Napa and Sonoma

With a great climate, breathtaking scenery and over 500 vineyards, the valleys of Napa and Sonoma are a cyclist’s paradise. On our Napa and Sonoma bike tour you’ll cycle in the rolling valleys with options to head up into the surrounding mountains. Along the way you’ll tour our favorite wineries, and sample their wines. The terrain and options are suitable for all abilities, just one of the reasons Bicycling Magazine described pedaling here as “the perfect cycling vacation.” Tell us your preference for accommodations: award-winning luxury hotels or moderately priced hotels. Regardless, you’ll dine at some of the regions best restaurants. Join us!

Biking: With shuttling we can accommodate folks just looking to ride flatter sections 20-30 miles per day, for those looking for more of a challenge we can put together routes of 40-60 miles with 1,000-3,000 feet of climbing per day.

 

Hikes: Hikes of 1-8 miles are possible in a few places such as Point Reyes National Seashore, Armstrong Woods, and elsewhere. A guide favorite is Oat Hill Mine Trail in Calistoga.

 

Kayaking: Paddles of 2-4 hours are available in Tomales Bay. Sometimes we can time it with bioluminescence (glowing plankton) which makes for an incredible nighttime paddle.

 

Winetasting: So many great choices! Our team is fans of Preston, Bella, A. Rafanelli, Silver Oak

 

Olive Oil Tasting: Dry Creek Olive Oil Company, Round Pond

 

Misc: Hot air ballooning, spa treatments

Economical: Best Western Dry Creek Inn

 

Mid Range: Bodega Bay Lodge, h2 Hotel

 

Upper End: Hotel Healdsburg, Solage Calistoga, Bardessono

 

Super Luxe: Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch, Farmhouse Inn

Terrapin Creek (Michelin star)

 

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

 

Spoonbar

 

Barndiva

 

Auberge du Soleil (Michelin star)

While you can ride any month of the year, the months of May-October are generally the best. The busiest and therefore more expensive time of year to go is the harvest season in September and October, hotels frequently sell out for even mid week rooms months in advance so plan ahead. If you are flexible the spring and summer are great times to go as well. While tasting while riding is possible, we generally ride early to avoid the peak heat then shuttle back to the wineries in air conditioned comfort after you’ve had a chance to freshen up.

“With incredible riding, world-class wines, restaurants and hotels, what’s not to love? One of my favorite rides is taking Coleman Valley Road out to the sea. You climb up out of Occidental through a deep, dark fern-lined wood and are rewarded with a sweet descent through either surreal fog or a stunning panoramic view of rolling hills and the vast Pacific Ocean before you – just watch out for the cows and cattle guards.”