I have been in summer vacation planning, pitching, taking and sharing mode. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share some of my favorite ideas for Washington travel. With a rainy forecast for Seattle this weekend, how about a trip over the mountains? The sun will be shining in Cascade Valley Wine Country, and what better way to wine taste than by bike?
Bring your wheels or rent a bike in Leavenworth, Wenatchee or Chelan to explore the scenic byways and delicious vintages. Some routes popular with locals include:
- Leavenworth Loop. Travel backroads to Icicle Ridge Winery to taste in the gorgeous log home. Once refreshed, continue on the Chumstick Highway to Eagle Creek Road and taste at the tranquil setting of Eagle Creek Winery before heading back to Leavenworth and toasting the 16 mile round trip jaunt at one of many tasting rooms downtown.
- Apple Capital Loop. Cyclists of all levels can explore Wenatchee’s Apple Loop trail, which loops the Columbia River 10 miles. Along the way stop at Pybus Market to taste at Jones of Washington’s Tasting Room. Enjoy lunch at a variety of restaurants or grab farmers market fare for a picnic. Pedal a few blocks to Wenatchee Avenue to taste at Stemilt Creek Winery and The Chamber Tasting room. And you won’t want to miss Chateau Faire Le Ponte Winery in the old train depot, just a short half mile detour from the trail at Confluence State Park.
- In Lake Chelan leave the planning (and work) to the experts with a Lake Chelan Electric Bike Tour. Expert guides lead wine tasting tours to top tasting spots complete with local history and trivia. The Path Less Traveled Tour and Twilight Tours are also popular.
Cascade Valley Wine Country represents the wineries and tasting rooms of Chelan County, including Lake Chelan, Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Situated in North Central Washington among its namesake mountain range, Cascade Valley Wine Country includes two American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) three distinctive vacation destinations and 65 wineries in a 40-mile radius. The region’s terrain varies from mountains to valleys, lakes to rivers, and forests, providing a world-class wine growing region with endless opportunities for scenic vistas and outdoor adventure. For more visitor information and a calendar of tasting events visit www.cascadevalleywinecountry.com. Connect on Twitter @CVWCWines or Facebook at facebook.com/cvwc.wines.