Historical Attractions on VBT’s new Southern Vermont Biking Tour

Southern VT View

One of the biggest points of emphasis on a VBT vacation is to make sure our travelers experience and learn as much about the history of their destination as possible. Although Vermont is a small state, it has a rich history that dates back to the colonial times. Guests on our new Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyll tour will experience some of that history during visits to the homestead of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, a maple sugaring house, a National Historic Park and a small village constructed from granite that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Coolidge Birthplace

Despite being the nation’s second least-populous state, two U.S. Presidents were born in Vermont. On this biking tour you’ll pedal to Calvin Coolidge’s birth place, located in the sleepy town of Plymouth Notch. We’ll spend the morning touring the homestead and learn that what makes President Coolidge’s childhood home so special, is that he was actually sworn in here as America’s 30th President on August 3, 1923—after the sudden death of President Harding. Imagine becoming President in the living room of your childhood home!

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Another memorable day is spent discovering Vermont’s only unit of the U.S. National Parks System (other than the part of the Appalachian Trail that runs through the state), the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Use some of your free time to walk along the carriage trails of the property and then head to the park’s visitor center and the Billings Farm & Museum. You’ll learn how three different families conserved the forest and ran a sustainable dairy farm here for generations. Admission into the park is included in the price of you tour.

As the nation’s largest maple syrup producer, we’d be remiss not to mention this integral industry’s place in Vermontsap bucket2 history. We’ll cycle to a “sugar house,” where we’ll learn how maple syrup is made. Although the sap won’t be running during the cycling season, our visit here is sure to be illuminating, as we’ll see how the sticky sap is transformed into various grades of syrup and other maple products. We’ll also have the opportunity to purchase a tasty souvenir.

Chester Stone House

One of the best rides on this tour will take you to North Chester’s Stone Village. Located along VT-103, and named to the National Register of Historic Places, the stone houses at Chester Depot are a community of homes built from locally-sourced Vermont granite and are quintessential Vermont.

These are just some examples of the historical attractions you’ll visit on our Biking Southern Vermont: A New England Idyll biking tour, one of VBT’s three tours in our home state. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Explore the Beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard with VBT

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When the summer sun drenches asphalt streets, the temperature in most cities can become unbearable. What better way to escape the oppressive, stagnant air of New York, Boston or Washington DC than taking a retreat to the wonderful beaches along the east coast of the US. VBT runs coastal biking tours in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and South Carolina, each one offering a well-deserved respite from life’s fast pace. Our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard ​tour is perhaps the best summer getaway for beach-going types. On this popular vacation, VBT travelers will spend 6 days cycling along car-free rail trails and peaceful island roads, enjoying the famous Martha ’s Vineyard and Cape Cod beaches, and staying in charming summer communities like Edgartown and Chatham.

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The Cape Cod National Seashore is a 40 mile stretch of preserved coastline along the “upper arm” of Cape Cod. One of our favorite cycling routes, the Old Colony Rail Trail to the Cape Cod Rail Trail is our preferred method of seashore exploration.  These trails’ paved surfaces, few hills, and well-marked automobile crossings make them ideal for biking. Some of the beaches we’ll visit along the way are Coast Guard Beach, Three Sisters Lighthouses, and Nauset Light Beach—ranked as one of the best Cape Cod beaches by frommers.com. Our day ends back at our hotel in Chatham. Take in a breathtaking sunset view of the Tidal Flats at First Encounter Beach.

MV beach

The second half of our Cape Cod vacation is set on New England’s largest island, Martha’s Vineyard, which we’ll reach by way of a ferry ride from Woods Hole. If you enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean then Martha’s Vineyard will surely be a highlight for you. The water here is warmer than on Cape Cod because the Gulf Stream flows up from the south, whereas parts of the Cape get the colder Labrador Current from the north, more akin to Maine. Upon arrival, we’ll  explore Oak Bluffs—a popular summer resort since the early 1800s—before taking a lovely ride along the State Beach bike path to Edgartown and our hotel, the Harbor View Hotel & Resort.

Aquinnah

The last day of this tour is when we’ll visit the most dramatic feature on Massachusetts’ coastline, the breathtaking Aquinnah cliffs and beach. Located on the southwestern tip of the island, these brilliantly colored clay cliffs reach as high as 200 feet above the ocean and run for a mile along the coast. Over the years, erosion has uncovered an array of fascinating fossils buried within the cliffs including the pre-historic sharks, clams and crabs; as well as fossil bones from camels and wild horses! You can choose to visit the lighthouse that stands atop the cliffs and take in a beautiful view or walk down to the beach below, a delightful spot to picnic and swim.

These are just some examples of the great beaches you’ll visit on our Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard​ biking tour. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868 or visit vbt.com. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

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