Catharine Pear, Marketing Director at Bike and Roll DC, discuss biking the Mount Vernon Trail

Catharine Pear- Marketing Director at Bike and Roll DC

Cat Pear is the Marketing Director at Bike and Roll DC and is in charge of creating entertaining and informative bike tours and Segway tours of Washington, D.C. as well as offering the only official bike and Segway tours of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Q: What is the historical significance of the Mount Vernon Trail?
A: The Mount Vernon Trail, part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, stretches 17 miles along the Potomac River in Northern Virginia. The trail connects landmarks such as Theodore Roosevelt Island and the Mount Vernon Estate, home of first President George Washington, through a paved hiker/biker path. The Mount Vernon Trail is an excellent outdoor option for those wishing to explore Old Town Alexandria and surrounding points of interest.

Q: How does biking the sites provide a more enhanced experience than taking a Segway, walking, or driving to Mount Vernon?
A: Bike and Roll DC is excited to offer Capella guests the premiere Mount Vernon Trail touring experience. Exploring the trail from the seat of a bike offers riders the best possible vistas and accessibility. Our Trek Comfort Hybrids have 24 speeds and a dual shock system for an extra smooth ride. The bikes include roomy handlebar bags (perfect for stowing away keys, wallet, camera, etc.) and racks with bungees for extra storage.

Q: What are your top five pit stops on the way to Mount Vernon?
A: Points of interest along the beautiful Mount Vernon Trail include Theodore Roosevelt Island, Arlington National Cemetery, Gravelly Point (perfect for a good view of planes departing from National Airport), Old Town Alexandria, and Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve.

Q: What kind of foliage can you expect to see? What trees/flowers are along the trail?
A: Depending on the season, riders on the Mount Vernon Trail can spot daffodils at the Lady Bird Johnson Park, spatterdock and cattails in Dyke Marsh, large oak trees, and lovely weeping willows.

Q: What is your favorite part about touring Mount Vernon?
A: Being animal lovers, one of our favorite parts of Mount Vernon is visiting the variety of furry residents that call the estate home. From sheep, to cows, to a friendly mule or two, it's always fascinating to see the same breeds of livestock that were raised at Mount Vernon two centuries ago. (And of course touring the gorgeous mansion itself isn't too shabby either)