Vermont Bikes and Brews (TourzPlus!)

Vermont Bikes and Brews (TourzPlus!)

Vermont is home to some of the best cycling in the country. Meandering country roads, rolling hills, pristine lakes, lush green mountains, quaint villages, country stores - all so beautifully preserved and harkening back to a simpler way of life. Entrepreneurs are converting old family dairy farms into organic cheese making operations, breweries, and community supported agriculture that connects small farmers directly to local people. Our "Taste of Vermont" bicycling tour features an introduction to a select group of Vermont's finest producers of organic milk, cider, cheese, wine, beer, and maple syrup. As you traverse the winding roads of the Green Mountain State, you will meet the visionary folks who have taken Vermont to the forefront of the sustainable, locally made product movement. Around every bend and over every hill you will find gastronomic treasures. You might even stumble upon a country store where you can pick-up a signature "Vermont Ain't Flat!" t-shirt.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 6 Days
  • Total Distance / 300-238 miles
  • Avg. Distance / Average daily distance 50-40 miles per riding day
  • Tour Level / 3.5
  • Countries / USA
  • Begin/End / Burlington, Vermont
  • Price / From USD$2395
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • 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
  • Arrive / Depart
    Bulington, Vermont
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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 ( to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Champlain Valley to Middlebury

Highlights: Welcome to Vermont

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.

  • Distance: 68 km (42 mi)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: Middlebury to Stowe

Highlights: Waterbury, Stowe, Smuggler's Notch

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 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.

  • Distance: 105 km (65 mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Stowe to East Burke

Highlights: Hill Farmstead Brewery, the Northeast Kingdom

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.

  • Distance: 119 km (74 mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: East Burke

Highlights: Moab of the East - Kingdom Trails

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.

  • Distance: 72 km (45 mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: East Burke to Montgomery

Highlights: The Heart of the Kingdom

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.

  • Distance: 119 km (74 mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Montgomery transfer back to Burlington

Highlights: Lake Champlain

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).

  • Distance: 77 km (48 mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast




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