By Stephanie Davis Smith| July 5, 2018 |
Turn Sunday Funday into a culinary biking adventure with three new luxury tours from East End Bikes, now entering its fourth season.
At first, a triumph-of-will thing comes up when you contemplate straddling a bike for a four- or six-hour excursion around the North Fork. But then you realize it’s a “luxury” bike tour on hybrid bikes. With alcohol. And a gourmet lunch. There’s also the novelty of trying a tandem bike for those Instagrammable moments. Then it all seems like an easy decision—yes, do it. But first, choose which of these new excursions from East End Bike Tours feels most like you.
FOR THE BUDDING VAN GOGH Try the brand-new Bike Paint n Sip Tour ($149 per person, five hours, 14 miles), in which up to six guests cycle to the beach, taste some olive oil and vinegars set up on a pretty table, and take a private painting lesson on beautiful wooden easels arranged on the beach. You’ll spend about an hour interpreting the waves on canvas with an art teacher’s help, then get back on the bikes and cycle to a vineyard for wine tastings and lunch on the property before pedaling back through the sweeping landscape.
FOR THE OENOPHILE The outfit’s North Fork Experience Tour ($198 per person, five hours, 13.5 miles) is also original this year and features stops to pick apples at an orchard or berries on a farm (depending on the season). There’s also a vineyard stop for wine tastings and breaks at the beach for chilled water and a short walk along the sand before enjoying an oil- and fine-vinegar-tasting setup. Afterward, cyclists head to a local farm stand for more fruit, pies, veggies and jams. The Brewery n Vineyard Tour ($198 per person, five hours, 13.5 miles) was inspired by beer enthusiasts who felt they were missing the suds during the regular vineyard tour. East End Bikes obliged and now offers a special excursion with a stop at one local brewery as well as the regular vineyard stop. Almost every other element is the same as the tour above.
Once you’ve figured out which tour suits your interests, you’ll see they all have several things in common—an intimate vibe, a flat terrain that’s easy to navigate and a support vehicle that cycles along the way carrying supplies and extras, as well as a dedicated staff tending to your needs and sharing the history of the area. It’s a chance to bond with like-minded strangers and commit to putting yourself out there and enjoying a relaxing bike ride while observing the beach, the water and the quiet surroundings. Some say it gives you perspective and rejuvenates the mind and body. We agree.