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VT SHORT AND SWEET BIKE TOUR

$1,595.00$2,095.00

3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS
FEAST YOUR SENSES ON THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF VERMONT

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TASTE LOCAL
SAVOR THE REGIONAL DELIGHTS OF VERMONT,
Spend three sweet days savoring the regional delights of Vermont: maple syrup, local berries, artisan cheese, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, maple butter, and fresh apple cider. Enjoy farm-to-table dinners crafted from the freshest local ingredients. Take a brewery tour and sample award-winning microbrews.

TASTE NATURE

FEAST YOUR SENSES ON THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF VERMONT.
Cycle pastoral routes past majestic vistas, sparkling rivers, and pristine lakes. Listen for the thrash of foraging moose or the cry of a soaring eagle while pedaling past bogs and wildflower-filled meadows.

TASTE HOSPITALITY
A TOUR FOR THE TRUE GOURMET.
Each day’s ride is capped off with an artfully prepared meal featuring ingredients directly from the farms we cycled by earlier in the day. The accommodations are at two of Woodstock’s premier inns, each with a pool and hot tub looking at the Green Mountains – what a perfect spot to reflect on just how sweet life can be.

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Dates

July 15-17, Sep 30-Oct 2

Rate

Double (pp), Single (pp)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

● Stay at a fine Woodstock inn offering upscale amenities and a quintessential Vermont experience
● Savor foods fresh from the farm and prepared by talented chefs
● Explore Woodstock, one of the “prettiest small towns in America.”
● Bike quiet roads through a pastoral landscape of dairy farms, wildlife areas, sugarbushes, country stores, river valleys, covered bridges, and classic New England towns
● View dramatic Quechee Gorge and cascading waterfalls
● Visit Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
● Taste a variety of cheeses at the oldest working cheese factory in the US
● Visit a brewery and sample the craft beers
● Watch master glassblowers create exquisite glassware at renowned Simon Pearce
● Shop in unique stores, local artist’s galleries, and antique shops

DETAILS

Trip Length: 3 days, two nights
Start/Finish: Woodstock, Vermont
Cycling Level: Moderate to Moderate-Challenging with long option.
Daily Mileage: 20-36 (44 with long option)
Terrain: Flat to rolling hills
2022 Prices: $1,595.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
Single Supplement: $500. Prices are subject to change based on booking dates.

Bikes:

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.

Included:

● Fine accommodations in beautiful Woodstock, VT
● Bicycle and helmet rental
● 2 breakfasts
● 2 dinners
● 2 lunches
● Admission to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead and Historic Site
● Visit to one of the oldest cheese making operations in the US
● Brewery visit
● 2 knowledgeable guides
● Van support
● Daily maps and cue sheets
● Daily snacks and cold drinks
● Tax and gratuities for meals and side excursions
● Featherweight, high-visibility, reflective mesh vest
● Waterbottle
● Dedicated service throughout your worry-free tour

VERMONT SHORT AND SWEET DAY BY DAY

Day 1
In the early afternoon, meet in Woodstock and enjoy lunch while your guides fit your bike. Start your Vermont adventure, pedaling to a picturesque hamlet with a quintessential country store, passing one of America’s oldest ski resorts. Relax on the shores of a sparkling lake, not far from where Sinclair Lewis once wrote and vacationed. A gradual climb out of town is rewarded by coasting downhill for miles on the way back to Woodstock. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the pool and hot tub at the inn. After, savor a delicious dinner of seasonal, local foods.
Biking Mileage: 22

Day 2
After breakfast, embark on a ride through the countryside, passing equestrian estates and sleepy hamlets. Watch for mink, otter, beaver lodges, and moose habitat while pedaling through a unique ecosystem of bogs, seeps, vernal pools, and ponds. Climb to a ridgeline with sweeping views, then coast downhill past crystal clear lakes and streams en route to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead. Sample the artisan cheese at the Plymouth Cheese Factory, started by Coolidge’s father. Down the road, we’ll stop at a microbrewery to sample some award-winning craft beer. For dinner, we will dine on expertly prepared and beautifully presented dishes.
Biking Mileage: 36 or 44

Day 3
Today, the diverse beauty of Vermont continues to unfold. Bicycle along country roads with green or multi-colored leaves arching overhead; pedal through covered bridges and stop at classic country stores. Watch for roadside maple stands or “sugarbushes” with strung sap lines awaiting sugaring season. Trek to charming Quechee with its covered bridge, polo fields, powerful waterfall, and the renowned Simon Pearce Glassworks. Return to the inn to say goodbye to one another and the captivating sights, scents, and tastes of this charming part of Vermont.
Biking Mileage: 24

THE JACKSON HOUSE INN, WOODSTOCK, VT/strong>
(JULY 15 – JULY 17, 2022)
Take in the Vermont scenery from the Inn’s charming porches, patios and balconies. The expansive grounds are a great place for walking and relaxing after a long day of cycling. Enjoy specialty cocktails and Vermont craft beers at the newly renovated tavern. The beautifullyappointed guestrooms have luxury amenities likeFrette linens, turn down service and complimentary Wi-Fi. Easily accessible to the town’s center, The Jackson House Inn is a treasure of Woodstock.

THE WOODSTOCK INN, WOODSTOCK, VT
(SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 2, 2022)
The Woodstock Inn epitomizes New England country elegance. A Conde Nast Gold Club member, the stately inn and beautiful grounds are ideally located adjacent to the town green, in the heart of Woodstock village. Beautiful sitting spaces and fine dining rooms are enhanced by excellent service. Luxurious guest rooms feature furnishings handmade by talented local artisans. Additional resort amenities include a tavern, game room, pool, spa, gift shop, and afternoon tea & cookies. In addition, GFA guests may use the Athletic Club (indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, racquet sports, etc.) and participate in classes.