Make your way to the charming town of Healdsburg. If you have scheduled to arrive by 4pm today, your welcome briefing will take place at your accommodation this evening.
In the heart of Northern Sonoma lies Healdsburg and at the heart of Healdsburg lies Healdsburg Plaza, an old-fashioned square where you'll find fashionable boutiques, art galleries, spas, and hip tasting rooms. In the immediate vicinity, are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. You'll find both locals and tourists enjoying this quaint wine town.
Read through your ride options over breakfast this morning. If you're here for wine, then head north onto the Dry Creek Valley route - the shorter option with gentle, vineyard-covered hills and plenty of opportunity to stop and taste. For a longer, flatter ride, go south and explore the Russian River Valley where you'll still pass a number of vineyards, but it will be quieter than the northern route. Wine tasting in Northern Sonoma is far more affordable than in the Napa Valley, so we encourage wine lovers to take advantage today! Overnight Healdsburg.
The ride today offers more opportunities for wine tasting as you roll through Alexander Valley and Knight's Valley, but it also takes you through the western ridge of the Mayacamas Mountains - A region known for the health benefits of its mineral-rich volcanic soils and mineral pools. A climb today takes you up and out of the Franz Valley before a fun ride takes you down into Calistoga. Opt for a short detour to the 'Old Faithful of California' before settling into your accommodation and potentially enjoying one of the therapeutic geothermal mud baths for which Calistoga is famous.
There are so many options today for the discerning connoisseur. The direct route from Calistoga to Napa is approximately 50km, but you are likely to get sidetracked with all of the amazing wineries in the region. The main route is via the Silverado Trail, which is not actually a trail but a wide paved shoulder on a road that takes you directly to Napa with endless wineries along the way. The route was originally a wagon trail which linked mountain mines to San Francisco Bay. With the development of the wine industry, the Silverado Trail became an important trade route replete with stagecoaches and highway robbers, including the 'gentleman bandit', Black Bart. It is now the main route for wine touring through Napa Valley. Overnight Napa.
Choose from two loop options from your base in Napa today. A favourite for the locals is a climb up Mt. Veeder where traffic is light, forests shade the way, and the views are spectacular. Or, make your way to the neighbouring town of Sonoma along a quiet, rolling route through Los Carneros district famous for its chateau and for wineries offering outstanding, sweeping vistas. Return to Napa for your final night.
Services end after breakfast.