Carneros Bike Ride from Sonoma to the Napa River


Carneros Bike Ride

03.22.12

From the issue Wine Country Rides

Carneros Coaster

Ready to stop spinning your wheels with the same old routine in Sonoma and Napa? Shift gears by taking a leisurely 30-mile road bike ride that leaves right from Sonoma's downtown plaza and winds through the ideal bay climes of the Carneros region. Straddling Sonoma and Napa counties, the cool climate here is perfect for growing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes—and for cycling. Most of the route has very little traffic (except for a couple of busy highway crossings), rambling along oak-lined streets, passing mom-and-pop farms, and—of course—butting up to plenty of vineyards. Bright-yellow mustard adds a splash of color to the extra-green rolling hills. Pedal past family owned wineries like Homewood and larger operations like Domain Carneros and Acacia. The ride ends at Moore's Landing along the Napa River. Take a break on their patio overlooking the river and refuel with a ham-and-cheese omelet or a mushroom-and-Swiss specialty burger. Or just flip it for the return journey. Cool ride.

BONUS: Sonoma's Hopmonk Tavern (691 Broadway) has a grand selection of more than 50 beers with 16 on tap. If it's nice weather, a seat on the patio with a plate of mussels and garlic fries is the perfect wind-down.

From Sonoma's downtown plaza, head east on Napa St. to 2nd St. East. Turn right and go to MacArthur St. Turn left on MacArthur and go to 7th St. East. Turn right on 7th St. East and go to Denmark St. Turn left on Denmark and follow it past Gundlach Bundschu Winery. Cross Napa Rd. and continue on Burndale Rd. (a.k.a., Old Burndale Rd.) Turn right onto Burndale and follow the road 2.5 miles until it reaches Hwy. 121/12. Cross the highway and continue on for .25-mile to Acacia Ave. Make a left and follow Acacia Ave. for .5-mile. Make a right at Ramal Rd. and follow it 5.5 miles to Las Amigas Rd. Turn right on Las Amigas and follow it 2 miles to Cuttings Wharf Rd. Turn right on Cuttings Wharf Rd. and follow it 1 mile to Moore's Landing.

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