Wine Country Personalities: Penny & Doug McKesson

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dougMckessonPersonality.jpgMoving from Southern California to Sonoma in the mid 70's, Penny & Doug McKesson never looked back.  Switching gears from running restaurants to owning a small town bike shop, Penny & Doug went to work immediately becoming an integral part of the community.  This culminated in Doug winning a seat on the Sonoma City Council in 2002 and becoming Mayor in 2006.  Over the past 34 years they have developed close friends and relationships which give them access to places in Sonoma that many locals are not even aware of.
They began renting bikes as part of the bike shop operation, added guided tours, then catered lunches and corporate outings as demand increased.  The retail bike shop was closed in 2001 to focus on the bike rental and tour business.  Van tours were added and this successful business is still a work in progress.

dougMckessonPersonality2.jpg"The secret to our success is that we live in a most special place.  We have turned a lifestyle into a vocation."  Penny has taken her considerable culinary talents and put them into the business providing catered lunches, whereas Doug has taken his love of history and gift of gab to round out a business model that shows off Sonoma.

"Our bike tours are more about a nice day in the country, touring a few wineries, a little history and good food, all do-able by novice bike riders."

Join Goodtime Touring Company and find out where California got its name and the history of the Bear Flag Rebellion.  Enjoy a leisurely day visiting small, exceptional wineries, partaking in a picnic lunch featuring the best fresh local ingredients and touring a small artisan cheese company just off the plaza in Sonoma.  Tour by Van, Suburban or bicycle and let the former Mayor of Sonoma show you around wine country.....Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County or Napa for a wonderful, unique experience.

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What a cool way to visit the wineries.
And you don't even have to shop for a picnic lunch or worry about where you can eat or cleaning up! (2 thumbs up)
We always want to know more about the history in Sonoma but we never have time to get there, drive to the wineries and go to the historic sites too.

Hello! We would like to plan a trip to wine country and would enjoy the bike tours. What time of year is best?In what area should we look for accommodations? We would be renting a small cottage from vrbo.com. Thanks for any information. Cindy

Thanks for your inquiry! The most popular time of year is Sept./Oct. as the crush is in progress and the weather is great - warm days and cool nights.
As far as lodging goes, we are unabashed supporters of the town of Sonoma and there are new vacation rentals sprouting up almost on a daily basis. Please check out "Summerhouse" on the Lodging page of our website. Glen Ellen and Kenwood are spectacular locations as well.

3 YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND AND I JOINED DOUG ON A BIKE TOUR OF THE LOCAL SONOMA AREA. WE HAD A MOST ENJOYABLE DAY. DOUG TOURED US AROUND TO LOCAL WINERIES. WE HAD A GOURMET LUNCH PROVIDED BY HIS WIFE THEN AFTER LUNCH, HE TOURED US THROUGH TOWN STOPPING AT A LOCAL CHEESE SHOP. WE REALLY HAD A GREAT TIME THAT DAY AND WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT. WE HAVE PURCHASED CHEESE DIRECTLY FROM THE SHOP AND LOOK FOR IT WHEN EVER WE GET A CHANCE. (IT IS AVAILABLE IN RI)
THANK YOU DOUG AND PENNY
ROB AND CATHY

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