October Events in Wine Country

Fall has arrived.  The temperatures are cooling as we say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to the harvest season. From Oktoberfests to Art Trails, fall festivals to half marathons, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of October.

Oktoberfest at Schug Winery (October 1)
Enjoy Oktoberfest in Wine Country.  Join Schug Winery for a festive day in Carneros as they celebrate this year’s grape harvest! Enjoy current release wines along with a few gems from the cellar and dine upon German food crafted by Chef Kristine Schug. Enjoy live music, enter raffles for adults and children, play the Bean Bag Toss, and check out the Photo Booth. Children can get a free pumpkin and play at the arts and crafts table. More information can be found here.

Sonoma County Art Trails (October 8-9, 15-16)
For two weekends in October, enjoy the abundance of creative talent Sonoma County has to offer by visiting the professional studios of the Art Trails artists. Along scenic corridors and country roads, visit the working studios which will be open to the public 10am to 5pm on each of those four days. More information can be found here.

Tolay Fall Festival (October 15-16, 22-23)
The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of seasonal family fun at beautiful Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. Enjoy a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch and explore a historic barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds of prey, and tide pool animals. Find your way through a straw maze, try farm crafts activities like candle-dipping and make corn husk dolls. Kids will also enjoy petting the farm animals. More information can be found here.

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner: Sunset at Cornerstone (October 16)
Experience the new home of Sunset Magazine’s test garden at Cornerstone in Sonoma.  Field to Vase Dinner guests are in for a treat, as Sunset garden editor, Johanna Silver, plays host to the special few in attendance. This extra-special Field to Vase Dinner will be held among the rows of flowers and foliage that make up Sunset’s test garden.  Guests will dine on a menu full of fresh-picked food from the garden and other local farms. More information can be found here.

Pinot on the River (October 23)
Pinot on the River is a celebration of Pinot Noir, held in the beautiful town of Healdsburg. Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers and enjoy limited production West Coast wines. The Pinot Noir Grand Tasting will boast over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon (October 29)
Run through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys in late October when the weather is ideal and the autumn-colored vineyards glow in the warm sunshine. This visually stunning course starts at Virginia Dare Winery and finishes on the expansive grounds of Trentadue Winery for the post-race Wine + Music Festival, presented by Alaska Airlines. Enter the costume contest, win wine awards for your age group, and enjoy wine-tasting, food, beer, exhibitors, live music and more! A 5K is also offered. More information can be found here.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (October 31)
Join the fun as Historic Downtown Petaluma transforms into a fun and safe Halloween for the entire family. Prepare for a frightening good time as 60 participating merchants partake in a little seasonal haunting from 3 – 5:30 p.m. as the scary, the cute and the creepy descend on this charming downtown!  More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region 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.

 

Meet Ted Antonopoulos, Head Golf Professional at Mayacama

At Mayacama, we are passionate about golf.  Our Jack Nicklaus Signature course is unequivocally one of his finest. Guided by caddies, golfers take to the meticulously groomed, 6,761-yard layout.  Our golf program is one of the finest in the region and is headed up by Golf Professional, Ted Antonopoulos.

Ted is all about golf.  Born and raised in Augusta Georgia, he was exposed to the sport at an early age. His father George was an avid golfer and his brother Buddy has been the Head Golf Professional at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound Florida since that Club’s inception. A Golf Professional for 31 years and a Class “A” Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America for 28 years, Ted was recently appointed to the PGA of America Rules Committee; this committee is made up of 35 PGA Members and is responsible for administering the Rules of Golf at all Championships conducted by the PGA of America.

Ted was good enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions, and share some insight, with us.

What sets the golf program at Mayacama apart from the crowd?
I think the fact that we are a walking only club with a commitment to stay that way is a big plus. We have an outstanding caddie program that is well supported by our membership. And the golf course is a beautiful walk in the wine country, with each hole having its own distinctive “look”. Our tournament program offers our members a variety of playing opportunities, from Championship Golf to “Sip ‘N Swing” events and everything in between.

What’s your favorite feature of the Mayacama Golf Course?
The first tee! I always look forward to hitting the first shot of the day, with anticipation of what the next four hours will bring. I enjoy every round at Mayacama and the opening tee shot sets it up!

3 things Golf Members can look forward to:
Completion of the regrassing of the final 8 greens. The new Tyee 007 bent grass will provide our members with even better putting surfaces for the next twenty-plus years.

The addition of another Junior Golf School. With the success or our Boot Camp and the newly-added Junior Golf School, we’ve added a third golf camp for our growing population of Junior Golfers.

The Wyndham Cup will be coming to Mayacama on the Fourth of July!  This event features the top 40 Junior Golfers in the country (20 boys and 20 girls) playing in a Ryder Cup format … EAST vs. WEST! On July 4th, our Members will have the opportunity to play with one of the Juniors in a “Junior-Am” tournament. I was fortunate enough to be invited to officiate in the 2015 Wyndham and it is without a doubt the finest event that I have ever seen. The caliber of golf among these Juniors is outstanding!

What’s your favorite annual Mayacama event and why?
Our Men’s and Women’s Member Guest Tournaments are our feature events, but my favorite is the Annual Championship of Mayacama Golf Club (Club Championship). We are fortunate to have a number of great players at Mayacama, and watching them compete over 54 holes of stroke play for the title makes for a competitive and exciting Championship!

Lightning Round

Best tee time:
Saturday morning at 9:00 am!

Golf Celebrity I’d most like to host:
Bobby Jones!

Most challenging hole at Mayacama:
The twelfth!

Best age to begin golf lessons:
Seven

Favorite course outside of Mayacama:
Royal CountyDown

Next travel destination:
Scottish Highlands for the Women and Ireland for the Men.

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.

Microadventure: Explore Guerneville

Looking for a little outdoor adventure?  Take a short trip West to the charming town of Guerneville.  Enjoy the rustic charm of this quaint town nestled amidst towering Redwoods, scenic river waters and a casual, carefree atmosphere.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family.

Guerneville has been a vacation getaway for San Francisco’s residents for quite some time; it’s small town charm and rustic setting is a welcomed change from the urban pace of the city by the Bay. Don’t be misled by Guerneville’s small town charm; it boasts a variety of resorts, trendy restaurants and wineries making it a regional destination hot spot.

9:00 – Arrive in Downtown Guerneville
Head to Big Bottom Market for a hearty breakfast and possibly to stock up on a few items for you to enjoy throughout the rest of the day.  They offer a Box Lunch which includes an artisan sandwich, tasty chips, house-made cookie and bottled water – perfect for a mid-day picnic.

10:00 – 12:00 – Explore Main Street
Explore historic stores and immerse yourself in the Guerneville cultural, a town rich in Sonoma County history.  Travel back to a simpler time as you walk the small downtown area experiencing all that this quaint town has to offer.

12:00 – 5:00 – Experience Redwoods, Rivers or Wine
Guerneville is known for its amazing scenery and there are a number of venues to explore while visiting this town.  Johnson’s Beach is a popular spot to experience the waterfront of the Russian River as it travels to it final destination, the Pacific Ocean at nearby Jenner.  Or head north 5 minutes and explore the majestic beauty of the 805-acre Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve.  The ancient coast redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet!  These remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

If wine tasting sounds better than a nature adventure, Guerneville doesn’t disappoint;  they have a large, regional winery presence, with more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive.  For a nice write-up of wine tasting in Guerneville, visit this site.

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
Time to head back into town and experience some great dining options for a town with a population under 5,000.  Main Street Bistro is Sonoma County’s longest running acoustic music venue which also serves up a variety of California Italian menu items. On Main Street you will also find popular restaurants such as casual 3 Alarm Grill, popular El Barrio Bar (known for their drinks but also has a small menu of dining options), Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner and modern California bistro, boon eat + drink, whose menu is comprised of small plates, salads, and seasonal main dishes – simple and tasty.

After dinner, head to the Guerneville Bank Club, a collective retail and art gallery space that features art shows, handcrafted pies, homemade ice cream, curated retail and a little bit of history compliments of the Russian River Historical Society.

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.

Image credit: Terry Morse on Flickr

Five Favorite Wine Country 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.

 

September Events in Wine Country

You can feel it in the air;  the seasons are beginning to change as we approach a new harvest season. From highly anticipated tomato, jazz and craft beer festivals to antique faires, there is something for everybody to enjoy during the month of September.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (September 2-4)
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs, all for a great cause. More information can be found here.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival (September 10-11)
Enjoy a two-day outdoor music festival surrounded by the beauty of the Russian River and towering redwoods as the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns to picturesque Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. More information can be found here.

The Avett Brothers (September 15)
Blending folk, bluegrass and southern rock, The Avett Brothers create songs that are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. Their dynamic live performance is a celebration of songs that sing to the heart and dance with the soul.  More information can be found here.

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival (September 17)
Experience regional craft brews along the historic Petaluma riverfront as twenty North Bay breweries showcase their craft beer specialties. Attendees will also enjoy local food bites as they sip local brews!  Admission includes a souvenir beer glass and tickets for beer and food tastings.  More information can be found here.

GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 5K (September 18)
Prior to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix 5K gives race fans, runners and walkers an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the incredible Sonoma landscape that surrounds the racetrack. The course includes rolling hills with spectacular views of the Sonoma Valley, the bay and of course, Sonoma Raceway.  More information can be found here.

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival (September 24)
The season’s most anticipated event, the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, showcases Sonoma County’s seasonal bounty. This full-day event features more than 150 varieties of heirloom tomatoes – grown in the Kendall-Jackson culinary gardens. Attendees will enjoy garden tours, exceptional wine and food pairings, wine and garden seminars, live music, and the ever popular Chef Challenge, featuring local celebrity chefs, and more. More information can be found here.

Petaluma Fall Antique Faire (September 25)
Join the fun as Historic Downtown Petaluma transforms into an antique marketplace where guests will find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 180 dealers. The show has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectibles to suit everyone’s budget.  More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region 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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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.

 

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Returns September 2-4

If you find yourself looking for local, Labor Day weekend entertainment, look no further than the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs, all for a great cause. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation and all proceeds benefit local Sonoma charities. To date, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $20 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.

Connect Wine County style.  Immerse yourself in the Wine Country culture, eliminating the distance between yourself and the people who grow and make some of the world’s most amazing wine and food.  The festivities begin on September 2 and continue for three delicious days as attendees get up close and personal with the full bounty of flavors that Sonoma County has to offer. Mingle with winegrowers, winemakers and chefs, from pioneers to up-and-comers. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has been named one of America’s top three wine charity fundraisers and is quite possibly the most fun you’ll ever have while supporting the local community.

The 3-day weekend will have multiple events throughout the region, from starlight dining to harvest wine auctions, as well as winemaker lunches, dinner and barbecues.  Kick off your Friday night with an elegant and unforgettable night under the stars at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Alexander Valley or spend your Saturday in Healdsburg, nestled among the rolling hills and towering redwoods, as over 200 wineries pour literally thousands of wines and over 60 local chefs concoct their most perfect pairings at beautiful MacMurray Estate Vineyards. For a complete list of events, please visit their site here.

Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate Wine Country while helping local charities.  For more information regarding Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, visit their website, Facebook page, Instagram account or Twitter feed.

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 Instgram.

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Five Favorite Wine Country 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.

A day on the Russian River via @trev916A day on the Russian River via @trev916

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amylieberfarb-Coffee-on-the-deck-in-the-morning...Sunrise in Sonoma County via @amylieberfarb

sunflowerThe vibrant colors of Summer via @sonomavalleygal

kendallbusby-The-2am-shoot-was-definitely-worth-it-Perseid-Meteor-Shower-#sonomacounty-#healdsburg-#insidesonoma-#nightphotographyPerseid Meteor Shower over Sonoma County via @kendallbusby

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.

 

August Events in Wine Country

Summer is in full swing so now is the time to get out and explore all that our region has to offer.   From music festivals to water carnivals, marathons to apple fairs, there is something for everyone to enjoy this August.

Petaluma Music Festival (Aug. 6 – 11:30am to 9:30pm)
The Petaluma Music Festival offers a variety of music for attendees of all ages.  Enjoy a diverse music venue while enjoying fine beers, premium wine tasting and specialty food vendors. Learn more here.

Sonoma County Blues Festival (SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park Aug. 7 – Opens at 1:00pm, begins at 2:00pm)
Enjoy an afternoon of blues in Wine Country. The Sonoma County Blues Festival returns with great music and a long history, which has included established acts as well as emerging artists in the blues world. This year features Sonny Landreth, recent winner of the Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist Guitar, award winning blues vocalist Janiva Magness, cutting edge bluesman Lightinin Malcolm and rising locals HowellDevine. Learn more here.

36th Annual Bodega Fire Big Event BBQ (Aug. 7 – 10:30am to 5:00pm)
Head towards the coast and experience a taste of small town charm at the 36th Annual Bodega Fire Big Event BBQ.  It’s a big day of family fun in the little town of Bodega! The Big Event begins with Sonoma County’s Shortest Parade at 10:30 a.m. followed from 10:45 a.m. until 5 p.m with live Country and Rock n Roll music along with BBQ chicken and tri-tip lunch served with salad, beans, and garlic bread.  Beer on tap, wine, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s will be available. There will also be kids’ games and craft vendors; this event is pet friendly and parking is free. All proceeds benefit Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Learn more here.

Gravenstein Apple Fair (Aug. 13 & 14 – 10:00am to 6:00pm)
The 43rd annual Gravenstein Apple Fair will be held under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Enjoy live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, contests and activities, and excellent local food, craft beer, cider, & wine. There will be plenty of kid-friendly events as well. Of course, Sebastopol’s famous heirloom Gravenstein apples will be celebrated and available in many delicious forms. Adults (ages 13 and over) $12; Children (ages 6 to 12) $8. Learn more here.

Healdsburg Water Carnival (Aug. 13 – 11:00am to 5:00pm)
Cool off on a warm, summer day at the Healdsburg Water Carnival.  Join the fun on the Russian River where you will experience Sonoma County’s only floating wine-barrel races, the Great American Rubber Duck Dash with cool prizes, children’s games as well as activities, live music, and delicious food prepared by local food truck chefs. The Wine Country fun takes place at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach! Get all the details here.

Taste of Petaluma (Aug. 20 – 11:30am to 4:00pm)
Explore the tastes and flavors on a culinary walking tour of Petaluma’s finest restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries and breweries. Sample Petaluma’s upscale food and art scene in one afternoon while you stroll through the historic downtown. Various entertainers will be performing.  Choose from 50 different participants, ready to tempt you with some incredible food and wines. Learn more here.

The Santa Rosa Full and Half Marathon and Downtown 5K and 10K  (Aug. 28 – 6:00am to 1:00pm)
The 8th annual Santa Rosa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K returns to Wine Country. The course starts in Juilliard Park and the first two miles run through scenic Downtown Santa Rosa. It is a flat, fast course that then continues along the scenic Prince Memorial Greenway. Mile 8 – 19 takes runners through beautiful West Sonoma County and runs through De Loach Vineyards and even their barrel room. The Post-Race Festival will be held at Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with food and fun for all, including a farmers market and kids’ activities. Relax after your run at the 3rd Annual Ready Set Growl Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Learn more about the race here.

So get outdoors and enjoy some summertime fun.

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 Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Mayacama Menu item:
Fish tacos or pan fried chicken

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

Must see:
Safari West

Must do:
Green Music Center

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

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

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

3 words to describe Mayacama:
Living the dream

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

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.