I decided to sign up for a bike ride that the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa offered. It was incredible! Our tour guide Dan Cortright was there waiting for us at 8, in the lobby. I had woken up early and had the opportunity to have a light breakfast at the restaurant Sante .

I toyed with the idea of taking my camera, but riding a heavy bike, (I am use to mine and it is a light one as I do triathlons) and taking photos on the saddle is always challenging. But at the last minute I ran back to my room and I went for it though, thinking if I can do shoot in insane conditions while I was at the Tour de France then I can do it in Sonoma! I am so glad I did take it!

The ride in itself had 4 people, and it was way more challenging of a ride that I had expected, way more hills and longer ride that I thought it would be. I loved it.

Our guide Dan Cortright took us through Sonoma the town, the country back roads, the byways, the vines, vineyard, and told us about the historic house of General Vallejo’s home. He was fun and  had a lot of knowledge about wine, and history.

A wonderful way to discover and experience a incredibly Scenic Sonoma Valley .

I would say that as much as this ride say it is for both the novice and experienced riders, I would not recommend it for a novice. The tour was 20$ for 2 hours and was well worth it. Helmets, bikes and water was provided to us. I would suggest to register in advance though as one day it was full when I wanted to register.

http://www.fairmont.com/sonoma/willow-stream/fitness/outdoor/