7 Nearby Spots to Visit this Summer

With the wonderful weather of Wine County, it seems like summer is nearly a year-round joy and the fun stretches full into fall.  Whether you decide to spend the day outdoors in the cool water splashing in the sun, or singing a song of summer with a live music concert, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are seven suggestions of nearby summer fun.

Healdsburg Plaza. Browse the restaurants, go shopping, antiquing, wine tasting or enjoy a cooking class. Whether shopping for the home and family, or for gifts, there are boutique clothing shops, antiques and collectibles, hand-crafted jewelry stores, bed and bath shops, fine furniture stores and unique art galleries.

Safari West. Experience an African adventure in the heart of wine country. Guests may explore the Sonoma Serengeti on an African wildlife safari alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife or relax in a luxury safari tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe.

Charles Schultz Museum. Housing the largest collection of Peanuts strips in the world, the Museum explores the art and nuances of Schulz’s craft. View original comic strips, learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development, view a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio, and draw your own cartoons in a hands-on education room.  An added bonus is that adjacent Snoopy Home Ice skating rink is a great way to beat the heat on those warm summer days.

Calistoga. Enjoy hot springs, cool wines at wineries, spas, restaurants, arts and events. Restaurant choices include just about everything from haute cuisine – with a relaxed Calistoga twist, of course – to Authentic Southern BBQ. Explore downtown shops and art galleries; bike or hike the area. The stunning surroundings work their magic as soon as you arrive. Relax….you’re in Calistoga!

Windsor Town Green. Join the Town of Windsor as they celebrate its 25th Anniversary with the Annual Summer Nights on the Green Concerts every Thursday through August 31. The Thursday Live Concerts feature free bicycle valet parking, food vendors, food valet, free family lawn games, and a Windsor Certified Farmers Market.

Guerneville. This small tourist town is situated between the Russian River and the surrounding hills with dining, shopping, activities, entertainment and more. Whether you fancy canoeing, kayaking, tubing or sunbathing, you can play on the Russian River at Steelhead Beach Regional Park. Head to Main Street and stop in at the 5 & 10 for some old fashioned candies or walk downtown Guernville and stroll across the historic bridge.

Green Music Center. The GMC Summer 2017 is comprised of 15 concerts on the stage of Weill Hall + Lawn, featuring some of the biggest names in blues, soul, hip-hop, country, jazz and mariachi. Whether you’re bringing your picnic basket and blanket to sit on our beautifully landscaped lawn, or getting front row seats inside the unparalleled Weill Hall, you’re sure to enjoy your Summer at the Green!

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Sonoma Style Holiday Showstoppers

‘Tis the season. It’s time to bundle up and head out to experience the joys of this holiday season.  Don’t worry… you won’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class performances throughout Wine Country.

The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is the North Bay’s premier Arts Center presenting world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual arts and many popular community events.  Enjoy an evening out with ease, as the Center is located less than 6 miles from Mayacama. Local Tip: Willi’s Wine Bar‘s classic roadhouse appeal captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County Wine Country and is a great spot to gather before or after a show.

Joy To The World from Transcendence’s “Broadway Under The Stars”
12/4, 12/5

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to celebrate Transcendence-style with this breathtaking holiday revue for all ages sprinkled with that beloved collection of song and dance. Join this extraordinary cast of Broadway professionals for a concert filled with Broadway showstoppers, holiday favorites and modern twists on some of the world’s most uplifting and cherished songs.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Home for the Holidays!
12/6
Known for its warm, rich choral tones, the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) returns for a second year at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with a holiday celebration that is a festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed extravaganza!

Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker
12/19

Experience the majesty of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece as world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes captivate the hearts of young and old alike. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the holiday tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to life.

The Napa Valley Opera House (NVOH) is a performing arts organization that owns a national historic landmark theatre in the heart of downtown Napa and has been part of the Napa community for more than 130 years. Local Tip: Dine at nearby Ristorante Allegria before or after the show. Located in a historic landmark, this Italian restaurant captures the ambiance and love for Italian cuisine with a fresh twist.

VOENA – Voices of the Season…Cameo
12/13
VOENA is a captivating, multi-cultural, world music experience that redefines “choir” the way Cirque du Soleil redefines “circus.” Director Annabelle Marie inspires more than 150 children from ages 6-18 to celebrate music through voice, sound, rhythm and physical expression.

VOENA is a unique and dynamic ensemble of voices that leaves audiences with an elevated sense of spirit. – Elizabeth Warnimont, Benicia Herald

Nestled in the foothills of wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, presenting year-round programming of premiere classical, contemporary, jazz, chamber and world music artists in concert. Local Tip: Come again in summer for an alfresco picnic set to your favorite tunes during the summer concert series.

Handel’s Messiah – Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
12/20
Few orchestral pieces are more beloved than Handel’s Messiah. Experience this glorious choral masterpiece in the superb acoustics of Weill Hall, accompanied by one of America’s most admired early music ensembles. This performance is a great way to celebrate the holidays.

Be sure to reserve your tickets early, as these popular events sell out very quickly this time of year.

Happy Holidays from the Mayacama Team.

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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