Of all the activities that take place in and around Daytona Beach during Bike Week, the DeLand Bike Rally has always been one of my favorites. Held the first Saturday during Bike Week (which runs 3/6 – 3/15 this year), the one-day DeLand rally generally attracts some 50,000 visitors to this small historic city 20 miles to the southwest of its larger cousin, Daytona. Not bad for a town of 30,000 residents.

Sturgis-style, they close several blocks of downtown to all but motorcycle traffic, with bikes lining both sides and the middle of Woodland Blvd., the town’s main street. Despite the crowds, it’s generally a much more relaxed vibe than you find in Daytona.

DeLand Rally 2015Besides the traditional rally food and merchandise vendors, DeLand offers lots of great local cafes, restaurants, and bars (and within the several block rally area, you’re allowed to stroll the sidewalk with your cup of beer, something that is strictly prohibido in Daytona).

DeLand Bike Rally official page: http://delandrally.com

Places to check out:

Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. – 111 W. Georgia Ave. – www.persimmonhollowbrewing.com (DeLand’s recently opened first and only micro-brewery offers some damn tasty beer)

De La Vega Restaurant – 128 N. Woodland Blvd. – http://delavegart.com (Mexican restaurant serving “Latin Fusion” cuisine)

Pat & Toni’s Sweet Things – 124 N. Woodland Blvd. – http://patandtonissweetthings.com (Damn fine homemade chocolates)

Photo Gallery DeLand Rally 2015:


About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Valeria Serviga

    June 18, 2015

    OMG Pat & Toni’s Sweet Things has just become a must do for this summer.

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