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Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tours - Itinerary
Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tours
6 Days, 5 Nights
Craft Beer That Reflects Its Maritime Heritage
Massachusetts’ North Shore, Cape Ann and Essex National Heritage Area offer great natural beauty, exciting towns and fascinating maritime history. In addition, the region is home to several excellent craft beer breweries. These produce award-winning brews, some made solely from local ingredients, and many named for the maritime heritage that inspired them. We’ll introduce you to brewmasters who will share their brews’ history and process while you sample the varieties.
Beer for Intrepid Mariners
Among others, you’ll sample Fisherman’s beer. This brew has a bold flavor and is intended to reflect the spirit and courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet. It’s brewed as “a tribute to hard work and a salute to friendships that endure.” This sentiment is evident throughout the tour in the hard-working waterfronts and friendly people.
Bike to Beer
There is nothing like a cold local beer to cap off a day of superb biking. And, with the wealth of scenic cycling routes, unique side adventures, and vibrant history throughout, the tour is every bit as fun for non-beer drinkers as well.
Note: This itinerary is a variation of the Maritime New England tour in that it excludes the sunset sail and includes brewery visits and beer tastings of the regional craft beers.
For general information about the trip go to the
Maritime New England Bike Tour page.
For details, dates and prices, go to the details page.
For the full itinerary, beer and brewery details and logistical information, please contact us and we'll be pleased to email it to you.
Meet in Ipswich in the early afternoon for a welcome lunch and bike fitting. Bike past salt-hay farms, and seventeenth-century houses to Newburyport to explore this seaport’s wealth of history and charm. Walk the waterfront boardwalk and visit the unique shops and galleries. Quench your thirst at a private beer tasting at the Newburyport Brewing Co. Sample Newburyport Pale Ale, Plum Island Belgian White and Green Head IPA at the 23-barrel, 3-vessel brewery. After, enjoy dinner at one of Newburyport’s fine restaurants.
Biking Mileage: 13
Bike to Joppa Flats looking out for herons, egrets and possibly, a bald eagle. Continue to Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge of over 4,600 acres of pristine and diverse coastal habitat. The 3,000 plus acres of salt marsh is one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. View the sanctuary from atop a fire tower and follow the boardwalk through marshland and sand dunes listening for songbirds and watching for shorebirds. Visit Plum Island Light then stroll the beaches where river and ocean meet. Bike inland past old stonewalls and idyllic ponds. Upon return to Newburyport, head to the Riverwalk Brewing Co’s tasting room to sample Gnomad - Belgian style ale, Uncle Bob Bitter – English bitter and Riverwalk IPA. Enjoy dinner at a popular waterfront restaurant serving a good assortment of local brews.
Biking Mileage: 18, 32 or 46
This morning, bike through colonial towns and farms en route to Salem, a uniquely historical city as both a center of witch hysteria in 1692 and a major China trade seaport a century later. Head to the Salem Beer Works for a tour and tastings of their trademark and seasonal series of brews. Then, explore some of the fascinating sights of Salem as you choose – Witch Museum, House of the Seven Gables, Peabody Essex Museum, Pickering Wharf, the Custom House, colonial architecture, unique shops and much more. After,
Day 3 Continued:
cycle to historic Ipswich, one of the oldest towns in America and our home for the next two nights. Dinner is on your own with a variety of options just a walk away, some offering local beer on tap.
Biking Mileage: 25, 30 or 48
Begin a day of sensory feasting that starts with cycling through stunning views that provided the backdrop for several movies and finishes with a private beer tasting by a local brewmaster in our own beer garden. Enjoy the resplendent seascapes of Plum Island Sound and Castle Neck and explore a National Historic Landmark replete with dazzling mansion, Italianate gardens and manicured grounds offering panoramic ocean views. Bike to the beach to hike trails through sand dunes and pitch pine forests, emerging onto the four-mile long beach. Next, paddle the estuaries of the Essex River Basin on a kayak adventure, finding shorebirds, waterfowl and grasses in iridescent shades of green and gold. Back in Ipswich, enjoy the shops and view numerous first-period homes, more than in any other town in the US. Relax in the garden at the inn enjoying craft beers from the Ipswich Ale Brewery. This award-winning brewery offers a variety of brews, some made exclusively from local ingredients. Sample Ipswich’s Notch Brewing Co.’s session beers as well. Taste and learn about various beer varieties from these and other local brewers. For dinner, enjoy a lobster bake at the inn with lobsters pulled fresh from the innkeeper’s own traps and decide which beer to pair with your meal. Bon Appetite!
Biking Mileage: 20
Pedal along the coast through quintessential New England coastal towns, stopping at a beautiful beach that “sings” if you listen closely. Cross the drawbridge to Gloucester and view the famous Fisherman’s Memorial. Visit Gloucester’s working waterfront, the nation’s oldest, and still a highly productive fishing port. Stop at Cape Ann Brewing for a tour and tastings of the award-winning Fisherman’s Beers. Watch the action on the water from the brewery’s harbor front deck. After lunch, pedal rocky coastline perfumed by salt spray and roses, viewing wide beaches, lighthouses and art galleries in America’s oldest artist colony. Finish in enchanting Rockport, a place known for luminous light and a picturesque harbor that attracts artists, photographers and filmmakers from around the world. Explore this charming town, then head to our luxurious waterfront inn. Cool off in the oceanview pool and relax in the rockers on the wide veranda sipping a cold beer and watching the sailboats and lobster boats heading back to port. Tonight, enjoy dinner in Rockport.
Biking Mileage: 38
Continue to loop around Cape Ann visiting a quaint hamlet where life follows the tides as it has for centuries. A visit to the North Shore would not be complete without sampling the succulent fried clams for which this region is famous. Stop at well-known clam shack, one considered “an American cult classic,” to sample the clams and much more. If you like, visit the intriguing Essex Shipbuilding Museum or check out some of the shops in this antiquing mecca. Bike back to Ipswich to complete the journey exploring the beauty, beer and maritime heritage of this remarkable region of New England.
Biking Mileage: 26
For another bike, hike, and kayak adventure trip, see our Block Island, RI tour and attractions.
For a similar adventure trip which combines natural beauty, cultural interest and adventure, see our adventure travel in New York’s Hudson Valley.
For another trip in Massachusetts, please take a look at the Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour on the southern MA coast, Martha's Vineyard and Rhode Island too.
Dates and Prices:
For the Bike and Beer Adventure Tour details, dates and prices, please view the details page.
Questions? Please contact us and we'll be happy to help.
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