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

Get Cozy at these Wine Country Restaurants

Winter months bring a chill to the air so how does one get a feeling of warmth while dining in Wine Country?  It’s easy really; just head to these local restaurants which offer the relaxing warmth, sounds and aroma of crackling wood fires on a cool winter day. Whether you are enjoying the ambiance of a blazing fireplace or partaking in the delicious treats cooked up in a wood-burning oven, the warm atmosphere offered by both is a welcome and inviting setting for you and your family.

Campo Fina, Healdsburg
Enjoy authentic, rustic Italian food all set in a comfortable, casual setting which includes a wood-burning oven on the back patio. Try the Wood-fired Pork Belly Pizza with pork belly, parmigiano, marscapone, brusells sprouts, leeks, garlic & black pepper.

Cafe Citti, Kenwood
While wood-burning ovens fire your pizza, relax at this casual, locals’ hangout anchored by a fireplace to warm you on cool days.  Not in the mood for pizza?  Try one of their specialty pastas.  You can’t go wrong with the Gnocchi, Luca’s house made potato dumplings served with your choice of Meat sauce, Marinara sauce or Pesto sauce or the Ravioli alla Citti- Luca’s house made ravioli filled with pork, swiss chard and fresh herbs, served in a light tomato and basil cream sauce.

Rosso Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar, Petaluma and Santa Rosa
Enjoy rustic Italian food created from fresh, organic, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The Tuscan wood-burning oven gives you the true Neapolitan style of crisp, yeasty, wood-fired pizza. The wine bar boasts over 100 wines from around the world to pair with one of the best pizzas in Sonoma County. Add the Capo salad (local arugula, oven roasted artichokes, shaved grana padano and whole lemon vinaigrette) with your pizza for an unforgettable and delicious dining experience.

Central Market, Petaluma
The perfect setting for a gathering of friends and family, this popular Petaluma restaurant offers farm-to-fork Californian-Mediterranean fare and wine pairings served up in a casual, loft-like bistro, with bread baked daily in its wood-fired oven. From the Wood Grill section of the dinner menu, try the Mary’s Chicken Breast with soft polenta and roasted mushrooms or the Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak served with Diablo butter and Kennebec fries.

Stark’s Steak & Seafood, Santa Rosa
Located a few blocks from Historic Railroad Square, this Santa Rosa establishment serves up some of Sonoma’s best steaks and seafood. Enjoy your meal in the front room with its roaring fireplace and popular bar, or the more formal dining room.  Either way you’ll experience some of the best dining in Wine Country.  Try the Bacon wrapped 10 oz. filet mignon with the whole grain mustard bearnaise;  it’s simply delicious.

Monti’s, Santa Rosa
Monti’s is a popular choice for contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to nightly specials from the large wood-fired rotisserie, there are small and big plates featuring fresh local meats and seasonal produce.  Their “Off the Rotisserie” menu items change daily but offer such dishes as Honey glazed Neiman Ranch St. Louis spare ribs and Suckling pig served with sage polenta, smoked pearl onion and swiss chard.

Vignette, Sebastopol
The wood-burning oven is blazing at this delightful spot situated in The Barlow.  Vignette serves up delicious Neapolitan pizza made with love & true artisan intentions.  All pizzas are baked in a wood fire oven at 850 degrees, producing a lightly charred tender crust and topped with the highest quality, local organic ingredients. Choose from a variety of menu items from their Pizze Classiche and Pizze Moderne categories.

So remember to bundle up and enjoy all the warmth that Wine Country has to offer.

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 Mayacama Instagrams in December

As we transitions from fall to winter, we feel fortunate to reside in Wine Country, with its beautiful  scenery and moderate weather, making where we live a truly unique experience.  From weddings and events to a round or two of golf, members and guests alike continue to capture and share their Mayacama adventures. 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 and share your experiences.

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

Good morning Wine Country via @snowblower_15

 

On my morning run I had some visitors, Mama deer and her babies via @bodybycarrie

 

Wedding Ceremony at Mayacama via @iqvideography

 

#9 at Mayacama via @wardvon

The most beautiful couple and their incredibly gorgeous wedding via @soeventful

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.

 

Microadventure: Explore Cloverdale

Looking for a day trip in Wine Country?  Take a short trip North to the town of Cloverdale.  Enjoy the warm and inviting charm of this quaint, small town.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family to explore and embrace all that Wine Country has to offer. Located a short 18 miles north of Healdsburg the small community of Cloverdale is often overlooked but still boasts charm and character, offering a nice microadventure for you and your family to enjoy.

9:00 – Arrive in Downtown Cloverdale
Head to Plank Coffee (227 N Cloverdale Blvd) for your favorite caffeinated beverage and baked good to start your day.  Get cozy in one of the large leather chairs and take some time to enjoy your beverage and unwind in a town known for its relaxed and casual attitude.  One Facebook reviewer had this to say about Plank Coffee: ‘The baristas and staff who take my orders are always so welcoming and friendly. Great service, delicious pastries and the best organic coffee and teas. If you like cinnamon, must try the Cinnabang coffee drink!’

10:30 – 12:00 – Explore the Retail Scene
Specializing in one-of-a-kind vintage industrial and mid-century pieces, 14feet. (229 N Cloverdale Blvd) is a sophisticated and elegant home and gift store where you will find a perfect gift for friends, family or even yourself.  They offer relaxing bath and body products as well as home decor items, furniture and kitchen items too.  Enjoy a wonderfully curated retail experience at this eclectic shop.  Nearby Bolt Fabric + Home (219 N Cloverdale Blvd) offers an exciting mix of home decor to blend with high quality quilting fabrics adding a dimension that few fabric stores can boast.

12:00 – 5:00 – Experience Cloverdale
Explore the Past. Explore Cloverdale’s history at the Gould-Shaw House Museum, an authentic 1870s Gothic Revival Cottage, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The adjacent 2,000-square-foot History Center houses a vast artifact collection of the Cloverdale Historical Society.

Experience the Art. Cloverdale, in partnership with nearby Geyserville, has created a trail of high quality outdoor sculptures to peruse. New sculptures are installed each May, and stay in place for a year, when the next set of artworks is put in place.  A total of 34 sculptures are in place for 2016-17.

Taste the Region.  Cloverdale makes a great start for visiting unique tasting rooms in the nearby Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Plan your trip with a little help from Sonomacounty.com.

Enjoy the Thrill.  For those seeking the ultimate outdoor experience, head to NorCal Skydiving  and experience the adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places in the world. When you jump from more than two miles up, you’ll be falling at 120 mph toward the Russian River which snakes through the Alexander Valley… an unforgettable experience!

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
Head back into town and experience some great dining options in this small town packed with so much charm. One recommendation is Savvy on First. Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, with Potato Salad and Pickled Vegetables or the Grilled Spiced Pork Tenderloin, with Ancho BBQ Sauce, White Bean Garlic Puree and Summer Vegetable Succotash. If you are craving Italian, head to Piacére. Try the Gnocchi “Piacére”, House potato ‘dumplings’ in a fresh tomato and light cream sauce combined, or the Chicken Veneziana, Breast of chicken with artichoke and mushrooms in a light marsala sauce. If you find yourself with a hearty appetite after your eventful day,  stop by Hamburger Ranch & Bar-B-Que and try the Baby Back Ribs or Brisket Plate.  You won’t be disappointed.

All in all, a wonderful day full of adventure the whole family will enjoy.  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.

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5 Golf Gifts to Get on Your List

With our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course as the centerpiece of Mayacama living, golfers experience the game as it was meant to be played. Of the 200 courses that carry his name, this is among Jack’s very best, where deep green fairways snake though golden valleys and oak-studded hills. It’s a pleasure, as well as a passion, to play the game at Mayacama.

With the recent re-grassing of the course, everyone is gearing up for some of the best golf in the country.  We thought it was a good time to re-purpose some sage advice regarding equipment offered in our recent newsletter.

Golf Ball Facts & Fiction
Common among golf ball manufacturers are the claims that no other ball flies farther, rolls out longer, spins more, putts truer, on and on and on! But what really are the facts?

Mayacama Golf Club’s First Assistant Professional Andrew Black recently had a first-hand look when he was invited to tour the Titleist Golf Ball Plant while attending a Future Leaders Conference at the Titleist Headquarters in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Here are some of the facts (and myths) that he learned while touring Ball Plant III, which manufactures the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1X Golf Balls. But beware … these findings may shock you!

  • There are only THREE golf companies who actually manufacture their own golf balls … Titleist, Bridgestone, and Srixon. All other golf balls are manufactured at a handful of golf ball factories located outside the United States.
  • Because Titleist makes their own golf ball, they are able to monitor each step of the process from start to finish.  Due to their checks and balances only 1 in 1,000,000 golf balls are returned.
  • Titleist not only rigorously examines their own golf balls, but does so to their competitor’s ball as well.  Titleist purchases 6 dozen of every new golf ball that enters the market to test, analyze, and study their competitor’s product.
  • These studies show how their own quality control is second to none because they have their own employees making and examining their golf balls.  Through Titleist’s checks and balances, more golf balls are rejected than actually make it to the market place.  Flaws that disqualify a ball are minimal, usually off-center stamping, etc.  Golf balls that are rejected typically end up on driving ranges as part of the company’s range ball program.
  • Titleist makes different golf balls for different markets. For instance, they make the Titleist Prestige for Japan and China, a ball not sold here in the United States.
  • There are 17 golf balls out on the market from various manufacturers that are exactly the same, with the only difference being the name that is stamped on them.
  • Titleist has been the #1 ball in golf for 68 years.
  • Titleist has an impressive corridor of patents. Their most awarded patent holder has 9 short of Thomas Edison.

So which is the best golf ball for you? If you were to choose one of the 17 golf balls on the market which is essentially the same ball as mentioned above, there would be no difference. So why not choose a ball actually manufactured by the company that represents it? Our Members expect the best, and their choice of which golf ball to play should also be the best. Why sacrifice quality in the ball that you play? Choosing the number one golf ball for 68 years should be a no-brainer. So which ball is best for you? We obviously recommend the Pro V1 or Pro V1x, though other options are available if price is an issue. Stop in and ask a member of your Professional Staff and we can lead you towards selecting a ball that is best for your game.

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Titleist Holiday Golf Balls – Free Personalization
Start your holiday shopping with Titleist golf ball dozens with FREE Personalization.  Order as little as 1 dozen Titleist golf balls and receive FREE Personalization of up to three lines of block text in black, blue, red, green or pink ink. Please ask the Golf Shop Staff for complete program details.  Runs through December 31.

Discover the perfect gift for the golf lover in your life at our onsite shop for Mayacama Members. Here are the Top 5 picks available in the Mayacama Golf Shop:

Titleist 4Up Golf Bag
Peter Millar Golf Polo
Antas Custom Belt
Titleist 917 Driver
Galvin Green Rain Suit

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.

Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams in November

As the weather cools and fall settles upon Wine Country, we encourage those on Instagram to capture and share their regional experiences with us.  Follow us on Instagram as we showcase Mayacama and this spectacular region.  There is beauty all around so grab those phones and cameras and click away.

Here are a few regional Instagrams which caught our eye this November.  They really capture the essence of Wine Country….great shots all!

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“Lord Snort”, by Bryan Tedrick, at Soda Rock Winery via @lydffl8

 

 

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Sunset over Sonoma County via @ndstern

 

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Wine Country wakes up to another fall day via @thelotusfeed

 

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Saying “Goodbye” to the colors of fall via @velorso

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Sonoma lights up this time of year via @foodaperture

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.

 

Head to Healdsburg’s SHED

In search of one of the most unique shopping experiences in Wine Country?  Head north to nearby Healdsburg and experience all that SHED has to offer.

Winner of a 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design, SHED is a local food-focused outfit hosting a market, café, and community gathering space. This modern grange, located at 25 North Street, reflects the best of the local farming culture, delivering a seasonally curated selection of workshops, wares, and freshly prepared foods.

SHED Café. The café brings together responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking, and flavorful food in an open kitchen featuring a wood-burning oven and house-made products. The à la carte and a prix-fixe menus change daily, inspired by what’s in season. Diners can expect a selection of à la carte savory dishes for sharing. The prix-fixe offering is “Let Us Cook,” a chef-led, four-course dinner experience.

Coffee Bar. Featuring espresso, blends, and single-origin coffees as well as a full range of house-made pastries, fresh natural juice options, breakfast tartines, daily sandwiches, and homemade ice cream in a full palette of seasonal flavors.

Fermentation Bar. Choose from house-made kombucha and kefir water or try one of the Shrubs. An old-fashioned refresher once common for slaking a farmer’s thirst, the SHED unique house made Shrubs are composed from vinegars, as well as fresh herbs and seasonal fruit. They also offer an innovative tap wine program, beer, hard cider, honey mead, and natural sodas.

More than food.  SHED celebrates and nurtures the connection between good farming, good cooking, and good eating with a variety of culinary and lifestyle events throughout the year.  Here are a few upcoming events at SHED:

PomPom Party! on Dec 2, 2016 from 6-8pm.

Sparkling Wine and Cheese with Janet Fletcher on Dec 3, 2016 from 1-3pm.

Craft Your Own Herb-Based Gifts on Dec 4, 2016 from 10:30am-12pm.

Oyster Tasting with Chef Perry on Dec 4, 2016 from 3-4:30pm.

Making Merry on Dec 4, 2016 from 10am-5pm.

Fibershed Pop-Up at SHED on Dec 11, 2016 from 11am-5pm.

Taste of Place: Champagne! on Dec 15, 2016 from 6-9pm.

Kitchen Garden Series with the American Garden School: Course I on Jan 21, 2017 from 2-5pm.

Herbal Wellness for the New Year on Jan 22, 2017 from 1-3:30pm.

Yelpers agree, SHED is a unique and captivating Wine Country experience not to be missed.

It’s really amazing when someone takes a chance on doing something unconventional like this. I am impressed by their courage in creating such a new concept. The multi-functional space is themed around anything and everything involving good food.  The end result of walking around inside the space is difficult to describe. It’s like you’re in a little open food village. Shop for food / kitchen supplies and gifts, get food that is already prepared and ready to eat, get groceries (best quality stuff!), have a coffee, have a glass of wine. Honestly, it blew my mind. I felt like a little kid in a candy shop running around checking out all the amazing, delicious, interesting sights. – Alex G.

I was passing through town and stopped at the Visitor’s Center, which turned out to be the local Chamber of Commerce. I asked for a recommendation on a good place for a vegan-friendly lunch. A nice lady recommended The SHED. I’m sure glad she did.  Turns out the SHED is a delight to all your senses! It’s a place where you can bite into some of nature’s treats, pick up some gardening supplies, find a new kitchen tool, stock up on some fresh gourmet food, and get a coffee to go . . . all in one trip.  I had a salad and tisane hibiscus tea. It was a divine lunch in a heavenly outdoor setting! It was an all-around rejuvenating experience. We need a “modern grange” like this in every town! I’m happy to help spread the good news about this place where you can eat, shop, gather and learn! – Lorraine H.

So head north to Healdsburg and experience the best of Wine Country; it’s a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends alike!

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: SHED Facebook Page

12 Things to Do in Wine Country This Winter

Winter days in the Wine Country are often bright and crisp. This temperate and comfortable weather allows for a number of events during these months. Cozy up fireside with a glass of wine or bundle up and venture out with us for winter in the Wine Country as we share a dozen or so things to do.

Cave Wine Tasting Tour:
The Unleash the Beast wine tasting tour is a 60-minute magical tour taking you deep into the Bella Vineyards wine caves, where you will learn the science and art of aging wine. Your tour guide will take you through a sensory station and reveal Bella’s dark secrets as you savor vineyard designate wines and finishing with a monster zin, affectionately named The Beast.

Champagne Tours:
Discover Sonoma County’s hidden champagne cellars and toast to life with some great bubbly along the way. Reserve your Sonoma Champagne Tour today.

Korbel Winery offers a 50-minute tour through their historic champagne cellars and history museum, ending with a tasting of fine products. Winter tours run from November 1 through March 31, daily at 11am, 12, 1, 2 and 3pm.

Culinary Classes:
Hands on Cheese Making Class with Award Winning Cheese Maker on January 8 from 1-3pm. Learn how to craft a fresh, warm ricotta cheese that is ready to serve and enjoy within 90 minutes.

Head to the SHED:
The SHED in Healdsburg is a local food-focused outfit hosting a market, cafe and community gathering space. Here are a few upcoming events at the SHED to keep your social calendar full this late fall/winter:

Craft Your Own Herb-Based Gifts on Dec 4, 2016 from 10:30am-12pm.

Taste of Place with Valkyrie Selections on Dec 15, 2016 from 6-9pm.

Kitchen Garden Series with the American Garden School: Course I on Jan 21, 2017 from 2-5pm.

Herbal Wellness for the New Year on Jan 22, 2017 from 1-3:30pm.

More Local Events:

Guerneville Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting on December 1, 2016 from 4-8pm. Celebrate the season with food, drinks, shopping, joyful caroling, and more. Tree lighting will be at 7pm.

Wine Country Winter Festival on December 3-4. Indulge in excellent Art & Craft, Entertainment, Wines, Beers and Spirits, Food, and Holiday Delights!

Winter Workshops at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County from December 26, 2016-January 6, 2017. Each workshop is full of hands-on activities and winter experiments. From building forts, creating snow-slime, crafting gingerbread houses and making a New Year’s Eve popper—your child will have a blast.

– The 25th Annual Winter WINEland returns to Wine Country along Wine Road on the weekend of January 14-15. Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases and library wines – perfect for every wine lover in your life.

Don Landis’ Olive Odyssey at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on Saturday, February 11 from 11am-4pm. An olive lover’s extravaganza! The world of the olive comes alive in art, olives, oils and more.

There’s plenty of activities both onsite and off during your winter stay at Mayacama, so save some dates and load up your calendar and enjoy the winter holiday season in Wine Country; there is nothing quite like it.

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.

Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams in October

Fall is a special time of year in Wine Country.  The changing of the seasons ushers in the harvest and the skies are alight with spectacular sunsets and sunrises throughout the region.  From local Mayacama experiences to a day trip through Wine County, 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 click away.

Here are a few regional Instagrams which caught our eye this October.  They really capture the essence of Wine Country….great shots all!

 

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Sunrise in Sonoma via @mikepucci_sonoma

 

 

 

 

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Monte Rio Beach on the Russian River via @lisa26june

 

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Clouds gather over the pumpkin patch at the Tolay Fall Festival via @sonomajules

 

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The rugged Sonoma Coast via @zsnugz

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Stormy sunset over Sonoma County via @jamesdaniel

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.

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Spooktacular Fun in Wine Country

Fall is a special time in Wine Country.  The mornings have a crispness to them but the days are still comfortably warm.  It’s a great time to get outdoors and explore all the local, seasonal venues sure to put you in the Halloween “spirit”.

There are a number of seasonal pumpkin patches from which to choose your future carved masterpiece.  From working family farms to wineries, here are a few options for those looking to have some fun and create their own jack-o-lanterns.

Healdsburg
Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. until dusk

Preston Organic Farm and Winery
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Santa Rosa
Eastside Seasonal Farm and Pumpkin Patch
Thurs. and Fri. noon to 7:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sun. noon to 7:30 p.m.

Muelrath Ranches
Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Punky’s Pumpkin Patch
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Santa Rosa Patch
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sebastopol
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Petaluma
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze
Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Peter Pumpkin Patch
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

McClelland’s Dairy Pumpkin Patch
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now that we have the pumpkins covered, we need a few venues to celebrate this special time of year. Petaluma is the place to be, as they have two events sure to be a hit with the entire family.

During the month of October and into the first days of November, Petaluma celebrates El Día de los Muertos, a ritual celebration from México, Latin and South America in which the spirits of dead loved ones are invited to visit the living as honored guests.  The month long celebration has a few events you should put on your calendar:

Fine Art Exhibits and Altars throughout Petaluma
October 1st – November 2nd
Downtown Petaluma
Take a walking tour throughout downtown and view the many beautiful altars and artwork created by members of our community.

Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets
Saturday October 29th, 6:00 – 10:00
Starts at Water Street Bistro, 100 Petaluma Blvd. North, and ends up at Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 4th Street.
Festivities will include live music, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting, art and altars, and much more.

More information can be found on the El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma Facebook page.

Halloween Day celebrations begin early for the little ones.  Join over 60 participating Petaluma Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12.  Prepare for a hauntingly good time from 3 – 5:30pm on Monday October 31st.  There will be a map on their website the week before Halloween or you can just follow the orange and black balloons you’ll find around town. And when the sun goes down, it’s just a short walk to the residential Historic District where you will find a host of decorated homes and a very large gathering of trick-or-treaters.   D Street is the place to be on Halloween!

Happy Hauntings.

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