Southern Oregon Wine Country Bicycle Tour – Day 4
Rogue River Greenway, Del Rio Vineyards, Rogue Creamery, Lily Belle Farms Chocolate Factory, Ledger David Cellars Tasting Room, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Play.
We ride the upper Rogue Valley wine region on our final day of the Via Bike Tours Southern Oregon Wine Country Bicycle Tour. Bidding farewell to Jacksonville we head north out of town and into horse country. Our route hugs the foothills, providing us with grand valley vistas and the distant volcanic peak of Mt. McLoughlin. Before long we begin a downhill course that connects us with the mighty Rogue River. A few miles downstream, we cross the river at a popular salmon fishing spot and meander our way back upstream on a gorgeous bike path through Valley of the Rogue State Park. A quick 3 miles later, we arrive at Del Rio Vineyards and Winery for a delicious picnic lunch in the manicured garden that surrounds the property’s historic tasting room.
Our standard route ends here, but we still have a full day of excitement ahead. If you still have your wits about you and strength in your legs, consider riding to our next destination, the “Artisan Corridor.” Non-riders will board the Via Bike Tours van for a shuttle to this wonderful spot that features a trifecta of foodie delights – Lily Belle Farms Chocolate Factory, Ledger David Cellars, and the internationally acclaimed Rogue Creamery. Wine, cheese, and chocolate. Say no more!
Ah, but there is more. We board the van for a shuttle back to Ashland, checking back into the Plaza Inn & Suites in time to rest and freshen up a bit before we regroup for our last and very special evening together. It begins with another fabulous fine dining experience. Then we top off the evening with a play presented by the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival.