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Vermont Family

New England's Champlain Valley and Green Mountains of Stowe

If you are looking to recapture the old-fashioned magic of summer with your family, look no further than central Vermont. Imagine a place with small towns filled with galleries and local wares; endless rolling green country vistas, and lakes and rivers around almost every turn. Add delicious cuisine, fantastic cycling, canoeing or kayaking and time to relax completely, and you begin to understand the timeless magic of our Vermont family vacation. This area offers a chance to get away from it all on scenic roads and in beautiful, historic inns. From covered bridges to an ice cream factory, this trip has something for everyone and we are excited to bring your dream vacation to life in this stunning, wonderful region.
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Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
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2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 More options available
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Trip Wows
Kids will love everything about this trip: sailing on Lake Champlain, visiting lakes and swimming holes, hiking, kayaking or canoeing, riding bikes in the rolling countryside, enjoying a kids-only night out with the guides and touring the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
Ride through the Champlain Valley with views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks
Splash your way through a float trip down the scenic Winooski River
Explore historic villages along our routes and stay in the heart of Stowe, famous for skiing and filled with wonderful galleries and shops
Hike to the fire tower atop Elmore Mountain for great views of the surrounding countryside
Watch the Experience
I am usually the person in my family that plans out our vacations. With the Trek Travel trip, every detail was taken care of, so I was able to relax and enjoy the entire trip, instead of playing tour guide and hostess! What a wonderful service!
-Dawn

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  • 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.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at 10:00 AM in front of the ECHO Leahy Center in Burlington where we will kick things off with a delightful sail on Lake Champlain. Enjoy a picnic lunch while you take in the scenery and pick up from sailing tips from our friendly captain. After disembarking, your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bikes and ensure you a comfortable fit before today’s ride out and back along the banks of Lake Champlain on the Island Line Trail. For a shorter ride, turn around to return any time. Your Vermont family adventure will continue with a scenic one-hour shuttle to the town of Stowe, nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. You'll have some time to settle in and freshen up before an entertaining round of introductions hosted by your guides followed by dinner where you’ll learn about all the fun in store for your family in the days ahead.
Today's Ride:

Lake Champlain Jetty
Approximately 20 miles with 640 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

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 Stagecoach Road before a hike to Cady Falls waterfall and swimming hole for a packed lunch and a swim if you chose. Tonight enjoy dinner of your choice with the kids after a full day of fun!
Today's Ride:

Stagecoach Loop with Weeks Hill
Approximately 24 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Stagecoach Loop Direct
Approximately 20 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Stagecoach Loop with Garfield Road
Approximately 33 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

A one-hour shuttle brings you to Richmond, where you will begin today’s ride. Take time to visit the Old Round Church, a well-preserved example of a traditional New England meeting house, built in 1812 for 5 local congregations. Ride quiet roads along the Winooski River until you arrive in the charming town of Waterbury, where you’ll stop for a lunch of your choice and the kids can explore the water markers from the great flood of 1927. Dessert follows in style at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, where the motto is “Life is short. Eat dessert first!” Take the tour and sample the Flavor of the Day before climbing back into the saddle to continue north to Stowe along roads commanding sweeping views of the local countryside. Keen riders can also opt for more miles and take a spin along the Stowe Recreation Path, which winds along the beautiful West Branch River. Tonight we will head to Idletyme Brewery where you can try a flight of their brews and enjoy a simple, yet elegant meal featuring veggies from their on-site garden.
Today's Ride:

Richmond to Stowe
Approximately 26 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Richmond to North Duxbury
Approximately 8 miles with 190 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Richmond to Stowe with Stowe Recreation Path
Approximately 37 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning you’ll trade bikes for boats on a gentle, scenic trip down the Winooksi River, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Green Mountains. A friendly local guide will lead the way, sharing history and folklore of this lush region as you wind your way downriver by canoe or kayak, taking in views of Camel's Hump Mountain. After your paddle, you will shuttle back to Stowe. Enjoy lunch at a cafe of your choosing in Stowe, then the afternoon is yours to spend as you like—hang out with the kids at the Green Mountain Inn’s pool or game room, browse the local shops, take a yoga class, visit a spa, or maybe just take a stroll on the recreation path. Tonight adults enjoy dinner on their own in town while the guides treat the kids to dinner and bowling.
Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Kid's Dinner

Immerse yourself in the charm of Vermont’s quaint New England towns today. Adults start out on bikes by riding past the site of the original settlement of Stowe, which dates back to the late 1700s. Kids join the ride on Randolph Road to pedal through rolling farmland to the village of Morrisville. Clock a few extra miles up to crystal clear Lake Elmore where you’ll enjoy a packed lunch on its shores. Later take a dip in the lake, ride back to town, or tackle the hike to the fire tower lookout on Elmore Mountain. Until 1974 the tower was home to a ranger, whose job was to scan the surrounding area for forest fires. As you would expect, from the tower you’ll enjoy spectacular views of mountains and countryside—which definitely makes it well worth the hike! This evening you and your family will gather for a social hour 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 share your stories and celebrate the many fond memories of your fun-filled Vermont family adventure.
Today's Ride:

Lake Elmore Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 1700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Randolph Road to Morrisville
Approximately 7 miles with 100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Hike to Elmore Mountain Fire Tower
Approximately 3.4 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Green Mountain Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

This morning’s loop offers the perfect final farewell ride to Vermont with a route through the quiet roads surrounding Stowe. You’ll ride past the Gold Brook Bridge which is one of the oldest and most storied (and allegedly haunted) covered bridges in Vermont as you soak in the New England countryside one last time. If you are up for one last challenge, 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, take the morning to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy a final stroll through the streets of Stowe for those last-minute 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

Short Option:

Gold Brook Bridge Loop
Approximately 8 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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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:
10:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
ECHO Leahy Center, Burlington, Vermont

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
DEPARTING TIME:
2:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hilton Burlington or Burlington International Airport, 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 location 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 10:00 AM in front of the ECHO Leahy Center (1 College St., Burlington, VT 05401) on the first day of the trip. We'll kick things off with lunch and sail on Lake Champlain. After the sail, we'll change clothes and go for our first ride. 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, Green Mountain Inn (802-253-7301), 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 the 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, 5 lunches and 2 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. For the kids, the use of a Trek Superfly 20 or 24.
  • Three daily route options
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey or Trek Travel t-shirt
  • 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. For the kids, the use of a Trek Superfly 20 or 24.
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity to use
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL cycling jersey or t-shirt
  • 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 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
19 miles
TOTAL MILES:
113 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1,115 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
6,690 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is 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. Vermont Family 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.
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
  • Hike to the Falls of Lana and Silver Lake with the group
  • Sample local beer at Otter Creek Brewing
  • Visit Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
  • Canoe or kayak with the group on the Winooksi River
  • Stroll on the Stowe Recreation Path
  • Shop at boutiques in Middlebury, Waterbury and Stowe
  • Take a yoga class
  • Hike to the fire tower atop Elmore Mountain
  • 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 months of July and August, 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. Stop in for a visit to the Science Center: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, which is located on the Burlington waterfront next to the Trek Travel meeting and departing location. Or 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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