Lake Champlain is the largest lake in the U.S. after the Great Lakes. It is a deep glacial lake and has a multitude of beautiful islands, mostly in its northern section. Burlington, Vermont sits on the lake’s eastern shore. It is a vibrant and progressive city, and one that is very bicycle friendly, with an excellent trail system. On this tour we will explore some of these trails and spend the rest of our time on the islands, where we will ride the backroads, have a chance to get on the water, bike past wineries and orchards, and experience scenic New England. Here’s a quick preview.
Tour Leaders: Colleen and Mark Troy
Meet at our opening hotel in downtown Burlington. An introductory meeting at 5:00pm will begin our tour with cocktails, snacks, maps and details, followed by dinner (included).
15/25 miles - Bike from our hotel to the nearby Burlington Bikeway. We’ll spend the morning biking out-and-back, first along the shore of Lake Champlain, then following the urban bike paths through woodlands, parks and quiet residential streets. A few moderate hills will warm us up today. Back to downtown Burlington for lunch. The afternoon ride is optional. You may wish to enjoy downtown attractions, Church Street, or the stunning scenery of Lake Champlain.
35 miles - Bike from our downtown Burlington hotel to North Hero Island, where we will spend two nights. Today’s ride begins on the gorgeous Burlington Bikeway, riding north along the shore of Lake Champlain. As we leave the city behind, we'll cycle the Island Line Trail, which is probably one of the most scenic rides you will ever take, with the lake on either side and stunning mountains in all directions. We hop on the very short bike ferry to Grand Isle, then we bike mostly back roads to our lodging on North Hero Island.
30 miles - Bike from North Hero Island to Isle La Motte, out and back. The morning ride is a wonderful mix of shoreline roads with a few moderate (short) hills thrown in. We’ll stop at an apple orchard for a break and a snack. Hoping for apple cider donuts! Your afternoon ride has plenty of options, depending upon your energy level. You might wish to kick back and enjoy the scenery at our Inn, or rent a kayak and get on that water. We’ll celebrate tonight at our included dinner. Toasting and belly laughs are recommended!
35 miles – Today we’ll finish up our tour with a superb ride from North Hero Island, across South Hero and on to Burlington, using bike routes and paths. We will end up back downtown where we began our adventure a few days ago. Optional mileage on the bike is available on a variety of bike paths and routes in the city. Enjoy the downtown scene – and try some fudge or a creemee – a Vermont specialty! This ends our tour of this charming region.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
This tour’s routes are all paved roads, with the exception of the Burlington Island Line Rail Trail, which has a crushed rock surface. It is quite smooth and suitable for all bicycles. Our route will be mostly on back roads and a few residential streets. Traffic should not present a problem, but be aware this tour is mostly road riding.
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids
Suggested tire size for this tour: 28mm – 37mm
$1730 per person (based on double occupancy)
$450 – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
$100 – Bike Rental (helmet and bike bag included)
Your Travel Plans
This trip starts on Sunday, September 5, 2021 and ends on Thursday, September 9.
For this tour we meet at our hotel in Burlington. You can leave your car parked at our opening hotel during our tour. There is a $20 per day fee for this, so check with hotel staff for additional details.
Your Lodging Plans
For this trip, lodging for September 5, 6, 7 and 8 is included. The day the tour ends (Thursday, September 9), your lodging is not included. We have not made any reservations for that night.