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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

per person

coastal-new-england-bike-tour-3New 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-new-england-bike-tour-great-freedom-adventuresFarmstands 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 Clarkston Inn in Newport for a welcome lunch and bike fitting. Pedal charming 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: ~ 6.0
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Day 2

new-england-bike-tour-6Bike 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: ~30 with options for more
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Day 3

new-england-bike-tour-10Depart 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. Arrive at the Governor Bradford Inn at Mt. Hope Farm, one of Rhode Island’s last great country estates, and our 127-acre retreat. Walk the picturesque streets of Bristol, viewing colonial homes and fine shops in this historic bayside town. Enjoy dinner at a top Bristol restaurant. Biking Mileage: ~ 36 with options for more
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Day 4

newport-ri-bike-tourPedal serene country roads past horse farms, fertile farmland, seaside villages and wide beaches. Enter Massachusetts and 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 and explore the farm and estate grounds, which hold five centuries of fascinating American History. Walk trails past fields of flowers and tranquil ponds to a rustic log cabin at the edge of the bay. Enjoy another fine dinner together. Biking Mileage: ~ 29 or 43
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Day 5

wine-trail-bike-tourSpend the last morning as you wish. Relax at the inn, read in the gardens, visit the animals or explore the land where King Philip once reigned. For those desiring more cycling, join us for a wonderful ride on a scenic bike path following the shoreline of Narragansett Bay. 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

clarkston-innThe Clarkston Inn, Newport, RI - 2 NightsListed on The National Register of Historic Places, the Clarkston 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.

governor-bradford-house-gfaGovernor Bradford House at Mount Hope Farm, Bristol, RI - 2 NightsThe 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.

2018 tours booked by December, 31 2017 will receive 2017 price (shown)

 

2018 Dates

May 14-18 | June 3-7 | August 26-30 | September 9-13 | September 16-20

2017 Prices

$2,195 per person. Per person, based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $650

Trip Length

5 days, 4 nights

Start/Finish

Newport, RI/Bristol, RI

Daily Mileage

6-43 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 at inn, restaurants 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.

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