Vermont is our backyard, our home. But it’s so much more than that, and we want you to discover why. Bike with us and experience our beautiful natural landscape and taste the local cuisine that gave rise to the farm-to-table movement.
Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
Small Groups: 20
Ideal for energetic beginners to more experienced riders.
The name says it all on this unique bike tour that gives travelers from all over a sampling of what makes Vermont so special. We’ll set out from our own backyard to enjoy pastoral cycling routes along quiet country roads past orchards, sweeping willows and family-run farms—all framed the foothills of the Green Mountains. Each day we’ll be treated to Vermont’s celebrated hospitality in quaint inns in a classic New England college town and another with its own private harbor. When we’re not on our bikes, we’ll enjoy refreshing dips in pristine lakes and soak up the charm of the endearing towns of Addison County.
Take in the Vermont countryside from a different perspective during guided kayaking paddle through the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Cycle over Lake Champlain via bridge to the Chimney Point Historic Site, a strategic location occupied by Native Americans, French settlers, and both British and American soldiers at different times throughout the 18th century.
Take a refreshing dip in Lake Dunmore, a glacial lake that serves as the crown jewel of Branbury State Park.
Tour the UVM Morgan Horse Farm and learn about this historic equine breed whose ancestors served as cavalry horses during Civil War.
What to Expect
This tour offers the full range of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills, and is ideal for both beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.
Average Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 miles Average Cycling Time: 2 – 4 hours
Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Middlebury
Jun 77°/54° Jul 82°/59° Sep 71°/50° Oct 59°/39°
Average Precipitation (in.) – Middlebury
Jun 3.4 Jul 3.6 Sep 3.2 Oct 3
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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Arrive in Middlebury
The tour begins at the award-winning Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont. If you are flying to Vermont, VBT will make one complimentary transfer for VBT guests from the Burlington International Airport, departing at 2:00 pm. Shuttle reservations are not required, as the shuttle works on a “show and go” basis, and will make its only departure from the airport at 2:00 pm. Look for the representative holding a VBT sign outside the baggage claim area for your transfer. Please allow for traffic delays.
If your flight arrives after this time, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the Swift House Inn at your own expense. Please call one of the following taxi companies: Jessica’s Vital Transit (telephone 802-349-8833), or Middlebury Transit (telephone 888-666-3471). Travel time from the Burlington airport is approximately 60 minutes.
For guests driving to the tour, check in time at the Swift House Inn is at 3:00 pm. If you think you will arrive earlier than this time, please contact the inn to confirm they can accommodate your early arrival. Parking is available without charge at the Swift House during your stay in Middlebury. Due to the limited size of the Swift House parking area, let your VBT Trip Leaders know that you have a car there before the tour leaves Middlebury. They will assist you with moving it to another location in town for the remainder of the tour.
VBT Pre-Trip Extension guests: You have another morning to enjoy Burlington. At 1:30 pm, the shuttle company will meet and transfer you to the Swift House Inn in Middlebury. This transfer is only available to guests who purchase the pre-trip extension through VBT.
Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at 3:30 pm in your cycling clothes for a bike fitting and brief cycling-skills clinic. This will be immediately followed by a short warm-up ride. Then, gather at 6:00 pm for an orientation meeting and welcome cocktail. We will enjoy a candlelit dinner at the inn at 7:00 pm.
Hotel: Swift House Inn Meals: B, D Daily Options: 4 miles
DAY 2: Cycle through Salisbury and along Lake Dunmore
Today’s ride takes you past antique stores, weeping willows, and stone fences along quiet roads leading to Lake Dunmore and Branbury State Park (whose name is a portmanteau derived from the towns of Brandon and Salisbury). After a picnic lunch, take a swim in refreshing Lake Dunmore before getting back on your bicycle. Finish the day with a scenic ride back to Middlebury.
Explore the college town of Middlebury, with its Main Street full of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visit Cannon Park and view an historic marker commemorating John Deere and his invention of “the plow that broke the plains.” From 1821 to 1825, Deere apprenticed at an area blacksmith shop before moving to Illinois, where he built the world’s first steel moldboard plow.
Tonight, your Trip Leaders can direct you to one of the town’s fine restaurants, which are all within walking distance of our inn.
Hotel: Swift House Inn Meals: B, L Daily Options: 15, 19, 24 or 33 miles
DAY 3: Cycle north to Bristol and Basin Harbor Club
Today we cycle along Middlebury’s peaceful back roads and beside the Hogback Mountain Ridge, a major foothill of the Green Mountains. Continue north to Bristol village, gateway to the Green Mountains. The village is amazingly flat due to ancient geologic events that deposited a level “fan” of gravel at the New Haven River “water gap” through the mountain ridge. Bristol has many interesting shops, including Vermont Honeylights and Art on Main. After lunch on your own in Bristol, we’ll cycle to Vergennes, passing Cedar Lake and rolling farm fields. Take in spectacular views of the Champlain Valley, the Adirondacks, and Otter Creek as you make your way to Basin Harbor. Dinner is served in the Basin Harbor Club’s Red Mill Restaurant.
Hotel: Basin Harbor Club Meals: B, D Daily Options: 17 or 41 miles
DAY 4: West Addison and Chimney Point / Kayaking on Dead Creek
Today, we cycle along the gently rolling farm fields in the quaint village of Panton, with panoramic views of the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondacks to the west. Continue south to visit Chimney Point Historic Site and the Champlain Bridge, half a mile long and one of the few bridges that spans Lake Champlain. Riding in a clockwise loop, follow Lake Street with its apple orchards and Arnold Bay Road northward back to Basin Harbor, enjoying lake and mountainside vistas along the way.
After an included lunch at the Basin Harbor Club, head to the shore for your private, guided kayaking excursion through the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. It is a premier birding spot due to its varied habitats and access. This area offers a mixture of marshes, deciduous forests, open fields and pine plantations. Dead Creek flows sluggishly through this region, making our kayaking excursion a prime way to view the wildlife.
Dinner is on your own tonight.
Hotel: Basin Harbor Club Meals: B, L Daily Options: 16, 23 or 29 miles
DAY 5: Cycle to Vergennes and Kingsland Bay / Farewell dinner
Spend some time in Vergennes, dubbed the “smallest city” in America, for some shopping and great food (lunch is on your own). We’d recommend stopping into Vergennes Laundry, a French bakery that has been named as one of America’s Best Bakeries by Travel + Leisure. Be sure to check out all the nooks and crannies, as some of the shops in Vergennes are located below the main level. Our ride today is along the tranquil Otter Creek to Kingsland Bay, one of Vermont’s newest state parks. It continues northeasterly to Ferrisburgh, then heads west, adding to our daily dose of gorgeous views.
You have many options this afternoon—perhaps walking on nature trails, swimming, or golfing. Enjoy an included visit to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. With more than a dozen exhibit buildings, it presents a comprehensive overview of the maritime history and nautical archaeology of the Champlain Valley. You could also relax on the beautiful Basin Harbor grounds.
Gather with the group for a farewell dinner celebration in a private room off the club’s main dining room tonight.
Please note: Basin Harbor Club has a dress code for our farewell dinner guests. Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt and may not wear sandals, shorts or jeans. Women may not wear shorts or jean skirts. Dress sandals are acceptable for women. If you are planning to dine in the Main Dining Room on your free night dinner, from June 15 through September 2, gentlemen must wear a jacket.
Hotel: Basin Harbor Club Meals: B, D Daily Options: 15 or 29 miles
DAY 6: Explore Morgan Horse Farm and Middlebury
Leaving Lake Champlain, ride southeast to the quiet town of Weybridge, with its Victorian farmhouses and westerly views across the Lemon Fair River. Next, continue on to the UVM Morgan Horse Farm for an included visit. The farm is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Morgan horse through breeding and selection. Designated as a National Historic Site, the farm is significant to the Morgan breed’s history.
After your visit, pedal into Middlebury and enjoy lunch on your own. The tour concludes at Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness on Exchange Street, where showers are available. VBT has made arrangements for a shuttle from Vermont Sun and Fitness in Middlebury back to the airport at 2:00 pm (travel time approximately 60 minutes). We recommend flights out of Burlington no earlier than 4:00 pm. If you need to get back to the airport prior to that time, the transfer back to Burlington will be at your own expense. If you drove to the start of the tour, your car will be parked at Vermont Sun, and you may depart at your leisure.
Vermont’s newest boutique hotel , the Hotel Vermont offers perfectly situated accommodations in downtown Burlington. The natural splendor of this “green,” sustainably operated hotel, coupled with its desire to embrace the outdoors and shared community values, promises a truly memorable experience. The natural sense of freedom that guests feel from the warm, attentive service and special touches improves one’s mental and physical well-being. The hotel's rooms are simple yet elegant, with clean, crisp design elements and a warm rustic charm. Rooms include flat-screen TVs, MP3 docking stations, and complimentary Internet access.
Resting just outside of Middlebury's downtown center, the Swift House Inn offers luxurious accommodations within walking distance of the town's many excellent restaurants and shops. Relax in this cozy 1814 inn while you enjoy its lovely gardens, exquisite dining room, fireplaces, sauna and steam room.
With over a century of experience in providing excellent hospitality in a stunningly peaceful setting, the Basin Harbor Club is a classic Vermont inn, great for unwinding after a pleasant day of riding. From this peaceful inn’s grounds, gaze across the waters of Lake Champlain and onto the tranquil Adirondack Mountains.
Enjoy Your Vacation Longer With LOw-Cost Trip Extensions
Pre-Trip Extension - Burlington
1 night for only $145
1 night at the Hotel Vermont
Transfer to the main tour
Come to Vermont early to discover charming, effervescent Burlington. The state’s largest city, although small by most standards, is a spirited college town with a quirky charm set on the shore of Lake Champlain. You’ll find that a refreshing youthfulness naturally combines with old-fashioned New England tradition here—from the pedestrian-only Church Street Marketplace to the colorful coffee shops, bistros, bookstores, and art galleries. Your base is the delightful Hotel Vermont, which opened in May 2013. Hotel Vermont is the home of one of Vermont’s favorite and most respected restaurants, Hen of the Wood, featuring acclaimed farm-to-table cuisine by 2011 & 2012 James Beard Award nominee Chef Eric Warnstedt. With an ideal location just a block from the waterfront, all of Burlington is within walking distance.
Single Supplement: $145
Please note: The optional Pre and/or Post-trip extensions are subject to availability and are not offered on every tour.
DAY 1: Arrive Burlington
Make your own arrangements for travel to Burlington, Vermont. You may take a bus or taxi to your pre-trip hotel, Hotel Vermont; there are helpful tips regarding your arrival in your Traveler’s Handbook, under Tour Arrival and Departure Information.
Hotel: Hotel Vermont
DAY 2: Independent exploration of Burlington
You have another morning to enjoy Burlington. At 1:30 pm, the shuttle company will meet and transfer you to the Swift House Inn in Middlebury. This transfer is only available to guests who purchase the pre-trip extension through VBT.
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