Pretend you're on a European vacation. Get into the bike lane and ride like the wind.
1. Tour de fill-in-the-blank.
There's no better way to get around winding canals and cobblestone streets than on the Cadillac of two-wheeled cruisers: a top-quality, sit-up-straight Dutch bicycle. A handmade leather bicycle wine rack snaps to the frame, waiting for a ride to the next dinner party. Affix roll-up panniers to the rear tire as a classy carryall solution on long jaunts.
2. Host a proper picnic.
Spread a vintage tartan blanket on a grassy knoll. Have a tasting tour on a cheese board: a French triple-crème, tallegio from Northern Italy, goat cheese from England, and Scotch biscuits, French waffles, and a crusty baguette. Italian glass storage containers keep crudité in place. A perforated cotton napkin roll make for easy packing. Disposable bamboo utensils are lighter than silverware and feel better than plastic.