GFA In The News – Great Freedom Adventures
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GFA In The News

Bike Tour and Adventure Travel: Great Freedom Adventures in the News

GFA is pleased to share a sampling of press articles that highlight some of what makes our bike tours so special: green travel through green landscapes in iconic destinations rich in natural beauty, vibrant history and cultural offerings, with exciting side activities and dedicated service.

2021 Bicycling Travel Awards – Best US Bike Trips

December 20, 2020, Bicycling Magazine – “The Best Bike Trips in the U.S. You Can Book Right Now. We found the safest bike tours along America’s most spectacular routes so you can check another ride off your bucket list! …Great Freedom Adventures…”

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Cycle a Picturesque Coastal Route From Gloucester to Maine

July 31, 2019, Boston Globe – “If you’ve ever dreamed of hopping on your bike and pedaling up the coast to Maine, but have no idea what route is best, where to sleep, or where to eat, you might check out Great Freedom Adventures. Based in Sherborn and Woodstock, Vt., the adventure company creates bike tours, walking trips and multi-sport adventures around the United States and Belize. Its roster…”

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Gravel Grind Bike Tours Take Off

May 12, 2019, Boston Globe – “Explore northern New England’s vast network of dirt and gravel
roads on a new tour offered by Vermont-based Great Freedom Adventures. The five-day Rivers
and Ridgelines Gravel Grinder Bike Tour takes riders through serene landscapes in Vermont and
New Hampshire…”

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New England Travel Ideas for Women Going Solo

February 28, 2018, Boston Globe – “Guided trips offered by Massachusetts-based New England Great Freedom Adventures are popular with solo women travelers (877-545-1864, www.great Favorites include their three-day Enchanting Block Island Active Vacation with a mix of cycling, kayaking, sailing, and walking; the Captivating Cape Cod and the Islands Bike Tour, a six-day itinerary that hits some of the best parts of the Cape, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard…

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Give the gift of a N.E. experience

December 3, 2017, Boston Globe  – “Bicycle touring is the perfect combination of speed and immersion in the environment.There’s no need to roll down the windows to see things clearly, and the camaraderie of pedaling in a pack makes the excursion a social event. Massachusetts-based Great Freedom Adventures (508-545-1864, offers bike tours that touch all the New England states…”

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Great for Groups

TripAdvisor-logoDecember 9, 2016 – Great Freedom Adventures was selected by Trip Advisor as the winner of Top Vacation for Groups for the Nantucket/Cape Cod Bike Tour.

Adventure Teambuilding

Meetings-Magazine-logoMarch 1, 2016 –  “…more and more companies are recognizing the benefits of getting outdoors and getting physical to motivate their employees…Great Freedom Adventures made all the arrangements for bikes, kayaks, guides, maps, etc.” “It was perfect for fostering camaraderie and team bonds and for giving everyone a chance to have fun doing these outdoor activities,”, says Puchtler, company president.

Step Up For a New Vermont Walking Tour

boston-globe-logoMarch 6, 2016 – Sunday Travel Section – “Great Freedom Adventures known for its fun and well-run Vermont bike tours, branches out this year with a new guided walking and hiking tour that lets you experience the Green Mountain State by foot…”

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Great Freedom Adventures: The Real Deal

pink-pangea-logo.rDecember, 2015 – “Tell us about yourself. What do you do when you’re not traveling the world…”

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10 Summer Vacations that Can Help You Lose Weight

activetimeslogoMay, 2015 – Inlets and Isles Rhode Island Vacation Bike and Sport Tour—Block Island, R.I. – “Every day of this adventure trip includes nearly a full day of activities like cycling, hiking, kayaking and sailing—just to name a few. Each adventure is led by an experienced guide who can help guests make technique improvements that will translate into increased fitness…”

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Explore the Cape and Islands On Two Wheels

boston-globe-logoMarch, 2015 – “Hop on the ferry from Boston to Provincetown and then explore the Cape and islands during Great Freedom Adventures’ new Captivating Cape Cod and Islands Vacation Bike Tour…”

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Bike Cape Cod and the Islands this Summer

Active-Travels-logo2012_000January, 2015 – “Those of you who have followed my writing over the years know I love biking on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. All three locales are blessed with a network of bike trails that line the coastline, snake through the kettle ponds, or roll atop the dunes of the Province Lands Bike Trail at the tip of Cape Cod (a favorite family outing). So I was delighted to see that Massachusetts-based Great Freedom Adventures will be offering a 6-day guided bike tour to the Cape and Islands this summer. They’ll visit Provincetown, ride along most of the Cape Cod National Seashore to the Rockwellesque village of Chatham, before ferrying over to Nantucket and the Vineyard to bike a good chunk of both islands…”

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Let the Adventures Begin

MAinsiderlogoAugust, 2014 – “Great Freedom Adventures Bike Tours – “Great” is an understatement. Bike along dramatic shorelines and bucolic farmland, stopping at fragrant vineyards, micro-breweries, artisanal cheese making farms, art galleries, chic shops and much more on one of these fully guided 3 to 6-day biking tours.”

Boston: Bicycle Along the North Shore for Views – and craft brews

logo-la-times-resizedMarch, 2014 – “Massachusetts travel outfitter Great Freedom Adventures has created a new summer tour that combines two pastimes: cycling and beer tasting, though not necessarily at the same time. The Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tour spends six days exploring Boston’s North Shore and Cape Ann…”

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New England Biking Tours with Great Freedom Adventures

examinerdotcom-logoApril 2013 – “If you are visiting New England or even if your family has lived here for generations, a great way to immerse yourself in the beauty, history, and culture is to leave your vehicle behind and to experience all that New England has to offer at a more natural pace. Great Freedom Adventures offers a variety of tours throughout New England and the northeast, inviting you to take it all in on biking trips that “delight the senses, energize the body, and rejuvenate the soul…”

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Two Cycling Tours Include Music Festivals

examinerdotcom-logoJanuary 2014 – “…A four-day trip around Rhode Island in July includes a visit to the famed Newport Folk Festival. A six-day August ride through New York’s Hudson Valley takes in performances at the four-year-old Hudson Music Fest, a free rock/pop/folk event scheduled in the ever-hipper river town of Hudson….”

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14 Best Tour Companies Offering Cycling Vacations

travel-to-wellness-logo-200x73Great Freedom Adventures – “WHAT WE LIKE BEST: Their in-depth knowledge of the Northeast U.S.”

Bike Trips Highlight Seasonal Events

boston-globe-logoOctober 2012 Sunday Travel Section – “Great Freedom Adventures’ cycling tours take bikers through some of the Northeast’s most stunning landscapes, from Vermont’s rolling hills to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard. Many coincide with bird and butterfly migrations and seasonal harvests. The three- to six-day fully supported tours include plenty of off-bike adventures: Learn about the ecology and wildlife of diverse habitats, and discover local art and architecture en route…”

Cycling With Seasonal Migrations

boston-globe-logoJune 2012 Sunday Travel Section – “Great Freedom Adventures has launched a new Islands and Seacoast Cycle Tour that coincides with local wildlife migrations. The six-day tour lets you explore Martha’s Vineyard and Rhode Island’s Conanicut, Aquidneck, and Block Island while viewing migrating monarch butterflies, songbirds, and sea mammals. Participants can stop for wine-tasting at a vineyard…”

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Active Travels: Bike Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island

Everett-Potter-logo_000April 2012 – “Ever since I wrote my first book, Outside Magazine’s Adventure Guide to New England, I’ve admired local outfitters who specialize in one sport and one region of the world. After all, who knows his neck of the woods better than the guy who lives there?…Take, for example, Great Freedom Adventures new 6-day bike trip called the Islands and Seacoast Biking Tour. It seems intuitive to combine New England’s most majestic islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Rhode Island’s Block Island in one summer bike trip, but I’ve never seen that done before.”

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New York: Hudson Valley

logo_celebration-traveler-magDecember 2011 – “What is more refreshing than being outdoors, wheeling along a country road at a comfortable pace, taking in the sights. On a wine and bike tour through Hudson Valley, each day brings a cornucopia of pleasures.”

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New York: Explore the Hudson Valley by Bike

logo-la-times-resizedAugust 2011 – “Cycling through New York’s Hudson Valley in October means more than a good workout and close-ups of fall colors. Great Freedom Adventures of Massachusetts offers a bicycle tour that combines cultural stops — the Vanderbilt Mansion, Olana and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill home — with visits to wineries and historic villages. The tour packs a lot into the six-day exploration of the iconic river area.”

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Cycling the Hudson Valley

masthead_000July 2011 – “Great Freedom Adventures’ tours include more than just time bicycling rural backroads. Jeanne Rummel, the outfitter’s founder and owner, has found – and incorporated into itineraries- the best artisanal cheesemaking farms, microbreweries, sunset sails, hiking trails, iconic homesteads, mansions, gardens, and more. She has also selected very nice upscale lodging.”

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Mental Getaway – Great Freedom Adventures’ Block Island Cycling Tour

marieclairecroppedJuly 2011 Issue – “Glorious sea, country roads, and that down-to-earth New England vibe without the craziness of the region’s better known islands. A four day multisport tour through scenic Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island.”

Biking and Luxuriating

boston-globe-logoJune 2011 Sunday Travel Section – “Massachusetts-based Great Freedom Adventures has launched four Northeast bicycle tours that combine “green” exercise with eco-friendly travel experiences.”

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What’s the Deal

washington-post-logoJune 2011 Sunday Travel Section

Summer Deals on U.S. Travel

toronto-sun-logoJune 2011 – “Cycle New England’s Block Island with Great Freedom Adventures. This picturesque island, accessible by ferry, is the perfect place for an adventurous family vacation.”

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Cycling Tours Let Participants Discover The Hudson Valley

poughkeepsie-journal-logoJune 2011 – “Enthusiasm for cycling has grown in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley…”

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Bike New England and New York with Great Freedom Adventures

everett-potter-logoJune 2011 – “…show visitors a local cheese maker, a historic lighthouse, or the same incredible panorama painted by Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School painters in the mid 19th century. The daily itinerary includes a good dose of biking along with a chance to sea kayak, go on sunset sails, have lobster bakes and take a necessary break at a local microbrewery. Not a bad way to push the eject button and de-stress!”

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Vacationing Green

reco-dot-comMay 2011 – “For travelers looking to stay closer to home, Great Freedom Adventures is offering a 5-night Vermont Bike Tour …biking along scenic routes through Woodstock…”

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Great Freedom Adventures Offers Biking Getaways to Block Island

travel-pulse-logoMay 2011 – “…Block Island is an easy ferry ride away yet once there, it feels like you’re worlds away…”

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Bike Tour in the Hudson Valley, Deluxe Style

examinerdotcom-logoMay 2011 – “The Hudson Valley – that part of New York State along the Hudson River north of New York City and its closest suburbs – offers a historic and cultural treasure trove for vacationers, as many of us who live in the Big Apple know. What many don’t realize is that the best way to see the region in these times of $4-per-gallon gas is by bike. Yet until now, there have not been much multiday organized bike touring.”

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Bike New England and New York with Great Freedom Adventures

active-travels-logo_000April 2011 – “I love an outfitter who sticks to one region of the world and does it well, especially when the owner lives in that region and knows it better than most.”

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Bike Tours in New England, Long, Short, Far and Near

hartford-corant-logoApril 2011 – “Grab a helmet. Bicycle touring in New England is as hot as beach sand in the summer sun, and as cool as mountain air on a June night.”

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National Bike Month

tampa-tribune-logoApril 2011 – “In honor of National Bike Month, Great Freedom Adventures encourages people to get out and explore…”

Cycling New England

traveling-greener-logoMarch 2011 – “Company founder Jeanne Rummel says she’s passionate about engaging guests in green destinations and low impact travel that allows riders to connect with the green around them.”

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