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Pedal through the Petals: Three Scenic Bike Rides through Wine Country

It’s summer. The weather is warm, the hills are green, and the flowers are in full bloom. Wine country is beautiful in every season, but especially on the cusp of summer. What better way to get outside and take in the gorgeous scenery than on a bike ride?

(All these trails are relatively flat, so they are perfect for all fitness and skill levels.)

Napa Valley Vine Trail

On the Napa Valley Vine Trail, start your journey in downtown Napa and take it all the way to Yountville. You’ll cycle past rolling green hills, beautiful vineyards, and wildflowers. If you’re lucky you might even see the Napa Valley Wine Train pass by. Stop for lunch or grab a coffee at Southside Café and relax in Yountville Park before heading back. The journey is about 12 miles each way.

Alexander Valley Loop

Pedal through the Petals_Vine TrailTake in the stunning views of Alexander Valley on this trail. Starting in Healdsburg, the trail will take you through Lyton, Jimtown, Geyserville, and back to Healdsburg. You’ll pass by stretches of vineyards and wineries. On your way, stop for lunch at the popular Jimtown Store or in the cute town of Geyserville. The ride is 25 miles.

West County Regional Trail

The scenic West County Regional Trail stretches 5.5 miles from Sebastopol to Forestville. This paved path will take you past gorgeous views of farmland and vineyards. It’s a lovely shorter ride to get outside and enjoy the Sonoma scenery.

Summer Young is a senior at Sonoma State University pursuing a Bachelor’s in English. When she’s not in class, you can find her drinking coffee and exploring the world or on instagram @_justaseason_.

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