the front terrace. Shop for everything culinary in the Spice Islands Marketplace® and enjoy a cooking demonstration or a class for food and wine enthusiasts. Visit the historic Barrel Room and marvel over the amazing collection of 1,000+ corkscrews displayed in the main entry hall.

2:00 – 5:30 – Explore world-class wineries.  From award-winning wineries such as V. Sattui to the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley, Beringer, there are impressive wineries within easy reach of the downtown.  Explore the historic winery and caves at Del Dotto Vineyards  or picturesque Duckhorn Vineyards, specializing in premium Merlot wines.  Others local wineries worth a visit include Rombauer and Hall Wines.

Find yourself with a little extra time in the afternoon?  A visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is a unique opportunity to experience the largest collection of Stevensoniana on public display in the world. – Small but very interesting and we’ll curated. Lots of great history about the author of “Treasure Island” and many other American classics. Google Review Wendy M.

6:00 – 8:00 – Now off to dinner. You’ll find a variety of dining options in St. Helena. Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch’s celebrated American farmhouse cuisine is rooted in the Hall family tradition of showcasing ingredients fresh from the farm, ranch, and vineyards.  Try the Wood grilled heritage pork chop or Heritage St. Louis ribs.  Market in St. Helena offers an elegant, yet comfortable dining experience with a fresh take on American classics and offers a great place to stop for a quick bite or a nice sit down meal. Try the House Made Lobster and Ricotta Ravioli, Very Adult Mac n’ Cheese or Painted Hills Filet Mignon. Keeping it casual?  Gott’s Roadside is a different kind of burger joint. For anyone who craves delicious, high-quality fare in a welcoming, down-to-earth spot, Gott’s Roadside is a tried-and-true local favorite. Try the Double Cheeseburger with Bacon or the Crispy Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich.

So plan a trip to our neighbor to the east for a day of fun and exploration.

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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Five Favorite Golf Instagrams at Mayacama

The Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Mayacama is unequivocally one of his finest. Guided by talented caddies, golfers take to the meticulously groomed, 6,761-yard layout. Consistently ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses in America,” the soul of the club is the camaraderie – from the annual Member-Guest tournaments to the “Sip ’n Swings” to the interclub challenges against the leading clubs in the US and around the world.

If you play a round or two at Mayacama, be sure to snap 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 Mayacama Golf Instagrams which capture the game we all love so much.

The game of golf is a wonderful thing @micpelli

November afternoon @djanderson_11

Overcast morning with a clear, wind free afternoon @djanderson_11

Day of perfection @grant_erict3

A gorgeous day of golf @wardvon

 

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.


 

2018 Sonoma County Fit Events

The temperate Sonoma climate and diversity of outdoor activities keeps most Mayacama Members outdoors – golfing, at the courts, hiking or out further afield exploring the region. Energize your body and mind with fresh air and gorgeous scenery as you fill your calendar with these fit events:

Napa Valley Resolution Run in Yountville on January 1. The race starts and ends at the Yountville Community Center. Celebrate the new year running!

Annadel Half Marathon & 5K on April 7. Held in beautiful Trione-Annadel State Park, this event features a challenging half marathon on a hilly course, with a more than 1,500-foot elevation gain.

Yoga, Hiking, Farm to Table Food and Wine at Lotus Feed Farm on June 1-3. Outdoor yoga deck, homemade farm to table food, rustic yurts, wine tasting.

Windsor Green Half Marathon in Windsor on June 3. This event consist of three different distances, all events start and finish on the Windsor Town Green.

Kenwood Footrace on July 4. The Kenwood Footrace holds the distinction as the oldest running 10K footrace in California. Held in the Sonoma Valley village of Kenwood; both races start and finish at Kenwood Plaza Park. A post-race event in the park features live music, food, beer, and games.

Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon on July 15. This popular race starts at Napa’s Cuvaison Carneros Winery, winds through the picturesque Carneros wine region on the southern tip of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and finishes up in historic Sonoma Plaza.

Ironman 70.3 in Santa Rosa on July 28. It includes a 1.2-mile single-loop swim in Lake Sonoma; a 56-mile cycling course featuring gentle rollers through wine country and quaint towns; and a tree-lined half-marathon along the Santa Rosa Creek trail, with the finish line located in the new Courthouse Square park in downtown Santa Rosa.

Water To Wine Half Marathon & 10k on August 5. Starting and finishing at Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens. The Half Marathon course is 90% paved with two off-road sections through vineyards on hard packed dirt roads. The 10k course is 99% paved, only the last 100 yards will be hard packed dirt winery road.

Summer Weekend Yoga Retreat with Wine Tasting at Westerbeke Ranch on August 24-26. Weekend getaway with yoga, nature, outdoor pool, wine tasting and nature.

Santa Rosa Marathon on August 26. In 2018 the Santa Rosa Marathon is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and will be marking the occasion with special limited-edition double-spinner medals, race swag and a bottle of DeLoach Vineyards wine for every Marathon and Half Marathon finisher.

Napa Half Marathon in Napa on September 30. Marathons start and finish at Skyline Park and wind through scenic Napa County with beautiful vineyards and spectacular vistas throughout the entire course.

Healdsburg Half Marathon & 5K Run Wine Country on October 14. The races start and end in downtown Healdsburg, just north of City Hall.

Cloverdale Harvest Marathon and 10K on October 21. As the sun rises on race day, you’ll head out into the beautiful Alexander Valley. With a mixture of flats and gently rolling hills, the course will take you amongst vineyards resplendent in fall colors, with views of the Russian River valley.

Looking to lace up your shoes before the big race? Head out on the 1,400 miles of secondary roads linking vineyards to the many different villages, or the 250 miles of forest, mountain and coastal trails spread among 45 regional parks. Try these running routes in Wine Country.

Considering a guided recreational hiking and walking tour? Explore these options:

Gaia Guided Hikes in Sonoma. Enjoy inspiring vistas while strolling along some of the most beautiful trails in Sonoma County and throughout the North Bay Area.

Sonoma Vineyard Walks in Santa Rosa. Combine walking and wine tasting, seeing where the grapes are grown, and getting inside access to private vineyard lands and people.

Wine Country Walking Tours in Healdsburg. Enjoy a fun filled four-hour guided walking tour, taking in all the gourmet highlights in the charming Sonoma County town of Healdsburg.

And when the gym calls, Mayacama Members can take advantage of a fully equipped fitness center. Personal training and wellness programs throughout the year include retreats, fitness workshops and nutrition seminars.

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/RunTheWineCountry/

January Events in Wine Country

The local events scene in 2018 hits the ground running with a variety of venues sure to be a hit with the entire family.  From music festivals to acrobats, winemaker dinners to art exhibits, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of January in Wine Country.

New Year’s Day Celebration (January 1)
Ring in 2018 at Breathless Wines!  Celebrate in style on New Year’s Day with tasty bubbly paired with appetizers, Tarot Card reading to see into your fabulous 2018, and treats and water for that special pooch in your life! This event is free and includes a glass of sparkling wine, appetizers and a tarot reading (the Tarot readings will take place between 1-3pm – please call ahead to reserve a spot). There will also be terrific wine specials: 40% off select wines.  More information can be found here.

Stand Up Sonoma (January 4)
This once in a lifetime night of comedy relief will feature Joel McHale, Nick Kroll, Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, Chris Porter, and Chris D’Elia performing onstage! Pat Jordan will host. All proceeds will go to the Sonoma Pride Fundraiser at The King Ridge Foundation to directly help those in Sonoma County affected by the October wildfires.  More information can be found here.

Year of the Dog (January 5)
Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents the exhibit The Year of the Dog from January 5 through February 11. From Coolidge to Keith Haring, from hunting scenes to Picasso’s “le chien”, the four-legged friend has always taken a special place in the arts. As 2018 is the Chinese year of the dog, Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents artists’ distinctly spirited look at the subject.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member*  First Friday Pour Friday, (January 5) from 5:30- 6:30 pm
Leading the industry in sustainability, Kendall-Jackson will be sharing single vineyard wines normally only found in their tasting rooms. From day one, Kendall-Jackson has been family owned and operated. This fact surprises many wine lovers, who assume that a winery of this stature must have been acquired by a major corporation by now. But Kendall-Jackson remains family run: a fact that is crucial to all aspects of the business. For one thing, with future generations of Jacksons to consider, the winery puts its long-term interests before short-term financial gains. There’s also the integrity of the family name, which appears on every bottle of wine it produces, to uphold. wine starts with respect for the land, the community, and the future generations. Member Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Symphony Pops: What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong (January 6)
A powerhouse trumpeter, gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger, Byron Stripling joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for a tribute to Louis Armstrong that is both electrifying and heartfelt.  More information can be found here.

*Maycama Member* NCAA Championship Viewing Party, Monday, (January 8 ) from 5 – 9 pm
College Football! Watch the NCAA Championships at Mayacama with food, drinks and your fellow Mayacama Members. Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Le Crema Winemaker Dinner (January 12)
The 33rd Annual Winemaker Series continues in 2018! On January 12, the new series opens with Winemaker Craig McAllister of La Crema Winery serving Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Winemaker Dinner: Stonestreet, Friday, (January 20) from 6 – 9 pm
Stonestreet Estate Vineyards stands as one of the most extensive mountain estates in the world and is a testament to the quality of high-elevation winegrowing in California. Here one finds a collection of distinctive single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc — wines carved from an extreme landscape. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs uses artisanal winemaking practices — fruit is harvested by hand, Chardonnays undergo native yeast fermentation and Cabernets are fermented in upright French oak tanks to tame tannins — that ensure the best expression of mountain terroir. The resulting wine is dynamic and intensely flavorful with bold structural integrity and the distinctive flavor profile of the Mayacamas Mountain Range’s Black Mountain. Seating is limited to the first 40 members and their guests. Price: $125++ Per Person, Member Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Golden Dragon Acrobats  (January 21)
Recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, Golden Dragon Acrobats combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. More information can be found here.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (January 26)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is known the world over for melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Over creating an electric musical and spiritual force that has garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people on every continent. More information can be found here.

Sixth Annual Sebastopol Guitar Festival (January 27)
The last Saturday in January is Sebastopol’s annual Guitarfest. The day is filled with fabulous concerts, workshops, and exhibits. Take some time to check out the exhibits of hand-crafted guitars, and join these talented guitar makers as they speak about their craft in afternoon presentations. Enjoy mini-concerts throughout the day; a perfect Saturday outing for those who enjoy acoustic music.  More information can be found here.

Dirty Cello (January 27)
Exciting cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman and her band return to CPAC for their third consecutive year. From China to Italy and across the U.S., Dirty Cello commands audience attention with their high-octane, cello-driven tunes. Blues, bluegrass, rock n’ roll, and even an occasional foray into classical fare— Rebecca Roudman and Dirty Cello always deliver a musical good time!  More information can be found here.

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: Luther Burbank Center

 

Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams for December

As we look forward to the New Year, we have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. We are so fortunate to live in Wine Country;  the region we love is beautiful this time of year so be sure to get out and explore all that the region has to offer.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye this December.

Morning Sunrise via @labellacabina

Vineyards via @frankjr237

Coast from a different perspective via @chrisrhansen7

Frosty Morning via @gracegabbana

Crab Season via @markvogler

 

Share your own adventures with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. To join the experience, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.  There is beauty all around so snap away.

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018.

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.


 

Meet Courtney Rebel, Activities Director at Mayacama

At Mayacama, golf is our passion but we also offer an array of area and on-site adventures and activities that the entire family will enjoy.  An incredible amount of thought, preparation and passion goes into these activities led by Activities Director, Courtney Rebel.

We recently asked Courtney to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

What led you to your role as Activities Director at Mayacama?
Before becoming the Activities Director at Mayacama, I was immersed in a variety of positions in the Wellness and Youth industries. My experience ranges from the Director of Fitness at Congressional Country Club, Director of Wellness and Youth at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club to a Personal Trainer in Golf Fitness, Triathlons and Aquatics.  While in these roles, my teams and I have exceeded members’ expectations through programming, superior customer service and capital projects.  Some of these include designing a state of the art Pilates studio, building a nationwide renowned youth program and creating unforgettable family events. My adventure of life thus far has been all about kids, fitness and wellness and I look forward to continuing my story at Mayacama!

Four of my favorite activities at Mayacama (and why):
1. I am looking forward to the annual Gingerbread Decorating Party.  I have heard wonderful comments about this festive event.  It sounds like a perfect gathering to celebrate the holidays with families, friends, Santa and sweet treats.

2. In the Summer of 2018, we have the 1st Mini Mudder Camp & Race at Mayacama.  We will create an adventure course on property where kids, ages 5-13, will have a muddy good time competing in this unique event.  I can’t wait!

3. To celebrate Valentines Day in 2018, we will be converting the Kids Room into Willie Wonkas Chocolate Factory.  Imagine lickable wallpaper, chocolate painting and other fantastical sweet treats- Wow!

4. In June 2018, we will have the 1st Annual Mayacama 5K & Kids Dash.  The fun run will wind through the hills of the course and property.  It will be an active event for everyone in the family!

What do you think make Mayacama so special to members?
Mayacama is a home away from home. The small membership size allows the staff to get to know every member and family.  I enjoy spending time with the community of families at the Club and all the happy kids.

Favorite part of the Job:
1. I love planning events for Mayacama families!   In my eyes, I have the ultimate dream job where I am able to plan cool events and activities for kids and adults.  Who doesn’t love to plan parties?

2. As a TPI (Titlest) Fitness Professional at Mayacama, I get to spread my passion for Wellness and Fitness to the membership. I love helping members discover their areas for improved mobility and flexibility with a personalized testing system.  We then work together to increase overall health and improve swing mechanics with a custom workout program.  It is fun to help members feel better immediately and see lasting results in a program due to targeting their unique body mechanics.

Share 3 of your favorite Annual Sonoma County events that members and guest’s should attend and why.
1. The Annual Wine & Food Affair is a great way to experience several wineries and a selection of varietals in one weekend.  You will discover favorite wines grown right here in Sonoma County.

2. I also love the World Food Affair in September each year.  Speakers in the food industry come from around the world to present on everything from local heirloom vegetables to how to grow a perfect tomato.  There are also local food vendor with tastings of decedent chocolate and unique superfoods.  It is a great place to see what is up and coming in the food industry!

3. Lastly, I enjoy the Annual concert in the Redwoods at Redwood Armstrong State Park in Guerneville.  Due to the fragile ecosystem, they only host one concert at the outdoor amphitheater each year.  They enlist local bands for the event and light the paths in the Redwood forest with LED lights to create a unique date night experience.

Lightning Round
When not at Mayacama you’ll find me:  Somewhere on an outside adventure; maybe paddle boarding on a lake, surfing a wave or exploring a beautiful Sonoma County trail.

1 Secret Sonoma County Spot I Love + Insider Tip: Jenner, California for the beach at Goat Rock and the organic café on the point with live music on the weekends.

5 things I can’t live without:  Adventures with my little guy Koa (19 months old), nourishing and delicious food, outdoor adventure toys (paddleboard, snowboard, surfboard and bike), my passport and all genres of music.

Favorite menu item at Mayacama: The vegetarian sandwich with cottage cheese bread (yum)

Next spot on my travel itinerary:  Provence, France

Thanks for sharing Courtney and for being part of the Mayacama team.

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. 


December Events in Wine Country

The last month of 2017 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to local events.  From crab feeds to Holiday concerts, Santa runs to lighting ceremonies, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of December in Wine Country.

Annual Lighting of the Snowmen Festival (December 2)
This year, the Lighting of the Snowmen kicks off with a festival and actual lighting on December 2nd and the display will remain up through the end of December for all to enjoy!  This Cornerstone classic will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive decorations and more! More information can be found here.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus “Home for the Holidays” – A Benefit for Face to Face (December 2)
“Home For The Holidays” is an incredible holiday celebration, full of humor, personality, and gorgeous choral music. SFGMC’s performance features classic holiday favorites, alongside some new works that are sure to warm your heart and get you in the festive mood.Net proceeds support F2F’s mission of ending HIV in Sonoma County while also caring for clients affected by the recent firestorms. More information can be found here.

17th Annual Windsor Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting (December 7)
Begin your holiday season with graceful horse-drawn carriages, music fun and even a visit from Santa, all at Windsor Town Green. More information can be found here.

Santa Rosa SantaCon (December 9)
Grab your Santa hat and get as festive as you want as we support local businesses and continue to raise money for fire victims across Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

Oyster Shucking Workshop at SHED (December 9)
Explore the wonderful world of oysters with our chef and culinary educator in this oyster tasting and shucking demonstration. You’ll learn about the history, flavor profile, and preparation of oysters and why they make the perfect appetizer for your holiday gathering. More information can be found here.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 9)
A flotilla of decorated boats make a spectacular arrival at the Petaluma River Turning Basin in the heart of historic downtown; Arriving about 6:15pm. More information can be found here.

Tides Wharf Crab Feed Series (December 15)
The Annual Crab Feed Series at The Tides Wharf Restaurant in Bodega Bay features chilled Dungeness crab, cocktail sauce, drawn butter, Tides’ mustard sauce, clam chowder, pasta, green salad, and French bread. Reservations are recommended.  A Sonoma County tradition.  More information can be found here.

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Concert with David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White (December 17)
This year’s 20th anniversary tour promises to be extra-special, reuniting Koz with two members of the original lineup – David Benoit and Peter White – and Rick Braun, a guest on many of Dave’s holiday jaunts, dating back to the early years. Newcomer Selina Albright will also join in the festivities. Together, the five remarkable artists will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogs.  More information can be found here.

Christmas Eve Dinner at John Ash & Co. (December 24)
Make local plans for this Christmas Eve. Executive Chef Tom Schmidt has prepared a festive menu of seasonal cuisine and libations.  More information can be found here.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (December 31)
Ring in the New Year with hands-on crafts for kids, Santa Rosa’s only Up-Down and Baby Balloon drops at Noon, and root beer toasts at Noon and 3:00 pm! Great fun for the little ones before the adults head out for the evening. More information can be found here.

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018 to all.

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: Santa Rosa SantaCon

 

Five Favorite Wine Country Fall Instagrams

Fall is a special time of year in Wine Country as harvests are collected in preparation for the coming winter months. Now, more than ever, is a great time to get out, explore all of the natural beauty and help support the local businesses throughout the region.  The weather is crisp and clear and the vibrant colors are memorizing.

Here are a few Wine Country Instagrams which caught our eye for Fall.

The beauty of Country living in Sonoma County via @paulterrell5830

Harvest Highway Sonoma County via @csharrison

In Wine Country with the Duetto via @bella.macchina

 

Capturing the beauty of the region via @capturesbycasares

 

Sonoma County sunset via @zingibertea

Share your own adventures with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. To join the experience, follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this incredible region we call “home”.  There is beauty all around so snap away.

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.


 

Meet Zach Makilan, First Assistant Golf Professional at Mayacama

At Mayacama, golf is our passion.  Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest, drawing golfers from far and wide for a chance to play.  One of the reason for the exceptional Mayacama golf experience is our team of professionals, such as First Assistant Golf Professional, Zach Makilan.

We recently asked Zach to share some insight, as well as some of her local favorites, with us.

What led you to your role as First Assistant Golf Pro at Mayacama?
I started working at Mayacama on opening week in August 2001. I began as a member of the Outside Services team when we got our photo taken with Jack Nicklaus. After playing golf for the Santa Rosa Junior College, I started working full time at Mayacama in 2004. I’m so lucky to be a part of Mayacama and I’m very grateful to be the First Assistant Golf Professional.

Describe the moment you knew you loved the game:
When I made my first birdie! It was the 5th hole, Par 3 at the Fairgrounds Golf Course. I hit a 5 wood from 120 yards and made the putt. After that moment, I was hooked!

Favorite part of the Job:
Golf. The main reason that we are Golf Professionals is because we love to play the game. There are some days that it doesn’t feel like a job. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by golf and doing what I love.

What sets the Mayacama golf program apart from the crowd?
The golf course is one of the best in Northern California, and our everyday conditions reflect that. We feel like the golf course is always “Tournament Ready” because that’s the way it plays year round. Another big influence is our Caddies! Our Caddie Program preserves the traditions of the game and help make the experience more enjoyable.

Describe your proudest ‘Golf Moment’ to date:
My proudest Golf Moment is standing on the first tee of the Old Course at St. Andrews with Teddy Antonopoulos. There is a feeling you get when you step in front of the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse. It is a very special place and I hope that one day I will make it back.

Lightning Round
Favorite tee time: 8:00 am

3 apps I cannot live without: Spotify, TrackMan, and Google Maps

Favorite annual event at Mayacama: Junior Golf Boot Camp

Favorite course outside of Mayacama: Bandon Dunes

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Bali and Thailand in December!

Thanks for sharing Zach and for being part of the Mayacama team.

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.