Take in autumn and the rolling vineyards on the “Dry Creek Ramble,” Bacchus Bicycle Tours’ one-day excursion through Dry Creek Valley. Participants join two guides in Healdsburg for a pedal-pumping journey through three to four wineries. The package is a splurge at $139 (for an extra $30, they’ll pick you up in San Francisco), but it includes tastings of the Valley’s famed reds, plus a gourmet picnic lunch and a trailing van to carry purchases (or tired bodies). The 15- to 20-mile outings are offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the rest of this month only (but private tours continue year-round). Bottoms up!
Bacchus Bicycle Tours (415-615-BIKE) Bring your own bike, get 10% off.
ALTERNATIVE: Prefer to set out on your own? Pedal to the top of Mount St. Helena, which rises more than 4,300 feet above the vines. A 10-mile out-and-back with a 2,000-foot climb, this dirt road offers an odyssey (and view) you’ll never forget.
Directions: From the junction of Highways 128 and 29 in Calistoga, drive 8.7 miles north on Highway 29 to the parking areas at the highway’s summit. The gated trailhead is on the west side of the highway. At 3/4 mile, go left at the fork. Go straight at the turn-off for South Peak. At 5 miles, reach the peak of Mount St. Helena, elevation 4,343 feet.