Aug 22, 2018 07:28PM ● By Linda Ditch
What better way is there to enjoy the start of fall than to travel through the Upper Valley via bicycle? Great Freedom Adventures has a four-day, three-night cycling tour of the rivers and ridgelines of Vermont and New Hampshire. During the journey, enjoy local maple syrup, freshly pressed cider, local cheddar, and craft beer, in addition to multiple photo ops of vibrant foliage, quaint farms, and tumbling waters.
The fun begins in Randolph, Vermont at the Three Stallion Inn. You’ll enjoy some refreshments before heading out into horse-farm country. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike. GFA has them available to rent. After your ride, you’ll enjoy a private beer tasting and a delicious dinner.
On day two, you’ll cycle the back roads of Vermont, possibly riding alongside a tractor or cows on your journey. As you travel along the rivers, lakes, and bogs, be sure to keep an eye out for beaver and moose. When you return to the inn, you’ll have time to relax—how about a round of play at the Inn’s Montague Gold Course—before enjoying a farm to table dinner.
On day three, you’ll head up to the ridgeline where the views are even more spectacular. Besides the views, the reward for your hard work is an easy gradual descent along the river and through several Vermont villages. Finally, you’ll arrive in Norwich, a town first settled in 1763. Be sure to get a photo of the classic New England church with its tall steeple; it’s home to a Paul Revere bell!
You’ll end your day at the Norwich Inn, which has welcomed travelers since 1797. Enjoy staying in a spacious and beautifully decorated room featuring a gas fireplace. The Inn’s amenities include an alehouse, dining room, a wine cellar housing one of Vermont’s largest selections of wines, a microbrewery, and a fitness center. Then, enjoy dinner here with the group.
Your final day features a quick ride over the Connecticut River to Hanover, New Hampshire, home of Dartmouth College. Check out the campus or some of the great shops and cafés along Main Street. On the way back to Vermont, you’ll stop at the King Arthur Baking School and Store, a must-see spot for anyone who loves food. Finally, you’ll return to the Inn in time to take a shower and check out.
This tour takes place from September 27 through 30. The cost is $1,625 per person for double occupancy. (A single supplement is $560.) This trip is great for those who cycle at a moderate level, with more challenging options available on the longer-mileage days. Your daily mileage will vary between 5 and 33 miles.
Great Freedom Adventures offers upscale biking trips in the Northeast regions known for their wealth of natural beauty, vibrant history, rich culture, and superb biking. Their tours are fully guided and supported. Founder Jeanne Rummel has over 34 years of bicycle-touring experience and 15 years of experience creating multiday biking and hiking adventures. Meticulously planned routes and indulgent itineraries feature the places you absolutely don’t want to miss as well as hidden treasures.
To book your spot on this Rivers and Ridgelines Tour, visit the GFA website at https://greatfreedomadventures.com/tour-item/vermont-cycling-tours/ or call (877) 545-1864 or (508) 545-1864). You can also email for more information at [email protected].
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