I’ve recently become semi-obsessed with the idea of getting a motorcycle. My friend Matt (a Harley guy) suggested I get my feet wet with some Vespa riding (an excellent suggestion). So last week, looking very Roman Holiday in my heels and little black dress (much to the horror of my riding instructor), I spent the morning learning how to drive a Vespa in the parking lot of Manhattan's Tavern on the Green. I started on the most basic model, the LX50 (max speed 39mph). After knocking over a few cones I was riding like a pro.
Further incentive to get my license: Wine Country Vespa just launched a series of two-day Napa and Sonoma-based Vespa tours with stops at top wineries like Caymus Vineyards and Paul Hobbs, luxe lodging at places like Hotel Healdsburg and fabulous winemaker dinners at local restaurants.
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Vespa 101 at Tavern on the Green.