Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

Sip and Cycle!

As the weather is progressively becoming warmer, how are you making the most of the sunshine? Luckily the gorgeous Pacific Northwest provides plenty of ways to enjoy the weather and take pleasure in the great outdoors. Whether you want to take a scenic hike or a bike ride through Washington wine country, the choices are boundless.

Classic San Juan Islands - Victoria Bike Tour

A handful of emeralds off Washington's north coast, Puget Sound's San Juan Islands sparkle with vistas of the Olympic Mountains, glimpses of whales at play, and soaring bald eagles but Bicycle Adventures's San Juan Islands - Victoria bike tour allows you to experience it all. This signature cycling expedition explores three of Washington's San Juan Islands—Orcas, San Juan and Lopez—then ferries over to Canada's magical Vancouver Island. This tour includes 5 days of cycling through small towns, such as La Connor, with the breathtaking Olympic Mountains as the backdrop while you travel through the San Juans. See why the League of American Bicyclists call it "the best and most popular place to bicycle in the United States."

Luxury Bike Inn to Inn Tour

TerraTrek offers their 'Best of the Best' Inn to Inn Vacation, which combines plenty of bicycling, hiking and a day to choose to go sea kayaking or whale watching. You can conquer all of these adventures while residing at the most luxurious inns available in the San Juan Islands and indulging in dinners at award winning restaurants. Route highlights include hiking through an old growth forest, to lakes and a waterfall in Moran State Park. Enjoy a panoramic view from the highest peak in the San Juan Islands, take cycling breaks at a lavender farm, Whale Watch Park, visit vineyards, go wine tasting, and then end your exciting day relaxing in a jetted tub. Tour lengths vary from 2-6 days.

Snoqualmie Falls & Woodinville Wine

Enjoy a half-day tour through Snoqualmie Falls and Woodinville Wine Country with EverGreen Escapes. Start the day off with a short drive across Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish up into the Cascade foothills to the region's self-named Mountains to Sound Greenway. The first stop is to visit one of Washington's most scenic attractions--Snoqualmie Falls. Here you will experience up-close and personal the 268' waterfall tumbling into the emerald canyon and discuss its cultural and economic significance. The surrounding area is overflowing with gorgeous mountain peaks, vast forests, lakes, rivers and streams therefore it is the perfect region to explore the outdoors. Travel in luxury European style Mercedes vans.

After experience the Falls, make your way to the Woodinville Wine Country via a historic farmland once renowned for its numerous dairy farms, including the world-famous Carnation Dairy. The fertile Snoqualmie River Valley still remains to be a highly productive farming community with many farms practicing organic and other sustainability efforts. Located 20 miles from Seattle, Woodinville wine region boasts nearly 100 wineries and tasting rooms, along with the vision of creating world class wine from the finest Washington vineyards. On this adventure you will visit two of Woodinville's most acclaimed wineries that showcase the variety of Washington State--Airfield Estates Winery and Hollywood Hill Vineyards.

Airfield Estates is owned by a fourth generation farming family and has been growing wine grapes in the Yakima Valley of Eastern Washington since 1968. Their intimate tasting room provides an excellent chance to taste Airfield's wines that have garnered high praise for its quality and value.

Enjoy European styled wines at Hollywood Hill, the only winery with an estate vineyard in Woodinville. This is a family-owned vineyard that produces 1,200 cases of Rhone-inspired Estate grown wines in their renovated garage and barn. Their commitment is to "produce small lots of elegant, balanced wines."

Bicycle Touring in Washington Wine Country

Cycle over rolling hills on scenic country roads in Washington Wine Country, where you will ride past fruit orchids in full bloom with acres of pink and white blossoms. As the sun shines in the warm weather, cycle past vineyards, peach, pear and apple trees as well as acres of hops. Choose from short, medium, or long bike rides as you stop and savor the wines of the Yakima Valley. From spectacular views to challenging climbs, the Yakima Valley has plenty of amenities to offer cycling enthusiasts. Bike through the valley while quenching your thirst with much needed refreshment in the forms of reds, whites and everything in between.

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