Our Favorite New Cycling Base Camps
Think hotels with bike washing stations and retreats with spin classes, all located near miles of empty singletrack
If you’re a cyclist, finding somewhere to stay can sometimes be tricky. Is there a secure place to store your bike? Can you wash the mud off your frame after a ride? Will you feel weird walking through the lobby in spandex? At these hotels, lodges, and cabins near great singletrack and scenic road routes, cyclists aren’t just tolerated—they’re welcomed.
Natural State Rock and Republic
This isn’t so much just a place for people who ride bikes to sleep but a holistic retreat center for cyclists looking to up their game. Natural State Rock and Republic, which opened earlier this year, is owned and operated by Ernie and Scotti Lechuga, a husband-and-wife duo who are both former UCI Pro Road cyclists and long-distance bikepackers. A stay at this 6.5-acre property gives you access to pre-reserved guided rides, rental gear, and a cycling studio with coaching, spin classes, and bike fitting (from $85).
Oakridge is becoming well known for its mountain biking: miles upon miles of singletrack and organized shuttles to the top of whirlwind downhill and cross-country trails, like the 15-mile Alpine trail or the five-mile Dead Mountain flow trail. Post up at Ruby’s Cabin (from $110), where your friendly host and landowner Jay has hand-carved a bike rack out of a log and offers trail beta on the best local rides. Sleep in the lofted cabin, pitch a tent, or park a van on the sprawling lawn. An outdoor kitchen and fire pit come fully stocked.
Former Tour de France rider turned champion gravel grinder Peter Stetina has partnered with Healdsburg’s H2Hotel (from $339), as well as its sister properties Harmon Guest House and Hotel Healdsburg. The program will offer guests tailored cycling outings around California’s wine country, with help from a loaner Garmin GPS device preloaded with local routes. You can also sign up for a private guided ride with Stetina that helps raise funds for a local community stewardship organization. Rent a bike from Spoke Folk Cyclery up the road, or bring your own and the hotel will help you store it when you’re not riding. Free cruiser bikes are on offer from the hotel to zip around town.
Burke Bike Barn
East Burke, Vermont
The Kingdom Trails, in Vermont’s magical Northeast Kingdom, offer more than 100 miles of singletrack on nearly 100 different private parcels of land. Stay trailside at the Burke Bike Barn (from $140), a vacation rental property in an 1840s-era timber-frame barn that’s been converted into country-style lodging. The barn has two units: one with two bedrooms and the other with three. The neighboring farmhouse has two three-bedroom units, perfect for a family or group of friends. The best amenity for mountain bikers? The trails are out your front door.
Sedona Reál Inn & Suites
What’s not to love about a hotel that offers discounted rates to bikers and hikers? That’s the case at the Sedona Reál Inn (from $139), which currently has a biker special of 20 percent off for stays of two nights or longer. This dog-friendly hotel in downtown Sedona has a bike washing and tuning station, outdoor grills for barbecuing, and a pool for plunging into after a hot ride. World-class trails through red-rock desert are accessible from the hotel. If you’re not sure where to ride, join a guided ride with Hermosa Tours, or ask the front desk staff at the hotel to point you in the right direction.
Elk Mountain Lodge
Crested Butte, Colorado
The Elk Mountain Lodge (from $229) in downtown Crested Butte is a great base camp for mountain bikers and road cyclists. You’ll get a free hot breakfast before you head out and a full bar on the deck when you’re done with your ride. The lodge is located just a block off Crested Butte’s main drag and has secure bike storage, a tire pump and washing station, freebie town bikes, maps to local trails, and a front desk staff who ride just as much as you do.
Foodies and nature lovers come to splurge at Blackberry Farm (from $895), a bucolic luxury resort in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee, for the farm-to-table dining and expansive 4,200 acres of pastoral land. But cyclists will love this place, too: Guided road bike rides, private mountain bike trails, and cycling workshops and retreats are all available here. Stay in hotel rooms, cottages, or larger standalone houses, and sign up for farm tours and cooking classes between rides.