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Vermont 4 Day Weekend

Recreational

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Vermont 4 Day Weekend

Enjoy small town Stowe, Vermont

Our Vermont Long Weekend offers a great chance to get away and experience the best that Vermont has to offer in a four-day active cycling vacation

Trek Travel offers convenient pickup and drop off in downtown Burlington to make this a truly hassle-free weekend. With accommodation in Stowe's historic Green Mountain Inn, you can settle straight in and get to know this small town while enjoying the great rides and hikes we have planned. You'll travel over tree-covered countryside, past farms, through covered bridges and over the famous gap at Smuggler's Notch. Celebrate the wonderful array of local food and indulge in treats from fresh maple syrup to traditional cheeses and jams. We are certain that you'll return from this weekend trip with a smile on your face, a spring in your step and plans to one day return to this wonderful region.

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$1599PP

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Rider Type [?]

2

Recreational

Hotel Style [?]

Explorer

 

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Duration

4 days | 3 nights
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Start | End

Burlington, Vermont

Dates

2014
Aug

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Waterbury to Stowe with Stowe Recreation Path
Approximately 21 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Waterbury to Stowe
Approximately 10 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Description:

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. Your Vermont getaway starts at the famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory! Take the tour and sample the flavor of the day—as they say here,“Life is short; eat dessert first.”Afterward you will enjoy a savory picnic lunch.Next your guides will lead a short round of introductions and discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding inVermont before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and making sure you have a comfortable fit.Then it’s into the saddle to head north on quiet roads with sweeping views through the rolling countryside on your way to Stowe. Enjoy a relaxing spin on the Stowe Recreation Path, which winds alongside the scenic West Branch River, before settling into your home for the next 3 nights, the venerable Green Mountain Inn.This evening kicks off with a fun group meeting during social hour where your guides will fill you in on the exciting details of the days to come.Tonight you’re invited to a delicious dinner at a favorite local eatery as you relax into your weekend and get to know your fellow travelers.

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Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn
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Day

2

Today's Ride:

Lake Elmore Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Stagecoach Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 860 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike at Elmore Mountain Fire Tower

Description:

Rise to embraceVermont’s pace of life and enjoy a hearty breakfast before taking in the beauty and charm of this delightful town.Your morning ride will take you past the site of the original settlement of Stowe, which dates from the late 1700s, before enjoying a loop through rolling, green Vermont farmland that passes through the village of Morrisville. Here you have the option to challenge yourself with a few extra miles up to Lake Elmore, or return directly to Stowe for lunch at a cafe of your choosing.This afternoon, shop in town, get a massage and relax at a nearby spa, attend a yoga class, or maybe just stroll along the wind- ing Recreation Path.Alternatively,strike out on a hike from Lake Elmore to the fire tower lookout atop Elmore Mountain, where stunning views will reward your efforts! This evening you will visit the Trapp Family Lodge, a reconstructed version of the grand lodge once home to the family whose story inspired “The Sound of Music.” Here you will enjoy a private sugar house tour and maple syrup tasting.You’re sure to come away with an appreciation of the art and science of “sugaring.” Tonight Stowe is yours to explore and choose a great eatery for dinner.

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn
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Day

3

Today's Ride:

Stowe to Jeffersonville
Approximately 35 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Stowe to Johnson
Approximately 25 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Smuggler’s Notch Loop
Approximately 54 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Description:

Enjoy your last full day exploringVermont by heading north on Route 100 for a spectacular ride which passes through lush pastures and farmland. Pedal into the town of Johnson, a charming village nestled in the mountains, and take some time to explore its unique shops and boutiques, including the Johnson Woolen Mills factory with its iconic selection of signature woolen goods. Pause for lunch today at the Lovin’ Cup Cafe located in a historic home on Main Street. This afternoon you’ll pedal through a scenic landscape decorated with white church steeples, bright red barns and fields of lazily grazing cows. Once in the historic town of Jeffersonville, shuttle in the van or hunker down for the climb up Mount Mansfield to Smuggler’s Notch and the rewarding descent down to the West Branch River and Stowe. Tonight you and your traveling companions will gather for cocktails and a final delicious dinner at The Whip Bar and Grill at the Green Mountain Inn as you toast to new friends,new adventures and the very best of Vermont!

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn
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Day

4

Today's Ride:

Von Trapp Loop
Approximately 14 miles with 1,350 feet of climbing

Description:

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 theTrapp Family Lodge again to enjoy the views from the sprawling front lawn. 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 weekend and maybe pick up some souvenirs and gifts. A privateTrekTravel shuttle will depart from the Inn at 11:00 AM. 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 unforseen delays.

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Hotels

middlebury inn

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 Presidents of the U.S.) 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
  • 3 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 a classic New England inn that is featured on the National Register of Historic Places and ideally located on Stowe’s Main Street.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 social hours, 2 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
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel t-shirt and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

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 | 25
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,300

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 Long Weekend 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 most rides in wide valleys of rolling farmland and others in more mountainous areas. All of the rides are highlighted by rewarding vistas and winding roads, thanks to the beautiful Green Mountains. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

During the month of August, expect daytime temperatures in the upper 70s and nighttime lows in the 50s. 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 the work of Vermont artists
  • Hike at Elmore State Park and enjoy the Stowe Recreation Path
  • Take a yoga class
  • Visit the Trapp Family Lodge
  • Tour Rock Art Brewing, a crafter of fine seasonal beers in Morrisville
  • Opt to achieve complete relaxation at one of the spas near Stowe

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. 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.

Travel Services

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 around $15-$20.

Hotel Vermont | Burlington,Vermont

YourTrekTravel guides will meet you at the HotelVermont (41 Cherry Street,Burlington,Vermont 05401) at 11:00AM on the first day of the trip.After a private shuttle (approximately a halfhour), you and your new traveling companions will arrive in Waterbury 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, Green Mountain Inn (802 253 7302), 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 (802 238 4121) for approximately $55 (plus gratuity). Call to make arrangements.

Hotel Vermont and Burlington International Airport (BTV) | Burlington,Vermont

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at the HotelVermont 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.

Before & After: BURLINGTON, Vermont

Burlington is a vibrant and beautiful college town set on the shores of Lake Champlain, offering a great variety of leisure and outdoor adventure activities. Not to be missed are the shopping and dining along Church Street, Burlington’s pedestrian mall. Rent a kayak or sailboat and set out on 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, and stop by the Magic Hat Brewery to sample one of their many excellent seasonal beers.We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-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—HotelVermont has it all!

41 Cherry Street | 802 651 0080 | www.HotelVT.com | ~$220

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,

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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Our Guides

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