With on-call mechanics, high-energy meals, and leg massages, boutique bike hotels turn cycling into a destination sport on par with skiing
Run of the River Inn and Refuge, Leavenworth, Washington
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Owners Monty and Karen Turner took six months off from operating their rustic seven-room lodge on the Icicle River to tour the world on a tandem; then they returned and wrote a guide to the rides in the Icicle Valley and surrounding Wenatchee National Forest. Handcrafted log furniture, Jacuzzis, private decks with wilderness views, and Specialized mountain bikes come with every room. Doubles, $205–$425; 800-288-6491, www.runoftheriver.com ‡Signature Ride: Take a three-mile spin from the inn to the 14-mile Freund Canyon Trail, which starts off with a 1,400-foot ascent up hardpack singletrack. ‡The Bike: The nearby Das Rad Haus bike shop rolls out hardtails and full-suspension rides. $30–$40 per day; 509-548-5615
Gonzo Inn, Moab, Utah
With a 24-hour espresso bar and a tool-equipped wash- and workstation in the parking lot, this 43-room Spanish-style hotel in downtown Moab is the ideal resting place for slickrock pilgrims. Every suite in this comfortable compound comes with a refrigerator for storing postride brews. Doubles, $179; 800-791-4044, www.gonzoinn.com ‡Signature Ride: The Amasa Back Trail, five miles from town, lacks the cachet of the Slickrock Trail but offers a technical, 5.5-mile doubletrack climb up slickrock domes and over rock shelves. Up top you get a great view of the La Sal Mountains before descending on exposed singletrack back to the valley. ‡The Bike: Chile Pepper Bikes rents hardcore mountain rigs like the Cannondale Prophet and Santa Cruz Nomad for $40–$75 per day. 888-677-4688, www.chilebikes.com
Tamworth Inn, Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire
Innkeepers Bob and Virginia Schrader are more than just bike fans—she’s a veteran triathlete, and they both ride centuries. That’s why their 16-bedroom country inn, set on the banks of the Swift River in the White Mountains, is set up for bike geeks, with a small workshop in a massive barn where you can also store your bikes, two on-site restaurants that offer eats like Maine rock shrimp ravioli, and cozy New England–chic rooms. Doubles, $120–$300; 800-642-7352, www.tamworth.com ‡Signature Ride: Try the 28-mile roadie loop to Sandwich, then cool down with a swim in Potholes, a legendary spot on the Cold River. ‡The Bike: The inn offers Trek hybrids for $25 per day. Bob & Terry’s Ski & Sport Outlet, in nearby North Conway, rents Trek 4500 mountain bikes for $25 per day. 603-356-3133
Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, California
Wine lovers from around the world pilgrimage to Napa, but the Mayacama Mountains, which ring the valley, and the year-round mild weather draw cycling fanatics. The ranch’s 46 freestanding suites, on 157 acres of private land in a secluded canyon, provide a world-class hub for road and mountain riding right out the door. Each suite offers high-ceilinged space, minimalist decor, and a deck with an outdoor fireplace. Loosen your pistons at the Bathhouse spa, or call in a private massage therapist. Doubles, $475–$1,225; 707-254-2800, www.calistogaranch.com ‡Signature Ride: For a tough 70-miler, hit the asphalt at the ranch, pedaling past vineyards on the extra-wide shoulder of Silverado Trail. Then head toward Lake Berryessa to take in Ink Grade, a six-mile climb that crests on a ridge separating the Napa and Pope valleys. Loop back on the Silverado Trail. ‡The Bike: Calistoga Bike Shop provides free hybrid loaners to ranch guests and can deliver rentals like Bianchi Brava road bikes ($40 per day) to your door. 866-942-2453, www.calistogabikeshop.com.