This 6-day, 5-night tour stays in just three locations:
Meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and we will shuttle you the rest of the way to our starting location for the day. Once in Petaluma, after introductions and a brief orientation meeting, you'll bike through rolling oak and grassy terrain, then continue through the Russian River wine growing regions to Healdsburg. Team Dinner at Spoonbar Restaurant for “some of the most satisfying and modern food in Sonoma County”, lodging for the next 2 nights at the h2hotel Healdsburg.
Ride today in a loop that starts and ends in Healdsburg. Some of the best rated wineries are on this route, but it's the cycling that makes this route special. The Dry Creek Valley is the first destination, followed by Alexander Valley, full of wineries and butted up against volcanic mountains. Then climb up and over Chalk Hill, known for its excellent grape growing conditions. Rolling along the edge of the Russian River Valley offers splendid vistas of vineyards and the surrounding mountains. The Breakaway Ride heads for an additional loop around Westside Road. Then it's back to Healdsburg to enjoy the rest of the day in town. Wander the plaza, browse the shops, visit some tasting rooms, or get a massage. Dinner tonight will be on your own with many selections to choose from in Healdsburg.
Today we leave the vineyards behind us as we ride through the redwoods of the Russian River to the tiny bohemian town of Cazadero. From there, we have a significant ride up King Ridge Road, one of the greatest cycling routes anywhere. It climbs steeply through a dense redwood forest, emerging into sunlight and grassy meadows of the coast range. Ride from the hotel with the breakaway, or shuttle the first 25 miles and take time to visit the Armstrong Redwoods State Park before hoping on the bike. King Ridge undulates along the crest of this range before plummeting through the redwoods back to the coast. Our lodging tonight is at the Sea Ranch Lodge, with its amazing oceanside vistas. Team dinner tonight at the Sea Ranch Lodge restaurant.
Enjoy the morning today with a leisurely breakfast after yesterday's big effort. Today's ride will hug the Pacific Coast along Highway One, arguably one of the most scenic roads you might experience. The road is a cyclist's dream, with it undulating along the bluffs looking over the ocean's edge with waves crashing below. There is very little development on this section so the traffic is minimal as the road twists and turns along this rugged and unspoiled section of the Pacific's edge. Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa is our home for the next two nights, where you can enjoy the views of the bay from your patio or schedule a massage. Team dinner tonight at the hotel's restaurant, Drakes Sonoma Coast Kitchen.
Roll out south from Bodega Bay along Highway One for several more miles to the town of Freestone and home to one of the best bakeries we've visited. Grab a snack, then it's through the redwoods again to the bohemian town of Occidental. Here, you can breakaway for a ride extension along the Bohemian Highway to the town of Guerneville and back along rolling country roads to Occidental before rejoining the main route. From Occidental, you can attack Coleman Valley Road, one of the challenging climbs featured in the Amgen Tour of California professional stage race. From the crest, you'll descend through rolling dairy pastures back to Bodega, filming site of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", with a return to Bodega Bay Lodge. Final Team Dinner is at a nearby Michelin-starred restaurant and guide favorite, Terrapin Creek Cafe.
Spin out the legs on a loop ride in Sonoma's golden farmland. Coastal views and rolling hills are the highlight for this morning's final cool down. After returning to Bodega Bay Lodge, you'll have time to clean up and check out, and we'll transfer you back to San Francisco where we will say goodbye and you can continue your adventure as you please!
We just returned from the UDC Wine Country Tour, our first biking tour vacation, and we are already planning our next trip with UDC! Our guides, Daryl and Laura were friendly, helpful and encouraging to all the bikers from experienced to beginner. I went with high expectations after reading previous reviews and the itinerary, but my experience far outweighed even those high expectations. The organization, the daily routes, riding to our hearts desire, spectacular views, splendid accommodations and the endless amount of delicious food and a chance to meet new, friendly bike enthusiasts have given us the memories of a great biking vacation. Thank you UDC, Daryl and Laura...you two are the best!!!
TripAdvisor June 2012