This short blog should clear up any confusion about what exactly our tours offer, and how our tours are different than other companies on the market.
Our tour structure concept is unlike anything else you’ll find on the adventure tour market today, because we believe people like options, and prefer customization of their vacations over having to conform to a preset itinerary. The basic idea behind Crag To Vine tours is that you should get to choose how you have fun on your vacation, but let us wade through all the details and handle things like driving, lodging, equipment, guiding and meals so that you can just show up and enjoy yourself.
There are a few main choices you’ll make when booking a Crag To Vine tour:
1. WHERE You Go
We have created tours in a variety of areas across the US (for now) which offer a large variety of options for both recreation and relaxation. We want to show our guests some of the best parts of the country, and help them see the best side of each place we visit. That’s why we do extensive research to determine where the best food is, who’s making the most interesting wines or craft beers, and where the most exciting hiking or rock climbing takes place. We also look for areas rich in history and culture, to add a deeper meaning to your adventure. Each place we’ve selected is sure to give you a multi-faceted experience and create memories you’ll carry with you for a lifetime.
2. WHAT You’ll Do
The small details of each tour remain the same regardless of what you choose to do, so transportation, lodging and where and when we eat will more or less stay the same. What DOES change is how you get your sweat on during the day. With so many options for recreation, we can allow YOU to decide how you want to spend your time on your tour. Depending on the location of the tour your options will include hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or rappelling. Want to try something different each day? Sounds good to us! We’ll figure out what you’d like to experience on your adventure and plan accordingly.
3. HOW You Relax
Everybody winds down differently. For us personally, there’s nothing better than a nice big glass of some great local wine after a day of rock climbing. We like to think the residual sugars have a sort of Gatorade effect and help to rehydrate us after a day of crushing our projects. But that’s just us. Maybe you’re into craft beer? Guess what, so are we! If kicking back on the patio of a vineyard watching the golden hour fade of the mountains isn’t quite your thing the we can head to some of the best local breweries and try flights of the hometown favorites. And if spirits are your thing, we can check out some distilleries and see what the latest craft productions are putting out. Nothing like a noseful of whiskey vapors to give you that second wind for the evening!
And if you don’t drink, you’re in luck! Every location we tour is positively bursting with great restaurants. Napa, Sedona, Bend, Jackson – all of them a foodie’s paradise. So just tell us what you’re up for and we’ll show you the best time we can muster up!
And lastly, we want you to decide how adventurous you’re feeling. We prefer a comfy hotel bad after a long day of hiking and sipping, but our roots are in the forest and we are more than happy to accommodate a night out under the stars. If you’d prefer to camp, we’ll provide tent, sleeping pads/sleeping bags and pillows so you can get some decent rest, and we’ll bring the camp stove so we can have hot coffee and breakfast while the sun rises!
So, to be 100% clear, here is what we provide:
- Meals (no dinners, unless an a “Zero Proof” tour. We stay in towns with several options within walking distance, and we like to let you choose what sounds good to you!)
- Guided activities
- Equipment necessary for each activity (climbing gear, kayaks, paddleboards, etc)
- Wine tastings/beer flights/dinner (choose one option per night)
- 1 bottle/6 pack of your choosing
- Snacks between meals
- Friendly attitudes!
What we DO NOT provide:
- Flights or transport of any kind to the tour starting destination, or back home afterward.
- Dinners (some exceptions, see above)
- Appropriate clothing/footwear for hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, etc (we DO provide equipment for these activities, but you’ll need to come dressed to participate!)
- Travel/health/life insurance
- Personal items
And that’s pretty much the long and short of it! If you still have any questions after reading this, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to clear up any confusion. We hope to see you soon, and look forward to the opportunity to show you what an adventure life can be!