April 28, 2013

Escapes: Motorcycle show and celebration

Motorcycle show and celebration.Attention all easy riders, iron horsemen and two-wheel ethusiasts: Carmel wants you to pull on a helmet, crank the throttle and come for a visit.


Motorcycle show and celebration

Attention all easy riders, iron horsemen and two-wheel ethusiasts: Carmel wants you to pull on a helmet, crank the throttle and come for a visit.

On Saturday, the seaside town is to host the fifth annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering, which will showcase some of the coolest classic and sport bikes from "the past, present and future."

According to organizers, "the featured themes for 2013 include: The 20th anniversary of the Ducati Monster, antique, Japanese, European, competition, American, off-road, custom/modified and superbike." In addition to manufacturer displays and a for-sale-by-owner event, the event will include a new "Legends of the Sport" series. This year's honoree will be Wayne Rainey, three-time champion of the 500cc Grand Prix and winner of the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. Attendees also can enjoy a barbecue lunch with beverages from local wineries and breweries, plus live music.

The event will be held at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club (8000 Valley Greens Drive) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person, $15 for children 12 and under (price includes lunch). For more information, go to


In a Sacred Manner nature outing

What: The Middle Mountain Foundation presents the chance to walk with artist Stan Padilla as he shares insights on life. Learn of the mythology, botany, geology and mineralogy of the Sutter Buttes. The outing includes active but easy hiking and contemplative free time.

When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Details will be provided to registered participants.

Cost: $35

Information: (530) 671-6116;


Inspiration to travel

What: Thinking about making your first trip to Italy? Experience Italy's informal seminar will offer tips for first-timers or for those who need a refresher. Travelers who have gone there frequently share their passion for the country.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. May 16

Where: Luna Lounge in the Bella Bru Café, 5038 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael

Cost: $10

Information: (916) 456-0570 or (888) 397-4825;


Experience vistas in the mountains

What: The Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge bills itself as a "family-friendly and healthy way to create lasting memories" while hiking, biking or horseback riding this summer. Participants will track their progress in visiting six scenic points on the 165-mile trail from June through December.

When: Registration begins May 15; kickoff is June 1.

Where: The first location is Van Sickle Bi-State Park, Stateline, Nev.

Cost: $55 for new members (includes membership); $20 for current members

Information: (775) 298-0012;


Tim Swanson, Features Editor

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To submit events or news about travel and recreation activities, travel talks as well as organized day trips with costs up to $100, please send information at least three weeks in advance to Traveler, The Sacramento Bee, P.O. Box 15779, Sacramento, CA 95852, fax (916) 556-5625 or email: Priority will be given to events free to the public.

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