Spring Break: Ride Napa

Feb 11, 2010
Outside Magazine
St. Helena, Napa Valley

St. Helena, Napa Valley

Scenario: Early Spring
Winter means rain in the Bay Area. But even in El Niño years, spring arrives early. And what an arrival it is—especially in Napa, the place to go for a spring break featuring green hillsides, rolling roads, fine libations, and no cheap tequila. Start in Yountville and stay at Bardessono (doubles from $300; bar­de­s­sono.com), a new, stylish hotel with easy access to the area's vineyards. Then set out for a gentle 14-mile ride (daylong rentals, $35 at Napa Valley Bike Tours; napavalleybiketours.com) through the Stags Leap district, home of Malk and Pine Ridge, makers of wine country's best cabernet sauvignon. Next up is Mount Veeder, a 36-mile loop that climbs 1,500 feet to valleywide vistas. Recovery: After soaking in Bardessono's spa, walk to any of the multiple celeb-chef-run restaurants nearby. Try Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc for succulent fried chicken (adhoc­restaurant.com).

Filed To: Biking, Culinary, California