Dream Honeymoons: A Bicycle Built for Two
You met at the bike shop. Not the most romantic place for love at first site, but you adored the way she’d gotten the grease from her bike chain incongruously on her upper lip — as if she had a moustache. She liked how your muscular quads looked in bike shorts. (She didn’t tell you that right away, but later — when it mattered.) Naturally, your first date was a bike ride. Once you decided to get married, you had no doubt that a bucket list vacation on two wheels would be the plan. Then, the pandemic hit, and you trained at home on your Peloton. No offence to the trend but pedaling indoors didn’t quite measure up. Besides, you wanted to ride together. Luckily, a slew of companies and resorts understand your yearnings. They’re offering safe options for bike-loving couples to honeymoon worthy destinations. Here are a few New Orleans Bride suggests for consideration.
Ride & Seek offers a slew of heart-thumping, mind-activating trips around the world, each meant to unveil history, portray the culture of a region and to highlight local gastronomy. While you may have to wait for a further flung, European adventure, you can book the 15-day Appalachian — Maine to North Carolina trip for dates starting early next summer. From Amish farms to the Shenandoah Valley’s verdant mountains, plus characteristic New England towns and more, this epic adventure includes meals and cozy evenings in dreamy inns.
Scottsdale, with its desert sunsets and majestic Saguaro cacti, has been a lifetime lure for many. Choose the W Scottsdale , an urban retreat where you can relax in a one-bedroom, sixth-floor VIP Suite with bedazzling views. Delve into the hotel’s own Be-Spoke bike program, which supports outings on the city’s (and its environ’s) myriad paved biking trails. More than just free (and sanitized!) bikes, the Be-Spoke program provides custom itineraries and challenging Tour de Scottsdale routes arranged by the hotel fitness team. Exclusive to W Scottsdale, “Be-Spoke” ensures guests explore Scottsdale’s sights at their own speed with food-driven “Spin & Savor” restaurant routes, a “Bike & Hike” itinerary that takes guests to local hiking trails, and a “Wheel & Deal” bike route including discounts at local fitness studios for showing up on a Be-Spoke bike.
For an ambitious foray, join adrenaline-loving Eleven Experience, a paragon in the realms of experiential travel. They are pros at helping the timid achieve goals and the intrepid go beyond the frontiers of physical possibility. Designed to showcase famous and little-known routes on both mountains and paved roads in the Colorado (and in other locations, as diverse as Iceland and France), the company’s bike programs specialize in road cycling and single-track riding. Stay at the Scarp Ridge Lodge in pine-tree laden Gunnison (considered the birthplace of mountain biking), where down-to-earth guides take you on their favorite routes. Return to mountain luxury comforts and stellar cuisine at night. Then, gear up again in the morning, atop state-of-the-art equipment for high altitude thrills and chills.
Take advantage of Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa’s “Book Now and Save Promotion” before Jan. 29 for a stay before May 26 to receive 15 percent off your stay. Occupying 300 acres amid the gorgeous San Antonio Hill Country terrain, this all-encompassing resort has pools, restaurants, golf and a luxurious spa. A mecca amid nature, it offers abundant trials and pathways to explore on complimentary bicycles. To access the special promotion, visit the resort’s website at HyattRegencyHillCountry.com, enter your preferred stay dates, and click the “Book Now and Save” tab. Certain blackout dates apply including between March 11 and March 21, 2021, and between May 11 and May 13, 2021.
Grab you boots and ten-gallon hat for a stay at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, a luxury guest ranch. With a network of roads and trails for bike adventures, the retreat gives guests a mountain bike upon check-in for easy self-transport around the expanse, including between accommodations, the Granite Lodge, and the Rod & Gun Club . Touting the pleasure of cross-country mountain biking, the resort, part of the Relais & Chateaux family, supports guests on bike rides of all level in and around the ranchland. Also available, e-bikes and fat tire bikes add variety to spinning through the sagebrush flats and rocky hillsides. Be sure to claim a glamping cabin to up the ante during your tryst. Choose between log structures and sumptuous tents. There’s even a covered wagon.