Inspired vistas, intimate wineries, sun-kissed hills: this is California's celebrated Wine Country cycling landscape. The routes are ideal for biking no matter how hard or easy you want to go. On this trip, we explore valleys of world-famous vineyards, forests of soaring redwoods, perfect pastoral landscapes and the captivating Pacific Coast
There are literally dozens of Wine Country bike tours in California to choose from, so what makes our Sonoma County biking tour different? Simply, we avoid the more famous and heavily traveled portions of the Wine Country and choose to ride in the quieter and more intimate areas in Sonoma County. And while many Wine Country bike tours are long on wineries and short on cycling, our tours always emphasize the rides. Each day we even include a "breakaway", a more challenging long ride option for up to 60 miles of cycling with some substantial climbing—enough riding to please any bicycling enthusiast.
The differences are clear from the very start. We stay beneath the redwoods in the tiny and quaint Russian River town of Monte Rio, located on the meandering Russian River, midway between the Sonoma County Wine Country and the California Coast. This location makes it an ideal base camp for both a Wine Country ride and a Pacific Coast ride. But tiny and quaint doesn't mean spartan; we stay and dine at the charming and inviting Village Inn, on the banks of the Russian River.
This was our first trip to California as well as our first bike tour and we can't wait to do both again! The bike tour was a 6 day tour through Sonoma County and our guides, Scott and Rick, were wonderful. They had everything very well organized so each day all we needed to do was enjoy the riding experience. The accomodations and dinners were exceptional as well as the bikes themselves. We also appreciated the size of the group since it allowed us to get to know a great group of other cycling enthusiasts. Can't think of a better way to enjoy the wine country! Highly recommended!
TripAdvisor June 2012