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Vermont Brewery Edition

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

Summer in Vermont is a great time for riding, hiking, fresh food and of course, beer. The artisan craft beer culture in Vermont is second to none, and we invite you to join us for a special week in the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains to visit some of our favorite local microbreweries. We'll also enjoy unforgettable rides through dense forests, along winding rivers, and past hillside farms. Explore the charm of quaint town squares and sample other regional specialties like smooth Vermont cheddar. The Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington takes place July 20th and 21st as well, so get your tickets early if your travel plans allow (they will sell out!) to make the most of your craft beer-focused time in the Green Mountain State. View our Classic Vermont Bike Tour»
From:
$2799 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 / 2 - Active / Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
Reviews:
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Trip Wows
Celebrate Vermont's vibrant craft beer culture with visits to small artisanal breweries throughout the week
Ride quiet winding roads surrounded by the verdant forests of the Green Mountains
Explore the historic villages of Middlebury and Stowe, famous for skiing and filled with wonderful galleries, shops and restaurants
Hike to Stowe Pinnacle for great views of the surrounding countryside and Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak
Delight in fresh, locally-sourced food at The Lobby in downtown Middlebury and Michael's on the Hill outside of Stowe
Watch the Experience
Way beyond what I expected.  Our stomachs never growled and our water bottles were never empty. The personal service and attention from our guides was way beyond what I expected. 
-Jenni

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Look no further. All you need to do is pick any open trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Private pricing is not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.
After a scenic half-hour private shuttle, you’ll arrive in Shelburne, where we'll kick off the week of fine brews and great food at the Fiddlehead Brewery. Enjoy a tasting of this brewery's flagship beer, the Fiddlehead IPA, along with the seasonal selection they are serving up. A delicious lunch featuring wood-fired pizzas from Folino's next door will fuel the rest of your day. After leading 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 making sure you have a comfortable fit. The rest of the day is yours to explore! Take your first ride through the rolling farmland between Shelburne and Middlebury, past beautiful views of Lake Champlain. Settle into your room before joining the group for a social hour at Morgan's Tavern at the Inn. Your guides will fill you in on the details of the week to come over drinks and afterwards, get to know your fellow travelers during a fun dinner at The Lobby. This restaurant is located on Bakery Lane in downtown Middlebury and specializes in unique, locally-sourced dishes—try the local filet mignon burger!
Today's Ride:

Shelburne to Middlebury
Approximately 31 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Middlebury Inn

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

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. This afternoon, take in the distinctive New England culture in the art galleries, antique shops or bookstores in the area. Or, if you're up for more miles, tackle Middlebury Gap—a tough but rewarding climb past the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Bread Loaf Campus. This evening you'll head out for a local craft beer sampling at the Otter Creek Brewing Company, known for their copper ale. Afterwards, you are on your own to explore the many dining options in town.
Today's Ride:

Brandon Loop
Approximately 43 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Middlebury to Brandon
Approximately 20 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Brandon Loop with Middlebury Gap
Approximately 59 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Middlebury Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour

Say goodbye to Middlebury this morning as you begin the day with a one-hour shuttle to the hamlet of Warren, which is located on the banks of the Mad River. Stop into the Warren Store and browse this classic landmark before hopping on your bike and heading north through the Mad River Valley, crossing the Pine Brook Covered Bridge on the way to Waterbury. Here you will convene at local bistro Cork for a delicious lunch. Afterward, cruise into the Craft Beer Cellar to browse the aisles filled with over 500 different beers from over 150 breweries, from just across the street to the other side of the world. Then stop into Prohibition Pig's brand new brewery to taste their wares on the deck before continuing 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. Tonight we'll gather for dinner at Idletyme Brewing Company. Try their famous Idletyme Double IPA.
Today's Ride:

Warren to Stowe
Approximately 38 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Warren to Waterbury
Approximately 26 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Warren to Stowe with Smuggler's Notch
Approximately 61 miles with 4,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you will continue exploring Vermont by following the Winooski River westward towards Richmond. You’ll pass through miles of pristine countryside as you ride along the banks of this beautiful river to make your way to Stone Corral Brewery. Originally—you guessed it—a stone horse corral, this brewery boasts the “freshest water in the United States” as the base of its incredible beer lineup. Grab something to eat at the brewery or shuttle back to Stowe to explore town for lunch. Later this afternoon you'll have the option to hike the Stowe Pinnacle Trail. A 3-mile out and back hike just minutes from downtown Stowe, this relatively steep trail winds its way up to a beautiful rocky vista overlooking the spectacular Green Mountain Range. Tonight you’re on your own for dinner in Stowe; your guides, however, will have lots of great recommendations!
Today's Ride:

Stowe to Stone Corral via Huntington Rd with Shuttle
Approximately 28 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Stowe to Stone Corral with Shuttle
Approximately 25 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Stowe to Stone Corral via Wes White Hill with Shuttle
Approximately 35 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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 lush Vermont farmland that passes through the village of Morrisville. Then tackle the beautiful rolling hills on Garfield road before heading to Lost Nation Brewing for a flight of delicious craft beers ranging from a crisp Gose to their rich “Pitch Black Ale.” If you’re ready for lunch, the grub at Lost Nation is second to none. Otherwise, continue riding or opt to shuttle back to Stowe and enjoy lunch at the cafe of your choice. This evening you and your traveling companions will gather for one last round at the Inn before heading out to Michael’s on the Hill for a 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.
Today's Ride:

Lost Nation Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,150 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Stowe to Lost Nation with Shuttle
Approximately 22 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Lost Nation Loop with Centerville Climb
Approximately 35 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

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 in Vermont. 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." Check out the great views from the front lawn and try one of the Trapp Family Brewing lagers before heading back to town. 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 private Trek Travel shuttle will depart from the Inn at 11:00 AM to take you to Burlington.
Today's Ride:

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

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Middlebury Inn

Middlebury, Vermont

The Middlebury Inn has been welcoming visitors since 1827 and captures 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 a Luxury room in the historic Main Inn or the Porter Mansion during your visit. The Inn features a day spa and is located within walking distance of the shops, restaurants, and attractions of downtown Middlebury.
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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 122 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.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
MEETING TIME:
Hilton Burlington, Burlington, Vermont
MEETING LOCATION:

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
DEPARTING TIME:
2:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hilton Burlington or Burlington International Airport (BTV), Burlington, Vermont

Arriving

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 $20-$25.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hilton Burlington (60 Battery Street, Burlington VT 05401) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You and your traveling companions will take a private 30-minute shuttle to Shelburne for lunch and a beer tasting at Fiddlehead Brewing before beginning the first ride of the week. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.

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 Green Cab for approximately $95 plus gratuity. Call 802-864-2424 to make arrangements.

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Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:00 PM at Hilton Burlington 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.

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What's Included

For us, the details matter most

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.

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Trek Domane SL 7

Trek’s latest innovation has led to the best bike on the road—a light weight, stable and technologically advanced machine to make even the hardest roads seem easy. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world. Upgrade your bike with carbon wheels for only $200. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d’oeuvres on your first and last night of the trip
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek’s newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Three daily route options
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals of your choice
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike to use
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity to use
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle to use
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Flat pack
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 2/3 - Recreational/Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
31 miles
TOTAL MILES:
186 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,883 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
11,300 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is hilly, 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. Vermont Brewery Edition is best suited for our Type 2 and 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 and 2 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.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Visit the Stowe Craft Gallery, which houses an extensive collection of local artists’ work
  • Sample local beers with the group
  • Stroll on the Stowe Recreation Path
  • Shop at boutiques in Middlebury, Waterbury, Johnson and Stowe
  • Take a yoga class
  • Hike to Stowe Pinnacle for expansive views of the Green Mountains
  • Enjoy a voyage to total relaxation at one of the spas near Stowe

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our Today’s Ride options.

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

During the month of July, expect daytime temperatures in the mid 70s and nighttime lows in the low 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. Packing List»

Before and After Your Trip

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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:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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