MikeL's Guide to WA Wineries
Washington State is fairly large (about 240 miles tall, by 310 miles
wide), so it'd be pretty tough to bicycle to all the wineries!
However, there are a few congregations of wineries that make for
reasonable bike tours.
West of the Cascade Mountains
- From downtown Seattle, a bicycle (or even walking!) trip can be made
to Bainbridge Island Winery.
(I'm not aware of any place to rent bicycles downtown, though I
haven't really looked -- just walk this one).
- Also from downtown Seattle, it is a short and easy bus ride to
Green Lake, where bicycles can be rented. From there, it's a mostly
flat, approximately 14 mile ride to the
wineries. There's quite a few within a few mile area.
Take the Metro #26 bus from downtown Seattle (goes up 4th, past the
Seattle Public Library). Get off at the northernmost end (Woodlawn
Ave. NE and NE Ravenna Blvd).
Gregg's GreenLake Cycle
right where you get off has rental bikes. Ask them for directions to
the Burke Gilman trail, eastbound.
Overall route map, Seattle end of route (detail
East of the Cascade Mountains
- The San Juan
Islands are renowned for being a lovely place to bicycle.
This is entirely true, though there are only a few wineries
It would take a hearty soul to bicycle from the Seattle area to the
Eastern WA wineries -- the nearest is about 140 miles, and there's
several mountain passes to cross. You're starting at sea level and
Snoqualmie pass is over 3000', then down to a valley floor in the
1000' range, and back up Manastash Ridge to the tune of about 2800'.
You have four choices to get from the Seattle area to eastern WA:
- Greyhound bus, which I
would not recommend as it stops at every little town on the way
thus taking the entire day. The downtown Seattle depot is at the
corner of 8th and Stewart.
- A better alternative would be by train.
Take Amtrak from Jackson
St. (adjacent to Kingdome) in downtown Seattle -- to Pasco
(Tri-Cities). I've not done this myself, it sounds like fun!
- Rent a car or van. Due to the slowness and inconvenience of the
other choices, I'd recommend this, even if you use it solely to
transport bicycles to the eastern WA winegrowing areas.
- Fly. You can catch a "Suburban Airporter" or Metro bus from most
anywhere around Seattle to Sea-Tac International airport.
Horizon Air has flights to
Yakima, Pasco (Tri-Cities), Spokane and Walla Walla.
The Yakima Valley
is about 70 miles across and the wineries are spread out fairly widely
across it. However, there are clusters of wineries that wold make for
some decent rides.
has many wonderful wineries, though if you're bicycling from
Pasco, it's about a 60 mile ride.
also has quite a few wonderful wineries, but if you're starting on
a bicycle from Pasco, it's about 30 miles.
has several wineries, though I dare say not enough to make the
trip worthwhile on it's own.
wineries are all within about 20 miles, with the city right smack
in the middle of them.
wineries are spread out over about 20 miles. Most of the terrain
is fairly flat, and there are several clusters of wineries within
that area. This would make for some nice rides.
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