Cycling Napa & Sonoma: a Few of Our Favorite Things

Mar 24 - 2011

We love bike riding in Napa and Sonoma Counties. So, on this 52½ year anniversary of the Broadway opening of the Sound of Music we thought we’d share a few of our favorite things to do in Napa & Sonoma:

  • Choosing a Tuscan-like picnic spot in the shade of oak trees and gazing out over a vast expanse of vines.  A drop of Pinot Noir completes the picture.  The Rutherford Hill winery is a great example.
  • Mud baths (for two) in Calistoga.  We cannot attest to their rejuvenating effect, but the experience of being covered from head to toe in mud is something you’ll not forget in a hurry.
  • Getting high above the valleys in the Mayacmas Mountains on deserted back roads to nowhere.  These rides have great views looking down on Northern Napa and the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys beyond.  Pine Flat Rd and Geysers Rd are both great for this.
  • Dinner at one of the Michelin starred restaurants: Cyrus, Madrona Manor, Meadowood, Martini House, Terra, The French Laundry, Bouchon and Redd.  The Meadowood (St Helena), French Laundry (Yountville) and Cyrus (Healdsburg) are probably the stand-out establishments for us.
  • Canoeing down the tranquil Russian River.  Our favorite stretch is from Guerneville to the Ocean.  If you’re luck, you’ll be joined by seals and you’ll see sea lions basking on the sand spit at Jenner.
  • Riding under towering redwoods of the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve.  On a hot day, these majestic trees offer some welcome shade.  And, whatever the weather, the 1,400-year-old Armstrong Tree is awe-inspiring.
  • Hammering down the Sonoma Coast, with the wind at our backs and the surf crashing at the base of the cliffs below.  On a warm summer’s day, you can’t beat it.  Though, beware, the fog can roll in at any time and drop the temperature by 10 degrees.
  • Sitting with a drink overlooking the Pacific Ocean knowing we’ve just ridden all the way from the napa Valley to the Ocean!