Overview 

The Back Roads & Main Streets Bicycle Tour is an 8-day, 4-state, 300-mile, inn-to-inn exploration of western New England's exceptional cycling, scenic landscapes, charming small towns and vibrant little cities. Beginning and ending in one of America's most creative small cities, Northampton, Massachusetts, the tour travels through southern Vermont, eastern New York and northern Connecticut on a roundabout journey through this historic and scenic region. We'll be staying in hotels and inns in explorable little communities all along the way. With average days of only 50-miles, the tour offers riders plenty of time to linger at scenic and cultural sites along the way and roam through the towns we'll be staying in each night.  

What's Included

The Back Roads and Main Streets Tour includes:

  • 7 nights lodging in inns or hotels Saturday, August 5th thru Friday, August 11th.
  • Breakfasts and dinners each day.
  • Marked 4-state route plus GPS route files.
  • Luggage shuttle each day.
  • Daily water/nutrition stops.
  • Van support on route.
  • Mechanical support on route and at overnight locations. 
  • Entrance to special group museum tours and other activities. 
  • Detailed Back Roads and Main Streets rider guide

Price

$2,149 PER PERSON (DBL OCCUPANCY)

SINGLE OCCUPANCY SUPPLEMENT  $530

Registration

Registration is open for the 2017 Back Roads and Main Streets Tour.

The Back Roads and Main Streets Tour is limited to twenty (20) riders!  Register early for this exceptional New England bike tour.

Daily Itinerary

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Downtown Northampton

Downtown Northampton

Our group will gather in Western Massachusetts' creativity center - Northampton to meet fellow riders, explore the vibrant Main Street and enjoy dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants. Riders will be staying at the Fairfield Inn in Northampton on Saturday night and leaving cars there until we return to Northampton on August 12th.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Riders at the Latchis Hotel

Riders at the Latchis Hotel

Today, we ride north along the Connecticut River Scenic Byway and other rural roadways as we travel 48 miles to Brattleboro, VT.  The generally flat route experiences more tractors than traffic and offers frequent views of New England's longest river and the abundant farmlands along it's banks.  Along the way you'll see the evidence of more than three centuries of settlement and growth as you travel through communities like Historic Deerfield, a museum celebrating one of the valley's earliest settlements and Turners Falls, a 19th century water-powered mill town.  Our overnight tonight is at the charming Latchis Hotel on Main St. in Brattleboro, VT.  Each room in the lovingly-restored art deco hotel is uniquely decorated and offers a unique view of downtown.  We'll walk to dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Welcome to Grafton, VT

Welcome to Grafton, VT

On Monday we begin heading west as we climb into the Green Mountains, the backbone of southern Vermont.  The first ten miles of the 47-mile day roll along the gentle banks of the West River.  From there we begin climbing into the Green Mountains and through charming rural communities like Grafton and Chester, Vermont.  River's Edge Cycling staff will be on hand to provide rest stop, mechanical, and van support.  Tonight, we'll stay at the Upper Pass Lodge at Magic Mountain Ski Area in Londonderry..  A visit to Vermont just wouldn't be complete without experiencing one of the many ski areas that dot the region.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bennington Battle Mounument

Bennington Battle Mounument

Within the first ten miles of riding this morning we'll crest the Green Mountains at the highest elevation of the tour, 2,088 feet above sea level.  Celebrate that accomplishment at  J.J. Hapgood's General Store and Eatery in Peru, VT with a warm cider donut or other delicious treat.  Your cycling treat afterwards will be descending over 1,400 feet in the next ten miles as we drop into the Batten Kill River Valley on our way to Bennington, VT.  It's beautiful cycling as we follow the Batten Kill and the route 7A scenic byway towards southern Vermont's largest little city.  Our route into town takes us through the Silk Road covered bridge and by the Bennington Battle Monument.  The 306 foot limestone tower commemorates the 1777 Battle of Bennington which is considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War.  Stop to experience the 3-state view from the 306 foot tall tower.  Our hotel tonight, the Paradise Inn is less than a mile from the monument. 

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today's ride is 62 miles, the longest of the tour.  It takes us into New York, our third state on this tour.  We'll slip into the valleys of the Hoosac and Little Hoosac Rivers as we roll through small towns and the scenic farmlands of eastern New York.  We'll cross back into Massachusetts near Lebanon Springs, New York and pass Hancock Shaker Village on the right. The scenic museum celebrates the Shaker community that lived here between 1780 and 1959.  A visit here will be one of our rest day tour options on Thursday.  Our destination tonight is the famous Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge.   

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Our rest day on Thursday at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge offers opportunities for riding, "rocking" or exploring the Berkshires

Our rest day on Thursday at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge offers opportunities for riding, "rocking" or exploring the Berkshires

You've covered nearly 200 miles in the last four days!  You deserve a day off the bike to explore some of the Berkshires's wonderful museums like the Norman Rockwell Museum or Hancock Shaker Village.  You can also choose to get your bike out and explore some of the beautiful southern Berkshire bike routes nearby. Stockbridge is a charming town though and you should schedule time to explore its shops and sights and maybe spend a little time rocking on the front porch of this lovely inn.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Welcome to Riverton, CT

Welcome to Riverton, CT

Back on our bikes today as we depart the Berkshires and travel south through Monument Valley towards Connecticut.  We'll climb about 800 feet in the first 15 miles before descending for over thirty miles into Avon, CT.  That's right, 30 miles!  Northern Connecticut is full of beautiful forests, tumbling rivers and charming little communities like Colebrook and Riverton and our route to Avon shows off many of them.  Avon is another lovely community with a collection of shops and places to visit.  Or, relax by the pool at tonight's hotel, the Residence Inn in the heart of this vibrant community.  We'll celebrate our final night on the road with a special dinner at the First and Last Tavern a short walk from the hotel.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Former railway station now a delicious spot for burgers!

Former railway station now a delicious spot for burgers!

Today we ride 41 miles back to Northampton.   It will be a relaxing ride since most of our route today will be along the Farmington Valley bike path and other bike paths branching out from Northampton.  You'll see lots of evidence of the old railway lines that existed here into the 1980's. Today, they are wonderful cycling and walking corridors between Connecticut and Massachusetts. Today's flat and largely car-free riding will get you back into Northampton early in the day to begin your travels home.

See the Route

Explore our route through Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Connecticut.

Back Roads and Main Streets Tour Route

Our four-state route

Our four-state route

 

Along the Way

Cancellations

Please see the Back Roads and Main Streets Tour Cancellation Policy

Questions?

Give us a call at (413) 824-2041 or email at info@Riversedgecycling.com