Friday, May 01, 2015

Follow our Atlantic Coast Cross-Country Tour

Our Atlantic Coast cross-country group left last week from Fort Lauderdale, Florida headed toward Bar Harbor, Maine. To follow the tour, read some of the blogs from their voyage:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Southern Tier Tour Takes Off!

Our 2015 Southern Tier cross-country tour left San Diego on Friday. The 22 women and four staff are headed to St. Augustine, Florida. To read about their two-month journey, you can follow some of their blogs:
We wish them a safe and wonderful ride!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ten Ways to Beat Those Winter Blahs

Winter getting you down? Are your clothes feeling tighter? Do you beat yourself up for not having worked out at all this week? Or last week? Or the week before that? Then it's time for a reality check. Here are 10 ways to beat those winter blahs and motivate yourself.
  1. Sign up for our Bermuda Blues tour in March. You have a month to get ready and there's no winter in Bermuda.
  2. Buy some new workout clothes and try a different class at the gym. Even if you can't keep up, you'll look good.
  3. Embrace the season. Rent a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and try a new sport. Just be ready to fall.
  4. Need some help to get back in shape? Sign up for our beginner 13-day East Coast Meander in May. It's really three tours in one, so you save $230. Even if you're not in shape at the start of the tour, you will be by the end of it.
  5. Try a new app. The free Cardiio app offers a 7-minute workout you can do anywhere without props. Hey, seven minutes is better than zero.
  6. Check your bicycle. Is it ready to be ridden at the first sign of spring? If not, take it to your bike shop now. During the slow season, mechanics have time to tune up or fix whatever is broken.
  7. Take a walk. Wear lots of layers and arrange to meet a friend for coffee afterwards as a reward.
  8. Be ready to experience spring in all its glory by signing up for our Yellowstone National Park tour in June. We're still offering a $139 discount.
  9. Stop feeling guilty and curl up on the couch to watch a good movie about cycling. The Triplets of Belleville is my favorite.
  10. Plan now to prevent this from happening to you next year. Sign up for our February 2016 New Zealand tour by the end of this month and save $199. It's summer now down under!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Dates set for 2015 Women Only Bike Rides

Mark your 2015 calendars today! We'll host bicycle fun rides for women only from our WomanTours headquarters in Rochester, NY again this year:

Thursday, May 28 at 5:45pm
Friday, June 19 at 5:45pm
Tuesday, July 21 at 5:45pm
Thursday, September 24 at 5:15pm

All ages and abilities are welcome. All rides will have a sweep cyclist riding last who will help fix any flat tires. No one will get dropped or lost and we'll offer different length rides from 11 to 24 miles.

If you need to borrow a bike for the ride, let us know as we may have one available. Afterwards, we invite you to stay for a drink or a bite to eat at a nearby pub.

As the dates get closer, we'll ask for you to RSVP by phone or email so we know how many riders to expect. The rides will start at our office at 3495 Winton Place, Building E, Rochester, NY 14618. We'll look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Our 20 years of annual tour catalogs.
The year 2015 marks our 20th anniversary! WomanTours is among a select few - only a quarter of all companies succeed this long. We’ve had a wonderful couple of decades!

I owe our success … to all of you who keep coming back to travel with us. Women like Mary, Margaret, Marlene and Cheryl who between them have taken nearly 100 tours. Thank you!

… to all of you who have stepped out of your comfort zones to join a tour for the first time. It may be your first experience traveling on your own, your first trip out of the country, your first ride longer than 10 miles, or your first attempt to use clipless pedals. I continue to be amazed and humbled by your bravery.

… to our founder, Gloria Smith, who had the initiative and foresight to bicycle across the country and then start this company.

… to the best guides in the business – women who have worked with me for years, who make hard work look easy, and who I know are a big reason so many of you keep coming back. 

… and lastly, to family - to my sisters Jen and Michelle who always have my back, to my cousin Kelly for her fresh perspective and cool confidence, and to Sandra who is like a sister. She showed me the ropes early on and continues to run our western office with aplomb.

Thank you for helping WomanTours become the world’s leading bicycle touring company for women. Here’s to our next 20 years and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from all of us at WomanTours

As I write this, I'm watching the rain through the window beside my desk. Typically, we have snow this time of year. In my younger days, I'd squeeze my eyes shut and wish hard for snow, thinking that the harder I wanted it, the more likely the snow would fall. Now I've learned that whether it snows or not, it's still the holidays. It's still the time to take off from work or school, do the things that bring us joy, and spend time with those we love. It's still the time to reflect on our good fortune and give thanks. And it's still the time to know that next year is another chance to make things even better!
May you enjoy this holiday season, with the ones you love, doing what you love. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Certificates Available

Trying to find the perfect gift? Look no further! Available in any amount, our gift certificates are good for any tour. If she doesn't like it, you can get your money back. No risk. Call or email us to finish up your holiday shopping now!