Beer West Magazine By Adrienne So
This is my first time traveling through this dream country of the West. It’s also my first guided tour. In the 24 hours after my plane deposits me, blinking, from Portland’s cool gray drizzle into the bright hot heat of a high country summer, I will hike past waterfalls and mountains, tour a brewery, visit a barley field, and speak to a scientist farmer. Given all that will happen in the very near future, I should relish the chance to sit still for 20 minutes. It’s dizzying—all of it, the scenery, the beer, and the sensation of being completely swept off my feet.
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GoNOMAD By Peter Sacco
Zephyr has morphed into a full-blown alternative-travel outfitter with guided expeditions to Tibet, Peru, and Tanzania. Recently, the innovators at Zephyr incorporated a new angle into their tours: the lure of good food and drink. They’re based in the scenic town of Red Lodge, Montana just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Climb aboard with Zephyr, and you can trek to obscure wineries in South Africa, or bike through the lush vineyards of famous Napa Valley.
Their latest attraction is synonymously simple and magnificent, accessible and remote. Zephyr Adventures now offers the Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Multisport Beer Adventure, an ambitious 6-day excursion through the stunning Rocky Mountains that will combine hiking and cycling with a handful of the region’s most unique high-altitude microbreweries. This tour will exemplify a region and local culture that has long conjoined zesty ales and full-bodied beers with an adrenaline-pumping lifestyle. Here, adventurers routinely brave the lofty snow-capped peaks only to return for good beer and company at any one of the dozens of hidden pubs and restaurants tucked into the quaint valleys.
The Seven Best Food and Wine Adventure Trips
The only thing wrong with spending six days in northern Spain, hiking and biking and eating and drinking, is that it’s only six days! Consider it an appetizer to the Spanish lifestyle, and let this trip feed your foodie expat sensibilities.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat By Christopher Chung
“Hike beside the vines and see how they are pruned and trained, from bud break in the spring to harvest in the fall, you may gain a deeper appreciation for the art and science that goes into a bottle of wine. These walking tours allow guests to have their wine and work it off, too. Each trip can be tailored to the guest’s fitness level and specific interests.”
Ultimate Northwest By Lucy Burningham
Ultimately, I packed my bags not because of the appellations on the itinerary but for the tour’s unique focus: We’d spend a good part of each day walking…I started to understand the appeal after stepping onto a quiet hillside on the Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley appellation. Instead of stopping at the tasting room at the bottom of the hill, where tourists compete for space and splashes in the glass, our group of 10 had barreled up a bumpy dirt road in a van to this pristine spot.
“Zephyr Adventures crafts active trips for food and wine lovers — they are tapping a mostly unexplored hybrid, blending adventure travel with culinary tourism, a growing trend.”
Wine-country vacations generally exercise only the taste buds, but new worldwide wine tours by Zephyr Adventures add outdoor sports to the itinerary.
“Don’t expect the highest-scoring wineries in each region, but a range of producers from industrial to boutique. The trips will also challenge the unfit: most itineraries require a short, medium, and long bike ride or hike every day.”