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Vermont Bike Tour - Active Weekend Getaway
Cycle tour small-town Vermont, with the quintessential New England scenery of red barns, forested mountains, rustic farmland and river valleys all around. Bike through hillsides brimming with the red, orange and yellow hues of Stowe’s fall colors—one of the best foliage destinations to visit in the country. Discover incredible gourmet dishes and enjoy a plethora of local produce: fresh cheeses, apple cider, taffy and lattes infused with maple syrup. Experience the classic New England village of Stowe, walking from your characterful inn to local boutiques, country stores and galleries.
- CategoryFor Food Lovers
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration3 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance49.1 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance16.2 miles
- Day 1Bike through classic New England scenery
Be swept away by Vermont's beauty starting in the small town of Richmond for a ride along the winding Winooski River. Bike through delightful Waterbury, passing verdant mountains, maple sugar shacks and quaint country houses. See an explosion of fall colors lighting up the landscape as you pedal along quiet country roads and weave through a landscape of wooded mountains, charming rural neighborhoods and the rippling West Branch River. Discover fantastic views of the Green Mountains. Feel free to stop for treats at the Ben & Jerry's factory or Cold Hollow Cider Mill. In the heart of Stowe Village, relax or take a swim at the cozy inn, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- 18 - 25.5 miles
- Green Mountain Inn
- Lunch and Dinner
- Day 2Craft beer, Green Mountain foothills and Lake Elmore
Your incredible day of cycling begins with a pleasant ride through the Green Mountain foothills and river valleys. Follow rolling country roads with a bucolic backdrop of family-owned farms and forest-blanketed hills. Pop into a local brewery for a taste of Vermont's craft beer scene. Picnic along the shoreline of pristine Lake Elmore. Peruse Stowe's local shops, cideries and coffee shops.
- 16.8 - 31.7 miles
- Green Mountain Inn
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Day 3Bike path of Stowe, climb Smuggler's Notch, bike hillsides bursting with fall foliage
On the last day of your Vermont fall adventure, hop on your bike for a spin on Stowe's bike path. Continue on for a heart-pumping climb up Smuggler's Notch—the steep terrain between Spruce Peak to the east and Mount Mansfield to the west—named for the notorious smugglers who used the area's caves and thick forest cover to transport illegal goods across the Canadian border.
- 13.7 - 23.6 miles
- Breakfast and Lunch