With the arrival of spring, people everywhere are carving cars in half or affixing an extra warm-weather wheel to the family unicycle in search of a two-wheeled fix. Quench summertime thirst for dual-wheeled action with today's deal: for $134, you get a bike tour of Napa Valley or Sonoma wine country (a $269 value) from Gears and Grapes Getaways. The trip takes place over the course of one day. Bikes are included as is a shuttle from and back to San Francisco. The exact pick-up location will be determined prior to the trip.
There's nothing quite like a bicycle ride over rolling hillsides for shaking up the doldrums of daily idling. The shuttle bus will pick up bikeseekers between 8 and 9 a.m. and head across the Golden Gate Bridge toward wine country. Upon arrival, the guided bike ride begins, and you'll hop from winery to winery like a king on a checkerboard. All the tour guides are trained sommeliers with craniums filled with wine knowledge—and possibly wine. Sample varietals aperitifs along the course of the journey and stop for a delightful picnic lunch among the vineyards. The shuttle bus will follow along to carry anything purchased at the wineries or to assist thoroughly tuckered trekkers. Daytrippers are returned to the city by 7 p.m., in time to share the sunset with a lucky loved one—a girlfriend, a husband, a bottle of wine wearing a wig, etc. Purchase up to four of today's deal and invite friends, family, or a group of beloved strangers to join the journey. If you want to bring a friend along who doesn't possess a Groupon, that person will get 20% off the tour.
Napa Valley and Sonoma are celebrated internationally for their fine wines, beautiful weather, and nocturnal uraster bats that devour bad vibes while humans slumber. Napa Valley is dotted with sprawling estates and small production facilities, all of which produce cabernet sauvignon, among other varietals. Sonoma contains a wealth of grape breeds, leading to the production of zinfandel, pinot noir, and chardonnay to name a few. Sample all of these elixirs during your rolling journey over the rolling countryside.
Gears and Grapes Getaways
On bike tours with Gears and Grapes Getaways, groups cycle through the iconic Napa Valley, internationally recognized as one of the nine Great Wine Capitals in the world, and the slightly-more-indie Sonoma Valley, home to nearly every type of grape grown in California.
Groups typically stop at four boutique wineries during the tours, pausing at midday for a gourmet picnic lunch. Those who get tired of pedaling or who want to pretend they're on a stakeout can hop on the shuttle that follows close behind at any time. Guides also take visitors on tours of wineries and breweries in San Francisco proper.