Top Picks from the Food Critics at Sonoma Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Microadventure: A Day in St. Helena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2018 Sonoma County Fit Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January Events in Wine Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Five Favorite Wine Country Instagrams for December

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

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

Morning Sunrise via @labellacabina

Vineyards via @frankjr237

Coast from a different perspective via @chrisrhansen7

Frosty Morning via @gracegabbana

Crab Season via @markvogler

 

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

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018.

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


 

December Events in Wine Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is to a happy and prosperous 2018 to all.

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

Image credit: Santa Rosa SantaCon

 

Five Favorite Wine Country Fall Instagrams

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

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

The beauty of Country living in Sonoma County via @paulterrell5830

Harvest Highway Sonoma County via @csharrison

In Wine Country with the Duetto via @bella.macchina

 

Capturing the beauty of the region via @capturesbycasares

 

Sonoma County sunset via @zingibertea

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

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


 

Explore McEvoy Ranch

Wine County is best known for its grapes, but it is also home to a variety of other crops. Olives are very popular in the region and thrive in our various microclimates;  when the discussion turns to olives and harvesting all of their deliciousness, one name, McEvoy Ranch, will surely be the topic of conversation.

A little background.  With a renegade approach and love of Tuscan olive oil, McEvoy Ranch Founder, Nan McEvoy, purchased a gorgeous 550-acre sprawling ranch in West Marin County and  engaged Dr. Maurizio Castelli, a leading authority on agriculture, to recommend the best olive varieties for the unique setting. Fast-forward twenty years and McEvoy Ranch is one of the preeminent leaders in certified organic, extra virgin olive oil and is a a favorite of chefs, at home and in restaurants, who favor the farm-to-table approach.

To maintain a healthy balance with the natural surroundings only 15% of the acreage is planted. This purposeful strategy aligns with their strong commitment to ensure they provide good land stewardship for the olive orchards, grape vineyards, and other fruits, vegetables, and flora grown on the estate.  Learn more about McEvoy Ranch with this informative video.

Make a day of it.  As you enter the Bunny Gate, you are immediately overcome by a sensation of being transported somewhere else. Maybe this started when you drove up our windy narrow road or when you spotted a doe and her two fawns feeding. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Petaluma, the idyllic setting is the perfect way to enjoy country living and they strongly recommend that you visit them seasonally to capture the beauty of Mother Nature at each time.

McEvoy Ranch offer s a variety of venues in which to experience the estate. Interested in something beyond a sit-down tasting at our table? We offer enchanting walkabout tours and special workshops throughout the year.  They even have a community milling day, on November 12, where small growers from across Northern California bring their freshly-picked olives to the mill to create a true regional blend olive oil.  So bring your camera, good friends, and comfortable shoes. There’s much to discover.

To learn more about McEvoy Ranch visit their website, Facebook Page and Instagram 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 Instagram.

November Events in Wine Country

Fall is a special time of year as we transition from harvest festivals to the holiday season. From parades to lighting ceremonies, jazz festivals to turkey trots, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of November.

Veterans Day Parade (November 11)
Vintage war birds and sleek air racers fly over to Petaluma on Nov. 11 to take part in what has been called the “largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.” Watch as veterans, the US Air Force Band of the West, Clydesdales, and more parade proudly through the streets of Petaluma. Music in the gazebo starts the festivities at noon and the parade begins at 1:00 and festivities conclude at Walnut Park with a program at 2:45. More information can be found here.

Star Party (November 11)
Join the fun at the Robert Ferguson Observatory.  Star Parties begin at dusk, when the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building, and presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom.  More information can be found here.

End of Prohibition Celebration at Korbel (November 11)
Start the holiday season off right at Korbel’s nod to the End of Prohibition! Dress yourself in the prohibition era fashion and let our fabulous live band swing you back in time! Nosh on a variety of savory and sweet bites, festive cocktails, and of course Korbel California Champagnes!  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Jazz Jam Benefit Concert (November 12)
Healdsburg Jazz is producing a special Jazz Jam Benefit Concert, a fundraiser in support of those affected by the recent devastating fires in Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza (November 18)
Celebrate the fifth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza.  Enjoy 8-acres of 100,000+ sparkling lights, music and performances, holiday treats and more. Free to the public and family friendly. Music starts at 5pm. More information can be found here.

Winterblast (November 18)
Bring the family to SOFA’s (Santa Rosa Arts District) largest open studio event of the year featuring the SOFA Parade, street performers, live music, fire dancers, and more. Free and family friendly. Meet the artists of the SOFA district and celebrate!  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Turkey Trot (November 23)
Round up the family and head to downtown Healdsburg before your big meal! Join Nuya Nutrition and Healdsburg Running Company on Thanksgiving morning for The Healdsburg Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk through Healdsburg Open Space Preserve. Run or walk the 5K and stick around for light food, drinks, and seasonal goodies before you head off for the rest of your day. More information can be found here.

Alexander Valley Black Friday Open House (November 24)
Wineries in the renowned Alexander Valley open their doors for a day of wine tasting, food pairings and Black Friday sales on your favorite wines and unique wine country gifts! Participating wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Medlock Ames Winery, HANNA Vineyards & Winery, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, Soda Rock Winery and deLorimier Winery. More information can be found here.

Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade of Lights (November 25)
Start the holidays in Downtown Geyserville with the annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade! Enjoy caroling, warm winter fare, and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus. More information can be found here.

Enjoy the 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.

Image credit: SOFA Winterblast on Facebook

 

October Events in Wine Country

Fall has come to Wine Country.  Crops are being harvested as residents prepare to celebrate the changing of the seasons. From harvest fairs to Oktoberfests, wine runs to Halloween celebrations, there is something for everyone this October in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair – October 6
The Harvest Fair will mark its 43rd year of showcasing Sonoma County’s grand harvest which continues to result in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Half Marathon – October 8
Prepare yourself for an epic run through California’s award winning wine region. The first mile runs through the residential area of Healdsburg past 100 year old homes and quaint streets. Just outside town are miles of vineyards and dozens of wineries. Nice gently rolling roads with breathtaking views of Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. More information can be found here.

Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival – October 14
Join Fort Ross Conservancy, California State Parks, and the Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association for the annual Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival.  Attendees will enjoy an incredible day of world-class Wine Tasting, delicious local foods, music and much more, all set on the spectacular Sonoma Coast at Fort Ross State Historic Park. More information can be found here.

Cotati Oktoberfest – October 14
Break out the Lederhosen and get ready for wunderbar German food, German beer, fresh craft brews on tap and hilarious contests including the world-famous wiener dog races, the tankard hoist, yodeling, costume contest and the potato sack races!  More information can be found here.

Cornerstone Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival – October 14-15
Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun, fall festivities at Cornerstone’s first annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch! Attendees will enjoy live music, lawn games, seasonal treats and pumpkins, food and beer for purchase.  More information can be found here.

Tolay Fall Festival – October 14-15 & 21-22
Celebrate the fall season.  More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design. More information can be found here.

Pinot on the River – October 22
Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as they focus on limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. The Pinot Noir Grand Tasting will include over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square;  it’s a Sonoma County wine weekend you won’t want to miss. More information can be found here.

Pumpkins on Pikes at Tara Firma Farms – October 28
The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the Petaluma corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attend.
FREE pumpkin included with admission. Get tickets here.

Halloween at Howarth Park – October 28
Join the fun at the 12th annual Halloween at Howarth! Dress in your best costume and come trick-or-treat throughout one of Santa Rosa’s most popular parks! Plus, hop on Howarth Park’s train and carousel with your costumed friends and catch a pony ride too!  More information can be found here.

Destination Races Healdsburg Half Marathon and Hallowine 5K – October 28
This end of wine harvest and Halloween themed race runs through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys in late October when the weather is ideal for running and the autumn-colored vineyards glow in the warm sunshine. Enter the costume contest, win wine awards for your age group, and enjoy wine-tasting, food, beer, exhibitors, live music and more! More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Great Pumpkin Festival – October 28

Members are invited us for Mayacama’s first Great Pumpkin Festival from 2-6pm! The courtyard will be filled with an abundance of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes that we will use at this festive Fall event. Participants will have a ball with pumpkin bowling, pumpkin putt-putt, pumpkin painting, and other pumpkin surprises! Costumes are encouraged for all ages and prizes will be given to those who have the most creative, the scariest and most unique look of their own. The whole family will enjoy making their version of the ultimate hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar before taking an adventure on a hayride from 3 – 5 pm. Buffet dinner with Chef Scott’s creations will be available at 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you in your unique Halloween look on October 28!

Price $35++ per adult
Price $25++ per child
Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Dia de los Muertos Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets – October 28
The procession starts at 4:00 pm at 100 Petaluma Blvd. N. and ends at Petaluma Historical Museum. Festivities include live music, Ballet Folklorico, Aztec dancers, food and art, a children’s activity area, and much more. View the full line-up of activities throughout October here or follow the event Facebook Page.

Museum Mondays: Happy Halloween, Charlie Brown! – October 30
Celebrate Halloween at this special Museum Monday for Little Ones! Come in costume to trick-or-treat throughout the Museum. Also, enjoy sing-along songs, spider web yarn threading, and decorating a mini pumpkin! More information can be found here.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail – October 31
Join over 60 participating Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12.  Prepare for a hauntingly “ghould” time from 3 – 5:30pm on Monday October 31st as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma.  For those you can’t get enough, head over to the Historic Downtown residences where trick-or-treaters come for all over the region to celebrate.  More information can be found here.

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