One of the coolest things about staying at Madrona Manor is that the inn is ideally located in the heart of wine country – a short drive from so many different and equally stunning Sonoma County landscapes. The picturesque vineyards, the majestic ancient redwoods and even the Pacific Ocean…
are all minutes away in a car. And while driving through Sonoma County is a fun way to see the area, there is nothing like slowing it all down and taking it in while riding a bike. All your senses are heightened when you are cycling – you feel the sun on your back, smell vineyards and flowers and see so many of the details often missed while zipping by in a car going 45 miles an hour.
Right outside Madrona Manor‘s gates and traveling north is one of our favorite biking routes – Dry Creek Valley. The vineyards are breathtaking and great for biking year round. Winter brings bright yellow mustard grass and cooler temperatures, spring offers glorious blooming, well, EVERYTHING, summer has idyllic weather and finally fall has that crisp air and gorgeous red, orange and yellow leaves. Of course the main draw to the area would be the wineries, but one doesn’t have to drink to appreciate the sheer beauty of this area.
Lunch can be found at the charming Dry Creek General Store featuring locally sourced gourmet foods and hand crafted items. For a real throwback to the area’s Wild West origins, check out their attached saloon! Fun fact: this gem of market was opened in 1881, the same year Madrona Manor was built. Biking a bit further up Dry Creek will take you to stunning Lake Sonoma where one feels like they have been teleported to Italy with its cobalt blue waters and rolling hills.
Cycling south from Madrona Manor will take you along the many vineyards of Westside Road and through the Russian River Area. Westside Road is a fun and windy road full of family run wineries and shady oak trees.
The landscape and the climate quickly change on this route from the sunny vineyards to the cool ancient redwoods. Perfect for hot summer days. Along the way you will find the ancient Armstrong Redwoods where you will see trees over 1300 years old!
The little town of Guerneville is a perfect rest stop with great places for lunch such as Big Bottom Market - featuring outstanding farm to table fare, and Seaside Metal – featuring fresh locally caught seafood and a raw bar.
About 20 more minutes past the quaint town of Guerneville, the landscape changes once again- this time opening up to the expansive golden hillsides and farms of the Sonoma Coast. Do you remember those commercials about “happy cows”? Well here they are! And sheep and goats and lots of cute little pigs.
Next thing you know you see the infinite blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. You can visit the seals at Goat Rock Beach in Jenner or cycle down to Bodega Bay where Alfred Hitchcock’s ” The Birds” was filmed.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all you can see and do while cycling near Madrona Manor. For more in depth information about biking in Sonoma County check out Sonoma County Bike Coalition. We invite you grab a bike and really explore the area up close and personal. Find the next “best kept secret” or favorite hidden picnic spot. Madrona Manor concierges will be happy to help you rent bikes and map routes for you while you stay with us or you can take advantage of our Cycle Dry Creek package that includes all you will need for a fantastic bike trip! Happy riding!
(707) 433-1542 ext. 111