New Winter Adventure Travel

Ten brand-new trips that fill the cold-weather months in distinctly different ways.

Patty Wilding
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The Gourmand Biker: Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, California

Temperate weather and lush vistas make a ride through the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California, in the wintertime nothing short of ideal. At Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, choose from six different guided routes showcasing strenuous climbs, wide-open meadows, rolling hills and vineyards. (The Foxen Canyon and Santa Rosa routes offer particularly spectacular vistas.) Stick around a local winery (Fess Parker, Firestone, Sanford) and get a lift home afterward from the hotel’s van, or hop back in the saddle and head to the ranch for a private wine tasting. The package also includes a therapeutic massage at the spa and a hearty breakfast (chilaquiles, housemade granola, silver-dollar pancakes) before starting the cycle all over again. Whether you take advantage of the property’s golf course, tennis courts, 50 miles of horseback-riding trails and 100-acre lake for kayaking and fishing is up to how quickly you can pedal. Rates start at $2,295; 1054 Alisal Rd.; 805-688-6411;