4 Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants Colorado

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If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know how much Jim and I love to eat, and although he is more of a meat and potatoes guy, I can get him to sample some of the interesting menu items that I like to try. This week we are going to share some motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado that you will love.

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The Piper Inn Aurora

Located on S Parker Road in Aurora, CO, the Piper Inn is known by bikers all over the United States and is a great place for Buffalo Wings. With plenty of motorcycle parking, you will enjoy tucking into a plate of what some call the best wings in Colorado, fries and a cold beer before heading out on a great ride in Colorado.

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Handlebars Restaurant and Saloon

Silverton, Colorado is where you will find this great biker friendly restaurant. Since 1989, the Boden Family has been serving up lunch and dinner for hungry riders seven days a week from May through October. Try the lunch cut prime rib for an afternoon nosh, or enjoy fresh rainbow trout for dinner. When you have a meal at Handlebars, you will not leave hungry.

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Blondie’s Pub and Grub Blondie’s Trophy Room

Claiming to have the coldest beer and the hottest girls in the state, Blondie’s Pub and Grub is a great little place located in Cortez CO, just between Telluride and Durango. Touting its cuisine as, “Mixed,” you will have a difficult time choosing your meal. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, anytime is a good time for Blondie’s, and if you are a breakfast fan, you will not be disappointed.

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Buffalo Rose

This great bar and restaurant has been around since 1858, and offers folks in search of motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado anything and everything they could ask for.

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From May to August, you can enjoy a free pig roast on the first Sunday of the month at the Buffalo Rose while washing it down with an icy cold beer. With daily specials that include Taco Tuesday and Burger Madness on Mondays, this is one place you will want to put on your motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado bucket list.

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Motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado are great, especially if you are planning a two, three, or four-day trip.

Next week, Travels with Harley will share some biker friendly hotels and motels where you can relax after a delicious meal in some of the most motorcycle friendly restaurants Colorado.

Delicious Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama are not hard to find, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will remember that we did highlight some awesome Harley Road Trips in Alabama this past spring, but we didn’t highlight the best Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama.

Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama Bobs

Located at 1715 6th Av. SE in Decatur and 2520 Danville, SW in Decatur Big Bob Gibson’s Original Bar-B-Q has great reviews with many calling it the best in Northern Alabama. When Bob Gibson started serving Bar-B-Q from a table in his backyard back in 1925, the smoke and the smell brought people from everywhere. Fast forward to today and Big Bob Gibsons family Bar-B-Q restaurant has lasted more than 75 years and four generations. The restaurant has the usual fare including barbecued chicken, pork and beef ribs and of course, brisket.

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Alabama is known for great catfish and if you are in search of Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama that serve awesome catfish, Ezell’s Catfish Camp is the place to be. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun, especially if you get a seat on the patio that faces the river. Open Thursday through Sunday and located on Ezell Road in Butler, Alabama, you’ll find shrimp, oysters, crab, gumbo, frog legs, and of course, whole catfish and catfish filets.

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Everyone knows that Alabama has amazing seafood and great barbeque, but if you feel like trying something new and are looking for great Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Mobile Alabama check out the Jerusalem Café. Located on Airport Blvd., the affordable restaurant specializes in classic Middle Eastern food. I would love to try the Chicken Shawarmah or the Jerusalem Dinner Feast. If you are craving gyros or hummus this cozy eatery is the place to be.

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Built in 1910, Red Little’s School House Restaurant is located on Gardner Road in Grady, Alabama. Another great example of Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama, the classic southern style restaurant was built in 1910 and opened as a restaurant in 1985. Serving an awesome southern buffet, the interior, and exterior, is exactly what you would expect from a schoolhouse. Best selections on the menu, in my opinion anyway, is the fried chicken, Mac and cheese, collard greens, corn bread, and of course pecan pie.

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Before we go, we can’t leave Wintzells Oyster House out of our Travels with Harley Blog. For more than 75 years, Wintzells Oyster House has been serving up seafood and is now a franchise with locations dotted throughout the gulf coast. Called a must for both locals and tourists, Wintzells Oyster House serves crawfish etouffee, gumbo, fried green tomatoes, and of course, oysters prepared six different ways. Personally, I can’t wait to try the cold salad with lump crab meat and marinated onions.

There are dozens more Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants in Alabama, but it’s time to move on. Next week Travels with Harley is heading to Florida to source some of the best restaurants and diners in the Sunshine State.

Just Another Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant in California

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When it comes to finding a good motorcycle friendly bar or restaurant in California I like to do my research as both Jim and I have been disappointed after anticipating what we thought would be all that and more.

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If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog you will remember that I haven’t always been happy with my menu selection even though Yelp recommended what I thought would be a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Finding the perfect Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant is something that Jim and I have always been passionate about, well, then again, maybe it’s just me… Most of you know that Jim is more of a meat and potatoes man where I like to be adventurous and try new things. That is how Travels with Harley started over three years ago.

Although we haven’t started officially filming our adventures, it won’t be long before you follow Jim and I as we eat, drink and sleep our way across the U.S. Of course, when that happens you will be the first to know!

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Travels with Harley is going to spend the next few weeks sharing what we have heard are some of the best places to eat and drink when you are on a motorcycle road trip.

This week we’re going back to my home state of California.

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The Rock Inn

Located in Lake Hughes California, this full restaurant and bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is located between Lancaster and Valencia. The Rock Inn is a local favorite that has had several different names including the Harley Rock Inn. The Inn has live bands from one to five on Saturdays and Sundays and best of all you can stay the night. Although the reviews are mixed, I would love to try the Rock Inn just so I can climb up and down the cool rock and iron spiral staircase and order the Saturday night Prime Rib Special.

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Newcomb’s Ranch

Built in 1939, Newcomb’s Ranch was a popular hotel, gas station and Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant. After the building was destroyed by fire back in 1976, it was rebuilt and reopened by Lynn Newcomb Jr. who later sold the ranch to Frederick H. Rundall who continues to run the restaurant, store and Inn. Popular with Harley riders, and everyone else for that matter, the restaurant menu sounds delicious with all kinds of great fare including the Egg McNewcomb for breakfast or the Big Pines Ortega Burger for lunch.

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Lookout Roadhouse

Called a hidden gem by Yelp reviewers, the Lookout Roadhouse is located on the Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore and is a great place to stop, get off your Harley, and have a bite to eat. Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm the restaurant bar has amazing views of Lake Elsinore and is a favorite stop if you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Andria’s Seafood

If you have a hankering for seafood Andria’s Seafood in Ventura gets some great reviews and is a popular spot for H.O.G. members. Located on the pier on Spinnaker Drive the restaurant fish market is known for its homemade clam chowder and original fish and chips. Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Ventura, Andria’s has great views and great food to match!

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Next week we’re going to share some more motorcycle friendly restaurants both in the United States and Canada.

The Best Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

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The south has some amazing Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. North Carolina is blessed with some of the best motorcycle rides in the United States including the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont Plateau, and the Atlantic Coastal Plain region. Motorcycle rides in North Carolina highlights include Deal’s Gap, also known as the Tail of the Dragon, the Blue Ridge Parkway and of course access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the southern part of the state.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

Jim and I have been on the Hellbender 28 and would love to do it again as this is one of the best examples of Motorcycle rides in North Carolina. With its drop offs and sweeping curves lakeside in the Smokies there are very few rides in the entire country that have the views that the Hellbender 28 has. The 22-mile stretch ends up at Deals Gap beginning the famous, “Dragon.” The roads are in great shape and although there is some commercial traffic, there are plenty of places where it is just you and the road. Halfway through you will find yourself in Fontana Village in Fontana Dam. The resort is very motorcycle friendly and offers lodging and even houseboats to rent.

Motorcycle Rides in North Carolina

When it comes to the best Motorcycle rides in North Carolina, you will not want to miss Mountain Meander; especially if you like waterfalls as there are four of them on this trip including Bridal Veil and Dry Falls. With lots of switchbacks and turns on nice blacktop, you will have an exciting ride. Although there aren’t any roadside amenities on the route, you can continue south on to Highway 64 where you will find fuel and some food stops. Stop by the Jackson Hole Trading Post and Gem Mine on 28 and you can get a free map of the waterfalls in the region.

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It isn’t fair to talk about Motorcycle rides in North Carolina without mentioning Shiner’s Run, also known as The Rattler. You will ride through the mountains from I-40 to the Hot Springs on the 209. You will pass by rock bed rivers, old farms, churches and scenic mountain overlooks.

The road quality is quite good and has something for everyone including elevation changes, high-speed sweepers, twisties, and a couple of nice straight aways when you get to the farmland.

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About half way to the Hot Springs, you will find a café and the Trust General Store. The Iron Horse Station hotel restaurant is located at your final destination, the Hot Springs, and is a great place to stay after your ride.

Travels with Harley is hitting the road this summer and can’t wait to share our stories.

Awesome Delaware Motorcycle Rides

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For such a small state, Delaware motorcycle rides are certainly adventurous. Delaware motorcycle rides offer fun, food, and adventure and will definitely keep you on your toes.

Delaware motorcycle rides

Delaware is one of the few tax free shopping states in the United States, and if you know Jim and I, we love to shop, well, actually I prefer to shop more than Jim does, but the two words, tax and free are certainly good reasons to seek out Delaware motorcycle rides.

Delaware motorcycle rides

Delaware has a rich history with both urban and rural scenery. Delaware motorcycle rides offer bikers thick forests and amazing shorelines. If you decide to go on a lengthy ride and spend a few days in the state you will find great hiking trails, beaches and, if you enjoy gambling, casinos.

Delaware motorcycle rides

If you are like Jim and enjoy a challenge, check out the Delaware Coast Run. This 60-mile Delaware motorcycle ride is a two-lane road that passes through farmland and coastal estuaries. According to most bikers, the road is a lot of fun, but has quite a few blind curves. You can stop at the Air Mobility Museum that is located at Dover End or have a plate of famous Dover crab at Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic. Lots of H.O.G members rave about the Augustine Inn at Augustine beach for a coldie and can’t stop talking about Kelly’s Crab House in Port Penn.

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US Highway 13 is one of those 76-mile Delaware motorcycle rides that you will not want to miss. Although it is stop and go at first, once you get going you will pick up some speed as you pass farms, creeks and rivers. You will ride through quite a few state parks and forests with unbeatable scenery in Shad Landing State Park, the Redden State Forest, and the Pocomoke River State Forest. Pack a picnic lunch or bring your fishing pole as the state parks offer all kinds of activities if you are on Delaware motorcycle rides.

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Although it is quite flat, the 73 mile Delaware Countdown 16 15 14 13 has lots of sweeping turns that most riders will enjoy. Just like Ohio you will ride through Amish country when you go through West Dover and Camden, so be sure to keep an eye out for buggies. The ride takes about 2 hours and really is the best way to avoid the beach traffic during the warmer months. If you want to stretch your legs or stop for lunch, try Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Apparently, the food is to die for. Personally, I want to try the sweet heat chicken and shrimp with a side of homemade black beans.

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Jim and I are itching to get out on Delaware motorcycle rides, but in the meantime will be heading down to South Carolina for our next Travels with Harley.

Just Another Motorcycle Road Trip in Massachusetts

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A Motorcycle Road Trip can take an hour or ten days, depending on where you are headed, but as Jim and I like to say, any Motorcycle Road Trip is a good trip, as long as you are prepared ahead of time.

If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog, we have been sharing some great examples of the perfect Motorcycle Road Trip and this week we’re headed to Massachusetts.

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From the thick forests in the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, to the huge bluffs in Cape Code, Massachusetts really does have it all. You can hit the small towns, or spend a night in Boston for great shopping and dining. The Mayflower landed in Massachusetts followed by the Revolutionary War and the Witch Hunts.

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Through the Country to the Castle is a great Motorcycle Road Trip that has mountains, ocean and country roads that take you to Castle Island all in just 36 miles. You’ll go through Blue Hills Mountain where you will see amazing views of Boston and the surrounding areas on winding roads that are invigorating and well paved. Quincy Shore has a couple of great eateries including Tony’s Clam Shop, which has a great selection of seafood platters.

The Country Whip Inc

Scenic Route 105 is another great Motorcycle Road Trip in Massachusetts that you will not want to miss. You will drive through orchards and farms taking you through Acushnet ending up in historic Marion. There will be lots of 90-degree right and left turns. When you get to Acushnet, stop at The Country Whip Drive Inc, and try a lobster roll and some fried clams.

Sams Pizzaria and Cafe

If you don’t have all day, but feel like getting out for a great little Motorcycle Road Trip, take the 23 mile Route 66 to Northampton. You’ll ride past mountains, farmlands, and state parks on good quality roads with lots of curves and hills. Once you get into Northampton, you will find a lot of great places to eat and shop, two of my favorite activities. Try to find something with outside tables, such as Sam’s Pizzeria and Café where you can enjoy a gourmet pizza washed down with an icy cold beer. Sam’s has live music Wednesday through Sunday and is open until 3:00 am on the weekends, not that Jim and I are ever up that late, or early!

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Jim and I love Massachusetts and hope to get in another Motorcycle Road Trip for another Travels with Harley adventure soon. When that happens, we will definitely keep you posted!

Three Harley Road Trips in the Gem State

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Harley road trips have been a bit tough thanks to Mother Nature, and although it may not seem like it in some parts of the country it really is spring, meaning we can all dream just a little bit more about some great Harley road trips that may have to wait a week or two.

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Idaho is a beautiful country full of great Harley road trips that Jim and I are just itching to check out. Known as the Gem State, Idaho is rich with scenic areas including snow-capped mountain ranges, steep canyons, gorgeous lakes, and natural resources. Take Harley road trips along the Snake River as it rushes through the deepest canyon in the U.S., Hells Canyon, or stop by the Shoshone Falls as it makes it way down the cliffs that are higher than Niagara Falls.

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The 175-mile Lola Pass is a great example of some of the best Harley road trips in Idaho, and so easy. All you do is start is Lewiston Idaho on the US Highway 12 and head east towards Montana. The route takes you all the way across Idaho. You’ll see awesome sections of the Lewis and Clark trails as you wind through the Rocky Mountains in both Idaho and Montana. The curvy trip has very little traffic and great roads, however, you won’t find any amenities like some of the other Harley road trips that Jim and I have been on.

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Known as Two Passes and a Lake, this is 106-mile trek is another great example of Harley road trips that is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets. The trip starts at Alpine Junction traveling north to Swan Valley on Highway 26. Follow the signs to Highway 31 and head towards Jackson Wyoming and then Hoback Junction before looping back to where you started. The beautiful ride takes you around Palisades Lake and into Swan Valley.

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The Snake River Canyon is full of elk, deer, and mountain goats so make sure you bring the camera. Jackson has everything including a museum, white water rafting, and a real Western shoot out in the summer months. If you get hungry, Jackson has some great eateries including The Deck that features spectacular views of Jackson Hole Mountain.

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Another example of awesome Harley road trips in Idaho is aptly named the Gold Rush Historic Byway, or Greer to Headquarters. The 42-mile trek is full of cougar, bear, wolf, turkey, grouse, deer, and coyote so take the Go Pro so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll ride through farmland and woodlands before heading up the mountains in the Gold Country. Although the ride is short, it seems longer thanks to the curves. Best to take it during May or June as it is very seasonal. Along the ride route, you can stop at the John Howard Bradbury Logging Museum and the Weippe Discovery Center. Pioneer Inn IdahoIf you are hungry, like we always seem to be, stop at the Pioneer Inn in Pierce. You can stay the night or just have a bite to eat. The historic Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and apparently the food is pretty good.

Hopefully by next week we can all get on our bikes for real Harley rides, but if not we’ll head to Tennessee for the road trip of a lifetime. A virtual road trip anyway.

Harley Road Trips in Alabama

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Harley road trips is what spring is all about and now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to pull your Harley out of storage, dust it off and hit the road for great Harley road trips.

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A couple of weeks ago we took you on some great little Harley road trips in Georgia and promised to take you on some Harley road trips last week, but St. Patrick’s Day side tracked us so we are going to head to Alabama this week instead.

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Although there is no official nickname for Alabama, it has been known as the Yellowhammer state since the Civil War; Alabama is known for its rich cultural history and is a great place for Harley Road Trips. Some of the trails you can enjoy include the Native American Trail, the Civil War Trail, the Covered Bridge Trail and the Civil Rights Museum trails. Scenery around the state varies from lush forests to rolling hills with a small bit of the Gulf coastline, which is perfect for Harley road trips.

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The Paint Rock Valley ride is 42 miles long and features some very sharp curves that have even the most experienced riders take care. The windy valley road takes you right along the Paint Rock River that is rich in animal and plant life that you will not find anywhere else. You can gas up at the top of the mountain, but as far as other amenities go, it’s best to pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery.

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Eagles Point Guntersville State Park is another one of those Harley road trips that you will want to plan. This 79-mile trip takes you along a windy path near the river with gorgeous scenery that is hard to beat. With good quality pavement and lots of straights and turns, it is a good ride that you will want to sample if you are in Alabama. There are quite a few places to stop along the way where you can gas up and stop for a bite to eat. One of the most popular is in Guntersville. Stop for lunch halfway through your trip at the Top of the River, which is known for its catfish and seafood.

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The Cheaha Mountain Skyway is a great little example of Harley road trips that you will not want to miss as it takes you along the Cheaha Mountain near Talladega in Eastern Alabama. The 44-mile trek is full of unspoiled countryside and into the Talladega National Forest. The wildlife is abundant, so don’t be surprised if you spot a couple of hawks or deer from the back of your Harley. Once you come off the mountain, you will roll into meadows, farms and a couple of small towns. If you want to make it a weekend trip, stay at one of the cozy cabins at the Cheaha State Park where you can relax in a hot tub while pondering the day’s events.

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Stick with Travels with Harley this spring as Harley road trips are abundant and we plan to take you on every one we can find, in a virtual sense anyway!

Harley Davidson Day Trip Out of Las Vegas

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The best Harley Davidson Day Trip is a spontaneous one. However, some Harley Davidson Day Trips are best planned in advance.

Everyone loves Las Vegas, for obvious reasons, but most people have no idea that the City of Sin has some great Harley Davidson Day Trips.

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is about an hour’s drive just west of Las Vegas. The 13-mile Harley Davidson Day Trip loop offers plenty of well-maintained pavement with lots of overlooks, vistas, and sightseeing. If you are short on time, check out the Calico Vista Point when you head out for this Harley Davidson Day Trip.

Valley of Fire

Nevada’s oldest state park is also a great place to head out for a Harley Davidson Day Trip. The Valley of Fire State Park was dedicated back in 1935 is just 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Mt. Charleston Lodge

 

The Mount Charleston Loop is another great Harley Davidson Day Trip that you will love. Just take Highway 95 out of Las Vegas where you will ride through Lee and Kyle Canyon. The roads are very well maintained with plenty of twists and turns that will take you up and back down the mountain. Best fill up before you go, and don’t forget to stop for a bite at the Mount Charleston Lodge for an Angus burger and fried cheesecake for dessert.

Death Valley

More than a Harley Davidson Day Trip, the Death Valley Run is spectacular, especially during the spring. This year promises to be one of the best in decades when it comes to the wildflowers that have been eluding the area for a few years. The 161-mile trip offers some of the best scenery in the world with wrinkled and rugged mountains towering over the gorgeous cavalcade of spring flowers.

Furnace Creek Resort

Although quite desolate with very few amenities, Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells do have a general store and a gas station. You can enjoy a meal at the Toll House restaurant or quench your thirst at the Badwater Saloon. Death Valley really is a must for anyone, but especially if you are looking for a great Harley Davidson Day Trip.

If you are heading to Las Vegas, take your bike and enjoy a Harley Davidson Day Trip. Jim and I plan on it if the weather ever starts to improve.

Three California Motorcycle Day Trips this Winter

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The weather is wrecking havoc all over the country, and isn’t the best for motorcycle day trips. However, California has the warmest temperatures on record for February, and if you are lucky enough to live in California there are some awesome motorcycle day trips that you can enjoy.

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There is still quite a bit of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, so if you are thinking about motorcycle day trips you may want to stick to central and southern California where you can enjoy the twists and turns that California is famous for when it comes to motorcycle day trips.

The Miners Diner

The Montezuma Valley Road from Ranchita to Borrego Springs motorcycle ride is a Southern California favorite when it comes to motorcycle day trips. The road has some drop offs and can be very steep reaching to an elevation of just over 3000 feet. The road leads you into the town of Julian where you will find plenty of places to eat including The Miners Diner that has some of the best specialty sandwiches in the area. If you live or plan to visit San Diego this is one of the best motorcycle day trips that you will find.

Cucina Italiana

Another great example of motorcycle day trips in California is one that you will not want to miss. The CA 121 Napa to Winters ride is for serious enthusiasts. As you take off from Napa, the road takes you up the hills towards Lake Berryessa. With the never-ending curves and smooth pavement the 121 is like an E-ticket ride at Disneyland. Stop for a bite at Cucina Italiana at Lake Berryessa in Napa, which is one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

Paradise Valley Cafe

Highway 74 takes you from Hemet to Indian Wells and is an awesome example of motorcycle day trips. As you head towards the top, you will experience lots of twisty corners before straightening out. Once you start descending into the Coachella Valley, you will experience more twists and turns. Although there are not many amenities, make sure you gas up before you go; there are quite a few hiking trails and campsites. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, try the Paradise Valley Café, which is located at the intersection of Highway 371 and Highway 74. This great café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has something for everyone including burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Drop in for breakfast and enjoy a breakfast beer and some of the best biscuits and gravy that you will ever have.

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When it comes to motorcycle day trips, it doesn’t get much better than California. I know if Jim and I were in my home state, we would be enjoying one right now!

Motorcycle Riding and Much More

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Motorcycle riding in the winter can be fun, especially if you are riding with a big group, or have a trip planned that you have never done before. Jim and I enjoy motorcycle riding with our friends, but are always interested in finding out what else is happening with the other HOG chapters, especially during February. However, if the weather we have had is any indication of what the rest of the month is going to be like, you just may want to head over to an indoor H.O.G. event instead of venturing out with the brave on a motorcycle ride.

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Lone Wolf Harley Davidson always has lots of motorcycle riding events, and if you are a member of the Harley Davidson Owners Group head over to Lone Wolf for its annual pizza party. The event starts at 6:00 pm with free pizza for members. Located at 19011 E. Cataldo St. in Spokane it promises to be a great evening for all Lone Wolf registered H.O.G. riders.

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Thursday February 4th is a great night for a fun event if you are anywhere near Adam Smith’s Texas Harley Davidson. The Masquerade Bike Night runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and offers guests live music, a bead toss for prizes, cold beer, and Cajun food for purchase. Get ready to party and don’t forget your costumes for the contest. Located at 1921 Shoalmont Road in Belford, TX this is something that you will not want to miss.

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Barbs Harley Davidson always has great rides and events, and this coming Friday night isn’t any different. February 5 is the annual Wing Bowl held the Friday before the Super Bowl. The Wing Bowl is located at Barbs Harley Davidson 3601 S. Broad St. in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson in Omaha, NE is gearing up for a great event this coming Saturday, February 6. Starting at 10:00 am and running until 4:00 pm the Cabin Fever Poker Run is an in-store poker run featuring parking lot games, calendar girls, food on the grill and ice cold beverages. Who knows, you might get lucky and win a prize or two.

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It’s a busy weekend for Harley Davidson and motorcycle riding in general with too many events to list happening this coming Saturday February 6, however, some that you will not want to miss include the 25th annual H.O.G. Chili Cook-off and Service Seminars at Silver Eagle Harley Davidson, 4022 Sergeant Road in Waterloo, IA. This annual fundraising event starts at 10:00 am with proceeds going to the Girl and Boy Scouts of America.

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Another must attend motorcycle riding event happens on Saturday February 6 and is sponsored by the Harley Davidson of Dallas. The Panther Creek Sweetheart Ride starts at 10:30 and is located at 304 Central Expressway S. in Allen Texas. This closed Panther Creek H.O.G. Members only ride is a must if you want to ride with your sweetheart.

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Of course, there are plenty more motorcycle rides and events to enjoy. All you have to do is check out the Harley Davidson website for more information.

Harley Motorcycle Fun

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Winter can be tough if you own a Harley Motorcycle, especially if you live anywhere in the US, except for California and Florida of course. With that being said, Jim and I are itching to get out for a ride, but unfortunately, Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated. However, there are some rides and events that you can participate in if the weather decides to warm up.

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Riding in the winter does have its ups and downs, but if you do ride your Harley Motorcycle with a group, such as the Harley Davidson Owners Group, you may not notice the snow, rain, or sleet, well not as much anyway.

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Mathews Harley Davidson, located on Abbey Street in Fresno, CA, is hosting a great Harley Motorcycle ride this coming Wednesday January 27. Ditch Work and Ride is a great opportunity to call in sick, get on your bike, and ride. Meet at the dealership at 9:00 am and be prepared to lift your kickstand at 9:30 am.

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If you are a new Harley Motorcycle rider and live in or around Alexandria, LA, you will enjoy the New Rider Celebration being held this Thursday January 27th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Renegade Harley Davidson is hosting this Harley Motorcycle event that promises to be fun for everyone.

Allen Texas is where you will find the Panther Creek H.O.G. Appreciation Night. Kicking off at 6:00 pm and running until 8:00 pm, this awesome event is an exclusive VIP happening for Panther Creek H.O.G. members. Harley Davidson of Dallas, located at 304 Central Expressway in Allen, Texas, is playing host to this great event featuring games, raffles, giveaways, dinner and entertainment.

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The Killer Creek Harley Motorcycle dealership is hosting a Basic Rider Course in partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in Alpharetta, Georgia. The license waiver class will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 5th to the 7th at the Killer Creek Harley Davidson dealership at 11480 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, GA. The Basic Rider Course is perfect for beginners and those who want to brush up on their riding skills.

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Dust off your Harley Motorcycle and attend one of these great events, or grab your friends, dust off the bike and get out and enjoy yourself!

Harley Davidson Winter Rides

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It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump on your Harley Davidson and go for a ride. Jim and I are hoping to hop on the Road King within the next few weeks, and are really itching to do so. In the meantime, we thought we would share some of the Harley Davidson rides that are taking place all over the country this winter.

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Florida is beautiful and if you are anywhere near Ormond, Florida you really can get on your Harley Davidson and ride! Bruce Rossmeyers Harley Davidson will be holding the two-day Sunrise to Sunset ride on January 21st and the 22nd. Watch the sunrise in Daytona Beach and enjoy a hearty breakfast before riding to Treasure Island to watch the spectacular sunset.

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San Marcos, Ca is playing host to the 3rd Annual Poker Ride on Saturday January 23rd, for Autism for the Mountain Shadows Active Learning Center for Autism. Located at the Biggs Harley Davidson at 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd the event runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Rise and Ride with the rest of the Harley Davidson Owners Group from Baton Rouge Harley Davidson. The ride includes biscuits and gravy and starts at 9:00 am on January 31st. Located at 5853 Siegan Lane in Baton Rouge LA, it promises to be a great day and an even better ride.

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Adam Smith’s Harley Davidson in Waco, TX is playing host to its monthly HOG Chapter ride, and if you are itching to get back in the saddle, you will not be disappointed. The event starts at 10:30 and is the perfect way to dust off those winter blues.

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The first annual Ladies of Gruene Harley Davidson ride takes place on Saturday January 30th. Hosted by Gruene Harley Davidson in New Braunfels, TX, the event starts at the dealership located at 1288 Loop 387. The Ladies of Gruene Harley Davidson Ride starts at 10:30 am with kickstands up at 11:00 am.

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Apache Junction, AZ Superstition Harley Davidson is proud to sponsor the Harley Davidson Ride for the Salt Water Wild Horses on Saturday January 30th. Be at the dealership at noon and get ready to ride. Ending at 4:00 pm, the Ride for the Salt Water Wild Horses is free and includes a Victory Party at 2910 W. Apache Trl in Apache Junction, AZ.

If your Harley Davidson is calling your name, check out some of the events listed above, or head over to the official Harley Davidson events page where you will find all kinds of rides to enjoy this winter.

January Harley Davidson Owners Group Events

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It’s a brand new year for the Harley Davidson Owners Group, and that means lots of exciting events happening all over the planet. Jim and I hope to get out for a few Travels with Harley rides in 2016 and want to share some of the Harley Davidson Owners Groups rallies and events that are happening around the US this winter.

Because it’s winter, quite a few of the events are workshops. As you know, it is not much fun to ride in the snow or the cold. These workshops make it easy to get through winter, especially if you are hankering to get together with others from your Harley Davidson Owners Group.

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Glenview, Illinois is playing host to a Roll Your Own Workshop Harley Davidson Owners Group event. Sponsored by Chicago Harley Davidson, this grand event promises to be a great day. The workshop allows you to see the customization options while enjoying free wings at noon. Running from 12 to 2, this event also includes your chance to win a $500.00 Chicago Harley Davidson gift card.

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If you are in or around the Tucson, Arizona area, head over to the Harley Davidson Owners Group Old Pueblo Harley Davidson Group Pancake Breakfast and Boot Shine. This annual event kicks off at 9 with breakfast and music with the gals from Old Pueblo Harley Davidson Owners Group handing out giveaways to all of those who attend.

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It’s not all swap meets and workshops in Louisiana with two Harley Davidson Owners Group events this weekend. The Baton Rouge Harley Davidson Gumbo Cookoff starts at noon on Saturday the 16th and is located at 5853 Siegan Lane. If you want to participate, show up in your motor clothes. Hammond Harley Davidson in Hammond Illinois is home to the Kick Off to the Mardi Gras. Starting at noon on Saturday the 16th the Harley Davidson Owners Group event will feature, music, jambalaya and King cake.

California is playing host to another great Harley Davidson Owners Group event this January with a Aloha Bike Night happening on Thursday January 21st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Bring your hula skirts and lei’s and join the Huntington Beach Harley Davidson Angels for $1.00 beers, $5.00 meals, games and a live hula show. Located at 15080 Goldenwest Circle in Westminster, Ca. it promises to be a great event for all Harley Davidson Owners Group members who live in and around Huntington Beach.

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If you are itching to get together with other Harley Davidson Owners group members, check out some of these events or head over to the Harley Davidson official events page to find out what is happening in your neck if the woods.

 

Travels with Harley is Nearly Three Years Old!

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I can’t believe that I came up with Travels with Harley back in 2013. Seriously, where does the time go?

This year promises to be bigger and brighter than the last. Jim and I both wish that we could have ridden more this past year, but we are busier than ever and hope to get in more motorcycle roadtrips for Travels with Harley once the weather gets a bit nicer.

In the meantime I thought we would revisit our very first Travels with Harley blog all of those years ago, well not that many years, but hopefully we will be able to say that in 10 years… The blog below was first published on February 25th 2013. A lot has happened since then, but Jim and I still have high hopes of getting our Travels with Harley project funded and filmed we had to cancel the Kickstarter Project, but hope to be back at it soon. This summer looks promising. If you would rather read the original blog, you can check it out here.

First Published February 25, 2013

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And the race is on! Jim and I are so excited about our, “Travels with Harley,” project and we know that you will be too once you get to know us. If you already know us, have worked with us, or have ridden with us, you know how passionate we are about riding.

If you do ride a motorcycle, you know that not everyone is biker friendly, and I’m not just talking about lodging and food. Jim and I have come across many establishments that still think of motorcycle riders as less than stand up citizens, and that is another reason we started, “Travels with Harley.” We want to prove to the world that there is a whole sub-culture of motorcycle riders out there that have real jobs and families. These are folks just like you and me who love to ride and understand that it isn’t always easy to take a road trip on the back of a bike.

Jim and I are in the process of selling our Sears store. We are ready to experience life on the back of our Road King. After 10 years and almost 100 hours a week, it’s time for a break. I also want to spend some time with my family in California, and because of the store, it has been nearly impossible to visit more than once a year. Jim and I are really excited about starting a new chapter in our lives, and this includes “Travels with Harley.”

We already have six backers who have pledged $705.00 of our $25,000 goal. Read our kickstarter project page and help us out. Even if you can’t jump on the back of a Harley and travel across the country, you can do it with us…we can’t wait to share our adventures with all of you. So come along for the ride and don’t forget to check out my weekly blog. A new chapter in our lives has just begun, and we want to take you along for the ride.

Harley Davidson Events this Weekend

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Jim and I enjoy Harley Davidson road trips all year round, but like most other riders are partial to planned Harley Davidson events where we can catch up with people we have met in the past and meet new folks that enjoy riding as much as we do.

If you happen to be in the Chattanooga Tennessee area this coming Friday the 18th, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, head over to Thunder Creek Harley Davidson on Lee Highway for the Trail of Tears Remembrance ride Kick-Off Party. This family friendly event offers Harley Davidson enthusiast’s food, fun, live music, and vendors where you can buy licensed Harley Davidson merchandise.

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Fresno, California is the place to be this Saturday the 19th when Mathews Harley Davidson, located on Abby St., will be holding its Bike Show and BBQ. Vote for your favorite bike and enjoy great food, good company and a whole lot of fun.

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If you happen to live in or around Aurora Colorado, head over to Mile High Harley Davidson for the Free Pancake Breakfast. Starting at 9:30 am on E.33rd St. you best be quick as it is first come first served.

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There are all kinds of Harley Davidson events happening this Saturday all over the United States and if you are planning a road trip this coming weekend, there are plenty of Harley Davidson events to choose from like the annual Lombardi Leather and Legends Dinner at the House of Harley Davidson on West Layton Ave in Greenfield, WI. Catering to riders and non-riders, your ticket includes dinner, drinks, live music, a raffle, an auction and a special program with new friends, and of course, “Legends.”

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It really is tailgating season, even when it comes to Harley Davidson events. Hot Metal Harley, located on Lebanon Road in West Mifflin, PA is having a family friendly open house where you can enjoy free beer, food, and giveaways with really cool prizes. With live music and a bike show, it is one of the best ways to kick off fall.

Sunday September 20 promises to be a great Harley Davidson events day with amazing Harley Davidson events happening everywhere like the ride with Motor City Harley Davidson Owners Group to see REO Speed Wagon at the Freedom Hall Amphitheater.

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If you would rather ride this coming Sunday, and live in the New York area, you will not want to miss the NNY Harley Davidson Owners Group Fall Foliage Ride. Head over to Goodnough St. in Adams Center NY where you will ride from the RXCHD over to the Thendera Train Station to hop on the Fall Foliage Train. After the tour, you will jump back on your bike and ride to Lowville to enjoy an early dinner. Be sure to meet at the F.X Caprara Harley Davidson Dealership at 10:00 am as kick stands go up at 10:30 am.

For more information regarding Harley Davidson events this weekend, check out the Harley Davidson official website events page.

Motorcycle Road Trips in the fall

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Motorcycle road trips are great all year round, but especially during the fall, and now that summer is beginning to wind down, we thought we would share some of the best places in the country to get on your bike for Motorcycle road trips while enjoying the cavalcade of colors as the leaves start to change their hue.

Although the peak time to see the autumn leaves is between the end of September through the middle of October, we thought we would share a few Motorcycle road trips suggestions so that you can plan your ride.

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Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding through the northeastern states when we rode with other riders on the New England Trail Blazer ride last year. Although autumn hadn’t officially begun yet, we were able to catch a glimpse of early fall with the leaves just starting to turn. If you want to enjoy motorcycle road trips during the fall, New England is certainly a great place to start.

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The Scenic Route 100 in Vermont is stunning and one of the best places to start your motorcycle road trips in the fall. This popular tourist destination is known as one of the most, if not the most, scenic drives in the area and is part of what is called the, “Skiers Highway.” The byway is 138 miles long and takes you through Rochester, Hancock, Granville, Bridgewater, Ludlow and Plymouth as well as a few other towns that include Stratton, Jamaica, Londonderry, and Stockbridge. If you want to enjoy Motorcycle road trips this fall, the Scenic Route 100 should really be on your list.

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The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offer travelers a visual feast anytime of the year, but especially when the leaves start to fall. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has several Motorcycle Road Trips that you can take to enjoy the colors of autumn. Spend a few days in Eastern Tennessee on Motorcycle road trips and stay in a delightful B & B so that you can wake up to a gorgeous fall morning in the Smokies.

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One of our favorite rides in Tennessee is Cades Cove. Most of our friends enjoy this trip because the 31 mile drive is located in the western Tennessee section of the National Park and is the perfect place to enjoy early fall colors. From historic buildings to breath-taking fall landscapes and wildlife, Cades Cove should not be missed if you are planning motorcycle road trips this fall.

If you haven’t started planning your motorcycle road trips for autumn, better get a move on!

Places to Stay on a California Motorcycle Trip

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California is an awesome destination when it comes to a motorcycle trip, but if you are planning anything more than a day on your Harley, it is important to know a few things before you head out on your motorcycle trip. Thanks to the internet not everything is as it seems, especially when it comes to hotels, motels, Inns and other places where you can stay the night.

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One of the best things about Southern California is that you can enjoy the beach, the mountains and the desert all in a day if you wanted to, however, Jim and I like to spend some time in the areas that we visit, so we are always looking for great places to stay when we are on a motorcycle trip.

Travels with HarleyBig Bear is a popular tourist destination in Southern California, especially if you are on a motorcycle trip. The Bay Meadows Resort is one of the best places to lay your head, is biker friendly and just a few blocks from Big Bear Village. Located on Big Bear Blvd.

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you can rent a studio or a five bedroom if you are bringing a group along on your motorcycle trip. Most cabins and rooms have a kitchen where you can cook your own meals. There is also a pool, spa and sauna that you can enjoy after a long ride.

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Now that you have been to the mountains, head out to the desert and take the Palm Springs to Havasu motorcycle trip through the Joshua Tree National Park.

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The trip is nearly 266 miles, so unless you want to ride it straight through, you will want to find a good place to stay. Stop halfway at the Desert Center and spend the night at the Regency Inn in Blythe. It has a pool and plenty of motorcycle parking. Wake up to a free continental breakfast before you make your way into Havasu City where you will find dozens of places to stay such as the Nautical Beachfront Resort on the lake or the Heat Hotel, which is at the foot of the London Bridge.

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As we mentioned above Southern California is about the mountains, the deserts, and the beaches and if you are going to include the sun and sand in your motorcycle trip, there is no shortage of accommodations on the coast.

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If you haven’t been to Carlsbad on a motorcycle trip, you are missing out. With its fabulous sunsets and pristine beaches, it truly is the best place to end up at the end of your motorcycle trip. Established in 1960, the Beach Terrace Inn, located on Ocean Street, is like a walk back in time and is absolute beachfront. With your own private balcony, parking and free breakfast, you will never want to leave.

Next week we’re heading to the great state of Colorado, which has plenty of accommodations for you to enjoy on your next motorcycle trip.

Choice Harley Davidson Road Trip Eats in Virginia

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Virginia has so much history and is a great place to head for a Harley Davidson Road Trip. Jim and I have ridden through this great state a few times and are always discovering something new. I know that I would like to try a few more eateries the next time we go, especially after spending a few hours on Yelp.

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If you are heading for a Harley Davidson Road Trip over the Shenandoah Mountains, you have to take a break at the Brookside Restaurant in Luray. Located on 2978 US Highway 221 East this great little family style restaurant has been serving up home-style American fare since 1925.

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With menu items like the corned beef and hash for breakfast, a classic deli Reuben or Rachael for lunch and stuffed flounder for dinner. Save some room for peanut butter pie or buy one to take home. Change your Harley Davidson Road Trip plans and stay the night at Brookside Cabins, which is just next door and owned and operated by
the same couple, Bob and CeCe Castle. This great little property also has a country store and a gift shop.

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El Paso Grille on Stuart Street in Elkton, VA is known for its great homemade authentic Mexican fair and its portions sizes. Because it is right in the middle of Blue Ridge, there are tons of great roads to enjoy on a Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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Open from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm every day except Monday’s, this great little restaurant has some menu items that I would love to sample. If you find yourself out this way on a Harley Davidson Road trip The French Fries Texanos sounds like a great appetizer and maybe some fajitas for an entrée. Honestly it would be tough though as everything sounds delicious.

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Another place that I would love to stop for a meal is located in New Market and has been around for at least 50 years. The Southern Kitchen calls South Congress St. home and is a must if you are heading out on a Harley Davidson Road Trip in Virginia. Travels with HarleyDressed out like a 50’s diner with roomy booths and a jukebox on hand, the Southern Kitchen is a local hangout that is family owned and operated. Favorites on the menu include Lloyds Fried Chicken, Peanut Soup, and Sweet Iced Tea.

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We have been talking about food for weeks, so next time we’ll explore some great places to stay if you are planning a Harley Davidson Road trip in the future or a Harley Davidson Road Trip in the next year or so. Happy Riding!

The Perfect Weekend Motorcycle Ride in Washington

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Located in the North Western part of the United States, Washington State is a popular destination for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride, and if you are looking for some great places to enjoy a good meal, keep reading.

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Anatone, Washington is home to Boggan’s Oasis, the ride to get there is somewhat boring until you make it to the Canyon, which is home to the famous Rattlesnake Grade. People who are heading out for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride like the fact that you can go down on one side while making your way back up the other, turn right around and do it all over again.

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Boggan’s Oasis is next to the Grande Ronde River at 61376 Highway 129 and has rooms for rent and a mom and pop shop with a diner. Bikers who are on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride always stop for the milkshakes, which are supposed to be the best in the state. Other menu items include Hearty Skillet Breakfasts, Biscuits and Gravy, Homemade Chili and Chicken Fried Steak.

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If you are planning a Weekend Motorcycle Ride to Mt. St. Helens View Point, you have to stop by the Cougar Bar and Grill in Cougar, WA. Located at 16849 Lewis Road there are some great winding roads that lead you down to Highway 13 right alongside the Columbia River. The Cougar Bar and Grill serves up traditional American food, such as Clam Strips and Fries, Potato Skins with Nacho Cheese and out of this world Onion Rings. The décor is classified as, “Super Vintage,” with a potbelly stove to complete the picture.

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Woodinville, WA is home to the Forecasters Public House with both inside and outside seating areas. Perfect for a Weekend Motorcycle Ride pit stop, the Forecasters Public House has a great atmosphere and is located right across the street from the Chateau St. Michel Winery.

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I couldn’t stop staring at the menu, not to mention the choice of great brews brought to you by REDHOOK. I think we would have to eat more than one meal at the pub, as I couldn’t take my eyes off the Beer Baked Mac and Cheese and the Sausage Platter. Featuring German Sausage, Hot Link, and a Redhook ESB Bratwurst served with a side of House made Blonde Ale Cheese Sauce; it was more than enough for a meal. Other choice items on the menu at the pub located at 14300 NE145th St. include the Blackened Salmon Sandwich and the Blackhook Braised Shepherds Pie .

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A Weekend Motorcycle Ride wouldn’t be complete without having a meal at Whidbey Pies and Café. Smack in the middle of the Whidbey run at 765 Wonn Road in Greenbank, WA you can grab a bowl of Seafood Chowder, a classic Reuben Sandwich, or a grown up Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

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However, the real reason people stop here on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride is for the pie. With choices such as Salted Caramel Apple, Triple Berry, and Rhubarb, you will have to take a walk before you head out for the rest of your Weekend Motorcycle Ride.

Next week, Travels with Harley is heading out to Virginia for some more great places to stop on a Weekend Motorcycle Ride.