Bike riding: fun. Wine tasting: fun. Combining both: really fun! Make it a 6-mile (round-trip) afternoon of biking and wine-tasting and redwood forests, starting in downtown Guerneville.
Pedal across the pedestrian and bike bridge adjacent to Riverkeeper Stewardship Park, stopping to take a look for salmon and to enjoy the views surrounding the Russian River. After crossing the bridge, head up the hill on your left and make your way onto Gravenstein Highway (Hwy. 116), which you’ll bike for a quarter mile to the Mays Canyon Road. This tranquil road is a marvel for the ancient redwoods lining the roadside.
The ride culminates in a climb (which may need to be walked) to Porter-Bass Winery; its 17 acres produces delicious sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, zinfandel, and pinot noir. Return the way you came.
Back in downtown Guerneville, roll up to Equality Vines Tasting Room. The tasting room has a range of wines from various vineyards. A portion of proceeds go to organizations committed to equal rights. Ride on!
BONUS EATS: Get a fresh sandwich and other delicious provisions at Big Bottom Market, home of the biscuit chosen by Oprah as one of her favorite things. Downtown Guerneville does not have a bike rental location so bring your own or rent bikes from another location. Porter-Bass requires a reservation for wine tasting and costs $15 per person unless you make a wine purchase. Equality Vines is open Thursday through Sunday.