• “Ireland, especially the rural West, is a cyclist’s dream.” So says Bicycling magazine, and you will surely agree. There’s an endless network of winding back roads where lazy sheep are often your only company. Green meadows lead down to the sea, magical mist-covered mountains are off in the distance, while around every turn you are likely to come upon cows grazing around a medieval castle, Stone Age ruins, or the remains of an ancient cathedral. Stone cottages are tucked along the edges of green pastures dotted with sheep, and each small village looks more Irish than the last. And the Irish are even friendlier than their reputation – warm and welcoming, and always ready to engage you in the gentle pleasures of good conversation while you enjoy a bit of traditional Irish music at the local pub.
  • “Ireland, especially the rural West, is a cyclist’s dream.” So says Bicycling magazine, and you will surely agree. There’s an endless network of winding back roads where lazy sheep are often your only company. Green meadows lead down to the sea, magical mist-covered mountains are off in the distance, while around every turn you are likely to come upon cows grazing around a medieval castle, Stone Age ruins, or the remains of an ancient cathedral. Stone cottages are tucked along the edges of green pastures dotted with sheep, and each small village looks more Irish than the last. And the Irish are even friendlier than their reputation – warm and welcoming, and always ready to engage you in the gentle pleasures of good conversation while you enjoy a bit of traditional Irish music at the local pub.
  • The wide and beautiful Hudson River carves through mountains and promontories, past gorgeous pastures and fields, and small riverside villages, views and vistas that inspired the Hudson River School artists more than a century ago. Quiet country roads twist and turn through woods, past wineries, exquisite horse farms, and rolling fields supporting apple orchards. These are the views and the rural paradise that brought the Gilded Age millionaires to the area and where they proceeded to lavish millions creating magnificent estates along the banks of the river. Our new bike tour immerses you in all this.
  • The beautiful Barrows House Inn in Dorset is home to our newest weekend tour. This prestigious inn has wonderful accommodations, an excellent dining room, and six acres of lovely gardens and expansive lawns. It is also just a short walk from the center of historic Dorset, long a fashionable summer haven for artists and writers and considered one of the most picturesque villages in New England. Our superb biking includes riding along lovely streams, through the rolling farm country of the Mettawee Valley, visits to several small villages, a ride out to lovely Lake St. Catherine, and a stop for a swim at the "secret" spring-fed former marble quarry. We also wind our way through the back roads of South Dorset into the elegant town of Manchester where we pass mansions fronted by miles of marble sidewalks and white picket fences, pass by classic churches and a gold-domed courthouse, and are treated to wonderful views of towering Mount Equinox as we ride scenic country roads back to the inn. More energy? Both days feature great extra biking options, and if interested, there is plenty of off-bike browsing to be done, including at the world-famous Orvis Fly Fishing Company, or at some of Manchester's sophisticated outlets.
  • It seems almost unfair that Vermont, so spectacular with its hills, valleys, farms and small villages, should also have, as its westerly boundary, one of the most lovely lakes in the country. Lake Champlain is the sixth largest in the U.S., but what really makes it so special is the unspoiled natural beauty of its shoreline, and the unsurpassed views across the lake to the Green and Adirondack mountains.
  • The area around Shoreham is perfect for cycling. It’s famous for its tidy apple orchards, grand views of Lake Champlain, pastures with grazing sheep and cows, and the classic beauty and simplicity of the surrounding towns and villages. Mountains form a backdrop to our rides – the Green Mountains to the east and the impressive skyline of the Adirondacks rising over the lake to the west. It makes for a wonderfully varied experience of rural Vermont. Dominic and Molly Francis are our hosts at the beautifully restored Shoreham Inn. They have retained its fine country feel and essential 1790 Vermont character while adding those comforts and amenities that make our stay special. The dining room, with its exposed beams and open fireplace, exudes warmth and charm and sets the friendly atmosphere for delicious home-cooked meals.
  • This tour features two nights at the luxurious new On the River Inn, where every room has a private balcony overlooking the river, and where you enjoy country elegant decor, welcoming hosts and delightful seasonally-inspired dining. The biking is also a delight. Saturday takes us along the river’s edge into Quechee where we can shop for crafts, pottery and exquisite glassware at Simon Pearce, and ride up to the spectacular Quechee Gorge. Our return takes us past the Taftsville Covered Bridge into Woodstock, often described as the prettiest village in America and renowned for its Colonial-era architecture, beautiful village green, many enticing shops and galleries, and the fascinating Billings Farm and Museum. On Sunday, we ride north through beautiful farming country to Barnard, where you can sit on the porch of the quaint Barnard General Store while enjoying a view over Silver Lake. The return ride takes us down Stage Road, passing historic Suicide Six Ski Area and the Teago General Store before cycling back to our inn.
  • Stowe, Canada, Caspian Lake, Greensboro and Vermont’s famous Northeast Kingdom…this tour has it all! We begin near the sophisticated village of Stowe and then cycle through Smuggler’s Notch into the meandering Lamoille River Valley. We then explore Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the least settled and most rural, untouched corner of the state. We parallel the Missisquoi River as we cycle part of a rail trail, and enjoy a wonderful mix of sunny farmland, shaded forest and quiet wetlands. We bike through international customs as we wend our way into Canada (must bring your passport!). Here we have lunch in the historic village of Frelighsbugh and then pass along the foothills of Mount Pinnacle, through beautiful apple orchards and farms, and then back into the United States. We also include visits to some quintessential Vermont villages such as Montgomery, Greensboro, and Irasburg; stop at some wonderful old-fashioned stores; have a beautiful, optional ride to lake Willoughby; and include a tour of the Cabot Creamery, “makers of the best cheddar in the world”.
  • “Ireland, especially the rural West, is a cyclist’s dream.” So says Bicycling magazine, and you will surely agree. There’s an endless network of winding back roads where lazy sheep are often your only company. Green meadows lead down to the sea, magical mist-covered mountains are off in the distance, while around every turn you are likely to come upon cows grazing around a medieval castle, Stone Age ruins, or the remains of an ancient cathedral. Stone cottages are tucked along the edges of green pastures dotted with sheep, and each small village looks more Irish than the last. And the Irish are even friendlier than their reputation – warm and welcoming, and always ready to engage you in the gentle pleasures of good conversation while you enjoy a bit of traditional Irish music at the local pub.