Vermont Bikes and Brews (TourzPlus!)
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Tour Level Note: The terrain throughout the trip is rolling and features some sections with lengthier and steeper climbs. Tour routes average 55 miles per day except for the final day of the tour. There are no mandatory shuttles (except to the tour start and from the tour end) however there are a couple of days where van assist to the top of significant morning climbs will be offered.
**We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications
Following a brief bike fitting and route review, ride south along a lightly traveled route through the Champlain Valley. Admire the herds of Jersey and Holstein cows as you pedal past picturesque dairy farms. View the waterfalls and enjoy a signature Sojourn 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. Swing in to Otter Creek Brewing for your first tasting opportunity of the week. After quenching your thirst, a short ride takes you to the charming Swift House Inn, a former governor???s mansion in the heart of Middlebury, where you can settle in. This evening the respected brew team of nearby Drop-In Brewery will provide an overview of the burgeoning craft brew industry in Vermont and field questions. Enjoy dinner at the inn???s own restaurant, considered by many as one of the top ten in the state. The menu will feature ingredients from area farms and each course will be carefully-selected to complement a selection of Drop-In???s highly regarded beers.
Today???s ride winds north to Richmond where one of Vermont???s beautiful round churches overlooks the town green and Winooski River. Along the ride, you will pass through the village of Bristol before climbing Baby Gap to ride one of our favorite routes leading past rural farms and featuring stunning views of the Green Mountains. Follow the river east to Waterbury, named the top beer town in New England by Boston.com and number one on Fiscal Times??? 25 Best Beer Towns in America. Grab a bite for lunch at Prohibition Pig which features a draft beer list that includes a number of hard to find Vermont beers as well as their own in-house brews. You might also pop into the Craft Beer Cellar and grab a growler to share with your fellow cyclists at day???s end. Waterbury is also home to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as well as Ben & Jerry???s so if you???re more inclined toward a cup of java or an ice cream cone, you???ll have the opportunity to sample some of Vermont???s finest in those categories as well. Today???s ultimate destination is Stowe, best known as the Ski Capital of the East. Stowe is also home to several breweries of its own including The Alchemist, Trapp???s, and Shed Brewing. The Alchemist led the charge along Vermont???s IPA Highway with their famous Heady Topper which continues to enjoy a rabid group of devotees. For those who want the ultimate challenge, take a spin just up the road from Topnotch to tackle the climb through Smuggler???s Notch ??? one of the toughest climbs in Vermont. Topnotch is a small, upscale resort featuring its own pub (with plenty of local brews on tap), dining room, outdoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna. It???s the perfect place to relax in style after a day of cycling. This evening, gather for a private tasting of difficult to procure brews from the Alchemist and Lawson???s Finest.
Fresh Vermont air is sure to invigorate you as you roll north along back roads leading to revered Hill Farmstead Brewery. The Boston Globe calls brew master Shaun Hill ???the brewing world???s whiz kid??? most of us refer to him simply as the best brewer in the world. Oak barrels and hops characterize the selection of craft beers which are named after generations of Hill family farmsteaders who worked the land where the brewery now sits. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and private tasting on the ???Farmstead??? while overlooking the panoramic ridgeline. Hill Farmstead is nestled in the hills of Vermont???s iconic Northeast Kingdom. ???The Kingdom??? epitomizes Vermont???s rural agricultural heritage and features country roads that wind through sprawling green fields of farmland. Your lodging for the next two evenings is in a stunning ridge top setting on a peaceful country road surrounded by verdant 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 while relaxing around the fire pit. Dinner this evening is an outdoor BBQ and, naturally, a selection of local craft beer artfully paired with each course.
Early risers may be fortunate enough to catch one of Vermont???s most beautiful sunrises as this hilltop farm quietly awakens. You???ll remain at the Inn at Mountain View Farm for a second evening tonight and multiple options are on tap for today. The inn is part of a collection of land owners who allow access to their property for use by the Kingdom Trails, often referred to as the Moab of the east. This fabulous network of mountain bike trails and dirt roads has become legendary in mountain biking circles. From technical single track to double track suitable for beginners, the Kingdom Trails offer an incredible network of over 100 miles of trails in a beautiful rural setting. For those interested in taking to the trails, a mountain bike rental is included as part of your Sojourn tour. Those who want to stick to the pavement will enjoy a loop through the Northeast Kingdom countryside. Should you feel like a day off the bike, relax on the sprawling grounds of the inn, walk the trails, or wander down for a dip in the river, a visit to the country store, or to enjoy a pint at Vermont???s only outdoor bar. This friendly hangout draws a large contingent of cyclists at the end of each day and features plenty of locally brewed beers on tap.
Today???s ride winds north past lakes and through rural farmland to Lake Memphremagog, a 31-mile long glacial lake which lies primarily in Quebec. Pause for lunch in Newport where you can visit the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center and sample an array of local Vermont products ranging from ice cider to maple syrup, and from switchel to gin made with juniper and raw honey. Fuel up for this afternoon???s ride at lunch as the route climbs across the spine of the Green Mountains near Jay Peak and offers extended views. The ensuing downhill run into Montgomery rewards cyclists with a welcome to a classic New England country inn that has been tastefully updated. The wrap-around porch and the swimming hole behind the inn are the perfect antidote for tired legs. Named Yankee Magazine???s ???Best New Inn for 2016,??? The Inn is the perfect place for our final evening together. Featuring a renowned restaurant serving innovative dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients as well as local draft beer and cider, this intimate setting is the perfect place to toast the week???s adventures.
Spin your way south through rural countryside to Jeffersonville where one of Vermont???s iconic covered bridges leads to a peaceful section of rail trail. Wind your way along the river and through pastoral farmland to Lost Nation brewery, the only brewery boasting the distinction of being located right along the rail trail. Talk about a perfect location! Sample a crisp and refreshing Gose, one of their flagship brews, and enjoy a delicious lunch on the patio. With luck, they might be pouring their limited edition Lost Galaxy, a delicious wheat-based session IPA brewed only a few times a year. Following lunch at Lost Nation, continue to Stowe. After showers at a local fitness club, we???ll transport you to Burlington (airport or Hotel Vermont, our post-tour hotel).
Mostly flat terrain has just a few rolling hills that rarely require you to change gears. It might contain a bit of climbing, but those climbs will be short and at a very gentle slope with little need for increased pedaling or downhill breaking.
Rolling hills refers to multiple gentle slopes (3-4% grade) with minimal need for changing gears or increasing in pedal power. Elevation gain should be less than 100m per hill and braking may not be necessary to control speed on downhills.
Hilly terrain has repeated hills and some of them may be require more pedal power as it has steeper inclines (up to 5%). You will change gears throughout the day and braking may be necessary to control speed on descents.
Very hilly terrain includes multiple hills on your ride, some of which can be steep or long climbs. You will change gears and need to use your brakes to control speed on your descent.
Mountainous terrain includes one or more sustained (more than 5km) climbs with frequent steep grades (over 7%). Mountainous rides may also feature multiple steep grades (greater than 6%) for extended periods of more than 5km. You will need to shift gears and brake on descents to control your speed.
Based on today's distance and elevation gain (or lack thereof), it will be a very comfortable ride for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is ideal for riders newer to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. You will likely be riding on rolling terrain.
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, we suggest riders spend some time in the bicycle saddle before joining this tour so they you can enjoy the views at the top of some of the climbs you'll face.
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is best described as a great day on the bike for passionate cyclists or very active individuals.
This day is not for a casual cyclist but for riders looking to push their limits. Suffice it to say your delicious meal at the end of the day will be well earned!
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Level 1 tours will be mostly flat and daily distances will rarely exceed 30 km. Level 1 tours are suitable for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Level 2 tours are a great option for those new to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. The average mileage on level 2 bike tours is 30-50 km on mostly rolling terrain. There will be multiple climbs at 3-4% grade throughout the tour, but only an occasional steep climb.
Level 3 tours are for active individuals (who run, bike, swim etc. on a regular basis) with the desire to cover longer daily distances on the bicycle. These tours are a great workout when you’re riding as you will average 50-70 km daily with total gain of 2,000-2,800 ft. There will be multiple 4-6% climbs throughout the tour.
Level 4 tours are for passionate cyclists or very active individuals. This level tour is great for cyclists looking to stay in shape and pedal hard they travel across regions or countries. Level 4 tours cover 70-90km daily with 2,800-3,600 ft of gain. Cyclists on a level 4 bicycle tour can expect multiple climbs, some climbs might be short and steep (6-8% for 1-3 km) while others may be sustained (6+ Km) at a 4-6% grade.