November Events in Wine Country

Fall is in full swing as we transition from harvest festivals to the holiday season. From film festivals to lighting ceremonies, open studios to international holiday traditions, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of November.

Ramen Night (November 2)
Join Studio D in Sonoma for RAMEN on Wednesday nights (beginning November 2nd) from 5 – 7:30!  For just $20, the menu includes your choice of a cucumber or mung bean sprout salad, a bowl of one of our four ramens, and a dessert from Donny.  Beer, Wine & Sake Available for $5.  More information can be found here.

Jack London Classic Film Festival (November 3-5)
Jack London State Historic Park and the Sonoma Community Center will mark their mutual 2016 Centennial Celebrations with the presentation of the Jack London Classic Film Fest. The festival will feature screenings of Call of the Wild (1935) starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young, Sea Wolf (1941) starring Edward G. Robinson and Ida Lupino and White Fang (1991) starring Ethan Hawk. The three-day festival experience features themed dinners, receptions and celebrity speakers. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member First Friday Pour: Thanksgiving Wines (November 4)
Our November First Friday will feature our recommendations for Holiday Wines. We see most magazines and newspapers touting the same old wines that really don’t pair well with turkey, cranberry sauce or gravy. We will taste Picpoul, Torrontes, Albarino, and real Beaujolais (not the Beaujolais Nouveau that taste like candy and does not age).These wines have been tested over the years and chosen by wine lovers when paired with holiday fare. Please join us from 5:30 to 6:30 Friday, for a great tasting. Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Wine and Food Affair (November 5-6)
Wine & Food Affair is the premier event for Wine Road Sonoma County!  Experience a weekend of Wine & Food pairings in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. All of the wineries participating will have a favorite winery recipe which they will prepare both days for you to sample, along with the perfect wine. This event does sell out, so get your tickets today. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Wreath Making Class (November 6)
Create a beautiful holiday wreath with Jerry from Green Valley Growers while sipping on delicious wine and snacking on light appetizers from 2-5pm. $40 Flowers/Materials and $20++ Wine and Light Appetizers. Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

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.

Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza (November 12)
Celebrate the fourth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza on Saturday, November 12. Enjoy 8-acres of 100k+ sparkling lights + music + holiday treats!! Free to the public and family friendly. Music starts at 5pm, with performances starting at 5:45pm. More information can be found here.

Atelier One Open Studio (November 12-13)
Atelier One invites visitors for a rare opportunity to see new work and meet the artists, 16 accomplished painters, printers, sculptors, photographers, and other creatives. Enjoy informative talks, activities and just plain fun. Runs Nov. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Dinner Dance Party (November 19)
Join us in the Living Room between 6 -7:00pm to enjoy Hog Island Oysters & Caviar + Sushi with Ken Tominaga of Hana Japanese Restaurant & Pabu.  Champagne, frozen vodka, plus specialty drinks such as Manhattans, Martinis, Rob Roys and Gimlets will be served.

From 7-8:30pm guests are invited to dine at a Family style dinner created by Chef Scott Pikey.

Menu Teaser:
Autumn Salad
Kale, Fall Fruits, Pickled Onions, Almonds
Roasted Pumpkin & Seeds
Dates, Pomegranate, Crispy Oats, Red Wine Syrup
Grilled New York Steak
Duck Fat Potatoes, Charred Onions, Bordelaise

Sweet Treats & After Dinner Cocktails
Irish Coffee, Kioki Coffee, Grasshoppers, or  Brandy Alexander

Between 8-10pm members are invited to join us in the Living Room for music & dancing with the David Howard Seven Piece Band.
$150pp++Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Mayacama Member Thanksgiving Feast (November 24)
We are all thankful to be a part of this great Club and we hope you will bring your family and friends to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration. Select a seating time and make reservations now for a terrific seasonal spread between 2:30-4:45pm. Register early!

Alexander Valley Holiday Open House (November 25)
Enjoy the holidays in Wine Country.  Join eight wineries in the beautiful Alexander Valley for a day of award-winning wines, food and wine pairings, festive fare, shopping for unique wine country gifts! Participating wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Medlock Ames Winery, Field Stone Winery & VineyardsHanna Vineyards & Winery, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Soda Rock Winery and deLorimier Winery. More information can be found here.

Cirque de Bohème (November 25-27)
Enjoy a French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. Le Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder. World class performers include a Unicycle, Hand to Hand Acrobats, Static Trapeze, Tight-Rop Funambule, Hand Chairs Balancing, Hooper Aerialist and more. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Fall Release Party (November 26)
Our Seventh Annual Fall Release Party is just around the corner.  Join us in our wine cave from 4-8:30pm to taste new releases and club favorites.  A fall wine offer will be available and the tasting is followed by our “Bounty of the County” buffet.  Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

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 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 Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.