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The artisan craft beer culture in Vermont is second to none! Trek Travel invites you to join them for a special week in the Champlain valley and the green mountains to visit some of their favorite local microbreweries. Enjoy unforgettable rides through dense forests, along winding rivers, and past hillside farms. Explore the charm of quaint town squares and sample other regional specialties.
On your Vermont trip, you will stay in two beautiful inns: the first is a historic inn located on Court Square in the vibrant downtown of Middlebury, and the second, a classic inn featured on the national register of historic places and ideally located on Stowes main street.
The Middlebury Inn has been welcoming visitors since 1827 and captures a wonderful blend of historic charm and modern comfort. An official "green hotel in the green mountain state" and a historic hotel of America, the Middlebury Inn takes special care to provide an experience that is true both to its New England roots and its commitment to the community. You will stay in a luxury room in the historic main inn or the porter mansion during your visit. The inn features a day spa and is located within walking distance of the shops, restaurants, and attractions of downtown Middlebury.
Situated in the center of the village of Stowe, the Green Mountain Inn has a rich and interesting history. The property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been welcoming guests, including former US Presidents since the mid-1800s, when it served as a stagecoach stop, and has operated under its current name for 122 years. Over the generations, the inn has been transformed into the beautiful property that it is today through upgrades designed to retain and blend the inns historic charm and traditional feel with the very best amenities and comfortable accommodations.
After a scenic half-hour private shuttle, youll arrive in Shelburne, where you will kick off the week of fine brews and great food at the fiddlehead brewery. Enjoy a tasting of this brewery's flagship beer, the fiddlehead IPA, along with the seasonal selection they are serving up. A delicious lunch featuring wood-fired pizzas from Folino's next door will fuel the rest of your day. After leading a short round of introductions, your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Vermont before familiarizing you with your trek bicycle and making sure you have a comfortable fit. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Take your first ride through the rolling farmland between Shelburne and Middlebury, past beautiful views of lake Champlain. Settle into your room before joining the group for a social hour at Morgans tavern at the inn. Your guides will fill you in on the details of the week to come over drinks and afterwards, get to know your fellow travelers during a fun dinner at the lobby. This restaurant is located on bakery lane in downtown Middlebury and specializes in unique, locally sourced dishes, try the local filet mignon burger.
Ride: Shelburne to Middlebury, approximately 31 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing
Meals: Lunch, social hour, dinner
Accommodation: Middlebury Inn
This morning, you will head south on a ride out of Middlebury through Farmingdale and Salisbury. Enjoy views of the mountains to the east and lake Champlain to the west before arriving in the historic town of Brandon to enjoy lunch at the cafe of your choice. Continue riding back to Middlebury, along the shores of beautiful lake Dunmore, or alternatively choose to shuttle back to relax at the inn or maybe take in the distinctive New England culture in the frog hollow art galleries and marble works. Browsing through one of the many antique shops or bookstores in the area is also a great way to spend an afternoon. If you're up for a challenge, ride up to Middlebury gap, a tough but rewarding climb past the Middlebury college snow bowl and the bread loaf campus. This afternoon, you'll head out for a local craft beer sampling at the otter creek brewing company, known for their copper ale. Tonight you are on your own to explore the many dining options in town.
Ride: Brandon Loop, approximately 43 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing (short and avid options available)
Meals: Breakfast, social hour
Accommodation: Middlebury Inn
Say goodbye to Middlebury this morning as you begin the day with a one-hour shuttle to the hamlet of Warren, which is located on the banks of the mad river. Stop into the Warren Store and browse this classic landmark before hopping on your bike and heading north through the Mad River Valley, crossing the pine brook covered bridge on the way to Waterbury. Here you will convene at local bistro cork for a delicious lunch. Afterward, cruise into the Craft Beer Cellar to browse the aisles filled with over 500 different beers from over 150 breweries, from just across the street to the other side of the world. Then stop into Prohibition Pig's brand new brewery to taste their wares on the deck before continuing to Stowe along quiet roads with sweeping views. If you're interested in more miles, you may tackle the climb up to Smuggler's Notch to check out the narrow mountain pass between Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Later this afternoon, you'll have a chance to hike the Stowe pinnacle trail. A 3-mile out and back hike just minutes from downtown Stowe, this moderate trail winds its way to a beautiful rock vista overlooking the spectacular green mountain range. Tonight you will gather for dinner at the whip at the Green Mountain Inn.
Ride: Warren to Stowe, approximately 38 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing (short and avid options available)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Green Mountain Inn
Today you will continue exploring Vermont by heading north on route 100 for a spectacular ride, which passes through lush pastures and farmland. Pedal into the town of Johnson, a charming village nestled in the mountains, and take some time to explore its unique shops and boutiques, including the Johnson woolen mills factory with its iconic selection of signature woolen goods. You are on your own for lunch in Johnson before continuing your ride. This afternoon, youll pedal through a scenic landscape decorated with white church steeples, bright red barns and fields of lazily grazing cows. Once in the historic town of Jeffersonville, shuttle in the van or hunker down for the climb up the west side of mount Mansfield to smugglers Notch and the rewarding descent down to the West Branch River. On the way back to town, you'll stop by the von Trapp brewery at the Trapp family lodge, a reconstructed version of the grand lodge once home to the family whose story inspired "the sound of music." This Austrian-style brewery focuses on lagers and offers a different style of beer than many of the other microbreweries you will be visiting throughout the week. Tonight youre on your own for dinner in Stowe; your guides, however, will have lots of great recommendations.
Ride: Stowe to Jeffersonville, approximately 33 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing (short and avid options available)
Accommodation: Green Mountain Inn
Start with a hearty breakfast to prepare you for the day's activities. Your morning ride will take you past the site of the original settlement of Stowe, which dates to the late 1700s. Enjoy a fantastic loop through lush Vermont farmland that passes through the village of Morrisville. Then tackle the beautiful rolling hills on stagecoach road before returning to Stowe for a lunch of your choosing at one of the local cafes. This afternoon, shuttle to Rock Art Brewing and Lost Nation Brewing, both located in Morrisville, for tastings. Don't miss the German salt beer at Lost Nation. This evening, you and your traveling companions will gather for one last round before heading out to Michaels on the hill for a delicious dinner. Michael and Laura Kloeti, the chef and owners of Michaels, have been awarded Vermont restauranteurs of the year and the restaurant has received the wine spectator award of excellence and Sant Magazines sustainable restaurant award. Their firm commitment to local, organic products and the slow food movement is evident in their menu, which makes for the perfect plate over which to toast new friends, great adventures, and your week experiencing quintessential New England culture.
Ride: Stagecoach Loop with Weeks Hill, approximately 24 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing (short and avid options available)
Meals: Breakfast, social hour, dinner
Accommodation: Green Mountain Inn
This mornings loop is the perfect final ride and farewell to Vermont as you cycle the quiet roads surrounding Stowe, past the Gold Brook Bridge, one of the oldest and most storied (and allegedly haunted) covered bridges in Vermont. Soak in the New England countryside one last time and ride up to the Trapp family lodge for another chance to check out the great views from the front lawn before heading back to town. If youd rather skip the ride, sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, and then enjoy a final stroll through the streets of Stowe to savor a few last moments of your week and maybe pick up some souvenirs and gifts. A private trek travel shuttle will depart from the inn at 11:00.
Ride: Von Trapp Loop, approximately 14 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing (optional)
This retreat will take place in Vermont.
You will be served daily breakfast plus 2 lunches, 3 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks on your Vermont brewery trip, and youll be experiencing a variety of regional cuisine. Meals embody the best of the region, casual and wonderful. Often the chefs and bakers are also the servers in the intimate restaurants frequented. In a state that has embraced the local foods movement, menus often feature seasonal ingredients and locally grown vegetables, Vermont white cheddar, and the purest maple syrup.
On most trek travel trips, non-riding options are offered for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip, please contact one of the trip consultants for more information. Expenses and / or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
Enjoy a voyage to total relaxation at one of the spas near Stowe
Hike to Stowe pinnacle for expansive views of the green mountains
Sample local beers with the group
Shop at boutiques in Middlebury, Waterbury, Johnson, and Stowe
Stroll on the Stowe recreation path
Take a yoga class
Visit the Stowe craft gallery, which houses an extensive collection of local artists work
You are recommended to fly into Burlington International Airport (BTV). From the airport, you can call or hail a taxi to take you downtown. It is approximately 4 miles from the airport to the meeting day hotel in downtown Burlington, and a taxi ride should take about 10-15 minutes and cost 20-25 USD.