5 Sonoma County Spots for a Picnic

With the weather warming up, it’s time to pack those picnic baskets with tasty treats and explore all the natural, outdoor beauty that awaits you in Wine Country. Whether you travel to the coast or decide on a scenic inland setting, Sonoma County doesn’t disappoint.  Here are a few local places to enjoy a picnic with friends and family.

Viansa Winery
Located at the summit of the Sonoma Valley, Viansa offers breathtaking 270° views of Sonoma Valley, with San Pablo Bay to the south, Mayacamas Mountains to the East, and “King’s Highway” leading the way to the North. Viansa includes 33 acres of estate vineyards and 97 acres of natural wetlands, which serve as home to a variety of indigenous water fowl. Enjoy a glass of wine and picnic fare from their marketplace on the terrace or take an estate tour, it’s up to you.  Few places in the region boast such panoramic views.  They are dog-friendly so you can bring Fido along as well.

Marin French Cheese Company
Known locally as “The Cheese Factory”, the Marin French Cheese Company has been sourcing the finest cow’s milk from local Marin dairies and crafting small batch, soft-ripened cheeses since 1865.  Begin your visit at the cozy retail shop and sample award-winning cheeses. Make a picnic of cheese, sandwiches and drinks and enjoy lunch at the tables and lush grounds, which include a pond. Just 20 minutes from downtown Petaluma and about 30 minutes to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. This venue is dog-friendly.

Goat Rock
Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home to a colony of harbor seals which are fun to watch, but please stay at least 50 yards from the seals, especially during pupping season (March – August.) Due to the protected status of the seals, DOGS are NOT allowed on Goat Rock Beach.  Leashed dogs are allowed on Blind Beach which is off the south parking lot at Goat Rock.

Sonoma Plaza
Spend the day on Sonoma Plaza.  The Plaza is a large park in the heart of Sonoma, with lush green lawns, playgrounds, fountains, a pond with ducks and plenty of shade provided by the mature trees. This destination is a great place for families and offers a quaint yet sophisticated environment, with an emphasis on the rich history of the region. Pack your own lunch or purchase from local vendors such as nearby Angelo’s Wine Country Deli.  Afterwards, do a little shopping or window browsing at the many nearby retailers.

Armstrong Woods
Relax, rest and recharge under the majestic Redwoods of Guerneville’s Armstrong Woods, which preserves stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood and is the tallest living thing on our planet! Standing 200-250 feet tall, the grove of trees offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering the onlooker great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection.  Picnic tables, grills and restrooms make this outing very easy for all.

So get out there, enjoy this weather and experience all 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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April Events in Wine Country

It is springtime in Wine County; the weather is heating up and so are the local wine country events.  From antique faires to parades, beer festivals to 10K runs, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of April in Sonoma County.

Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival (April 1)
Head north for the 41st Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival featuring a fiddle contest plus bluegrass and old time music performances. It’s a family friendly event with jam sessions and workshops. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Vineyard 7 & 8 Wine Dinner (April 8)
Saturday, April 8th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Vineyard 7&8 sits at the top of Spring Mountain.  Their vineyards, which lie above the fog, are late ripening with low yields, natural drainage, and infertile volcanic soil. These unique conditions add to the distinctive quality of their wines which is unlike any other appellation.
Their facility allows them to micromanage the entire process, beginning in the vineyards and ending with the consumer.  Owner, associate winemaker, and your fellow member, Wes Steffens will host the dinner. This is a very special opportunity to spend quality time with Wes and one you won’t want to miss. His wines are exceptional and will be paired with a terrific menu chosen by him and Executive Chef, Scott Pikey. Click HERE to register.

Annual Battle of the Brews (April 8)
Experience an incredible day of beers, ciders, bands, and great food at Sonoma County’s Premier Craft Beer Event. Enjoy live performances while over 70 breweries and cideries as well as 20 restaurants vie for your vote.  All proceeds benefit local at-risk youth and other non-profits in Sonoma County. More information can be found here.

IPA 10K and Beer Mile Invitational (April 15)
The IPA 10k and Beer Mile Invitational is a celebration of running and beer in Sebastopol. This two-day event includes a marketplace expo, hoppy Easter hunt and run on Saturday. The beer and music festival features Sonoma County’s fine breweries, bands, and food, and opens to the general public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt (April 16)

Mayacama Clubhouse & Putting Green
10:30 am – 2:00 pm (seating times between 10:30 – 12:30 reserved for families)
1:30 pm Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt is probably our most popular family event! There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, animals, crafts, and tons of eggs for the hunt! There will also be interactive exhibits that focus on art and science. We hope to ignite curiosity and imagination and help build a foundation for a life-long love of learning. Every year it’s great fun, so come create memories that will last a lifetime! Click HERE to Sign Up!

Bubbles and Blooms Festival (April 22)
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard’s 2nd Annual Bubbles and Blooms Festival is a celebration of spring, food, and sparkling wine. This year’s event will be held on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 12-4 p.m. and features award winning wine, food, flower art installations, sustainable gardening techniques, workshops, tours, and a flower market.  More information can be found here.

Prelude to Passport® in Dry Creek Valley (April 28)
Prelude to Passport features select intimate lunches and winemaker dinners hosted by Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Growers. This is your opportunity to enjoy selected wine and food pairings, spend time with your favorite winemaker or learn about grape growing directly from the source.  More information can be found here.

Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade (April 29)
Petaluma’s 36th Annual Butter and Egg Days Festival and Parade pays tribute to Petaluma’s history as the “World’s Egg Basket” and its rich agricultural heritage. Originally created in the 1900s to promote Petaluma as part of National Egg Day, the parade has grown to more than 130 parade units attracting 25,000 people into downtown on the last weekend in April.  More information can be found here.

Petaluma Spring Antique Faire (April 30)
The Petaluma Spring Antique Faire is a day-long celebration of all things antique.  You’ll find antique wares that range from flat out oddities to ephemera, jewelry, kitchen wares, linens, furniture, books, home décor, clothing, accessories, rugs and even fossils!  More information can be found here.

Looks like an eventful April awaits, so go out and enjoy all 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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