Pedaling from Alexander Valley to Dry Creek and along the Russian River, three days never felt so good. Oak-speckled hills. Impeccably manicured vineyards. A blend of farm-town charm and urban sophistication. Lunch alfresco leads to a gourmet dinner. Crisp whites and rich reds. A perfect night's sleep. We just arrived? It already feels like a week.
1 Get ready for three active days, three vineyard-laced valleys, world-class wine and gourmet cuisine | Kick off the weekend with a Backroads picnic in the majestic old-growth forest of Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve | The tallest in the grove stands more than 300 feet high—nearly the length of a football field! | Ride through the beautiful and bucolic Russian River Valley, where terraced vineyards flank quiet roads | Stop to taste some of the region's exceptional pinot noirs.
2 Bike over Chalk Hill through an oak forest into Alexander Valley, often compared to France's Bordeaux region | Savor the sights of northern California's picturesque landscape as you pedal past acres of rolling hills and tidy vineyards under a blue sky | One of the area's first-rate wineries sets the scene for a bountiful picnic and sampling of excellent merlot | Feel like stretching your legs? Ride back to charming Healdsburg and stroll around its historic central square.
3 Spin along hillsides blanketed with grapevines, apple orchards and native oak woodland in Dry Creek Valley, acclaimed for its fine zinfandels | A gradual climb takes you back into neighboring Alexander Valley | Indulge in a caffeinated pick-me-up in Geyserville—a town founded after the discovery of hot springs in a nearby gorge in 1847 | You can also opt for an unhurried morning at the hotel or grab a last-minute gift from one of the shops in town.