Vermont Bikes and Brews (TourzPlus!)

  • Itinerary Summary

    Love cycling for hours through beautiful rolling countryside? Are you often found sharing a favorite beer with friends at the end of rides? Would you choose a hot shower and comfortable bed over pitching your tent at the end of a ride? If so, our Vermont Bike & Brewery Tour is for you! Vermont has more microbreweries per capita than any state in the US and, as luck would have it, they are nestled in the midst of some of the state's top cycling routes. Enjoy rides through rolling countryside and climbs of several of Vermont's famous "gaps." Summer showcases Vermont's scenic country roads, sprawling green fields and clear mountain streams. Classic barns, town greens and country stores magically transport you to simpler times of generations past. Creative young entrepreneurs are returning centuries-old family farms to viable agricultural use. Small organic farms and specialty producers have grown in concert with the craft beer movement in Vermont, creating a strong local foods culture.
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    1. Day 1: Champlain Valley to Middlebury

      Highlights: Welcome to Vermont

      Meet your tour leaders at the Hotel Vermont for a twenty-minute transfer to Charlotte where we'll fit bikes and review the route, ride south along a lightly traveled route through the Champlain Valley. Admire the herd at a picturesque organic dairy farm. View the waterfalls and enjoy a picnic on the town green in Vergennes. Continue through rolling farmland featuring beautiful views of New York's Adirondack Mountains to the west and Vermont's Green Mountains to the east. Pass through Vermont's only two-lane covered bridge - one of only six remaining in the entire US. Learn more about the country's preeminent hard cider maker during a tour and tasting at Woodchuck Hard Cider. After quenching your thirst, settle into the Swift House Inn, a former governor's mansion in the heart of Middlebury. This evening, the owner and winemaker of nearby Lincoln Peak Vineyards will share the history of the vineyard with you over dinner which will feature ingredients from area farms and a menu specially crafted to complement a selection of Lincoln Peak's finest wines.

      Distance: 39 miles.

      Lodging: The Swift House

    2. Day 2: Montpelier

      Highlights: Middlebury Gap & Three Penny Tap Room

      Today's ride crosses the spine of the Green Mountains. Pass the historic buildings of Middlebury College's stunning Breadloaf Campus, where Robert Frost spent many years writing and teaching poetry. With his inspiration in mind, continue the 1300' climb up Middlebury Gap, known by area cyclists as the least difficult of the four local gaps. Soak in the views to the west before the winding descent into the Mad River Valley. Follow the river to Montpelier, the nation's smallest capital city, and the Inn at Montpelier which is a beautifully restored, historic inn dating to the mid-19th century. This evening choose from a variety of fine and casual dining options in the home city of the New England Culinary Institute. Don't miss the Three Penny Tap room, recently coined a "Craft Beer Mecca" by the Boston Globe.

      Distance: 63 miles.

      Lodging: The Inn at Montpelier

    3. Day 3: East Burke

      Highlights: The Capitol to the Northeast Kingdom

      Following another savory Vermont country breakfast, spin out of Montpelier to Vermont's iconic Northeast Kingdom. "The Kingdom" epitomizes Vermont and its rural agricultural heritage. Country roads wind through sprawling green fields of picturesque farmland. Your lodging this evening is in a stunning ridge top setting on a peaceful country road surrounded by farm fields. The aptly named Inn at Mountain View Farm features expansive views both to the east and the west, and on clear summer evenings stargazing is a favorite pastime around the fire pit. Dinner this evening is an outdoor BBQ and, of course, a selection of local craft beer!

      Distance: 51 miles.

      Lodging: Inn at Mountain View Farm

    4. Day 4: Stowe

      Highlights: Stowe

      Early risers may be fortunate enough to catch one of Vermont's most beautiful sunrises. Fresh Vermont air is sure to invigorate you as you ride west on a lightly traveled route this morning en route to esteemed Hill Farmstead Brewery. The Boston Globe calls Brewmaster, Shaun Hill "the brewing world's whiz kid." Oak barrels and hops characterize the selection of craft beers which are named after generations of Hill farmsteaders. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the "Farmstead" overlooking the panorama of the Green Mountain ridgeline. Visit Willey's Store, one of Vermont's classic general stores in the small village of Greensboro. Ride through idyllic Northeast Kingdom scenery for stops at Rock Art and Lost Nation breweries, where you might opt to end your ride before shuttling to your lodging. Those who have something left in their tank can tackle the final climb to Trapp Family Lodge where you can luxuriate in country life Austrian-style. This 2,500 acre mountainside resort was created by the von Trapp family whose history was depicted in The Sound of Music. Tonight we are treated to a tour and tasting at Trapp's brand new, expanded brewery. Dinner this evening features a selection of signature dishes of the lodge's chef.

      Distance: 57 or 70 miles.

      Lodging: Trapp Family Lodge

    5. Day 5: Stowe

      Highlights: Smuggler's Notch, Stowe

      Today's ride is Vermont classic featuring a loop through Smuggler's Notch, a historic passageway through which alcohol was smuggled south from Canada during Prohibition. Catch a lift to the top or grind your way up 1500' of narrow switchbacks and into The Notch which is carved between rock boulders and towering cliffs. An almost continuous seven-mile descent into the town of Jeffersonville provides a just reward for your efforts. you might opt to visit Smuggler's Notch Distillery which utilizes water from a nearby spring to make their vodka. Follow a beautiful route along a valley road in the shadow of Mt. Mansfield Vermont’s tallest peak at 4,393'. Enjoy lunch from a local country store while taking a break on the village green which overlooks the river. Winding your way back

      toward Burlington, let the afternoon's brewery options drive your cadence! As you make your way to the tony Hotel Vermont, you might choose to sample a few more of Vermont's finest with visits to Switchback and Queen City breweries. Renowned Citizen's Cider - featuring their cozy new tasting room - is also along the route. This evening we'll walk a couple of blocks to Vermont's own American Flatbread where together we will dine on delicious artisan flatbread and savor a selection of tasty brews from Flatbread's own Zero Gravity brewery.

      Distance: 54 miles.

      Lodging: Trapp Family Lodge

    6. Day 6: Lake Champlain and transfer back to Burlington

      Highlights: Lake Champlain

      You can't just gaze across one of the most stunning lakes in the US, you've got to get out on it! A morning ferry ride crossing Lake Champlain brings you to the New York

      side, where a scenic ride paralleling the lake concludes at a second ferry, returning you to Vermont. Once back in the Green Mountain State, it's a short ride to picnic lunch and a final toast to the week at with beer from Fiddlehead Brewery. Following showers you will be transported to the airport in Burlington or to Hotel Vermont (post-tour hotel) at the conclusion of the trip.

      Distance: 30 miles

    • Highlights

      Otter Creek Brewery tour and tasting, Middlebury Gap, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Smuggler's Notch, Montpelier, Trout River Brewery, Trapp Family Brewery
    • Includes

      Use of a 27-30 speed bicycle: 5 nights accommodation; 4 dinners, 3 lunches, all breakfasts; tours and tastings listed in itinerary; snacks; group transfer from Stowe to Burlington International Airport at tour end; van support
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      Burlington, Vermont
    • Arrive/Depart

      Bulington, Vermont
    • Total Distance

      294-307 miles
    • Daily Distance

      Average daily distance 55 miles
    • Rating

      401 Tour routes average 55 miles over rolling and hilly terrain.
    • Terms

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  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
    Aug 6-11, 2017 USD$2295 USD$495 Book it
    Aug 20-25, 2017 USD$2295 USD$495 Book it

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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