Neighborly wineries, pancake-flat roads, and temperate fall days make Livermore the place to take a leisurely bike ride. Bring your own wheels or rent some in town and take a relaxed 10-mile (round-trip) pedal through a country landscape filled with fall foliage and plenty of wine vines. Start and finish at the southern entrance of Sycamore Grove and Veterans Park ($4 to park). This staging area is ideally located next to the Wente’s Vineyards tasting room (but save this treat until your return!). From there, it’s an easy 2.5-mile ride through the rust- and tawny-tinted sycamores. Keep an eye out for deer crossing the path. Pop out on Wetmore Road and make a right, staying on the car-free multi-use trail. Wetmore eventually comes to an end, but keep going along a multi-use path and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by grapes! Vineyard patchworks of green and terra-cotta line both sides of this paved trail. After a few turns, you’ll arrive at local favorite Retzlaff Estate Winery. Sip organically grown wines and kick back in Retzlaff’s large shady garden. Return the way you came and make your final stop at Wente. This granddaddy of Livermore wineries still retains an easy-going charm. The must-sip here is the tasting-room exclusive Livermore Valley Grenache, perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.
Park at the Veterans Park entrance on Arroyo Ave., across from Wente Vineyards. Bike 2.5 miles through Sycamore Grove and Veterans Park. Pop out onto Wetmore Rd., and turn right, staying on the multi-use trail. Wetmore Rd. ends at Arroyo Ave., but the multi-use trail continues through the vineyards. Stay on this for a little over 1 mile until it ends at Marina Ave. Turn right and go .25 mile. Turn left onto Wente St. and go .5 mile. Turn right onto Concannon Blvd. and go .25 mile. Reach South Livermore Ave. Cross the street, turn left, and go .25 mile to the sign for Retzlaff Estate Winery. Follow the dirt road to the winery. Return the way you came.