Summer Fun | SUP and Sip Tours
What goes with summer better than standup paddling? SUP and sip tours, of course. Standup paddling tours combined with wine and beer tastings, brewery tours, and vineyard stops are the latest SUP extracurriculars to surface. Spend time cruising the water with friends and then have a glass of wine, hit up a local brewery and maybe even learn a thing or two along the way. At the end of one of these SUP and sip tours, you'll be buzzing from all of the fun. —Shari Coble
Active Nature's Water and Wine Tour
Saturdays at 2:30pm
SUP and sip with the entire family during Active Nature's Water and Wine Tour on the Potomac River. Standup paddle from Riley's Lock (on the Potomac River) to Rocklands Farm, then spend a relaxing afternoon at the vineyard, while tasting some of the region’s finest wine. Food is also available for purchase and parents don't need to worry about finding a sitter, as participants who aren't of drinking age are still allowed on the tour—and for a lower price.
$60 for adults, $45 for young adults (ages 8-20), anadventures.com
U.S. National Whitewater Center's Unwined Adventure
Charlotte, North Carolina
May – October
Work up an appetite and thirst as you SUP the flatwater of Catawba River, before heading back to shore for a chef-prepared meal at the USNWC's Ridge Landing. Learn about the featured local, regional, or national winery, then sip away with anywhere from four to six tastings–about two glasses of wine–of the winery's different varieties.
Kai Vida's Paddle & Brew Tour
San Diego, California
Explore San Diego from water and land as you standup paddle below the cityscape, then head back to shore for brew time. Kai Vida takes tour participants to some of San Diego's finest micro-breweries post-SUP to sip, socialize and chow on this 4.5-hour tour around the beautiful downtown area.
Finger Lakes Yogascapes' SUP Yoga and Sip for Women
Canandaigua Lake, New York
7/14/2016 & 8/11/2016
This women's only event allows ladies to reach ultimate relaxation with a soothing SUP yoga session at sunset followed by a drink at local spot–The Sand Bar. While only open to females, the classes are open to all skill levels and include a SUP rental and one drink with registration. Grab your girlfriends and give this outing a go for a different type of night out–sans heels and mini-skirts.
Bend Kayak School's SUP and Brewery Tour
Learn to SUP before paddling past the Old Mill Shops and the Whitewater Park to downtown Bend, on this river standup paddling experience. After getting picked up downtown, paddlers will celebrate a good day on the water by touring a local brewery and soaking up the suds.
Grand Traverse Adventure Company's SUP, Cycling + Wine and Craft Beer Tour
Traverse City, Michigan
Tours Scheduled Upon Request
Grand Traverse Adventure Company runs wine and craft beer tours that combine standup paddling or kayaking with cycling during an afternoon tour of northern Michigan's best wineries, breweries, cider makers, and distilleries. SUP or kayak on the Boardman River, then relax and refuel with lunch at the Rivertown Cafe on West Grand Traverse Bay. Post-meal, the tour takes you to check out the beautiful peninsulas and have a taste of Michigan by stopping at one or more of the region’s sip-worthy establishments.
Price varies, http://grandtraverseadventurecompany.com
Paddle for Pints Pub Paddle
West Bay Lake, Michigan
Sold out in 2016 and for good reason, the Paddle for Pints is a must-do in Traverse City. Paddle the Traverse City Ale Trail via the Boardman River, Boardman Lake, and West Bay Lake (a little over two miles collectively), and visit six breweries along the way. Choose to paddle your own craft, or rent one for an additional cost. Six and a half hours will fly by when standup paddling three different bodies of water and sipping grog throughout the day.
$20 – $45, http://paddleforpints.com