Imagine cycling along the Adriatic, turning inland, following a fabuloso guide (who is not hard to look at!) up (and up) past castles on hilltops, through villages, on roads with sweeping vistas, to the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. Then, after cappucino and gelato, flying down those hills, the Adriatic in the distance, with complete joy and abandon. One day you end up at the country house of Stephano, the Hotel Dory's owner and spectacular host, where tables are set out and sausages are grilling and wine is flowing. The French sing their national anthem. We Vermonters top them with ours. Or one day you meet near the end of a ride at a vineyard to sample wines and olive oil, with breads and prosciutto, cheese and dessert, and try not to drink too much to ride the 10 miles back to the hotel (flat miles, thank heavens). You know that a perfecto buffet meal will greet you--fresh vegetables and salads, two kinds of pasta, at least two meats and one fish, desserts galore. Best of all, you're riding with people of your own level (5 levels to choose from), so each day is nothing but fun. Well, hard work and fun, rewarded with free wine and beer at dinner, excellent breakfasts that fuel your ride, great lunches to come back to, and lots of new friends from all over the world. Our suite was lovely, my bike was better than mine at home. We were back from our daily rides by 2, in time for lunch and then a swim in the Adriatic on the beautiful beach a block from the Dory. If I'm raving, it's because this was the perfect holiday. My husband could ride with the Limoncinos (crazy cyclists), I could ride with Cappucino Lights, we each were challenged and happy and could come together with our friends at the end of a great day. The Dory a superbly run cycling center. We are going back next year with even more friends. Bravo, Hotel Dory! Can't wait until September!
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- Also Known As:
- Dory Hotel Riccione