The Deerfield Bicycle Tour
Discover Historic Deerfield and the beautiful Connecticut River Valley from the seat of your bicycle this summer! River's Edge Cycling is teaming up with Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn to offer a week full of handlebar-view adventures traveling the scenic byways and quiet back roads to some of the valley’s vibrant and charming communities. In addition to great cycling, this tour is rich with opportunities to learn about the natural, historic and cultural distinctions that make this part of Massachusetts so special. Overnight lodging and most meals are included at the award-winning Deefield Inn in the center of the historic village. Profits from this tour benefit Historic Deerfield, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts and early New England
Beautiful Bicycling in the Connecticut River Valley
The Connecticut River Valley offer some of the best cycling in America and the Deerfield Bicycle Tour explores many of the regional cycling highlights. Riding days range from 25 to 50 miles along scenic byways, quiet back roads and peaceful bike paths. We'll begin the week with a twenty-five mile introductory tour navigating the pastoral backroads in the lowlands surrounding the river. The introduction wouldn't be complete though without a falcon's-eye view of the valley. We'll ascend (bike, walk or van, you choose) Mt. Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to survey the landscape you'll be traveling through during the week. From there, you can see Amherst, Northampton and many of the other communities you'll visit in the next few days.
Tuesday's ride is themed Brooks, Books and Waterfalls and includes views of six waterfalls and a really fun bookstore. Wednesday we'll head to Northampton and leave time to explore the vibrant community with its dozens of restaurants and shops. Thursday's 50-mile tour leaves the valley behind as rider's climb through the hilltowns of Conway and Ashfield on their way to the charming village of Shelburne Falls. Friday's tour, Poets and Peace visits the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst and the New England Peace Pagoda.
Learn more about each of the Daily Rides
Active Travel and Active Learning
We've built in a variety of fun, optional learning opportunities for riders when they're off the bike. Deerfield, MA was settled in 1669 and the evidence of its rich three and a half centuries of habitation are everywhere. Take a guided walking tour to the Old Burying Ground at the end of Albany Road; learn from a local scholar how the geology and geography of the region determined its future; or learn about local beers at a Wednesday tasting at the Inn. We've even built in some learning destinations while out on your daily rides. The Emily Dickinson homestead, the New England Peace Pagoda and the Great Falls Discovery Center are just a few of the educational highlights you'll encounter while riding.
The Deerfield Bicycle Tour is the perfect blend of active travel and active learning along with a healthy mix of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Learn more about our Special Programs.
Five Nights at the Historic Deerfield Inn
Throughout the tour you'll be staying in the historic Deerfield Inn, the hospitable heart of this community and a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner for the last five years in a row. Twenty-four comfortable guest rooms are located between the main inn and the adjacent carriage house. The hotel boasts an excellent farm to fork restaurant and tavern where you'll receive breakfast and dinner each day. During your off time you'll find inviting wing chairs, shady porches, cozy fireplaces, white rockers and bright Adirondack chairs to create a constant spirit of serenity, peace, and welcome.
Your tour registration includes double occupancy hotel accommodations at the Deerfield Inn and breakfast and dinner each day. Single occupancy rooms are available with payment of the single occupancy supplement.
Pricing and Registration
This special tour supports Historic Deerfield, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts and early New England.
Your Deerfield Bicycle Tour registration includes:
- 5 nights lodging at the Deerfield Inn (Sunday through Thursday).
- 5 evening dinners at the Inn (Sunday through Thursday).
- 5 breakfasts at the Inn (Monday through Friday).
- Rest stops each day.
- SAG support each day.
- Marked routes, maps, GPS files and cue sheets for five valley bicycle tours.
- Special learning and social programs each day.