Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa
The Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa is one of the most centrally located properties in Santa Rosa. The hotel is walking distance to many downtown attractions, is right on the Santa Rosa Creek bike path, and a short drive from many of Sonoma County’s wineries.
All of the guest rooms in the hotel feature wireless high speed internet access, coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, two 2-line phones with voicemail, free HBO, and parking. After a busy day of out and about, guests can relax in their rooms or enjoy the hotel’s facilities such as the fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool, complimentary business center, and meeting spaces. The Marriott does have a two night minimum for Friday and Saturday.
Make reservations by calling 1-800-359-7094 and asking for the “Levi Leipheimer’s KING RIDGE Gran Fondo 2014” rate or online at the link here.
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa
Set among artfully-maintained gardens, the Flamingo Resort and Spa is the perfect location for relaxing and enjoying Northern California’s premier Wine Country. Look forward to a complimentary continental breakfast buffet, health club passes AND parking, as well as a pool, hot tub, tennis courts and restaurant on-site.
Rates are available 3 days pre- and post-event. Make reservations by calling 707-545-8530 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and reference “GranFondo” by 9/5/14.
Fountaingrove Inn, Hotel & Conference Center
Fountaingrove Inn is close to the redwoods, the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River. The quaint towns of Healdsburg, Calistoga, and Sonoma are within an easy drive as well as the wine appellations of Dry Creek, Russian River, and Sonoma Valleys. Expect complimentary parking and use of the onsite fitness center. Equus Restaurant and Lounge bar on-site with California fusion menu highlights local ingredients and emphasizes classic flavors with Mediterranean, Spanish and French influences.
Rates are offered 2 days prior and 2 days after the meeting dates. All Saturday night reservations require a two night minimum. Make reservations by calling 1-800-222-6101 or online at the link here, by 9/3/14.
Nestled in the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country, the Hilton is the perfect home away from home for cycling enthusiasts with rooms large enough to store your bike without tripping over it. Complimentary parking and health club use round out a wonderful experience as does our on-site pool, hot tub and restaurant.
Saturday night reservations require a two-night minimum. Make reservations by calling 1-800-445-8667 9/11/14 or online by clicking on the link here. Group code: LGF.
Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa
Savor the romance and charm of a Tuscan villa set in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa. A short drive from Sonoma wineries, the Sonoma Coast and the airport, the AAA Four Diamond Santa Rosa hotel is convenient and offers first class amenities. Look forward to a complimentary parking and entrance to fitness facility as well as a pool, hot tub and restaurant on-site.
Make reservations by calling 1-888-421-1442 and reference “King Ridge Gran Fondo” by 8/07/14.
Bed and Breakfast Options
For those of you on a quest for quaintness a bit further afield from our city streets, we’ve got a fine selection of bed and breakfasts that are chainring-friendly. Check ‘em out here and commence practicing your front porch sittin’.
- Sonoma County Airport, STS, is closest and most convenient, served by Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines via LAX, PDX, and SEA.
- Oakland Airport, OAK, is 75 miles south on the east side of San Francisco Bay
- San Francisco Airport, SFO is 75 miles south
Airport Shuttle Service
Shuttle service to/from the OAK and SFO airports is served by Airport Express, www.airportexpressinc.com. The buses run practically every hour, but check their site for times/fares. Bike boxes will fit in the luggage compartment. Fares are $66 R/T in January 2014.
Our comrades at NorCal Bike Sport will be renting out a fleet of Specialized bikes for the GranFondo, but you’ll want to reserve them as soon as possible. The convenience of a top-of-the-line bike that’s ready and waiting for you the day before the event is popular indeed.
Transportation to the GranFondo
We want everyone’s GranFondo ride to start out quickly and easily. With 7,500 people though, it won’t be as simple as just walking up to the line a couple of minutes before the start. We’ve got all our recommendations below about how best to get to the start line without pulling out whatever leg hair you’ve not shaved off already.
The GranFondo start/finish and FondoSonoma Festival will be held at:
This is the hub from which all GranFondo activity radiates. All you’ve got to do is get here.
Ride Your Bike
The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is providing FREE BIKE VALET at the FondoSonoma Festival and the Finley Center is located right off the Prince Greenway bike path. Parking at the venue will be very limited and we strongly encourage everyone to get in the spirit of the day by arriving on your bike. We’ll have a bag check-in available that morning so you can stow a change of clothes, etc. Hot showers are also available at the Finley Center post-ride.
Join a Fondo Shop Ride
Local shops will be assisting with the leave-the-car-behind effort by hosting GranFondo shop rides directly from their stores. Fondo Shop Rides will head out early in the morning in time for the start, but won’t be scheduled until we get closer to the 2014 event. Stay tuned to this space.
Take Public Transit
The City of Santa Rosa is offering direct routes between the Downtown Transit Mall (click for map) and the West Side Transfer Center (click for map), which is located across the street from the Finley Center. Schedules are at www.srcity.org/citybus.
The City also offers free weekend parking in the Downtown Parking Structure at 555 First Street and at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. There are other parking options in downtown, but there may be a fee involved. Either way, all of them are close to bus transit areas and the bike path leading to the GranFondo. Remember, if you opt to use a parking garage, many bikes on roof racks may not support this decision.
Carpool and/or Rideshare
If You Must Drive
There is no street parking on the streets near the Finley Center (Stony Point Road, College Avenue, West Ninth Street) and next-to-no parking at the Finley Center. Several businesses in the adjacent Stony Point Business Park are open on Saturday and their parking must remain available for their customers. Do not park in any area marked as “No GranFondo Parking.”
Download our Parking Map. Many of the options depicted here are not immediately at the Finley Center. Should you be going for a spot close to the venue, you’ll want to pay attention to signs on-site indicating where you can and can’t park.
NOTE: both directions of Stony Point Rd. will be closed at 7am between West 9th St. and West College Ave. Two-way traffic on the southbound side of Stony Point will resume at 9am. For more information about road closures and impacts to traffic, please see our Road Closure Information page when it goes live approximately three weeks prior to the GranFondo event date.