6 Day Inn Tour
Meet: Santa Barbara, CA
Terrain: Rolling hills with a couple longer climbs.
Includes: 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 picnic and sack lunches, 4 dinners, snacks, park entrance fees, cue sheets, van support and trained guides.
Travel Arrangements: Fly in and out of the Santa Barbara, CA airport. Then take a commercial shuttle or taxi to our starting hotel. Or take the train and walk to our hotel. WomanTours will provide a complimentary shuttle back to the airport by 3:00pm or train station by 3:30pm at the end of the tour. Or drive and leave your car at our starting hotel.
Rental Bike: $175
Tour Lodging (subject to change):
Come for the wonderful cycling in the town that the League of American Bicyclists bestowed with its “Silver Bicycle Friendly Community” award. Or come for the weather in this Mediterranean-like climate nestled between the coastal Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Or for the food if you prefer organic, locally grown fare. Or for the wine if you saw the movie Sideways. It made the Santa Ynez Valley wine region famous. You’ve asked us for more California tours, and we’re listening.
Unpack your bags only twice and explore this beautiful area by bike with us.
DAY 1: We’ll stay downtown and across the street from the ocean and the bike path in Santa Barbara. Unpack your bags as we’ll be here 3 nights. If you arrive early, take the trolley up State Street to browse the shops, walk the sandy beach or swim in the hotel’s pool. We’ll have an optional rental bike fitting at 3:00pm, an orientation at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After breakfast, we’ll start our cycling on one of the many bike lanes that line the streets of this city. We begin to ascend quickly as we head away from the coast, into the foothills and along quiet, winding Mountain Drive. We’ll have the road to ourselves as we marvel at the beautiful vistas of the city below, the ocean beyond, and Channel Islands rising in the distance.
Then it’s down to the beach town of Carpinteria, named by the Spaniards for the Chumash Indians who lived and made their oceangoing canoes there. A bike path along the ocean will take us back into Santa Barbara. 41 miles.
DAY 3: Today, we head south along the coast, over Casitas Pass and by fields and greenhouses full of flowers and avocado trees. We’ll stop in Ojai for a picnic lunch and then a wonderful bike path will take us into Ventura. From there, we’ll board the train with our bicycles for a relaxing trip along the coast back to Santa Barbara. 49 miles.
DAY 4: We parallel the coast today by cycling on bike paths and bike lanes north through the beautiful residential district of Hope Ranch and then to Goleta Beach State
Park. Then it’s onto the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. You’ll need to follow the cues carefully, as there are bike paths everywhere. Everyone is on a bicycle on this college campus, and parking lots are full of bikes – not cars. It’s exhilarating.
Afterwards, take a minute to stop at the Ellwood Monarch Butterfly Preserve to walk among the eucalyptus trees and spot the butterflies that winter here. Then continue on to Refugio State Beach Park for a picnic lunch and a chance to play in the waves before we shuttle the rest of the way to our overnight in Solvang.
Solvang was founded by the Danish in 1911 and has worked hard since then to keep its old world charm. There are probably more bakeries here than in any other town its size. You’ll have time to sample some of them as we’re here for the next two nights. 29 – 36 miles.
DAY 5: Today’s ride is completely different, but just as beautiful as what you’ve come to expect. Instead of ocean, we now bike past gently rolling hillsides covered in vineyards, ranch land dotted with black Valley Oak trees, and steep ravines cut by creeks.
We’ll bike into Foxen Canyon and down through Alisos Canyon and then finish after a picnic lunch with a beautiful quiet ride through Drum Canyon. The region is full of some of California’s famous world class wineries. Once back in Solvang, we’ll enjoy our last dinner together. 46 miles.
DAY 6: We complete our tour with one last ride around the Santa Ynez Valley and through Ballard and Happy Canyons. We’ll pass lavender farms and apple orchards before ending with a picnic lunch back at our hotel. Then we’ll say our good-byes and shuttle you back to the airport by 3:00pm or train station by 3:30pm. 26 – 33 miles.