Rolling hills, warm colors, cool mornings invite you. Round the corner and you're high above in the Green Mountains. Around the next, quiet farmlands. Taste the maple. Savor the brilliant foliage. Hear the hum of your wheels on the timber of a covered bridge. Take a break in Stowe, Warren, Middlebury and Woodstock and walk the quaint shops in biking shoes. It's okay. They've heard the "clip-clop" before. Southern Vermont was made for the ride.
Day 1 Stowe's idyllic surroundings and historic architecture Pedal past perfectly manicured farms, wooded mountains, and pastures dotted with black-and-white Holstein cows Don't forget to look up for striking views of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak Explore Stowe Village or perhaps sample a maple latte before dinner.
Days 2-3 Bike through maple forests and rustic farmland from the beautiful New England village of Stowe to the enchanting and rural village of Warren Spin through the postcard-perfect landscape of the Mad River Valley beneath the Green Mountains to the Pitcher Inn, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property and our home for two nights Pedal rolling, rural, paved and dirt roads to the quaint village of East Middlebury Challenge yourself on Lincoln Gap Scenic Road or return to the inn to relax or pamper yourself with a spa treatment.
Days 4-6 Woodstock, a traditional New England village Birch, pine and vibrant maple trees flank your path from Warren to quintessential Woodstock Peek into early American history at the Billings Farm & Museum, where you can watch cows being milked in a historic barn, learn the art of cider pressing and get a fierce upper-body workout churning butter Ride tranquil roads through peaceful farmland and rural villages In the village of Quechee, known for its covered bridge, watch local glass artisans ply their trade at the hydroelectrically powered Simon Pearce factory.
- Ride amid vibrant fall foliage, along picturesque rivers and by old red barns
- Taste maple syrup, cheese, craft beer and other local delights
- Gourmet cuisine and sophisticated country inns
- Explore Stowe, Warren, East Middlebury, Woodstock - quintessential New England villages
- Rolling routes past grazing cows and quaint towns, mixed with some challenging climbs and exhilarating descents
Green Mountain Inn (1 night): Built as a private residence in 1833 and now tastefully restored, this historic inn was once a stagecoach stop. (pool)
The Pitcher Inn (2 nights): Sitting at the edge of a stream, this elegant property features wide porches, a gabled roof and charming guest rooms. A Relais & Châteaux member.
Woodstock Inn (2 nights): An "imposing landmark resort hotel facing the village green in a beautifully preserved village noted for its restored 18th-century homes," according to Andrew Harper. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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There is less than 10% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 9/20-25 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1360 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/22-27 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1360 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1360 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/4-9 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1360 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/6-11 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1360 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
Better than we could have imagined - accommodations, food, leaders and an amazing cycling route! Thanks for the incredible trip. Although I'm not a huge cyclist, the cycling was my favorite part of the trip! Our leaders and the amazing Vermont landscape made riding so enjoyable.- Calgary, AB
Backroads provides the total package in every respect but the principal reason our family never considers any other outfit is because of the Backroads leaders. I marvel at your company's ability to have such consistency of superb staff. We started with you in 1998 and have taken now eight trips. Every one was great and every group leader was huge in making the trips memorable.- Anchorage, AK
Our leaders made this trip fantastic. Their incredible personalities really nurtured us to form a group of friends. Even bad weather did not keep us from having fun. The food and wine were outstanding, and the biking was challenging yet we were ready to go the next day. This is our idea of a perfect vacation.- Wilmette, IL