My friend, Sara Petyk, runs a cool company called Your Active City that does walking and biking tours in the Pittsburgh area.. This fall, right in time for the brilliant gold, red and orange leaves, she’s conducting a fabulous bike tour of the Great Allegheny Passage, in Southwest PA. From Octber 4 through 7, the small group of cyclists (you don’t have to be an athlete to do this trip) will pedal the easy bike path, make stops for treats such as wine tastings and gourmet picnics, and then spend three restful nights at the best B&Bs along the way. I’ve been working with Sara on the food part of this tour, and let me tell you, it is going to be great. The trip lasts 3 1/2 days, allows for the hard core bikers to be a bit more adventurous and there is van “support” for those who might need a break from biking. If you do all of the biking, each day involves 20 to 30 miles, which should be about two to three hours per day. The culinary part of the trip will introduce guests to local specialties, some of the area’s top wineries and some stunning dining settings.
It’s a perfect fall getaway. Just the right amount of exercise, a breath of clean mountain air, and wonderful food and wine. I think it’s a great gift for an anniversary or birthday, too.