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Wine Country Biking

Program Number: 17660RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/9/2013 - 6/14/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Healdsburg, California
Price starting at: $1,240.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling; Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Sonoma County is more than one of the world’s finest wine-growing areas, although it does boast more than 250 wineries. It’s also the perfect place to absorb the natural beauty and pleasant climate of the California outdoors, riding past vineyards, along mountain roads and parallel to the famed Russian River on biking adventures led by knowledgeable local cyclists who provide equipment, assistance and support (including a “sag wagon”). With a casual pace and frequent stops, enjoy a safe and scenic ride while you discover boutique and family-owned wineries along the way.




Highlights

• Bike through beautiful Sonoma County on quiet roads led by knowledgeable local cyclists.
• With a local wine expert, learn about Sonoma County’s distinct microclimates and how they help create the wine in your glass.
• Learn about the rich history of Healdsburg and surrounding area at the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society.



Activity Particulars

Biking 15-25 miles a day on scenic country roads with some hills. All participants should have intermediate riding ability or above.



All bikes and helmets are provided. Bikes are hybrids, sizes 13-25 with some step throughs in smaller sizes. You may bring your own bike and/or helmet if you want, however you will be completely responsible for all repair work on your bike including flat tires.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Healdsburg

A charming, historic community in the Russian River valley, set amid the scenic vineyard-covered hills at the heart of Sonoma County's famed wine country, Healdsburg is often compared to the French region of Provence.



Accommodations
Comfortable inn with heated outdoor pool, fitness room and bocce court.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Dry Creek Inn
  Healdsburg, CA 5 nights
 Best Western Dry Creek Inn
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Best Western Dry Creek Inn is the heart of California's famous Wine Country in the beautiful town of Healdsburg Ca., just 15 minutes from Santa Rosa. Five minutes from our hotel is Healdsburg’s Town Square, home to many award-winning fine dining and family restaurants and boutique and antique shopping. Over 100 of the renowned Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander Valley wineries and River Rock Casino are within 20 minutes of the hotel.
  Contact info: 198 Dry Creek Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA
phone: 707-433-0300
web: www.drycreekinn.com
  Room amenities: AAA rated 3 Diamond. In-room refrigerator and coffee service Complimentary high speed wired and wireless Internet access 25-inch color TV Iron and ironing board Hair dryer
  Facility amenities: Outdoor pool and covered hot tub, and coming this summer a Boche Ball Court Fitness room. Free High Speed Internet access with your laptop Free guest-laundry facilities Free Daily newspaper in lobby Elevators available in both our buildings
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call the Inn. Cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. Limited availability on weekends.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call the Inn. Cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. Limited availability on weekends.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 p.m. hotel check in time. 4:00-5:00 p.m. meet in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Best Western Dry Creek Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:30 a.m. Room check out time is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Best Western Dry Creek Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Outfitter requires a release.
  Parking availability:
Inn has ample free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Healdsburg, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Santa Rosa
  Nearest highway: Hwy. 101
  Nearest airport:  Sonoma County, SFO, Oakland
  From End of Program
  Location: Healdsburg, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 707-837-8700

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 (sr. rate) plus taxi fare of approx. $35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 and 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

91 miles

   

Airport Express goes to Sonoma County Airport where you can take a taxi to the site. Approx. cost of the taxi is $35-40 Recommend calling for current fares. Yellow Cab Co. 707-544-4444

 

Oakland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express
phone: 707-837-8700

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 (sr.rate) plus taxi from airport to site-$35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 and 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

84 miles

   

Airport Express goes to Sonoma County Airport where you can take a taxi to the site. Approx. cost for taxi is $35-40 Recommend calling for current fares. Yellow Cab Co. 707-544-4444

 
Driving Directions
  Oakland International Airport Head west on Airport Dr. Turn left toward Airport Dr. (signs for Long Term Parking). Turn left at Airport Dr. Slight left to stay on Airport Dr. Slight right to stay on Airport Dr. (signs for exit/Freeway). Slight right to stay on Airport Dr. (signs for Doolittle Dr./CA-61/Rental Car Center). Turn left at Doolittle Dr. turn right at Hegenberger Rd. Merge onto I-880 N via the ramp to Downtown Oakland. Slight right at I-980 E (signs for Walnut Creek/I-980/CA-24). Take the exit onto I-580 W toward San Francisco. Partial toll road. Take the exit onto US-101 N. Take the Dry Creek Rd. exit. Turn right at Dry Creek Rd. Hotel is on the left.
  San Francisco International Airport Head east. Turn left (signs to Freeways). Merge onto US-101 N. via the ramp to San Francisco. Take the exit onto I-380 W. toward I-280/San Bruno. Take the exit onto I-80 N. toward San Francisco. Continue on CA I N (signs for golden Gate Bridge/CA-1-n/19th Ave.) Slight left at 19th Ave. Continue on CA-1/Cross over Dr. continue to follow CA-1. Take the exit toward Golden Gate Bridge. merge onto US 101 N. Take the Dry creek Rd. Exit. Turn right at Dry Creek Rd. Hotel is on the left.
Equipment Requirements: Participants may choose to bring their own bicycles and helmets. Rental bikes and helmets will be provided and cost included in tuition fee.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in and register for the program, orientation and get-acquainted program
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Arrive To: Check in to the hotel and register for the program.
 Dinner: Wine and cider social before dinner. Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn.
 Evening: We go over the schedule and talk about our biking adventure, then spend some time getting acquainted.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Dry Creek Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Get our bikes and helmets, take the first warm-up ride along the Russian River (distance about 24 miles)
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn.
 Morning: We meet with our guide and discuss biking rules and safety. We van into Healdsburg to the bike shop to get our bikes and helmets. Then we begin our day's ride along the Russian River. The river was originally known among the Southern Pomo as Ashokawna "east water place" or "water to the east", and as Bidapte, "big river". An 1843 Spanish land grant referred to it as Rio Grande. The river takes its current name from the Russian trappers who explored the river in the early 19th century, and established their Fort Ross trade colony 10 mi. northwest of its mouth. They called it the Slavyanka River. The redwoods that lined its banks drew loggers to the river in the late 19th century.
 Lunch: We enjoy a chance to relax and have a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: We continue our bike ride and stop for a visit at Hop Kiln Winery. In 1880 Sol Walters purchased the land and began building the structures that eventually won historic landmark status for this outstanding property. The ranch's sheep barn became the largest structure on Westside Road. The next to be built was the lambing shed, between the blacksmith and the barn, which sheltered the ewes and their newborns during winter weather. Hops had become a major crop in the area, and in 1905 rancher Walters decided to build a hops dryer to serve local farmers. The structure was to be functional, using barn-style architecture and pre-20th century technology. Construction was a race against time with many neighbors betting that it would not be finished for the ‘05 hops harvest. With massive redwood timbers and stone from nearby Felta Creek, the construction team hurried to complete the majestic, 3-story Hop Kiln in 35 days. One hundred years later the landmark Hop Kiln anchors the neighborhood landscape with its three robust towers, handsome gabled roof and thick stone walls.
 Dinner: We return to the hotel in time to relax before dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn.
 Evening: After our day of biking we spend the evening sharing our favorite Road Scholar experiences.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Dry Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Riding through the Sonoma County vineyards, visit Ferrari Carano Winery
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn..
 Morning: We begin our day's ride through the Dry Creek area. We'll visit the Ferrari Carano Winery set in the midst of a 70-acre Dry Creek Valley estate vineyard where we'll enjoy five acres of exquisite gardens. Since 1985, Ferrari-Carano has been a leading producer of world class, nationally acclaimed wines.
 Lunch: We enjoy our picnic lunch at one of the many local wineies.
 Afternoon: We continue our ride with other stops as time allows and return to the hotel in time to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn.
 Evening: A local historian gives us an overview of the interesting local history.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Dry Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Another bike ride through the scenic vineyards with stops at several wineries
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn.
 Morning: Our bike ride today begins along West Dry Creek Road, one of the most scenic in the Russian River area, and we may choose to stop at any of the several wineries we pass.
 Lunch: We enjoy our picnic lunch at one of the wineries.
 Afternoon: We continue our ride with other stops as time allows for a leisurely return to the hotel followed by a wine class and tasting with a local wine expert.
 Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn.
 Evening: We relax with some free time to visit with our fellow participants,
   
Accommodations: Best Western Dry Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Our final ride along Fitch Mountain Rd. on the banks of the Russian River, then into the town of Healdsburg
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn..
 Morning: We begin our ride along Fitch Mountain Rd. on the banks of the Russian River through scenic and historically significant countryside. We learn more about the Fitch family and the Mexican land grant they received.
 Lunch: We return to Healdsburg's historic square where we have lunch on our own at one of the many fine cafes in the area, money provided.
 Afternoon: We visit Healdsburg Museum and are welcomed by the curator for an introductory talk. We have some free time to enjoy the shops around the square, then it's time to turn in our bikes and helmets and take a van ride back to our hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn.
 Evening: We have an evening performance by local musicians.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Dry Creek Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program concludes with a farewll breakfast and wrap-up session
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Depart From: Program ends. Please check out of the hotel by 11 a.m.
 Breakfast: We share memories of our biking experiences at our farewell breakfast and wrap-up session.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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