Photo: Halle Kennon Photography

Photo: Halle Kennon Photography

Al Fresco with Basket & Bike. . . and Palate Picnics in 2019

Since launching our partnership with Palate Picnics by Faulkner Norfleet Inspired Outdoor Gatherings, we have hosted beautiful picnic rides that have left our riders speechless, discovering the linens, blankets, flowers, food, and wine artfully arranged “al fresco” right by the river, most notably at Upper Shirley Vineyards.  Along with the talented women creating these timeless tableaux, my friends Beth Norfleet and Mary Yvonne Faulkner, we are ready to help you plan a very special day spent leisurely out-of-doors.  Working with Upper Shirley Executive Chef Carlisle Bannister our picnics offer fairy tale magic and impressionable memories, and can be transported to another setting like Lazare Art Gallery or a nearby garden, park, or plantation. Whether it’s an engagement party, important birthday, or just a day outside with the team (family, friends, or work) Virginia offers the perfect place to picnic on plaid imported from England, and ride a bike beside the bright green of spring wheat, near the humming of summer cicadas, or under changing leaves of fall, in this most historic part of our country.  Picnic rides can be added to our Signature Ride (2.5hrs on the trail) custom crafted for a 1hr or 5hr bike ride, or added to a bike rental.  This is ideal for groups (6 to 16) celebrating time together.  Call us soon so we can craft your special picnic ride for 2019!  Call 804-564-2568 or email for more information and booking.  Pricing varies based on number in party. 

These picnics are perfect for private bookings and special events.  Book a bike tour or rental and add on a special custom picnic created for you and your private group.  You and your friends will enjoy delicious picnic fare at a scenic location along the Virginia Capital Trail, available only through your booking with Basket & Bike and Palate Picnics.