Vermont > Farms & Lakes Weekend Tour

3-DAY / 2-NIGHT BIKE TOUR – $875

July 26-28, 2019 

We are delighted to be offering weekend tours again at the beautiful Barrows House Inn or Dorset Inn. These inns have wonderful accommodations, lovely gardens and a great location. They are at the center of historic Dorset, long a fashionable summer haven for artists and writers, and considered one of the most picturesque villages in all New England.

Our superb biking includes riding along lovely streams, through the rolling farm country of the Mettawee Valley, and visits to several small villages. We stop for lunch at the Wells General Store before biking to Lake St. Catherine where we can swim, picnic, or wander along the beach. For the more energetic, we offer a number of excellent added miles and an optional ride to East Poultney where some hardy 18th-century buildings still grace the Green.

On Sunday we wind our way through the back roads of South Dorset into the elegant town of Manchester. Here we pass mansions fronted by miles of marble sidewalks and white picket fences, visit an historic square with its historic Congregational church and gold-domed courthouse, and then ride scenic country roads back to the inn. At the end of each day we can enjoy the pool at the inn, or even better for some, stop at an ancient former marble quarry now filled with cool spring water – a fantastic hidden swimming spot.

Finally, for those with other energies, there is plenty of interesting browsing to be done, whether at the venerable Dorset Union Store, the world-famous Orvis Fly Fishing Company, or at some of Manchester’s sophisticated outlets. A limited number of e-bikes are available on our most of our tours. But you can experience the Farms and Lakes Tour as a group … with everyone having the boost of an electric-assist bike, when you join us on Sept. 6-8 for an ALL e-bike tour.

Vermont Farms & Lakes Weekend Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE  | Arrival Day  | Barrows House Inn
Relax at the inn and perhaps take a lovely stroll into the beautiful village of Dorset. After a delicious dinner, we will meet to discuss all the weekend has to offer.

DAY TWO  |  Distance: 34, 43 or 49 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | Barrows House Inn
Today we ride north following the Mettawee Valley, perhaps taking a lovely loop into historic East Poultney and enjoying an excellent lunch at the Wells General Store before riding to Lake St. Catherine and then back to Dorset.

DAY THREE  |  Distance: 19 miles  |  Terrain: Easier to Intermediate
Cycling to the south, we follow rural roads to the resort town of Manchester where we pass elegant mansions and are treated to magnificent views of Mount Equinox. Some may want to linger a bit to browse some of Manchester’s sophisticated shops before winding our way back to Dorset.

Note: On some dates, we stay at the Dorset Inn down the street, operated by the same owners.

Farms & Lakes Weekend Vermont Bike Tour


Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable up to 60 days of the tour date.

reserveJuly 26-28, 2019: $875
Reserve with $200 deposit

Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)

Single Supplement Fee: $250*

Cancellations: If you cancel your tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 45 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 44 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.


Barrows House is centered on six acres of lovely gardens, expansive lawns and venerable trees. In the summer enjoy their pool and tennis courts. Whatever the season…there’s always a reason to stay at Barrows House.

The Dorset Inn is renowned for its gracious, welcoming atmosphere and its exceptional cooking. Period furnishings and preserved architectural details add to the charm of this historic location on the green in the heart of Dorset.

What’s Included

Two nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, bicycle and helmet.


We are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish. Specific details and styles of bikes available in each location are indicated under each photograph below. The make of bikes provided varies by location.

Barrows House Inn Weekend, Dorset, Vermont