Overview 

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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.  

We've changed the route a bit in 2018 to incorporate some great cycling along the Battenkill River in New York and Vermont on Tuesday.  The change also allows us to spend two days in charming Bennington, VT.  We think you'll love the enhanced route.

The best bicycle tour I have ever been on!
— Steve Stolts, Bolton, MA

What's Included

The Back Roads and Main Streets Tour includes:

  • 7 nights lodging in inns or hotels Saturday, August 4th thru Friday, August 10th.
  • 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

$2,349 PER PERSON (DBL OCCUPANCY)

SINGLE OCCUPANCY SUPPLEMENT  $560

(Need to spread payments out?  Contact us to discuss payment options.)

Registration

Registration will open for the 2018 Back Roads and Main Streets Tour on New Year's Day, 2018.

The Back Roads and Main Streets Tour is limited to fifteen (15) riders!  Register early for this exceptional New England bike tour.

Daily Itinerary

Saturday, August 4, 2018

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 11th.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Riders gather for dinner at Echo in Brattleboro

Riders gather for dinner at Echo in Brattleboro

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 its 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 6, 2018

Cycling through Vermont's charming villages

Cycling through Vermont's charming villages

On Monday we begin heading west as we climb into the Green Mountains, the backbone of southern Vermont.  Our 52-mile route follows the quiet road along the tumbling Green River as we head toward the village of Jacksonville, VT.  Then we'll roll along scenic VT. 100 as we climb to the highest point of the tour - 2,495 feet above sea level.    You'll have earned the nearly 18-mile descent you'll enjoy as you cruise into Bennington, VT.  River's Edge Cycling staff will be on hand to provide rest stops and mechanical, and van support. Tonight, we'll stay at the Paradise Inn in charming Bennington, VT.  

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tour of the Battenkill photo by Frank Fronholder

Tour of the Battenkill photo by Frank Fronholder

Bennington Battle Mounument

Bennington Battle Mounument

No need to pack up today.  We'll spend another night in Bennington while our ride explores the amazing scenery and cycling through the Battenkill River Valley along the New York/ Vermont border.  Our 52-mile ride follows portions of the Tour of the Battenkill route, one of America's largest single day bicycle road races.  You won't want to race through your day though because there is plenty to savor as you roll through this beautiful countryside -

three covered bridges, charming towns like Cambridge, NY and friendly people at our rest stops at the Argyle Brewing Co and the Arlington Library.  Back in Bennington, take some time to visit 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.  The Paradise Inn, is less than a mile from the monument. 

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Today's ride is 62 miles, the longest of the 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, a scenic museum celebrating 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.   

Rolling through the scenic farmlands of eastern New York

Rolling through the scenic farmlands of eastern New York

Thursday, August 9, 2018

After the longest day of the tour, you deserve a special dinner at the Red Lion Inn.

After the longest day of the tour, you deserve a special dinner at the Red Lion Inn.

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 10, 2018

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  dinner at the First and Last Tavern a short walk from the hotel.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Scenic riding along the Farmington Valley Rail Trail

Scenic riding along the Farmington Valley Rail Trail

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

Our four-state route

Our four-state route

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

Back Roads and Main Streets Tour 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