MA NORTH SHORE INN TO INN BIKE TOUR
$3,495.00 – $3,995.00
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DISCOVERING MARITIME HISTORY ALONG THE MASSACHUSETTS NORTH SHORE
Discover the history of Boston’s breathtaking North Shore. Visit tranquil coves with hidden beaches and bike through the country’s first seaport and the oldest artist’s colony, which remain as active today as centuries ago. Pedal along some of America’s oldest roadways and discover cozy villages, historic sites, and natural beauty. Our carefully curated cycling route follows the rocky coastline where crashing waves infuse the air with the smell of the sea.
CYCLE THROUGH HISTORY
NEW ENGLAND MARITIME HISTORY IN THE COUNTRY’S OLDEST SEAPORTS
You’ll pedal through New England’s maritime heritage on Boston’s North Shore, Cape Ann, and the Essex National Heritage Area. Along the way, discover picturesque harbors some of America’s oldest towns where fishing and boat building continue to be a way of life. View the beautifully maintained colonial homes and enjoy vibrant town centers. Immerse yourself in the chronicle of the Salem Witch Trials and capture the essence of colonial coastal life.
CYCLE THROUGH NATURE
CLASSIC LIGHTHOUSES, WHITE-SAND BEACHES, AND RICH SALT MARSHES
The unique natural beauty of Boston’s North Shore is unparalleled. Pedal seascapes with views of wildlife-filled salt marsh, lighthouses perched on rocky headlands, and white-sand beaches backed by the sparkling Atlantic. Walk a barrier island on the boardwalk through a wildlife habitat viewing marsh, maritime forests, and heather-covered dunes at Crane Wildlife Refuge. Kayak clear blue waters through estuaries of golden grasses and graceful shorebirds. Sail a harbor where reflections of fishing boats color the water and the setting sun colors the sky.
CYCLE THROUGH HOSPITALITY
NEW ENGLAND CUISINE AND OCEANSIDE INNS
Enjoy dedicated service throughout this fascinating tour of Maritime New England. Sample the fresh lobster, succulent clams, and the excellent variety of foods for which Boston’s North Shore is known. Rest at an oceanside grand hotel and lovely boutique inns.
June 5-10, July 17-22, August 21-26
Double (pp), Single (pp)
• Visit Salem, site of the infamous witch hunt of 1692, The Peabody Essex Museum, and The House of the Seven Gables.
• Explore Gloucester of The Perfect Storm fame, the Nation’s oldest seaport, visit the country’s oldest artist colony and shop for local art.
• Experience the exquisite light at Rockport, a charming seaside community that attracts vacationers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers from around the world.
• Embark a cycling journey through one of the oldest counties in the Nation.
• Sail at sunset on an elegant catamaran with an onboard bar.
• Kayak the estuaries of the Essex River Basin to a secluded beach.
• Enjoy a classic New England lobster feast.
• Experience the tranquility of the largest continuous salt marsh north of the Long Island Sound.
• Spot some of the 350 species of resident and migratory birds in one of the Nation’s finest bird watching areas
• See the extraordinary collection of First Period homes in Ipswich, the largest concentration in the country.
• Tour the magnificent Crane Estate and explore the trails of Castle Hill by bike and foot
Trip Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Start/Finish: Ipswich, MA
Cycling Level: Easy to Moderate
Daily Mileage: 14-48 miles
Terrain: Relatively flat, occasional short hills
2022 Prices: $3,495.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $500
You may bring your bike or use one of ours. GFA bikes are high quality, lightweight, available with drop or straight handlebars, and equipped with a computer, mirror, water bottle, handlebar bag, map case, and seat pack with essentials.
• 6 days of bicycling
• Bicycle and helmet rental
• 5 nights lodging
• All breakfasts
• 1 lunch and welcome reception
• 4 dinners
• Sunset sail
• Kayak tour
• Walks at various reservations and estates
• 2 dedicated guides
• Van support
• Daily snacks and cold drinks
• Maps and cue sheets for each day’s ride
• Luggage transport
• Admission to:
o Crane Estate
o Crane Beach
o Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
• Tax and gratuity for meals and side excursions
• Transport from/to the Ipswich train station or Peabody Logan Airport Express bus stop
• Use of featherweight, high visibility, reflective mesh vest
• Water bottle
Begin our journey in Ipswich with an early afternoon welcome lunch and bike fitting. Disembark for a stunning ride past salt-hay farms and seventeenth-century houses to Newburyport, where you’ll discover the history and charm of this seaport. After exploring sidewalk cafés, museums, shops, and art galleries, set sail for a sunset catamaran cruise. End your evening with a festive dinner together at an excellent Newburyport restaurant.
Biking Mileage: 13.4
Trek past Joppa Flats looking out for herons, egrets, and possibly a bald eagle and on to Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. View the sanctuary from atop a fire tower, then follow boardwalks through marshland, dunes, and beachfront while watching for shorebirds and listening to songbirds. Bike to Plum Island Light at the confluence of river and ocean. Return to historic Newburyport to explore more of the town’s maritime past. End your day with local New England fare.
Biking Mileage: 18 or 32 with options for more
Bike through colonial towns and heritage farmland en route to Salem, a small city with a unique history. Explore this exciting place as you choose: learn about witch trials, colonial architecture, museums, Chinese shipping history, art, antiques, shopping, or simply relaxing on the beach—cycle on to historic Ipswich, one of the oldest towns in America. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the excellent nearby restaurants, most offering locally brewed Ipswich Ale.
Biking Mileage: 25, 30 or 48
Today, cycle through shimmering greens, golds, and blues along Plum Island Sound and Castle Hill. Explore a National Historic Landmark with its hilltop mansion, Italianate gardens, and panoramic ocean views. Walk along Crane’s Beach and hike a trail through barrier island dunes. Next, explore a kayak adventure, paddling bird-filled estuaries to a secluded beach. Spend the afternoon discovering the gems of Ipswich and end the day with a lobster bake prepared by our host with lobsters pulled fresh from his traps.
Pedal the coast through quintessential New England coastal towns, visit beautiful Singing Beach, and discover how it got its name. Cross the drawbridge to Gloucester’s famous Fisherman’s Memorial. Visit Gloucester’s working waterfront, the Nation’s oldest fishing port. Enjoy the cafés and shops, then pedal out to America’s oldest art colony. Spin along the dramatic rocky coastline with views of lighthouses and expansive beaches along the way. Arrive in enchanting Rockport and enjoy dinner in one of the charming restaurants.
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. If you like, visit the intriguing Essex Shipbuilding Museum or some shops in this antiquing mecca. Bike back to Ipswich by early afternoon to complete this exploration of New England’s maritime heritage and natural beauty.
THE GARRISON INN
This luxurious boutique hotel is also a National Historic Landmark. The Garrison has the best location in town, centrally located in the heart of the historic district, steps to fine shops, galleries, restaurants, and the waterfront boardwalk. Treat yourself to the Spa Paradiso or enjoy the new pool and fitness center. Enjoy a creative and tasty breakfast menu served in espresso bar fashion.
Our host and hostess exude warmth and hospitality. The charming rooms in this Victorian inn are full of historical details and upscale amenities. Delicious breakfasts served in the light-filled dining room are the perfect way to start a long day of cycling. Walk to all the sights and shops in Ipswich.
THE EMERSON INN
We spend our last night in a historic grand hotel where Ralph Waldo Emerson once laid his head. This Select Registry inn has stunning ocean views that you can enjoy from the pool, your room, or a rocker on the veranda. Enjoy breakfast in the Grand Café overlooking the water.