*This special bike tour is ONE DAY ONLY*
BORED of the Chocolate-verses-flowers debate? This year there’s a new Valentine’s Day decision:
CRUISER or TANDEM!
Join us for a memorable journey through some of Albuquerque’s most romantic locations, traditions, and scenery. Ride our bikes or bring your own; either way, VeloTines will spark your imagination and romance!
ABOUT THE TOURS:
Our 9th Annual VeloTines bike tour is uniquely designed for ‘romantics at heart’ and travels to a selection of stunning locations in the Rio Grande Valley of Albuquerque, NM.
Guests will enjoy spectacular landscapes, on-site tours, local wine, treats, unique Valentine’s folklore, and New Mexican culture in a casual, intimate setting. We offer a large variety of bicycle styles to comfortably enjoy this uniquely New Mexican adventure!
This year Routes is pleased to present VeloTines in collaboration with three local Signature Partners: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Casa Rondeña Winery, and the ah-mazing Chocolate Cartel.
Your VeloTines tour travels through historic Old Town and into the cottonwood forests (Bosque) along the Rio Grande River to the charming historic neighborhood of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque; an area where large numbers of migratory birds can be observed wintering in pastures and fields.
Your experience includes:
- Routes Certified professional storyteller tour guides
- Choice of comfort bicycle (with helmet & bottled water)
- A full wine tasting and VIP grounds tour of Casa Rondeña Winery and the exclusive 1629 Club
- A ride through beautiful lavender fields, gardens, and historic grounds at the award-winning farm-to-table resort of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
- Private chocolate and gelato tasting with The Chocolate Cartel/Van Rixel Bros at their newest location, Cartel Cafe in Old Town
- And a special gift package from Routes and our partners
Set amongst 25 acres of lavender fields and lush gardens, the award-winning Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm was recently named one of Fodor’s ‘Top 100 Hotels in the World’, and is one of the most prestigious historic properties in the Southwest. Designed in 1932 by famed architect John Gaw Meem, the “Father of Santa Fe Style,” the buildings feature agricultural-themed artwork by important New Mexico artists of the period. The grounds are also home to a wide range of animals, including several stunning peacocks. Gear up for your ride back to Routes with locally-made gelato (available for purchase at the Farm Shop).
Casa Rondeña Winery was lovingly established in late 1995 as a family undertaking, with the first plantings in 1990 at the hands of vintner John Calvin and his two young sons, Ross and Clayton. The Tasting Room opened in August 1997, and a winery building with a striking Tricentennial bell tower (pictured) was completed in Autumn 2004.
A new barrel aging and storage facility (including the popular ‘Founder’s Rotunda’) was added in 2008 in order to expand production capacity and to accommodate special events for winery club members and special guests. In 2010, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin moved out of the home they had built on the property and turned it into the luxurious ‘1629 Club’, a private facility/area available for use by winery club members. Today Casa Rondeña is Albuquerque’s most distinguished and picturesque winery & vineyard and has been honored with numerous local, national, and international awards.
VeloTines is the only professionally-led Valentine’s bicycle tour in Albuquerque and puts a fresh spin on romantic traditions. The Albuquerque climate is perfect for cycling year-round, and February is graced with sunny weather, minimal breezes, stunning sunsets, and pleasant daytime temperatures. We do recommend wearing layers that can be removed along the route (each bicycle is equipped with a rear rack and Bungie).
To reserve your seat on our tour, please select the date you wish to ride from the options below. ALL VeloTines Tours must be reserved either online or by calling us at (505) 933-5667. If a tour is listed as “sold out”, please call to be placed on our waiting list.
DATE: ONE DAY ONLY – Valentine’s Weekend, Saturday, Feb 16th
TIME: 1:00pm. The tour lasts for approximately 4 hours, with multiple stops along the way.
ABILITY: The tour is best for riders beginner to intermediate level. There is a small amount of on-street riding, with most along dedicated bicycle paths.
COST: $75 pp with bike rental / $70 pp BYOBike
OTHER: Riders must be 21 or over with a valid ID to participate in the wine tasting. We do offer alternatives for underage riders.
PLEASE NOTE: Our standard Cancellation and No Show Policy applies to all of our Tours. All tours begin promptly at the starting time; there are no refunds for missing the tour launch. Thank you for your understanding.