Who doesn’t envision themselves sipping a glass of Cab while taking in the breathtaking vineyards surrounding you at the mere mention of Napa Valley? Everyone knows that this area of the country is one of the most popular for wine lovers, but what about motorcycle enthusiasts? If you want to experience Wine Country in all its glory, it’s best to enjoy it with the wind whipping through your hair and the feeling of adrenaline coursing through your veins. Although there are several vineyards offering some of the best wine in the country, we’re taking our trek through Napa in a completely different direction. So, open up your Thirsty Biker apps and get ready to be awestruck by the area’s sheer beauty and all of the can’t-miss attractions perfect for bikers. In episode 31 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re getting a taste of Napa Valley on two wheels.

Must-See Stops

Starling bar in Sonoma

Our journey begins at Starling Bar Sonoma, known for its revitalized take on the classic California roadhouse. Serving up hand-crafted cocktails, an impressive selection of international and local beers, and out-of-this-world wood-fired pizzas, Starling Bar Sonoma knows what locals and visitors are looking for they’re visiting the Valley. If you’re looking to be entertained, you’ve come to the right place. With a remarkable vinyl collection and local musicians performing regularly, there’s no shortage of good tunes radiating from this iconic establishment. About 20 minutes from Napa Valley lies another can’t-miss stop, Turtle Rock Bar & Café, known for its eclectic vibes and world-famous egg rolls. Turtle Rock is the ideal place to congregate. Its attractive décor has become a meeting place for bikers over the past 40 years. Owners the Leung family believe that putting your name, date, and who you’re with on a dollar bill and stapling it to the wall gives you good luck. That’s probably why the place is covered in them.

Finally, when you’re in the mood to jam out to some live music, head over to Road Trip Bar & Grill for their mini-concert series every Thursday night. This bar knows how to impress a crowd with classic American dishes. Voted Best Capay Restaurant and Best Patio Dining, a visit to Napa isn’t complete without a stop here.

The Ride

Sonoma ride map

As expected, the journey through Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful in the country. Along this ride, there’s no shortage of nature, from lush vineyards to canyons and lakes. Most of the roads are pristine and well-manicured, although a few stretches can get a bit bumpy in more rural areas. Fun twists and turns keep it interesting, but it’s to be advised that this area is extremely popular with visitors from all over, so always stay alert. Surrounding areas tend to be light on traffic, so sticking to these roads is recommended if you want to relax and just enjoy the ride. There’s no better place to enjoy on your bike than Napa Valley. With such a stunning backdrop, plus loads of local establishments, each with their own flair, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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