Clean Getaways

by Sarah Tuff

CYCLING THROUGH WINE COUNTRY

Leave from: Portland

The jaunt: Oaky or minerally, fruity or peppery? Whatever. Wine just tastes perfect after biking through undulating, vine-filled valleys—especially when you haven't splurged on a plane ticket to Europe for the pleasure. Thanks to Bicycle Adventures' four-day trip, Portlanders can hop in a van to the nearby town of Lafayette to begin pedaling through the Willamette Valley, with the daily mileage tailored to your ability (usually between 15 and 40 miles per day). That leaves plenty of time for lingering at a dozen vineyards (including the acclaimed Willakenzie Estate), trying chocolate truffles at a monastery, and poking through small-town boutiques. And don't worry about your luggage: Instead of inn-hopping or camping, Bicycle Adventures arranges for guests to spend all three nights at the same B&B.

Your chariots: A 90-minute van ride from downtown Portland and a custom-made Rocky Mountain road bike

Check into: The Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn's seven rooms look out onto 17 acres of pinot noir vines.

Bicycle Adventures
Tel: 800 443 6060
$2,090 per person, including three nights' lodging, bike, and all meals

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