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Bike Tour of New England’s Coastal Wine Trail
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Coastal New England Wine Trail Bike Tour

Coastal New England Wine Trail Bike Tour

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Coastal New England bike tourNew England Bike Tour in the FarmCoast

Southern New England’s FarmCoast region in Rhode Island and Massachusetts is one of our very favorite places to bicycle. Peaceful country roads traverse a patchwork quilt of golden marsh grass, deep green fields and grey stonewalls all set off by a sparkling blue ocean border.  Farmers tend fertile fields of berries, pumpkins, sunflowers, corn and fruit trees, while horses graze peacefully in seaside pastures. The largely flat landscape makes biking a sheer pleasure.

Coastal Wine Trail

The FarmCoast is also a favorite place for sipping estate grown wines. The region captures warm Gulf Stream waters for a relatively long growing season that allows vintners to produce superb wine varietals. Great Freedom Adventures guides lead cyclists along New England’s Coastal Wine Trail, pedaling the most beautiful roads to the area’s scenic vineyards.

Coastal New England Villages
Explore historic towns and quaint fishing villages. Pedal down sleepy main streets past handsome colonial homes to small ports where children fish from piers and lobstermen and oyster farmers sell their catch right off the boat.

Coastal Wine TrailFarmstands and Beaches
Discover sprawling seaside estates and shingled cottages set on stilts at the water’s edge. Pedal through open spaces with pastoral vistas as far as the eye can see. Visit vineyards with grape laden vines and stop at farmstands for a juicy peach or crisp apple. Pedal along wide beaches open to the Atlantic and sandy coves protected by rocky arms.

Colonial History and the Gilded Age
Learn colonial history on a walking tour of Newport and experience Gilded Age opulence viewing awe-inspiring mansions. See first-hand the unique juxtaposition of opulent splendor and quiet beauty while cycling through this mesmerizing part of New England.

Tour Highlights:

  • Follow the Coastal Wine Trail from vineyard to vineyard through Southern New England’s FarmCoast Region
  • Explore coastal New England villages
  • Stay at a historic inn in the heart of Newport, RI’s Old Quarter
  • Relax at a historic inn and farm comprising one of Rhode Island’s last great country estates
  • Eat at noteworthy restaurants offering fine coastal New England fare
  • Visit several vineyards and taste the estate grown wines
  • Tour the famous Breakers mansion
  • View numerous Gilded Age mansions
  • Pedal a renowned route along stunning shoreline
  • Enjoy a lantern-light tour of historic Newport
  • Walk a tranquil seaside trail viewing migrating songbirds, shore birds and monarch butterflies
  • Pedal a region of horse and agricultural farms forming a green and gold patchwork of fields lined by stone walls and bordered by the blue ocean
  • Visit a town where the entire town commons is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Pedal along wide beaches and bays viewing sailors, windsurfers and kiteboarders
  • Enjoy exceptional service throughout your tour of the historic New England coast
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    Day 1

    Coastal New England wine bike tourMeet at the Clarkeston Inn in Newport for a welcome lunch and bike fitting. Pedal historic streets past shops and Gilded Age “summer cottages” to the Breakers, the grandest of the mansions. Tour the interior and grounds, perhaps stroll a bit of the renowned Cliff Walk, then return to the inn. Enjoy dinner at a top restaurant, then learn unique colonial history and Newport lore on a lantern-light walking tour. Biking Mileage: ~ 5.0 plus walking on Cliff Walk
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    Day 2

    Sakonnet River bike tourBike past sheep farms and yacht cubs to an oceanside route of breathtaking beauty. View magnificent estates, rugged coastline and tranquil harbors. Pedal alongside miles of beaches watching for windsurfers and kiteboarders flying across the bay. Walk a peaceful seaside trail listening to birdsong and surf. Watch for monarch butterflies that stop for a drink in the fields of flowers. Continue to a vineyard listed on the National Register of Historic Places, set above the beautiful Sakonnet River. Taste the estate-grown Chardonnays, Cabernet Francs, Pinot Gris and more. Return to Newport and enjoy dinner on your own with many excellent options just a walk away. Biking Mileage: ~35 with options for more
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    Day 3

    scenic vineyard bike tourDepart Newport and follow the coastline of the Rhode Island Sound and Sakonnet River. Explore hidden coastal regions with open, protected farmland affording sweeping views to the bay. Bike past oceanside grand estates and rambling summer homes. Continue to a scenic vineyard offering estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, award-winning sparkling wine and more. Finish the day at Sakonnet Point, one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots in southern New England. Your destination is the luxurious Stone House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Relax on the lawn or the inn's verandas with a glass of wine from one of the vineyards you've visited or perhaps a beer from one of Rhode Island's craft breweries. If you like, walk to the beach for a refreshing ocean swim after your ride. Enjoy a delicious dinner together overlooking the inn's sweeping lawns to the pond and ocean beyond. Biking Mileage: ~ 32 
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    Day 4

    Newport, RI bike tourPedal serene and blissfully flat country roads past horse farms, fertile farmland, orchards and historic seaside villages. Enter Massachusetts and pedal a bike path through enormous sand dunes, emerging onto a white-sand beach stretching for miles. Continue along the coast to a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor lunch seating offering sensational views over meadow and marsh to a crescent beach and the blue ocean beyond. Bike to a winery known for gold medal-winning sparkling wines and white varietals. Enjoy wine tasting in the historic 19th century farmhouse. Return to the inn to relax, then enjoy a delicious dinner prepared for you by the inn's excellent chef. Those with energy left will enjoy an evening walk to the beach. Listen to the gentle surf, sheltered by a canopy of countless stars overhead and maybe, just maybe, the sparkle of bioluminescent organisms in the water at your feet. Biking Mileage: ~ 29 or 44
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    Day 5

    The New England Coastal Wine Trail Bike Tour
    Spend the last morning as you wish. Relax at the inn, read in the gardens, or take a last bike ride through this quiet haven, and feel the remarkable peacefulness of the landscapes and seascapes envelop you. After checkout, your guides will transport you back to Newport or to Providence. The New England Coastal Wine Trail Bike Tour explores a region of remarkable beauty, good wine and stellar cycling that you will remember for a very long time.
    Biking Mileage: ~ 16   Please Contact Us for detailed itinerary and arrival and departure information.

    The Clarkeston Inn, Newport, RI The Clarkeston Inn, Newport, RI - 2 Nights Listed on The National Register of Historic Places, the Clarkeston is one of the oldest inns in Newport. Each antique filled room is named and decorated after a famous or infamous person in Newport’s history. The home is nearly 300 years old, though you will enjoy today’s luxuries and amenities. The inn is located in the heart of the historic district, steps to restaurants, shops and the bustling waterfront.

    Great Freedom Adventures Coastal New England Bike Tours Stone HouseThe Stone House, Little Compton, RI - 2 Nights This seaside estate and marvel of Italianate architecture was originally built in 1854 and has been historically restored with modern amenities. Each sumptuous room is its own distinctive blend of local fieldstone, granite, beach sand and glass tile. Rooms feature fireplaces, heated bath floors, custom designed bedding, luxurious tubs, and in one case, 360° views from the glass-floored, second level lantern room. Indulge at the inn’s spa, relax at the private beach, sneak a drink in the speakeasy, or enjoy lawn games while drinking in the views.
    Governor Bradford House at Mount Hope FarmOr: Governor Bradford House at Mount Hope Farm, Bristol, RI - 2 Nights The Governor Bradford Inn at Mt Hope Farm, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Rhode Island’s last great country estates. King Philip, Sachem of the Wampanoags, once owned the lands and it is here that he died in 1676. Today, walk trails through lands farmed since the 1680s, past serene ponds, and down to Mt. Hope Bay. Stroll the lovely gardens and visit the resident peacocks, turkeys, pheasants and sheep. Sleep soundly in the 1745 mansion house offering beautiful rooms with fireplaces, fine antiques and comfortable beds. Enjoy a superb country breakfast with local produce and eggs fresh from the farm.

    2019 Dates

    May 12-16 | June 2-6 | August 18-22 | September 22-26                                                                                       2019 Tours Booked by 11/15/18 Will Receive the 2018 Rate

    2018 Dates

    May 14-18 | June 3-7 | August 26-30 (solo female traveler seeking a roommate) | September 9-13 | September 16-20

    2018 Prices

    $2,295 per person. Per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $685

    Trip Length

    5 days, 4 nights

    Start/Finish

    Newport, RI/Bristol, RI

    Daily Mileage

    5-44 with longer options if desired

    Cycling Level

    Easy. Easy to moderate with additional mileage

    Terrain

    Predominantly flat to rolling

    Bikes: You may bring your own bike or use one of ours. GFA bikes are high quality, lightweight, available with either drop or straight handlebars and are equipped with computer, mirror, waterbottle, handlebar bag, map case and seat pack with essentials. What’s Included:
    • 5 days of guided biking and walking
    • 4 nights lodging
    • 3 dinners
    • 4 breakfasts
    • 1 lunch
    • Bicycle and helmet rental
    • Visits to vineyards with wine tasting
    • Breakers mansion tour
    • Walking tour of historic Newport
    • Nature walks
    • 2 dedicated guides
    • Van support
    • Daily snacks and cold drinks
    • Cycling maps and cue sheets
    • Pick up and drop off at Providence, RI airport or train station
    • Tax and gratuities for meals and side excursions
    • Featherweight, high visibility, reflective vest
    • Waterbottle
    • Dedicated, friendly service throughout your tour
    Frequent Adventurers, GFA alumni, may deduct 5% from the tour price. Please contact us for youth and group rates. Custom dates and duration are available for groups of six or more. Please Contact Us for detailed itinerary and arrival and departure information.

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