Microadventure: Explore Petaluma

Looking for a day trip in Wine Country?  Take a short trip south to the historic town of Petaluma.  Enjoy the charm of this quaint agricultural town which was once called “The Egg Basket of the World”.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family. Petaluma is rich in history and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to entertainment, food and shopping.

9:00 – 10:00 – Arrive in Downtown
Head to Della Fattoria on Petaluma Boulevard in the heart of Downtown.  This charming establishment is an artisan bread bakery and European-style cafe, whose breads can be found at fine markets and restaurants around the Bay Area.  Try the Creamy Polenta with Havarti, Poached Ranch Egg and Breadcrumbs.  Pair it with a large, warm latte…the perfect way to start your adventure.

10:00 – 12:30 – Explore the Retail Scene
Peruse the Historic District with its many retail offerings. Pamper yourself at Robindira Unsworth, a Northern Californian dreamer and designer who creates elegant and very wearable seasonal jewelry collections which are a subtle mix of textures, fine details and beautiful gemstones. Love to clothes shop?   Ethical Clothing is locally owned and operated by two girls who love fashion, great finds, and feeling good about what they wear; they offer locally designed and mindfully manufactured clothing. And don’t miss Truck & Barter, a family owned, modern day general store, carefully curated with bespoke brands and superior quality products.

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch on Kentucky
Stroll over to Topsy’s Kitchen, a family-friendly restaurant specializing in seasonal California farmhouse cuisine with a southern influence.   Try the Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeno-vegetable slaw, sriracha mayo on an artisan french roll or, for something a bit lighter, the Superfood Salad Bowl with organic greens, organic brown rice & quinoa with lemon, kale, roasted beets, spiced chickpeas and miso-lime dressing.  Yum!

1:30 – 5:00 – Experience Petaluma
Explore the Past.  Explore Petaluma’s rich past and charming architecture by taking a self-guided tour of the city’s Victorian-era homes,which include architectural styles such as Queen Anne, Gothic and Colonial Revival as well as many others.  You can download a PDF of the tour here.  You can also explore the Petaluma Historic Museum;  the cornerstone for this stately Carnegie Library was laid in 1904 and now houses Petaluma poultry, dairy and Miwok Indian history exhibits from the 1850’s.

Take a Hike.  Burn off your lunch and some calories at Helen Putnam Regional Park, a wilderness park in Petaluma which offers 6 miles of trails with grassy hillsides and groves of heritage oaks. Ridge-top trails provide panoramic views of the city and the southern Sonoma County countryside. Walk as far as you want on the looped trail system, which allows hikers to create walks of varying length and difficulty. Note that trails are open to cyclists and horseback riders as well. There is also a large fishing pond and a gazebo, picnic area and playground at the park.

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
The only trouble you will have, regrading dinner in Petaluma, is deciding on where to eat. Located in the Historic Petaluma Hotel you will find The Shuckery, a 54-seat oyster bar and restaurant featuring oysters and seafood from Coast to Coast, as well as local produce and wines.  Across the street is The Drawing Board, a new addition to the Petaluma restaurant scene which marries wholesome and delicious food with a sustainable, community-driven ethos. Try the Duck confit, Chickpea fries or Cauliflower veloute; they also offer amazing cocktails. Or you can go “old-school P-Town” at Volpi’s Ristorante & Bar where you will find big Italian food, friendly staff and red and white checkered tablecloths. Try the Chicken Parmesan, with polenta and veggies or the Pesto Gnocchi.

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

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Brunch with Us in Wine Country

There is no better way to start your weekend wine county adventures than with a hearty brunch. To aid in your dining adventures, we have listed a few of our local favorites for those in search of weekend AM deliciousness.

Della Fattoria
Nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Petaluma, Della Fattoria is a special treat serving up incredible breakfasts in their European style café. Famous for their artisan breads that you can find at fine markets and restaurants around the Bay Area, this quaint café invites guests to sit down at large communal table and enjoy such menu items as Creamy Polenta and Eggs, Chilaquiles, Sausage Scramble Piadina and Hobb’s Smoked Salmon and Housemade Cream Cheese. Simply delicious.

Newer to the Petaluma breakfast scene, Wishbone doesn’t disappoint. With a tagline of “We Raise It Up. You Eat It Up”, the poplar eating spot is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. They raise their own beef, bake their own bread, make their own jam, generally doing all they can to put great food on their patrons’ plates. Try their Savory Toast, Wishbone Benny and, for something different, Coconut Gruel.

Backyard is a restaurant located in Forestville where Chef Daniel Kedan and Pastry Chef Marianna Gardenhire create delicious, local cuisine from the bounty of Sonoma County’s backyard. They offer indoor and dog-friendly outdoor/patio seating. Some popular items from their weekend brunch menu are the Green Star Farm Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles, Lamb Sausage Hash and Pulled Pork Benedicts. Start the meal off with a French press coffee and Bucket ‘o Doughnuts (inside tip….you may not want to share these tasty treats).

Costeaux French Bakery & Café
If you find yourself in nearby Healdsburg, stop by the Costeaux Café which serves up delicious breakfasts all day, everyday. Known for their incredible breads, cookies and cakes, the French bakery also has a café where diners can enjoy a casual and inviting dining experience. Choose from such menu items as Pain Perdu (French Toast), Costeaux Quiche or a variety of omelets and scrambles.

Willow Wood Market Café
Since 1995 Willow Wood Market Cafe has been a beloved favorite of locals and food-savvy travelers alike. Willow Wood serves as the informal gathering spot and town center of the cozy town of Graton, and is consistently voted Best Breakfast and Best Brunch in the North Bay by their customers. Try their Venetian Breakfast, Smoked Salmon Sandwich or Challah French Toast.

Nick’s Cove
This local gem is must-visit for those who enjoy waterfront dining in a comfortable and inviting setting. Known for great cuisine showcasing local seafood, produce and cheese, Nick’s Cove serves up a brunch menu with an emphasis on the bounty of the ocean. Try the raw or cooked oysters, Dungeness Crab Benedict or the Lagunitas Pils Battered Fish N Chips. Got a big hunger? Add a side of their popular Dungeness Mac N Cheese.

The Fremont Diner
Located along Highway 12 south of Sonoma Plaza, this popular old-style farmhouse diner will bring you back in time with their rustic setting and delicious Southern food.  The quaint diner sources much of their ingredients from their adjacent acreage. Enjoy such menu items as Fried Chicken and Waffles, Cheddar Jalapenos Cornbread, Biscuits & Gravy and Sorghum Waffles. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

Boon Fly Café
Traveling a little farther east on Highway 12 (just outside of Napa) will bring you to another brunch gem. Set on the scenic grounds of The Carneros Inn, The Boon Fly Café offers a casual dining experience and some of the region’s best brunch items. Start with the World Famous Boon Fly Donuts Baker’s Dozen before enjoying main items such as Boon Fly Benedict, Chilaquiles, “Green Eggs and Ham” and Poppa Joe’s Eggs in a Hole.  Just look for the bright red barn/building off Hwy 12.

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.