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Sinead Cunningham
Sinead Cunningham

Adventure of the Week: Classic Vermont Cycling

Vermont is much more than the home-land of Maple Syrup and the gateway to New York. We can all learn something from this beautifully green mountain state. Its traditional farming heritage has shaped its modern-appreciation for food, arts and culture. Its an area of independent thinking, friendly communities and a passion for the great outdoors.  It really does have it all, and the best way to experience it all? Hop on your bike, and cycle The Classic Vermont. 

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In a Nutshell

Distance:  Around 38 miles each day, with one shorter day of 23 miles so that you can enjoy the afternoon in an award-winning microbrewery (an afternoon hike is also an option) Grading: Moderate. There are many rolling hills but the only sustained climb and descent is Brandon Gap, between Brandon and Waitsfield. You should be an experienced road cyclist comfortable sharing the road with other users.   [caption id="attachment_28895" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Cycling on quiet paved roads[/caption]

Why cycle it?

It's Iconic Vermont. By cycling, you can experience all of its highlights and charms in just 6 nights. Your adventure will begin in vibrant Burlington with its eclectic galleries and restaurants, Pedal along Lake Champlain through rolling farmland. Follow the scenic byway to the mountain town of Stowe at the base of the state’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield; which is a year-round adventure hub. It's a complete circle of the Champlain Valley and the Green Mountains with a final night in Vermont's colorful city Burlington, the perfect base to reflect on your week in this cyclist’s paradise. This is quite simply a nature-enthusiasts dream. It's made for those that enjoy the 'simple' things in life and appreciate honest locally produced food and outstanding scenery. If the scenery alone isn't enough, along the route there are an abundance of swimming spots and farm-stands where you can sample local cheese and ice-cream. Not to mention the micro-breweries and maple-syrup stops! You can expect to truly reconnect with mother nature, and re-energise. It's like taking a step back in time to a much slower-paced way of living. A cycling trip here is not about racing to the next destination.  You will likely find that your day's cycle includes quite a few breaks to enjoy the wild-swimming, and many tasting's available at the farms. It will be difficult not to hop off your bike when the friendly locals are keen to share their samples, and delicious cider apple donuts (YES! these are a local delicacy) Does this sound like your kind of cycling adventure?   [caption id="attachment_28906" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Fresh local produce is never too far[/caption]

Planning Your Trip

[caption id="attachment_28899" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Make sure to pack a swimming costume[/caption] May to October is the best time to visit.  Summer temperatures can be high however its a great time to enjoy the many lakes and creeks available for wild-swimming.  There are some weekends in the spring (college commencement) and the fall (peak foliage season, college family weekends) when there is limited availability. We suggest booking as far in advance as possible. Our itinerary includes accommodation, route notes, macs adventure navigation APP, luggage transfers, bike rental and a private transfer from Underhill to Burlington The easiest way to travel to and from your trip is to fly in and out of Burlington International Airport. We can arrange a private transfer between the airport and your accommodation (additional fee payable). Another option is to fly into a larger city such as Boston or Montreal and drive to/from Burlington. For any information on this or any other Vermont cycling trip, get in touch on [email protected].  
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