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Inside the Red Hook Ale Brewery, just off the Sammamish River Trail.

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company, a few miles from the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail.

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In October, we asked you to tell us about your favorite breweries or wineries right off a rail-trail. Check out some of these well-situated watering holes!

Paul Hannegan — Seattle, Wash.
On the
Sammamish River Trail near Seattle, Wash., there are more than 30 wineries within a two to three-minute ride from the trail as it passes through Woodinville (Chateau St. Michelle and the Columbia Winery being our favorites). Several are open for tasting and bottle sales, and some are selling their wine without a tasting room. In the same neighborhood is the Red Hook Ale Brewery, which has a fun tour full of tasting, as well as a restaurant with decent food. Probably not a good idea to take full advantage of all these places before continuing on down to Redmond!

Patrick McDermott — Martinsville, N.J.
Bet you've heard of these popular spots already. First is the River Horse Brewery in Lambertville, N.J., just feet off the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail. Also, after a very short walk across the pedestrian and bicycle-friendly Delaware River bridge, one enters Pennsylvania and finds Triumph Brewery, again just feet from the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath. Both great places, but let's practice safe riding protocols, please!

Steve Martin — Amherst, Va.
Just a few miles from the
Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail, after a hike along the beautiful Piney and Tye rivers, one can enjoy the Devils Backbone Brewing Company and Restaurant. Eat inside or on the patio with priceless views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The local brewmaster has produced a half-dozen unique and tasty beers and ales. The food is excellent, and the architecture and decor were inspired by the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming. The Devils Backbone is at the intersection of Route 151 and Route 664 in Nelson County, Va., between Piney River and Nellysford.

Harriett Handshaw — Mandeville, La.
The Tammany Trace outside of New Orleans, La., has several delectible beer drinking opportunities. The portion of the trace near Mandeville has a spur that takes you to the Pontchartrain lakefront, where you can visit the The Barley Oak. It has a beautiful balcony that's great for sitting and gazing out at the lake, hundreds of beers on tap and great sandwiches. Another place right on the Trace is the Abita Brewpub in Abita (the actual brewery is a few miles away), where you can sample a great variety of Abita Beers and guest brews, as well as get a good meal.

In Covington, at the Corner of Lockwood and New Hampshire streets
(near one end of the Tammany Trace), is the
Heiner Brau Brewery/Covington Brewery. They offer tours as well. Two blocks from the Covington Trailhead is the Columbia Street Tap Room, which features another great selection of beers, including our local beers and great food.
All of these options are within a short 12-mile ride from Mandeville to Covington! (Of course, it is 12 miles back, too...)

Chris Baring — Greenwich, Conn.
Just finished riding the
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail yesterday. In Chelmsford, Mass., there's a new sports pub, Brickhouse Pub & Pizza. It is visible from the trail where you have to cross central square at the light. The food and service are very good and moderately priced. The customers are mostly local, so you get a feeling for the area. Oh, and there is a bicycle shop right nearby called the Chelmsford Cyclery. They put air in my tires and wanted to know how I liked the trail. I told them exactly what I have said here: the trail is awesome.

Linda Morgan — Hayden Lake, Idaho
Here you are showing off my neck of the woods! I bike the Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes with my friends whenever we can; we love it. I think we like to do the Bull Run to Harrison section the best, but we also change it up and head to the high ground and go to the Snake Pit to eat and drink, then back to the trail we go. When we go to Harrison, it's One Shot Charlie's that gets our vote there. The fall has got to be the prettiest time of year to go with all of the colors.

Doug Lass —  De Witt, Iowa

When I visit the
Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa, there is a small microbrewery, Millstream Brewery Co., that sits right next to a bike trail that follows the millstream from Amana to Middle Amana. Though not an abandoned railway, it is a nice little trail in the two to three-mile distance that is beneficial to the local Amana economy.

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