Discounted Vermont Bike Tours for 2020!
The Early Bird, Early Season Special
For SEVEN WEEKS in the spring and early summer, we are offering our most popular tour, the four-night “Vermont Classic” at a discount exceeding 20% off our published rate. Beat the heat and enjoy some of Vermont’s forty shades of green as you pedal safe, scenic, well-vetted routes between some of its classic country inns. Read on for dates, inns, meals, routing, and other details. For a video of the cycling experience, please click here.
- Because of the special nature of this discount, dates and inns are pre-arranged. We are still able to tailor your daily cycling distance between inns to fit your desired range. All tours are four nights with a Sunday afternoon arrival, three or optionally four days of cycling, and a Thursday departure. Available 2020 start dates are Sundays, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, and June 14.
- Sunday: Arrive at The Brandon Inn for afternoon check-in, and preview the maps and routes for your tour. These are well-vetted, paved back roads that have been enjoyed by our clients for safety and scenery for more than forty years. For flexibility of your arrival-day schedule, tonight is on bed-and-breakfast plan; one of the top restaurants in Vermont, and others offering simpler fare are within a five minute walk of your inn, in a vibrant village with 250 buildings listed on the National Historic Register. Overnight and breakfast at the inn, the 39-guestroom landmark of the Art & Soul village of Vermont, presided over by a delightful international couple who have called this their home and business for 30 years. Ahead of your arrival, we will send you a customized RideWithGPS app which will have your elevations/distances/etc for download to your phone. The RideWithGPS app will, if you desire, provide you audible directions as you cycle.
- Monday: We’ll give you an in-person overview / orientation talk before breakfast. If renting bikes, your wheels are delivered at breakfast. Rental bikes come equipped with helmet, water bottle, and small pack over rear wheel for sundries; each pair of bikes come outfitted with spare tube, mini-pump, adjustment kit, and lock. Leave your luggage behind for transfer by our staff, and leave your car safely parked off-street while you cycle. Pedal off on your first door to door ride, a guest favorite through apple orchards and dairy farms with Adirondack backdrops ahead of you much of the way. Door-to-door distances available (paved) are 16, 19, 30, 33, 36, 40, and 46 miles. A covered railroad bridge is a nice rest spot available on all routes, and on all but the shortest routes, the picturesque village of Orwell, with its old-time general store and attractive civic architecture is a chance for lunch in the park. On the 30+ mile options, restored Fort Ticonderoga in New York State is an excellent side trip on bikes — take the 7-minute ferry across Lake Champlain and back (note: the ferry season varies from year to year based on water level in Lake Champlain, and may start after the earliest of these biking dates). Dinner, overnight, and breakfast at Shoreham Inn, a 1790 tavern, now the biking mecca of Vermont and home to a popular European gastropub, where you’ll dine.
- Tuesday: Start over some hills, and then zigzag around prime farmland of the Otter Creek, optionally visiting the state Morgan Horse Farm for a tour of its very pretty grounds, and pedaling into Middlebury through the only two-lane covered bridge in Vermont. Door-to-door distances (paved) are 15, 18, 27, 35, or 49 miles, with possibilities up to 62. The 35 mile and longer routes visit the tiny boutique “city” of Vergennes mid-trip. Dinner tonight in this vibrant shire town is on your own / off package / out of pocket as the inn’s in-house restaurant is not open for dinner on [Mondays or] Tuesdays. Innkeepers will assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations; all the village eateries are within an easy sidewalk stroll of the inn. Overnight and breakfast are at the Swift House, a Select Registry listed former Vermont governor’s restored family manse in this cosmopolitan college village.
- Wednesday: You’ll begin the day cycling through open farmland similar to the previous two days, but in the afternoon, you’ll leave that behind as you circle thousand-acre Lake Dunmore in the National Forest, an excellent spot for a swim, boat rental (May 24 and later departures only), or short hike to a waterfall in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Door-to-door distances (paved) are 25, 29, or 39 miles. Dinner, overnight, and breakfast are at The Inn on Park Street, a Victorian gem on the prettiest street in Vermont, hostessed in style by a Boston pastry chef turned innkeeper.
- Thursday: Today is departure day, and biking is optional. If you have the time, take a fun 25 or 35 mile scoot through three covered bridges of the Marble Valley south of town before departure. Upon return, The Brandon Inn (where you started on Sunday and left your car while you were cycling around Vermont) is gracious to offer a shower for you to freshen up before heading off to your next adventure. If renting bikes, today’s activity is not on-trip modification; you’ll need to choose whether you’re renting bikes for Thursday or not when you make your booking.
Included: two dinners (Monday and Wednesday); four overnights (Queen room or room with two beds if you prefer, private bath, non-smoking inns); four served breakfasts (Monday through Thursday); detailed maps and turn-by-turn cue sheets for four days of door to door riding on well-vetted, paved back roads; an in-person orientation talk at the first inn; RideWithGPS app with audible directions for your smartphone; four days of high-quality rental bikes (delivered); daily luggage transfer while you cycle; housekeeping and waitstaff gratuities; Vermont meals and rooms tax at 9% or 10% depending on the town. Out of pocket expenses are lunch daily and two dinners (Sunday in Brandon and Tuesday in Middlebury). For a video tour of the cycling experience, please click here.
Special 2020 Package Pricing, for SEVEN WEEKS ONLY on Sunday starts May 3 through June 14:
Renting bikes for four days (Mon – Thur): $745 per person double occupancy / $1490 total for two guests in one guestroom for four nights, or single occupancy (one person in a private room) at $995 pp
Renting bikes for three days (Mon – Wed): $720 per person double occupancy / $1440 total for two guests in one guestroom for four nights, or single occupancy (one person in a private room) at $970 pp
Electric-assist bikes are available for rent! These are purpose-designed/built hybrid bikes factory-outfitted with electric motors to help give you that little push you might appreciate on the hills. Simply recharge the battery in your guestroom while you sleep. Many, many of our guests have reported that their e-bike made the trip just that much more enjoyable because it was just that much less work. Add a premium of $25 per biking day to the trip cost above.
Bringing your own bikes: $645 per person double occupancy / $1290 total for two guests in one guestroom for four nights, or single occupancy (one person in a private room) at $895 pp
If bringing your own bikes: Rentals are geared 3 by 8, and you will want a similarly-geared bike for this trip. A “beach cruiser” is not appropriate for distance touring, nor is a ten-speed. Have your bike inspected by a reputable mechanic, and consider equipping your own bike similarly to how the bike shop equips the rentals (read above), including a handlebar-mounted holder for your cue sheets / map and phone holder to avail yourself of the RideWithGPS turn-by-turn directions on your phone.