Our group of 10 friends all raved about our Edna Valley half day bike tour through Edna Valley. With perfect weather to accompany us, Central Coast Outdoors provided the perfect day of great hybrid bikes, helmets, safety, winery recommendations and delicious gourmet lunch.
With a 9am pick up at our hotel in San Luis Obispo, John and Mandy brought us out to Baileyana/Tangent to start our 10 mile loop. We could have ridden longer and set our route, but being the first time, and not being avid cyclists, we thought it best to be conservative. However, at the end, we would have loved to go on and on.
April in wine country revealed lots of green rolling hills, budding grapevines and gorgeous wildflowers. It was peaceful and easy to feel like you were not in California anymore. Our first stop was Chamisal, with wonderful pinot noirs (and heavy pours!) We were sure enjoying the pinots, and it helped loosen us up for the next leg of our ride. After some nice, gradual (easy) hills we rode over to Kynsi, where we enjoyed the perfect weather, sipped a great variety of wines and relaxed at the picnic table. Kynsi is most notably known for their pinot noirs and syrahs, but we liked a cuvee they currently have called “Hutash.” Third stop was Saucelito Canyon, where we really liked the tempranillo and several zins. Lastly, back over to Baileyana for lunch and our last wines to taste.
The lunch that Central Coast Outdoors provided was excellent, with smoked salmon and turkey, homemade tabouleh, an exceptionally good pear,walnut and gorganzola salad. For dessert – Brown Butter Cookies! Simply delicious!
All of us agreed that the value for this trip ($79) was really great. John and Mandy were attentive and thorough in providing every last detail, including leg straps for long pants, map cases on the handlebars, gel seat covers if you wanted them, and tips to make it a perfect day. They really get it. Call John over at Central Coast Outdoors. Tell him Diane Ghilardi sent you. He’s already helping us plan our next one! www.centralcoastoutdoors.com.