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Five Favorite Wine County Instagrams in September

From unforgettable rounds of golf to enjoying a warm summer day with family and friends, we encourage those on Instagram to capture and share their Wine Country experiences with us.  Follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and the spectacular region we are fortunate to call “Home”.  The beauty of the region awaits so grab those phones and cameras and share your experiences.

Here are a few recent Instagrams which exemplify the Mayacama experience.

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Congrats on the Hole-In-One via @basic_tom

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Summer fun poolside via @kthoff

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Lavender and golf, a winning combination via @wiley_ephraim

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A warm summer’s day at Mayacama via @garypohrer

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Bruschetta and prosciutto with olives and sun dried tomatoes via @sfbites

 

Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

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Meet Mayacama’s Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy

One of the most popular features at Mayacama is our wine program.  Located in the heart of Wine Country where country roads in every direction are lined with vineyards, Mayacama members enjoy access to the very best Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel vineyards on the continent.  This program is truly unique in that renowned vintners from Napa and Sonoma are not only active members, but also  an integral part of the entire Mayacama experience.  Leading this program is Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, who willingly offers his experience and expertise with members and guests alike.

We recently asked him to share some of his knowledge, recommendations and tips with us to gain some insight into the Mayacama wine experience.

What are some of your favorite features of the Wine Program at Mayacama?

Working with incredible wineries, our education program and fantastic members who love their wine.

What has been the most rewarding part of your role in the Vintner Program?

The relationships I have made with both our club members and our local wineries.

The Vintner Program is ever-evolving. Describe the newest Vintner Members to join the program and what they offer:

Dutcher Crossing brings many fabulous varietals to work with and their hospitality program has become a club favorite.  Fisher Vineyards has given us some outstanding chardonnay and red varietals in AVAs that give our list better depth.  A visit to their Mountain winery is a great experience.  Wilson Winery brings many different properties to the program allowing us to expand in many categories.  Their hospitality staff is outstanding and the Vineyards they are planting at our front entrance will allow us to expand our education program.  All three wineries have incredible people that add to our club’s wine culture.

Give us some insight into the specialty tours offered to members:

Our tours are based on the preferences of the members.  We try to group them by location to maximize drive time and member needs.  Some offer great behind the scenes experiences, others food and wine pairings, others great picnic spots.  We try to showcase as many as possible.  I personalize a limited amount of tours for members and our concierge is great at identifying member preferences.

We’re big on travel around here. What’s your next travel destination?

Just spent the weekend in Napa, a day in Dry Creek and a half day on the Russian River.  Later this summer the Sierra Foothills, planning a late in the year Santa Barbara trip and a trip to Bordeaux next summer.

Jeff recently featured a wine pairing for those interested in dining on local oysters.

Wine Pairings:  One of the great pleasures for an oyster lover is the pairing of oysters and wine.  I love wines of higher acids to act as foil for the rich fattiness of the oysters.  I also look at what I put on the oysters when making my wine selection.

My two favorite pairings with raw oysters are a great Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine or Champagne or a great Sauvignon Blanc, local or imported.  Since I usually eat my oysters plain or with lemon or a mignonette, I find these wines a perfect paring.  With bbq oysters, I prefer a nice chardonnay with the savory and a light red with the sweet.  The fun part is you get to choose which pairing works best for you.

Visit Hog Island:  Let us set up a tasting at Hog Island for you.  Our concierge can reserve a spot for you on the shores of Tomales Bay in Marshall or you can visit Hog Island in Napa at the Oxbow market or the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  Tuesday in Marshall is shuck-your-own day.  They will give you gloves, ice and an oyster knife.  If you want to bbq, remember to bring your own charcoal.

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 Wine County Instagrams in August

From outdoor adventures to unforgettable evenings with family and friends, we encourage those on Instagram to showcase their Wine Country adventures with us.  Grab your phone and join the fun.  You can follow along with us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and the spectacular region we call home.  The beauty of the region awaits.

Here are a few recent instagrams which exemplify the Wine Country experience.

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Share your own experiences with us by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be entered, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit as much imagery as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

 

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Introducing the Mayacama Villa Ownership Program

Have you heard? Mayacama now offers Whole Ownership! Take advantage of this amazing lifestyle opportunity to own a fully furnished Villa outright with the Club paying for 100% of the annual expense and maintenance costs.  Did we mention? All golf dues are at no cost to the owner and their family for as long as they own the Villa and owners will also enjoy the opportunity to participate in our reciprocity program with more than 70 premier properties worldwide via Elite Alliance.

Here’s how it works: Owners determine 4 months of annual use, the remaining 8 months will be rented out to Mayacama Members and their guests. Rental revenues will be used to offset annual maintenance costs which include HOA dues, utilities, property taxes, etc. Excess rental revenues above annual maintenance costs will be split between owner and Mayacama. Mayacama guarantees to cover 100% of annual costs!

View the Villa Ownership Renderings and Property Photos 

The Villas feature a unique floor plan with the popular central Harvest Room, ideal for al fresco wine country living.  The Harvest Room features radiant heat travertine flooring, folding doors for indoor/outdoor living, and an enhanced kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances including a gas range and full size refrigerator. The Villas also include two master suites, a third bedroom with an en suite bathroom, and an additional living room with a “Murphy” bed option for a total of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Highlights:

  • Multiple floor plan options
  • Harvest Room (indoor/outdoor living and dining area)
  • Full kitchen
  • Two master suites with walk-in closets
  • 3rd bedroom with en suite bath
  • Optional 4th bedroom or study
  • Fully furnished
  • Four fireplaces
  • Wraparound patio
  • Washer & dryer
  • Owner’s closet
  • Gated courtyard with gardens
  • Hassle-free living and maintenance

Please contact our Sales Executive, Tim Hoffmann if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity:

Tim Hoffmann
Sales Executive | CalBRE #01942747
Direct: 707.569.2954
Mobile: 435.513.0642

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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Mayacama Featured in Golfweek Magazine

Mayacama, and all that is has to offer, was recently featured in Golfweek. The Vintner Program, coupled with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and our ownership options, were all showcased in the article, re-purposed in its entirety below.

At Home In The Valley
Want to immerse yourself in wine country? We have the club for you
By Martin Kaufmann // Santa Rosa, Calif.

“This is the gateway to wine country,” our caddie, Danny Flores, said as we finished climbing the steep hill to the 15th tee at Mayacama Golf Club.

Flores, who brings a certain flourish to his work, waved his arms in a grandiose fashion, pointing eastward toward Calistoga, St. Helena and Napa, nerve centers of the wine industry in the adjacent valley.

One senses this is part of Flores’ regular shtick with first-timers. He has the easy, practiced patter of an entertainer, which he is in a parallel life. But his point is well taken. If ever there should be a place that provides visitors an overview of wine country, it probably should be a club built to celebrate the wines of Northern California.

Mayacama, in the heart of Sonoma Valley, has 460 members, 36 of whom are local vintners. These include some of the biggest names in the business: Harlan, Jackson, Gallo, Foley, Joseph Phelps and  Silver Oak among them.

As part of their memberships, the vintners agree to donate to the club one barrel of wine – equal to about 25 cases – each year. As a practical matter, that gives wine director Jeff McCarthy a big pricing advantage. But that’s a fraction of McCarthy’s inventory. There are 750 bottles on the wine list, which changes weekly, and several other young or, to borrow McCarthy’s term, “geeky wines” that he’s holding in reserve.

Not surprisingly given the location, McCarthy described the club as “pretty pinot-, cab-, chard-heavy.” Pinot is the club’s biggest volume seller, though the region’s pricey cabernets generate the most revenue.

Each member has a locker in the wine cellar that holds up to four dozen bottles and includes a leather-bound notebook to record tasting notes.

“They have to share golf lockers. They get their own wine locker,” McCarthy said, a sign that the club has its priorities in order.

McCarthy runs an education program, the newest component of which is a 19-acre vineyard that Wilson Winery, a new member, planted on the property. McCarthy will use that as a “laboratory” to show members the viticultural process.

There’s a local focus to much of McCarthy’s program. One of his most popular hourlong seminars deals with the neighborhoods of the Russian River Valley. He notes that the growing characteristics across Sonoma County – the terroir, to use the all-encompassing term favored in the industry – are more diverse than all of France’s wine-growing regions.

It’s probably appropriate that there’s so much wine on property, because Mayacama is a course that could drive even low-handicappers to drink. It’s a difficult Jack Nicklaus design where uneven lies and tiered targets tend to be the rule rather than the exception. It is a Nicklaus Signature course, which means, among other things, that the architect gave the design more personal attention.

For all of its challenges – a friend, an accomplished player, still mutters about the severely sloped green on the par-3 third – it’s also playful at times. There’s a large tree directly in front of the two-tiered green on the par-5 fourth – the sort of thing one might expect from a more iconoclastic designer such as Jim Engh, but not from Nicklaus. The seventh, a short 4 across a stream to a diagonal green, immediately reminded me of one of Nicklaus’ favorite holes, the 14th at Muirfield Village.  A similar-length par 4, No. 16, presents multiple options; my friend has played it numerous times and still hasn’t settled on the proper approach.

Mayacama (No. 59 on Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list) has been renovating its bunkers, but that project recently was expanded. Thirteen greens were lost after the early-April aeration for reasons that remain something of a mystery. Rather than applying a Band-Aid, the club quickly settled on plans to regrass all 18 greens with Tyee 007 bentgrass. Work should be completed by fall.

Walking is strongly favored at the club, which speaks to the fitness of the membership, not to mention Flores and his fellow Sherpas who double-bag it up and down the rugged terrain. At times it’s less a walk in the park than a hike in the mountains.

And make no mistake: there always is the sense that you’re immersed in nature while on the course. There are only 31 lots on the 675-acre, gated property, 22 of which have homes on them, but you have to look pretty hard to find them while playing.

Mayacama also has a residence-club program that costs $385,000 to join; there are six three-bedroom villas and nine one-bedroom casitas from which to choose. Members who pick this alternative can arrive to a fully stocked refrigerator and, if requested, an in-room chef.

Think of that as your turnkey alternative if you want to pass through the gateway to wine country.   Gwk

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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#MayacamaScene – Share Your Experience

From scenic landscapes to unforgettable golf experiences, memorable life events to outdoor exploration, we welcome members and their guests to showcase their Mayacama Wine Country experience with us. Join the fun, contribute and follow along as instagramers share their experiences by using the hashtag #MayacamaScene. There will be giveaways throughout the year, so grab those phones and cameras and start sharing.

Here are a few recent instagrams which caught our eye.

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The 18th Hole at Mayacama via @drewkass

 

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Beautiful setting for a beautiful event via @herecomestheguide

 

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Malasas Crispy Bacon via @liammayclem

 

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The beauty of the grounds at Mayacama via @miamorwines

 

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Pinot Noir over the 18th Hole via @lou_lou_

We invite members and guests to share their visual journey and experiences at Mayacama in our Annual Photo Contest*.  In order to be enter, be sure to check-in or tag your location at Mayacama and use #MayacamaScene in your photos on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can submit imagery as often as you like, so share often and watch for giveaways throughout the year for our favorite photos! At the end of 2016, Grand Prize photo winners will enjoy some very special prizes.

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.

*Contest Rules: Open to members and member guests only. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow Mayacama and its agencies to use your entry in marketing materials including the digital magazine, e-news, advertisements, collateral and social channels. All entries will be verified as members or member guests by Mayacama. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are in no way associated with the contest.

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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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Experience Music in the Vineyards

Celebrate the summer season in Wine Country with fellow music lovers and some fine wines at the myriad of music in the vineyard events in the coming months. Peruse the list of upcoming local programs and purchase your tickets early:

Wednesdays thru October 26: Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa

The popular Wednesday Evening Wines & Sunsets have the makings of a seriously romantic midweek date night. Listen to festive live music playing while you sip wine and enjoy spectacular panoramic sunsets from the winery’s expansive veranda and beautiful poetry terrace.

Fridays thru September 30: Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, 389 Fourth St. East, Sonoma

Each week during the Night Music Series features tunes from a different local band or artist in their courtyard or stunning tasting room. Wines by-the-glass or by-the-bottle will be available for purchase along with gourmet food. The last Friday of each month will be “Food Truck Friday” featuring an enticing line up of local gourmet food trucks selling tasty treats to pair with your music enjoyment.

Sundays thru October 30: B.R. Cohn, 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen

Summer Sundays at B.R. Cohn are a perfect way to cap your weekend. Sit back under our olive trees with fresh oysters prepared how you like, a favorite glass of wine and enjoy the live music from variety of talented local musical artists for you each weekend.

June 10-11: Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma

A carefully curated lineup of diverse bands is a hallmark of every Huichica Music Festival. Twenty-eight national and regional indie and folk acts will jam on three unique stages, including one in the winery cave. Must try:  GunBun’s made-for-summer white wine, Gewürztraminer.

Sunday, August 7: Chimney Rock, 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa

An MITV-commissioned work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts highlights this program which includes Haydn’s tongue-in-cheek Master and the Pupil and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, winner of the Stalin Prize in 1941.

Friday, August 12: Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa

Masterworks of Haydn and Brahms bookend Martinu’s Czech-flavored Madrigals, a brilliant musical conversation for violin and viola, and Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, which is “Turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life…” per The Washington Post. Arrive early to hear the winners of our Solo Instrumental Competition!

Saturday, August 13: Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa

Derek Bermel’s Soul Garden is a remarkable mash-up; the solo viola brings the essence of gospel face-to-face with the European tradition. Boccherini’s cello quintet conjures the nightlife of Madrid and Ravel’s Violin Sonata pays tribute to the blues.

Sunday, August 14: Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa

The music of composer, conductor and pianist Johann Hummel—the remarkable triple threat of the post-Beethoven age, opens this program — followed by two cornerstone works of the repertoire: Smetana’s autobiographical quartet–written in total deafness, and Robert Schumann’s piano quintet.

Thursday, August 18: The Hess Collection, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa

The 16 String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered the pinnacle achievement of the chamber music repertoire. Music in the Vineyards is proud to present the Pacifica Quartet, one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Beethoven, in this five night epic event.

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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May Events in Wine Country

With the weather warming up, it’s time to make plans to attend some local events.  May offers a number of venues the whole family will enjoy.  Experience film festivals, wine tasting, rose parades and so much more this month.

May 7 – The Meals on Wheels Derby Day is one of the most memorable charitable events of the region. Celebrating the rich traditions of the Kentucky Derby®, attendees walk the catwalk with their finest Derby-inspired apparel and compete for prizes. A team of Sonoma County chefs will prepare a four-course, southern-inspired gourmet luncheon. The day will include a silent and live auction and culminate with the live running of the Kentucky Derby®.

May 7 – Film Fest Petaluma returns to the Mystic Theatre in historic downtown Petaluma. Enjoy award-winning animated, live action and documentary shorts from around the world. Filmmakers will be present at all screenings for audience Q & A’s.

May 14 – The Annual All Vintner Pour from 4-7 pm is decidedly our most popular (Mayacama Member + Guest) wine event of the year! Imagine having some of Sonoma and Napa’s foremost wineries all converging into one ancient olive tree-studded courtyard to showcase their wines. This is what you will experience at the All Vintner Pour! More than simply tasting Vintner Member wines, this is an opportunity to learn interesting facts about vineyards, varietals, vintages, and winemaking. The casual al fresco ambience adds to the enjoyment of this perfect setting for Members and their guests to mingle, party, and create memories!

May 14-15  Get your tickets to Sunset Magazine’s 2016 Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma, where the pages of Sunset Magazine will come alive. Eat, drink, and love the West!

May 14 – The annual Spring at Jordan party returns to Jordan Winery. This year, the sounds, sights, flowers and flavors of spring in Japan descend upon Sonoma. The lively affair, inspired by the Orient, features Jordan Winery chef’s inventive cuisine, premier purveyors, live entertainment, delicious wines and their first olive oil experience. Their 2014 Jordan Chardonnay, 2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil will all debut.

May 15 – Experience the best wines California’s premier wine country has to offer at the North Coast Wine Challenge! Every year The Press Democrat offers wine lovers the opportunity to taste the best wines from throughout the North Coast American Viticulture Areas (AVA). These are wines that achieve both a Gold Medal status and 90+ points in The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Competition.  Wines will be thoughtfully presented by taste profile.  Top local chefs will also prepare food tastings that will delight your palate, and showcase these incredible wines.

May 19 – Enjoy a day of classic American cars, cruising the main drag, rock ‘n roll, and the happy days of the ‘50s and early ‘60s at Cruisin’ the Boulevard.  Petaluma was one of the main shooting locations for the classic movie, American Graffiti.

May 21 – West Sonoma County’s Premier Spring event, Taste! will delight your taste buds with an all-inclusive tour of Sonoma County’s finest foods, drinks and desserts. Ticket includes a commemorative glass, live music, photo booth and sampling of local food, wine, beer, cider and desserts! All proceeds benefit the Active 20-30 Club of Sebastopol – a local nonprofit that supports local children in need.

May 21 – Experience the 122nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival, one of Sonoma County’s most time honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. After the parade, the fun continues with a festival in Downtown Santa Rosa. Enjoy family fun activities, music, and a variety of food booths.

May 21 – Russian River fun! Enjoy food trucks & beer, live music, vendor booths and a costume contest among racers at The River Race Party at Johnson’s Beach. Come down to the River, bring chairs and blankets and watch the participants race across the Finish Line. It’s a great way to kick off the summer season and goes to support a good cause, protecting the River!

May 28 – Oysterpalooza returns to Valley Ford.  Enjoy five amazing bands on two stages, BBQ oysters, fried oyster po boys, smoked brisket tacos, tacos dorados, Lagunitas beers on draught, local wines, hurricanes and much more. Spend your Memorial Day weekend on the Sonoma Coast and come see a one of a kind music and food festival that you’ll never forget!

So get out there and have some fun, wine country style!

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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Meet Activities Director, Melinda Murray

It’s great to be a kid at Mayacama, where we offer an array of area and on-site adventures for our youngest Members. In addition to traditional adventures, there are also special events showcasing crafts from glass fusion workshops, sculpture classes and science experiments. Year-round, we’re always looking for new ways to create enjoyable activities which will become unforgettable memories for the little ones.

We recently had a chance to chat with Mayacama’s Activities Director, Melinda Murray, to gain some personal and professional insight.

# years in Sonoma County: 20

Originally from: Marin County

Job Title: Activities Director

What do you find is the most compelling reason people choose to become part of Mayacama?

Over the last seven years of working at Mayacama, I have learned that one of the biggest pulls for our members, especially those with children, is that the club is so kid friendly. With our newly renovated play room, kids’ nights during most club events, childcare offered at anytime, our extensive summer camp schedule, and year round activity options, our members feel comfortable knowing that their children will have as much fun as they will during their stay.

What is the most popular family-friendly event at Mayacama:

Our biggest event by far for the whole family is our Easter celebration we hold every year on Easter Sunday. We fill the courtyard with crafts, cookie decorating, games, a balloon artist, cartoonist, baby animal petting zoo, and our very own Easter Bunny to take pictures with. We also have a 5,000 egg hunt that always gets the kids excited. Other noteworthy events at the club are our Mothers day brunch with a gift craft option for the children, Gingerbread house decorating at the Christmas party, and the Halloween carnival I am very excited to be bringing back this year.

Outside of Mayacama, what are 3 of your favorite spots to take kids?

I love keeping the kids active and letting them have the freedom to run around, so one of my top spots to take children is Rebounderz in Rohnert Park. It is an indoor trampoline park with an arcade and huge jungle gym for the kids to explore.

The Charles Schulz museum and Snoopy’s Ice Arena are other great spots to take kids of all ages. The museum encourage creativity with a cartoon classes offered and the history of one of our famous Sonoma County residents, while the ice rink lets the kids release some energy and play.

My other favorite spot to take the kids is Glass Fusion and Pottery Too in Sebastopol where the children are able to showcase their creative side and make beautiful and one of a kind art pieces.

What are your favorite Sonoma County annual events that are kid-friendly?

The Sonoma County Fair is a great place to take children of all ages with the rides, shows, food, and attractions that always guarantee a good time. There are also many local children theater productions and child friendly shows that run throughout the year. These are great to go to because I love when seeing a show with a child inspires their inner performer.

What’s new at Mayacama? 

Last year we renovated the clubhouse kids room by opening up all the walls and added games, big screen TV’s, a ping pong table, and shuffle board table, making it a family friendly location to spend some quality time in.

One of the additions to the activities schedule I am most excited about is the Halloween Carnival we will be bringing back this year. With games, crafts, haunted carriage rides, and entertainment galore, I am hoping this event will become as popular as the Easter Celebration.

3 words I’d use to describe Mayacama: Serene, vibrant, and family friendly.

Growing up I dreamed of being a: Professional Ballerina like my mother.

5 things I can’t live without: Golf, performing, friends, popcorn, and my dog.

Best part of my job: Giving children and their families memorable experiences while visiting Mayacama.

Next spot on my travel itinerary: Scotland and Ireland for a historical golf trip.

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.