Inn to Inn Biking in Vermont
The lower Champlain Valley provides the best cycling in Vermont. While much of the rest of Vermont is mountainous, ours is a rolling terrain of open farmland dotted with truly picturesque villages. Our self-guided tours, designed for cyclists who want luggage transported between inns but have no need for a guide, provide 3 to 8 days of leisurely paved-backroad biking with accurate maps, augmented by an orientation talk at the first inn and daily step-by-step cue sheets. Well-vetted routes provide 20 to 40 miles of safe, scenic, moderate biking per day, or more if you prefer. Tours are fully customized to suit your preferences for number of days, daily mileage, and terrain.
Explore the charming villages of Brandon, Middlebury, Vergennes, Bristol, Shoreham, Addison, and Proctor. Enjoy a refreshing swim at a state park or swimming hole along a number of our routes. Visit museums and exhibits which present Vermont’s fascinating history. Cruise through a covered bridge. Pause while a farmer drives his herd from field to field across your route. And, enjoy the magnificent scenery all along the way.
Comfortable accommodations at unique country inns, including candlelit dinners and hearty breakfasts, round out the package. Occasionally, or if you prefer, accommodations may be at charming bed-and-breakfasts (B&Bs), giving you the opportunity to dine at whim at fine local restaurants. Trips start and end in “the Art and Soul of Vermont,” the village of Brandon, where you will receive a personal overview of your trip. Nights may be spent at the Lilac Inn, Inn on Park Street, Inn at Baldwin Creek, Dream House Country Inn B&B, Strong House Inn B&B , Swift House Inn, Middlebury Inn, Button Bay B&B, Shoreham Inn, Fox Creek Inn, The Antique Mansion B&B, or Gazebo Inn B&B. The actual inns in your itinerary will depend on the distance you wish to ride each day, the starting date, and the availability at the inns. Bring your own bike, or rent from our well-equipped shop.
2016 COST: Package prices vary depending mostly on the inns you’ll stay at, but also on the season. Daily dinner-and-breakfast plan rates (including bike rentals) are normally $215-$265 ppdo but will range up to $295 during the brief prime foliage season. If bicycle rentals are not desired, deduct $25 per person per rental day. Daily B&B plans (not including bike rentals) start as low as $125 ppdo.
Sample 2016 “classic” 4-night trip: One night each at The Inn on Park Street, Shoreham Inn, Swift House, and Lilac Inn, with high-quality rental bike for four days riding, dinner nightly, private-bath accommodations, breakfast each morning, daily luggage transfer, detailed maps and cue sheets, all meals and rooms taxes (9% or 10%) and required housekeeping and waitstaff gratuities. If bringing your own bikes, deduct $100 per person from package quotes below. Out-of-pocket expenses: lunch daily.
Summer (early May – late-Sept): $945 per person double occupancy / $1890 per couple.
Foliage (late-Sept – late Oct): $1045 per person double occupancy / $2090 per couple.