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Classic Vermont

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
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Classic Vermont

We invite you to discover the country roads, gentle mountains, quaint villages, hardwood forests, picture-perfect lakes, and strong community values that exemplify our beautiful home—Vermont’s pastoral Addison County. Our days are spent pedaling past aromatic orchards, historic sites and sprawling farmsteads that have flourished for generations. We’ll step off our bikes to sample the delights of Vermont’s legendary local food movement; as well as learn about the area’s history on included visits to a notable horse farm and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum—the latter of which is located a few steps from our secluded lakeside resort.

Cultural Highlights

  • Explore the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area from a different perspective, on a private guided kayaking excursion
  • Cool off in Lake Dunmore, a picturesque lake in the heart of Branbury State Park
  • Visit with the VBT family during a stopover at our world headquarters located in a transformed farmhouse in Bristol
  • Cycle along the pastoral roads of Addison County, nestled between Adirondack and Green Mountains in the lower Champlain Valley
  • Learn the history of one of the earliest breeds of horse in the U.S. during a visit to the UVM Morgan Horse Farm—a National Historic Site

What to Expect

This tour offers the full range of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills, and is ideal for 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

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Middlebury
Apr 53°  May 67°  Jun 76°  Jul 81°  Aug 78°  Sep 69°  Oct 57°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Middlebury
Apr 3  May 3  Jun 3  Jul 4  Aug 4  Sep 3  Oct 3

What’s Included:

  • 5 nights in an historic inn and a lakeside resort
  • 10 meals – 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • Transfers
  • Private guided kayaking excursion
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extension: Pre-trip: Burlington – 1 night for only $145
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Land Only Single Supplement: $395

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

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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. 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 (which 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: L
Daily Options: 15, 19 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 and Worldwide Headquarters of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations. 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 of Panton, with panoramic views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. 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. 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). Be sure to check out 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 strolling, 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 28 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 also home to significant Morgan 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). 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.

Meals: B
Daily Options: 23 miles

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Accommodations

Hotel Vermont

Vermont’s newest 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.
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Swift House Inn

Resting just outside of Middlebury’s downtown center, the Swift House offers luxury 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.
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Basin Harbor Club

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.
Free WiFi Included
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