JOIN THE GRAND TOUR OF REDLANDS’ EMERALD NECKLACE – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Drivers, bicyclists and bus riders – The Fifth Running of the Emerald Necklace Grand Tour is about to depart. Pick up your maps and embark on a half-day tour of the gems of Redlands on Saturday, February 17, starting at 8am for the bus riders.
Redlands’ Emerald Necklace is a mostly-continuous green space the surrounds Redlands and connects many of Redlands scenic and historic gems. The grand tour was designed to acquaint the public with all of these gems and, in the process, to connect ‘tourists’ with many of Redlands’ local food purveyors and providers.
Up to 20 different restaurateurs, breweries, personal chefs, and farmers will provide samples of their wares at any one of the 10 or more different “chew and view” sites, the scenic or historic stops along the Emerald Necklace.
According to event coordinators, Redlands’ local food industry loves to show off what they can do with locally-sourced food, and they so generously offer to stage one of the stops along the route.
Three modes of transportation to choose from:
* Luxury Bus Tour – Features champagne and mimosas and the tour narration by Pete Dangermond, original author of the 1987 Emerald Necklace Plan. The bus tour costs $105 per guest.
* Personal Car – Features same route and stops as the bus tour, but you drive yourself at your own pace. You will get a map with turn-by-turn directions. Driving tour costs $50 per guest.
*Bicycle – Features two route choices: Long route, all 35 miles, with elevation gains of 2,000 feet, and all the Chew and View stops along the route. Bicycle long tour costs $50 per guest. Short route: mostly flat, approximately 20 miles. Features many of the Chew and View stops. Bicycle short tour costs $50 per guest.
All tourists receive a souvenir tee-shirt and a full-color map of the Emerald Necklace Trail and Scenic Route.
Drivers, cyclists on the long tour, and bus riders will follow the same long route which goes counter-clockwise from Heritage Park through San Timoteo Canyon and Live Oak Canyon, then over the hill to Crafton area and along the Santa Ana River Bluff before heading back to Heritage Park. The tour features two railroad-related sites – Santa Fe Depot and University of Redlands station – plus an extended tour of Redlands Gateway Ranch in Live Oak Canyon, a stop at the city’s latest citrus grove addition, and a look at the status of the Santa Ana River Trail plans.
At the end of the tour, guests arrive back at Heritage Park where they will enjoy yet another culinary treat, an after-party featuring Street Tacos lunches and live entertainment.
Reservations are available now at EventBrite.com. For more information, call (909) 782-6208. Bus reservations are limited to 45 and the total reservations are limited to 300.