Slatestone Brook Falls

Slatestone Brook Falls

Monday, 8/14

Introduction to the Valley                            

35 Miles     +1210 Feet

Today's ride covers about thirty five miles and travels through several beautiful communities along the western bank of the Connecticut River.  The route offers some spectacular views of the valley including during our rest stop on the summit of Mt. Sugarloaf.  You can choose to ride, walk or take our shuttle to the summit of this small mountain. From here you'll see many of the communities you'll be riding through during the week.  See the route at Introduction to the Valley.

Tuesday, 8/15        

Brooks, Books and Waterfalls

27 Miles     + 726 Feet

Today's ride features six waterfalls and a book store with the curious motto, "Books you don't need in a place you can't find."  You'll want to get off you bike a few times during the ride to savor the splashing scenery, take some pictures or even explore some books "you don't need."  You'll also want to explore the Great Falls Discovery Center or visit some of the fun antique stores in Turners Falls.  We've crammed a lot of adventure into this short-mileage day.  See the route at Brooks, Books and Waterfalls.

 
View of Shelburne Falls from the Bridge of Flowers during the Hilltown Half Century

View of Shelburne Falls from the Bridge of Flowers during the Hilltown Half Century

Wednesday, 8/16

Pedal to Paradise City

42.5 Miles     + 1285 Feet

Today you'll enjoy one of our favorite rides in the Valley as you travel along the eastern side of the River and explore the westerly foothills.  In between you'll get to explore downtown Northampton with its numerous shops and restaurants.  Plan to lock your bike at a convenient rack and stroll.  If you find find some things you need to purchase we'll be happy to carry them back to the Inn for you while you finish your ride. See the route at Pedal to Paradise.

Thursday, 8/17

Hilltown Half Century

50 Miles     +2993 Feet 

Today is the tour's longest and most challenging ride, a half century with nearly 3,000' of climbing.  Your trip through the hilltowns west of the Valley will be worth it though - you'll find charming communities, spectacular views and gorgeous roads. Plan to spend some time in Shelburne Falls to explore the Bridge of Flowers, grab lunch in a cafe perched over the Deerfield River or visit a craftsperson in their shop.  See the route at Hilltown Half Century.

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA

Friday, 8/18

Poets and Peace

38 Miles    + 1986 Feet

Today is our final day in Deerfield but we've created a ride that is as rich as any we've enjoyed this week.  You'll roll through the flat farmlands to one of the region's college communities, Amherst.  Here, you'll get a tour of the home of one of the town's celebrated poets, Emily Dickinson.  The reclusive poet wrote nearly 1800 poems during her life though few were ever seen by the public until after her death.  On our trip back to Deerfield, we'll climb Cave Hill Road in Leverett to experience the spectacular New England Peace Pagoda.  You'll follow some familiar roads through Montague and Deerfield as you head back to Deerfield before you begin your travels home.  See the route at Poets and Peace.

Five days of riding during the Deerfield Bicycle Tour

Five days of riding during the Deerfield Bicycle Tour