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Grand Traverse Bike Tours

Suttons Bay, MI, USA
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About Grand Traverse Bike Tours
We are a full-service bike tour company located in the heart of Leelanau Wine Country, just minutes from Traverse City. Our mission is helping visitors to explore the unique beauty and distinct flavors of the Grand Traverse area. We offer a selection of packages ranging from single day winery tours, to self-guided tours and basic bicycle rentals. Experience one of our tours in the company of an expert guide or go on your own with a fully supported self-guided tour. These options allow you to tailor a trip to your own schedule, style, and purpose. We are also Suttons Bay's and Leelanau County's bicycle shop and outdoor adventure center. Let us meet your cycling needs and more, with our excellent line of bicycles, full-service bicycle repair, and bike, kayak, and paddleboard rentals. As a year round destination we offer sales and rentals of cross country skis, backcountry skis, and snow shoes.
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Kevin wrote a review Aug 2020
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My wife and I booked a bike tour last minute that took us to four different locations along the lelanau trail. The employee was able to accommodate our late reservation and tailored an itinerary to make our day enjoyable. The day was perfect and we would recommend one thousand times over to our friends. We heard one group complain about directions and not expecting some of the locations to be a short ride off of the trail (ie. roads). However, my experience was not the same. The employee gave us explicit directions and walked us through each map. He also made it clear to call if there are any issues and he would be there to straighten it out. There are some challenging hills along the ride (which only adds to the adventure and memories!), but the solid Bianchi hybrid bikes made it enjoyable. This was the best part of our Michigan trip!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Eileen L wrote a review Jul 2020
Champaign, United States13 contributions2 helpful votes
This is the second time my husband and I used Grand Traverse Bike Tours for the self-guided wine trail. We enjoyed it so much the first time that we went back two years later. Yes, it is relatively flat except for a few hills when you leave the path to find the wineries on the road. We were warned about those both times. They take care of all the details for you and go over instructions before you set out. We hope to make it bake some time again.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Erin wrote a review Jul 2020
Lansing, Michigan8 contributions1 helpful vote
Our self-guided winery tour in Suttons Bay was really fun and a great way to spend the day. Most of the paved biking trail was relatively flat and pleasant to ride, but to get to a couple of the wineries required going up a large hill or two and I had to get off my bike and walk instead. The scenery was beautiful and the wine delicious. The packed lunch delivered to the cidery was also tasty. We each got a chicken salad wrap and they were *really* good. It also came with a bag of chips, a small piece of chocolate, and a flavored sparkling water. We were also each given a reusable water bottle at check-in and many of the wineries offered to fill them back up for us with cold water before heading off to our next destination. One nice feature of this tour was that if you chose to buy wine or cider anywhere you stopped, you can text the "wine line" letting them know you bought something, and they'll come by and pick it up and have it waiting for you at the bike shop when you're done. They're also available by phone if you have some sort of issue or emergency, though we didn't need to call them for anything. When we arrived to the bike shop around 10:30 we had to stand around and wait to leave until around 11 or so. I'm not sure if it was because we were the last ones to get bikes and have our map route and reservations explained (even though we weren't the last ones there) or if it was because they kind of design it so that everyone leaves around the same time. They suggest a map route for you and give you a timeline of approximately where you should be when. They had only designated about 4 wineries/cideries for us to go to, but there was time allotted in the afternoon for if you wanted to take more time and go to those places anyway, and they were all on the map. I can't recall the timeline exactly, but we were done at our last scheduled winery in the mid-afternoon (maybe 2:45 or 3?) and had a couple extra hours to go to additional wineries if we wanted to, but we chose not to. They just asked that we return to the bike shop by 5 or 5:30. So if you want some flexibility, this tour does offer you that. We did have a couple small issues. At one point we missed a road to get to one of the wineries and had to turn back, and I'm not sure if it was because the road wasn't well-marked enough or if my husband missed it somehow (I was relying on him to navigate). We also got to Mawby and they did *not* have our reservation that was supposedly made for us by the bike tour shop. (The woman at Mawby remarked that they have "had problems with them before.") However, they were nice enough to seat us anyway, so it turned out fine.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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hcw350 wrote a review Jun 2020
21 contributions6 helpful votes
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The crown jewel of our whole trip to Traverse City was our wine tour via bicycle. Hosted by Sutton’s Bay Bikes, under their Grand Traverse Bike Tour brand. We had our choice of a "full tasting menu" of guided and self-guided bicycle tours. You can ride your own bike of course or rent one of theirs. A catered lunch is provided at one of the stops and they even offer to pick up any bottles you choose to acquire along the way. We opted for the self-guided tour of 3 wineries, I rode my own bike, but we opted for an eBike for my significant other who doesn’t have as much cycling experience. We set out from the shop on the excellent TART trails system and headed south about 5 miles to our first stop. Mawby specializes in sparkling wines, and while I’m not a huge fan of the sparkling variety, I found quite a few tasty selection including the semi-dry Sandpiper which stood out as just the right balance of sweetness and really hit the spot. The second stop was the Ciccone winery, which if the name seems, familiar, yes it’s that Ciccone. None other than Madonna’s father owns this picturesque hilltop winery known for it’s red wines, which Michigan is not particularly known for. Cassie red is a local favorite, but I preferred the Tremonte, which is a dark red complex blend with a nice semi dry finish. Our last stop of the day, while not technically a winery, was Sutton’s Bay Ciders. With no exaggeration, this has to be one of the 10 ten scenic overlooks I have experienced in my life, Perched a top a high hill with 360 degree views of Grand Traverse Bay, it was a glorious place to have our catered lunch that was waiting there for us. 10 different ciders were on tap, with the standouts being the mosiac-hopped and ginger infused varieties. The Sweet Bay dessert wine was also a pleasant surprise but drank more like a liqueur than a wine. The 6-mile ride back to the shop, was mostly downhill and gave us a chance to sober up and take in the scenery as it rambled through vineyards orchards and farms. Upon arriving back at the shop, our wine that we had purchased along the way was ready and waiting. While an early Monday-morning meeting beckoned us to get on the road, the shop in Sutton’s Bay would have also been an ideal launching spot for more fun on the bay. Now that I've taken a wine tour by bicycle, i couldn't imagine doing it any other way. Sutton's Bay Bikes and Grand traverse Bike tours takes all the guess work out of it, and made for a lifetime memory!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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halimcfadden wrote a review Sep 2019
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Such a great experience the staff was so knowledgeable and friendly! They were so accommodating to our volunteer group and I would very highly recommend them!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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