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Vermont

New England's Champlain Valley and Green Mountains: Middlebury to Stowe

There's no better place to celebrate the brilliance of summer or the beauty of changing seasons than Vermont’s Green Mountains and the picturesque Mad River Valley.

Enjoy unforgettable rides through dense forests, along winding rivers, and past hillside farms. Explore the charm of quaint town squares and sample regional specialties from golden maple syrup to smooth Vermont cheddar and rich, velvety ice cream. Ride across the historic covered Gold Brook Bridge and through the pristine Green Mountain National Forest. Vermont offers a range of cycling, hiking, and sightseeing options for any skill level so, whatever your interest, let Trek Travel bring your picture-perfect bicycling vacation to life.

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$2299PP

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2

Recreational

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Explorer

 

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Duration

6 days | 5 nights
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Start | End

Middlebury, Vermont | Stowe, Vermont

Dates

2015
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Weybridge Loop
Approximately 24 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Description:

After a scenic one-hour private shuttle, you’ll arrive in Middlebury, home to one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the country. A picnic lunch prepared by your Trek Travel guides awaits you in this picturesque town, which is located between the foothills of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. After a short round of introductions, your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Vermont before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. The rest of the day is yours to explore! Settle into the inn or take your first ride through the rolling farmland around Middlebury, past the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm and beautiful views of the Adirondacks. This evening kicks off with a social hour at Morgan's Tavern at the inn. Your guides will fill you in on the details of the week over drinks and afterwards, get to know your fellow travelers during a fun dinner at The Lobby. This new restaurant is located on Bakery Lane in downtown Middlebury and specializes in unique, locally-sourced dishes—try the local filet mignon burger!

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Hotel:

Middlebury Inn
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Brandon Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Middlebury to Brandon
Approximately 20 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Brandon Loop with Middlebury Gap
Approximately 59 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning we head south on a ride out of Middlebury through Farmingdale and Salisbury. Enjoy views of the mountains to the east and Lake Champlain to the west before arriving in the historic town of Brandon to enjoy lunch at the cafe of your choice. Continue riding back to Middlebury, along the shores of beautiful Lake Dunmore, or alternatively choose to shuttle back to relax at the inn or maybe take in the distinctive New England culture in the Frog Hollow art galleries and marble works. Browsing through one of the many antique shops or bookstores in the area is also a great way to spend an afternoon. If you're up for a challenge, ride up to Middlebury Gap—a tough but rewarding climb past the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and the Bread Loaf Campus. This afternoon you'll also have the option to join the group for a local craft beer sampling at the Otter Creek Brewing Company. Tonight you are on your own to explore the many dining options in town.

Hotel:

Middlebury Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Middlebury to Bristol
Approximately 22 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Middlebury to Bristol Direct
Approximately 12 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Middlebury to Waitsfield with Appalachian Gap
Approximately 41 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing

Description:

Say goodbye to Middlebury this morning as you head north toward Bristol, a quaint town founded in 1762. After exploring the cafes in Bristol for a lunch of your choosing, you'll have the option to ride over the famous Appalachian Gap (known locally as "App Gap") or hop into the van for a boost over this picturesque climb. However you get there, the views from the top are amazing! Upon arrival in Waitsfeld, if the weather is warm, you'll have a chance to visit the Warren Swimming Hole--one of the best swimming spots in a state known for its beautiful lakes and rivers! Afterward, take some time to rest and freshen up before this evening’s special treat, as tonight you'll get to know your friendly innkeepers, the Wallucks, over a private dinner served in the dining room of the inn. Later, it's time to kick back with a book or after dinner cocktail in the cozy common room before retiring for the night to rest up for another full day of New England charm.

Hotel:

Waitsfield Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Waitsfield to Warren to Stowe
Approximately 42 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Waitsfield to Warren to Waterbury
Approximately 31 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Waitsfield to Warren to Stowe with Smuggler's Notch
Approximately 62 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Begin today's ride with a visit to the hamlet of Warren on the banks of the Mad River. Stop into the Warren Store and browse this classic landmark. Then, hop back on your bike and head north through the Mad River Valley, crossing the Pine Brook Covered Bridge on the way to Waterbury. Here you can browse local boutiques and gift shops like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters or the Craft Beer Cellar before convening at a local bistro for a delicious lunch. Afterward, continue to Stowe along quiet roads with sweeping views. If you're interested in more miles, you may tackle the climb up to Smuggler's Notch to check out the narrow mountain pass between Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Or you may choose to take your time to explore the town's interesting shops, get a massage and relax at one of the spas, attend a yoga class, or maybe just enjoy a stroll along the winding Recreation Path. This evening, you'll head to a local sugarhouse for a private tour and maple syrup tasting—you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for the art and science of “sugaring." Tonight you’re on your own for dinner in Stowe; your guides, however, will have lots of great recommendations!

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Stagecoach Loop with Weeks Hill
Approximately 23 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Stagecoach Loop Direct
Approximately 20 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Stagecoach Loop with Garfield Road
Approximately 32 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Description:

Start with a hearty breakfast to prepare you for the day's activities. Your morning ride will take you past the site of the original settlement of Stowe, which dates to the late 1700s. Enjoy a fantastic loop through rolling, lush Vermont farmland that passes through the village of Morrisville. Then tackle the beautiful rolling hills on Stagecoach Road before returning to Stowe for a lunch of your choosing at one of the local cafes. This afternoon you'll have a chance to hike the Stowe Pinnacle Trail. A 3-mile out and back hike just minutes from downtown Stowe, this moderate trail winds its way to a beautiful rock vista overlooking the spectacular Green Mountain Range. After hiking, your next stop is the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, where the company motto decrees “Life is short; eat dessert first.” Choose from many interesting flavors for your afternoon treat! This evening you and your traveling companions will gather for drinks at the Inn before heading out to Michael’s on the Hill for a final delicious dinner. Michael and Laura Kloeti, the chef and owners of Michael’s, have been awarded Vermont Restauranteurs of the Year and the restaurant has received The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Santé Magazine’s Sustainable Restaurant Award. Their firm commitment to local, organic products and the slow food movement is evident in their menu, which makes for the perfect plate over which to toast new friends, great adventures and your week experiencing quintessential New England culture.

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Von Trapp Loop
Approximately 14 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

This morning’s loop is the perfect final ride and farewell to Vermont as you cycle the quiet roads surrounding Stowe, past the Gold Brook Bridge—one of the oldest and most storied (and allegedly haunted) covered bridges inVermont. Soak in the New England countryside one last time and ride up to the Trapp Family Lodge, a reconstructed version of the grand lodge once home to the family whose story inspired “The Sound of Music.” If you’d rather skip the ride, sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then enjoy a final stroll through the streets of Stowe to savor a few last moments of your week and maybe pick up some souvenirs and gifts. A privateTrekTravel shuttle will depart from the Inn at 11:00AM. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM, at the Hotel Vermont and Burlington International Airport (BTV). Please do not schedule a flight out of Burlington International Airport before 2:00 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



OPTIONAL VERMONT ADD-ON PACKAGE: AUGUST 21-23, 2015


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Outstanding in the Field

Farm to Fork Dinner Event

Duration

3 days | 2 nights

Price

$999 per person
Based on double occupancy

About:

Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure—literally a restaurant without walls. Long tables are set at farms and gardens around the country with the goal of honoring the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table. Their mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. Don't miss this opportunity to taste the creations of chef Eric Warnstedt, nominated for a 2015 James Beard award as Best Chef-Northeast. Our Vermont add-on package includes tickets to this Outside in the Field dinner event at Ploughgate Creamery outside of Burlington, Vermont. Add this unforgettable experience to your Vermont cycling vacation and allow us to coordinate your hotel stay, shuttle transfers and event tickets.

What's Included:

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington, the pick up location for your Trek Travel trip
  • Outstanding in the Field event ticket
  • Ground transportation arranged to and from the event
  • Detailed list of our recommended area attractions and restaurants
  • Dedicated travel coordinator to assist with connections and reservations for your entire Trek Travel trip at no additional fee ($200 value)

How to get there

Choose the Vermont add-on package before your August 23 trip or after your August 16 trip.



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Travel Coordinator Services:

Vermont Outstanding in the Field Event

Description:

As your dedicated travel coordinator I’ll make sure your travel arrangements are seamless. Assistance with arranging flights and full advisory services are included with your add on package. Once booked, you will receive a confirmation with exact dates, hotel and restaurant details along with a detailed list of suggested attractions & city guide.

Lindsay Juley

Please note: Gratuity is not included for any part of the package. Please tip at your own discretion.




Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL AUGUST 5TH

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.

2015


Aug
2nd - 7th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
23rd - 28th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC. / Outstanding in the Field Add-On Package Available
Guaranteed *
Aug
30th -
Sep
4th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Sep
6th - 11th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Limited Availability
Sep
13th - 18th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Sep
20th - 25th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Sep
27th -
Oct
2nd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Sold Out
Oct
4th - 9th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2699 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *

Hotels

Middlebury Inn on our Vermont bike tours

Middlebury Inn

Middlebury, Vermont

The Middlebury Inn has been welcoming visitors since 1827 and exudes a wonderful blend of historic charm and modern comfort. An official "Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State" and a Historic Hotel of America, the Middlebury Inn takes special care to provide an experience that is true both to its New England roots and its commitment to the community. You will stay in the historic Main Inn during your visit, which features a day spa and is located within walking distance of the shops, restaurants, and attractions of downtown Middlebury.
Waitsfield Inn on our Vermont bike tours

Waitsfield Inn

Waitsfield, Vermont

Take a step back in time and experience the simplicity and beauty of Vermont country living. Built in 1825, this quaint country home is now a peaceful, inviting inn that offers cozy rooms with antique furniture, down comforters, and exposed wood-beamed ceilings. Relax with a good book in front of the fireplace in the common room, chat with the owners Jon and Vickie, and enjoy the best of Vermont's exquisite Green Mountains.
Green Mountain Inn on our Vermont bike tours

Green Mountain Inn

Stowe, Vermont

Situated in the center of the village of Stowe, the Green Mountain Inn has a rich and interesting history. The property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been welcoming guests (including former U.S. Presidents) since the mid-1800s, when it served as a stagecoach stop, and has operated under its current name for 117 years. Over the generations, the Inn has been transformed into the beautiful property that it is today through upgrades designed to retain and blend the Inn’s historic charm and traditional feel with the very best amenities and comfortable accommodations.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Vermont trip, you will stay in three beautiful inns: the first is a historic inn located on Court Square in the vibrant downtown of Middlebury, the second, a cozy bed and breakfast in the Mad River Valley town of Waitsfield and the last, a classic inn featured on the National Register of Historic Places and ideally located on Stowe’s Main Street.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Vermont trip, meals embody the best of the region—casual and wonderful. Often the chefs and bakers are also the servers in the intimate restaurants we frequent. In a state that has embraced the local foods movement, menus often feature seasonal ingredients and locally grown vegetables, Vermont white cheddar, and the purest maple syrup.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist FX+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 USD off any 2015 5 Series or 6 Series Trek Domane including Project One and the Trek Emonda SL6 and SL8 models.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 35
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,400

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Vermont is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied, with rides in wide valleys of rolling farmland and also more mountainous areas. All of the rides are highlighted by rewarding vistas and winding roads, thanks to the beautiful Green Mountains. Please be aware that you will encounter sections of gravel roads throughout the week. As always, if you wish to skip these sections you are welcome to shuttle in the support van. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

During the month of August, expect daytime temperatures in the mid 70s and nighttime lows in the low 50s. Fall weather varies in northern Vermont, generally warmer in September and chilly by mid-October, with highs in the 50s and freezing overnight. Layers are always recommended, as you can expect cool mornings all season. Rain is also a distinct possibility in Vermont any time of year, so check the forecast in the days prior to your departure and always bring your rain gear, just in case.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Visit the Stowe Craft Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of local artists’ work
  • Sample local beer at Otter Creek Brewing
  • Stroll on the Stowe Recreation Path
  • Shop at boutiques in Middlebury, Waitsfield, Bristol and Stowe
  • Take a yoga class
  • Hike to the Stowe Pinnacle for expansive views of the Green Mountains
  • Enjoy a voyage to total relaxation at one of the spas near Stowe

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Burlington International Airport (BTV). From the airport, you can call or hail a taxi to take you downtown. It is approximately 4 miles from the airport to the meeting day hotel in downtown Burlington and a taxi ride should take about 10-15 minutes and cost $15-$20.

Hotel Vermont | Burlington, Vermont

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Vermont (41 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You and your traveling companions will take a private shuttle to Middlebury, just over an hour from Burlington, for a picnic lunch before beginning the first ride of the week. Please have your first day’s cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible and separate from your luggage.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Middlebury Inn (802-388-4961), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.A taxi from Burlington to the first night’s hotel is available from Everywhere Taxi for approximately $70 plus gratuity. Call 802-238-4121 to make arrangements.

Hotel Vermont and Burlington International Airport | Burlington, Vermont

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at the Hotel Vermont or Burlington International Airport (BTV). Please do not schedule a flight out of Burlington International Airport before 2:00 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.

Before & After: BURLINGTON, Vermont

Burlington is a vibrant and beautiful college town on Lake Champlain, with a great variety of leisure and outdoor adventure activities at your fingertips. Not to be missed are the shopping and dining opportunities along Church Street, Burlington’s pedestrian mall. Rent a kayak or sailboat and set out to enjoy Lake Champlain from Burlington Harbor.Visit the Shelburne Museum, one of the finest museums in New England, highlighting the history and the culture of the region, or maybe stop by the Magic Hat Brewery and sample one of their many exceptional seasonal brews.We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Hotel Vermont

Hotel Vermont is a distinctive, stylish, and ideally located property which prides itself on offering “space to yourself and room to gather.” Drawing inspiration from the culture and natural beauty of Vermont, the hotel is an excellent place to refresh and relax! With free yoga classes and 2-hour bike rentals whether you want to stay in or venture forth—Hotel Vermont has it all!

41 Cherry Street | 802 651 0080 | www.HotelVT.com | ~$350

Courtyard by Marriott Burlington Harbor

The Courtyard by Marriott Burlington Harbor is conveniently located just a few short steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center and the Church Street Marketplace. It has spacious, well-designed guest rooms, hot buffet breakfast, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness facility, high-speed internet, flat screen HD TVs, and a business center.

25 Cherry Street | 802 864 4700 | www.Marriot. com | ~$300

Hilton Burlington

The largest hotel in downtown Burlington, this elegant property is located right on the lakefront and pedestrian path. Amenities are extensive and include a workout room, swimming pool, and business facilities.

60 Battery Street | 802 658 6500 | www.Hilton.com | ~$300


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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