The Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire is a mecca for bicycling along three scenic rivers: the Connecticut, White and Ottauquechee. Enjoy vistas of farms, small towns and wooden bridges along the way. This new tour connects some of the best area rides with stays at three splendid inns.
From start to finish, check out the route.
DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance 15 miles | Terrain: Easier | Hotel: The Lyme Inn
Meet your leaders and the group at The Lyme inn, in Lyme, New Hampshire, at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Take a short shakeout ride along the Connecticut River. You’ll get familiar with the slower pace and gorgeous views along the local back roads.
DAY 2 - Connecticut River Valley
Distance: 32 or 40 miles | Terrain: Easier | Hotel: The Lyme Inn
The second day of riding features a loop up the Connecticut River Valley and back along lovely lakes and rivers on the Vermont side. Roll through farms and fields to Piermont, New Hampshire, where we cross the Connecticut and stop at the iconic Farm-Way store. Continue along Lake Morey and enjoy a picnic lunch. Cross back over the Connecticut River, with an optional loop around Lake Fairlee.
DAY 3 - Lake Fairlee
Distance: 29 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Hotel: The Norwich Inn
Ride back into Vermont and out to Lake Fairlee, a beautiful rural lake dotted with cottages and camps. Listen for loons as you start cycling south along the lake and see if you catch sight of glider planes landing nearby. A ride through historic Thetford Center brings you back toward Norwich, just across the Connecticut River from Hanover, New Hampshire — home of Dartmouth College.
DAY 4 - Wooden Covered Bridges & Glass Blowing
Distance: 30 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Hotel: On The River Inn
Leaving Norwich, you roll along the White River and then cross over the hills to the Quechee Gorge. Enjoy the breathtaking view of this channel and plunging falls forged into the rock by glaciers and the Ottauquechee River. Stop for lunch at the famous Simon Pearce restaurant. Don’t miss the glass blowing demonstration, and shop for fine glass in this historic mill building — powered by the action of the nearby river. From there, cycle past the Taftsville wooden covered bridge into the historic village of Woodstock.
DAY 5 - Silver Lake
Distance: 20 or 27 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Hotel: On The River Inn
Ride out of Woodstock through Prosper Valley to Barnard. Cycle past the Billings Farm and Museum and over the Appalachian Trail ( the iconic hiking trail that leads from George to Maine). Then climb through scenic farms and descend to Silver Lake. Ride the ridge out North Road, with views of the Green Mountains. Drop into the White River Valley and back to Barnard. Have lunch at the Barnard General store and head back on the long descent to Woodstock.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 12 or 20 miles | Terrain: Intermediate
Ride out of Woodstock to South Pomfret and visit another great New England general store (Teago). From there, you have two optional out-and-backs through the countryside and a gentle 5-mile ride back to the inn for showers and farewells.
Dates & Pricing
Make your reservation with confidence. Your tour is completely 100% refundable until the final payment due date.
5 nights’ lodging, 4 dinners (one night on your own), 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, bicycle and helmet, expert leaders, van support, detailed notes and directions. Airfare is not included.
Where you stay along the way.
The Lyme Inn
The Lyme Inn has been welcoming travelers for over 200 years. In the 1800s those traveling via stagecoach between Boston and Montreal along the old Boston Turnpike would stop for a night or two. Nestled at the heart of Lyme, New Hampshire, the Lyme Inn continues in its spirit of historic elegance with just the right mix of contemporary luxury. Individually decorated rooms and suites entice you with their charm. An atmosphere of sincere warmth and hospitality make you want to return time and time again.
This historic Victorian inn was established in 1797. It welcomes you with cozy rooms and the full services you’d expect of a larger hotel. Relax on the classic front porch or stroll the hamlet of Norwich.
On The River Inn
On the River Inn is pure Vermont! Experience the best of Woodstock. Stay in super comfy rooms with beautiful views. Have a country breakfast in their farmhouse kitchen. Enjoy all day complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, indoor pool & sauna.
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