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Wine Country Biking

Program Number: 17660RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/15/2014 - 6/20/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Healdsburg, California
Price starting at: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling; Food & Wine Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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 Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel
  Healdsburg 5 nights
 Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Nestled between the Russian River, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wine regions, the Best Western PLUS Dry Creek Inn is just minutes away from over 150 world renowned wineries and a wide range of restaurants, arts and cultural activities. There are miles of public parks for hiking, biking, canoeing and camping. Nearby attractions include the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, historic Healdsburg Plaza where visitors can browse the antique stores or stroll through an art gallery, River Rock Casino, Russian River and Lake Sonoma.
  Contact info: 198 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA
phone: 707-433-0300
web: http://www.drycreekinn.com/
  Room amenities: The Vintage Building has 103 sun-drenched, deluxe rooms rooms which are furnished with either one king bed or two queen beds, a cozy seating area, in-room refrigerator and coffee service, complimentary Internet access, 25-inch color television, work desk, hair dryer and other travel necessities. Most rooms are non-smoking.
  Facility amenities: Boasting 163 comfortable guestrooms spread out over its Tuscan and Vintage buildings, the Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn bears the distinction of having an AAA 3 Diamond Award rating, a strong testament to its individual style, design, amenities and comfortable environment. On Friday evenings year-round and Thursday nights during the summer, guests are invited to a complimentary wine tasting. The Thursday complimentary wine tastings begin the first Thursday after Memorial Day. Guests will appreciate the two swimming pools, three whirlpool spas, steam and sauna, fitness room and ample free parking. The hotel provides a convenient lobby computer and printer for guests. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: The hotel provides free, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and wired Internet service in all guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please call for rates The Inn cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. There is a limited availability of rooms on the weekends.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call for rates The Inn cannot guarantee the Road Scholar rate. There is a limited availability of rooms on the weekends.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in time is 3:00PM. Program registration is between 4:00-5:00PM in the hotel lobby. Orientation, dinner and introductions will be scheduled after registration. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 9:30AM after breakfast. Hotel check-out time is 12:00PM. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Participant Information Form, please list your height under the Medical Information Section marked "other health information"; this information will be used by the biking company to reserve the appropriate sized bicycle for you. Please also indicate to us the name of your roommate/traveling companion on your Participant Information Form. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID Please sign and return the enclosed 2 forms via mail or fax to Ventura office with your Participant Information Form, 3 weeks in advance of your program: 1. Bubba Q Inc dba Wine Country Bikes Rental Agreement and Release of Liability form 2. Wine Country Experience Tour Release form
  Parking availability:
The Dry Creek Inn has ample free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Healdsburg
  Nearest city or town:  Santa Rosa
  Nearest highway: 101
  Nearest airport:  Sonoma County Airport, SFO, OAK
  From End of Program
  Location: Healdsburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Healdsburg

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$34 one-way; $32 one-way Srs (62 & older); plus taxi from airport to site-$35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Allow 2 hours+ for entire trip 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles from hotel to Sonoma Co. Airport; 86 miles total to SFO

   

Airport Express goes to Sonoma County Airport where you can take a taxi to the site. Estimated fare $40. Call Yellow Cab Co. for current fares at 707-544-4444. Airport Express-Sonoma County offers reliable, inexpensive airport shuttle service. Call (800) 327-2024 or (707) 837-8700 to make your reservation, or book it online at: www.airportexpresssf.com Upon arrival at the airport, collect your luggage and call Airport Express at (800) 327-2024. Hours of operation are 4:30am to 10:00pm.

 

Oakland Intl Airport (OAK) to Healdsburg

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sonoma County Airport Express
phone: 707-837-8700
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$34 one-way; $32 one-way Srs (62 & older); plus taxi from airport to site-$35-40
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Allow 2 hours+ for entire trip 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles from hotel to Sonoma Co. Airport; 87 miles total to Oakland

   

Airport Express goes to Sonoma County Airport where you can take a taxi to the site. Estimated fare $40. Call Yellow Cab Co. for current fares at 707-544-4444. Airport Express-Sonoma County offers reliable, inexpensive airport shuttle service. Call (800) 327-2024 or (707) 837-8700 to make your reservation, or book it online at: www.airportexpresssf.com Upon arrival at the airport, collect your luggage and call Airport Express at (800) 327-2024. Hours of operation are 4:30am to 10:00pm.

 
Driving Directions
  From Eureka and the North to Healdsburg Take Hwy 101 S/US-101 S/Redwood Hwy towards Healdsburg. Take the Dry Creek Rd. exit toward Healdsburg. Turn left onto Dry Creek Rd. The hotel is at 198 Dry Creek Rd.
  From Oakland International Airport to Healdsburg (84 miles from Oakland International Airport) From the Airport, head southeast on Airport Access Rd. 1.3 mi Continue onto 98th Ave. 1.0 mi Take the Interstate 880 N ramp to Downtown/Oakland. 0.2 mi Merge onto I-880 N. 9.3 mi Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Interstate 80 E/Interstate 580 W/San Rafael/Sacramento and merge onto I-80 E. 5.2 mi Keep right to continue on I-580 W, follow signs for San Rafael/Point Richmond. 6.6 mi Merge onto I-580 W (partial toll road). 6.7 mi Take the exit onto Hwy 101 N/US-101 N. 53.6 mi Take the Dry Creek Rd exit. 0.2 mi Turn right onto Dry Creek Rd. The hotel will be on the right at 198 Dry Creek Rd.
  From Sacramento and the East to Healdsburg (About 121 miles from the Sacramento area) Take the I-5 S. Take the exit onto I-80 W toward San Francisco. 53.1 mi Exit onto CA-37 W toward Novato/San Rafael. 16.1 mi Turn right onto Lakeville Hwy. 11.1 mi Turn right to merge onto Hwy 101 N/US-101 N toward Eureka. 32.5 mi Take the Dry Creek Rd exit. 0.2 mi Turn right onto Dry Creek Rd. The hotel will be on the right at 198 Dry Creek Rd.
  From San Francisco International Airport to Healdsburg (83 miles from San Francisco Airport to Healdsburg) As you exit the San Francisco Airport, head north and keep right. 0.2 mi Take a slight left for 0.3 mi then take a slight right onto the ramp to I-380 W. 0.2 mi Keep right at the fork to continue toward I-380 W. 1.0 mi Keep left at the fork and follow signs for I-380 W/I-280 W/San Bruno then merge onto I-380 W. 1.9 mi Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-280 N/San Francisco and merge onto I-280 N. 6.0 mi Keep left to continue on CA-1 N/Junipero Serra Blvd. Follow signs for California 1 N/19th Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge. 1.1 mi Slight left onto 19th Ave. 3.4 mi Continue onto Crossover Dr. 0.4 mi Continue onto Park Presidio Bypass Blvd. 0.5 mi Continue onto Park Presidio Blvd. 0.9 mi Continue onto Veterans Blvd. 1.1 mi Take the ramp onto Hwy 101 N/US-101 N. 65.9 mi Take the Dry Creek Rd exit. 0.2 mi Turn right onto Dry Creek Rd. The hotel will be on the right at 198 Dry Creek Rd.
  From Sonoma County Airport to Dry Creek Inn Healdsburg From Airport Boulevard merge right to US-101 north toward Eureka. Follow the Dry Creek Road exit. Turn right on Dry Creek Rd. The hotel is on the right at 198 Dry Creek Rd.
Equipment Requirements: Bikes and helmets are provided by Wine Country Bikes. Participants may bring their own bicycles and helmets but please be aware that you will be completely responsible for any and all repair work on your bike including flat tires. Outfitter will charge if they have to do repair work on your personal bike.
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: Independent Arrival/Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, June 15)

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



   
 Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Dry Creek Inn after 3:00PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

 Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to Dry Creek Inn.

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program offers two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bike fitting and prep/First warm-up ride along the Russian River
(Monday, June 16)

Note: Leave from bike shop--ride circle route on Eastside & Westside roads. Ride is approx. 24 miles with 2 medium hills.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Meet our guide and discuss biking rules and safety. We van into Healdsburg to the bike shop to get our bikes and helmets before beginning 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: Picnic lunch at Hop Kiln Winery; tasting on your own!

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. 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.

 Afternoon: Continue bike ride back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn
 Evening: A local historian gives us an overview of the history of the area.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Riding through the Dry Creek Valley/Sonoma County vineyards
(Tuesday, June 17)

Note: Leave from hotel -- ride to and out Dry Creek Rd.-- and return via Dry Creek Rd. to hotel. Ride is approx. 18 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Ride to Dry Creek Valley.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the many local wineries; tasting on your own!
 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: Wine instructor enhances your appreciation and enjoyment of wine.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dry Creek Rd/Ferrari-Carano Winery
(Wednesday, June 18)

Note: Leave from hotel and ride to the end of Dry Creek Rd. Stop at Warm Springs Dam and Ferrari-Carano Winery. Ride is approx. 25 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Our bike ride today begins along Dry Creek Road, one of the most scenic in the Russian River area.
 Lunch: We enjoy our picnic lunch at Warm Springs Dam Recreational Area.
 Afternoon: Stop and visit Ferrari-Carano Winery and Gardens located in picturesque Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. Home to world-class wines, the Ferrari-Carano Winery has five acres of award-winning gardens and breathtaking vineyard views.

Our ride continues with other stops as time allows for a leisurely return to the hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Final ride along the banks of the Russian River/Town of Healdsburg
(Thursday, June 19)

Note: Leave hotel and ride to Magnolia Rd loop, ride out Billache Rd. along the Russian River, and return to the Healdsburg Museum. Ride is approx 15 miles.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: We begin our ride along the banks of the Russian River, passing through scenic and historically significant countryside.
 Lunch: Return to Healdsburg's historic square to have lunch on our own at one of the many fine cafes in the area.
 Afternoon: Visit Healdsburg Museum and spend time enjoying the shops around the square.

Return bikes and helmets and take a van ride back to our hotel.

 Dinner: Dinner in the restaurant adjacent to the Inn
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Dry Creek Inn Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Independent departures
(Friday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Share memories of your biking experiences at the farewell continental breakfast at the hotel
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Healdsburg Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce
217 Healdsburg Avenue

Healdsburg, CA 95448

Phone: (707) 433-6935 or 1-800-648-9922 (CA Only)

Chamber Hours: Monday- Friday, 9am - 5pm; Saturday- Sunday, Closed

Visit their website to get all kinds of information about visiting and living in Healdsburg including an Event Calendar.

Visitors Bureau Hours: Monday- Friday, 10am - 4pm; Saturday- Sunday, 10am - 3pm

24-hour Walk-up Visitor Information Center

Email: info@healdsburg.com For additional information, visit http://www.healdsburg.com

  Sonoma County Tourism
3637 Westwind Blvd.

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: 800-576-6662 / 707-522-5800

E-mail: info@sonomacounty.com

Contact them to get a free Visitors Guide that covers the county-wide region. For additional information, visit http://www.sonomacounty.com/

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.

Suggested Reading List


Healdsburg (CA) (Images of America) (Images of America)


Author: The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society


Description: The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society has assembled a pictorial history of a remarkable place that celebrates its 150th birthday in 2007. Healdsburg's elegant homes, municipal concerts, water carnivals, social scene, and the plaza's arboreal redesign are all depicted here, along with the burgeoning wine industry. The wineries were severely impacted by the Prohibition era, but today they are the leading economic force in the region.



Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma


Author: Tilar Mazzeo (Author), Paul Hawley (Photographer)


Description: Many wineries in Sonoma are large retail operations offering wines that you can buy just as readily on the shelves of your local store. The small, back-lane wineries are the places that the critics, industry professionals, and locals revere but that few visitors ever see. These are wineries run by the same people who grow the grapes and make the wines. This is a guide to wineries where you can find excellent handcrafted wines made by on-site proprietors, often with only a local distribution and limited production, places where wine tasting gets down-to-earth.



Foghorn Outdoors Northern California Biking: 150 of the Best Road and Trail Rides


Author: Ann Marie Brown


Description: Foghorn Outdoors: Northern California Biking lists 150 of the most scenic routes in regions such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Mendocino, Wine Country, Tahoe, Yosemite, and Big Sur. It includes rides for mountain bikers, road cyclists, and recreational riders of all abilities. Each route is rated for level of difficulty, terrain, mileage, estimated riding time, and elevation gain and every ride description includes a route map, elevation profile, and a black & white photo. Mile-by-mile route details include where to stop for water, groceries, cafes, picnics, parks, short hikes, historic sites, and more.





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