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Go Biking near Our Inn in Vermont

Vermont Biking offers the most independent and relaxing way to observe Vermont’s natural beauty, while staying at Vermont’s best rated B&B.  Explore South Central Vermont’s historic covered bridges; stream fed swimming holes, quaint bookstores, antique shops, picturesque lakes, and mountain streams.  Your odds of seeing magnificent wildlife are very good. [Read More...]

We have partnered with Vermont’s most experienced biking & athletic trainer, Vermont Soigneur’s. Jeremy Peters, LMT.  Jeremy is a massage therapist specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. He has worked with many top-level athletes in the sports of alpine ski racing, cycling, and triathlon. Jeremy served in the US Army as an Airborne Ranger before coming back to Vermont to serve the community as a State Trooper. As Jeremy says; “every ride is all about having safe fun!”

Each day’s tour is unique and offers varying terrain ranging from nearly flat to gentle slopes and steady uphill/downhill grades.  The routes are designed to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience.

Here is how it works: You will arrive at Inn Victoria the evening before the bike tour.  The next morning after breakfast, you will be lead on tour with an experienced, professional guide, Jeremy Peters.   Lunch and snacks will be packed for the route.  Tour groups range in size from 1-10 riders.  When groups are 6-10, two guides will accompany the group. When the ride is over, rest and relax in the hot tub or enjoy a message by a professional sports masseuse (reserve ahead).  Enjoy a great evening meal, and contemplate the next day’s experience of a lifetime!

Package Includes:  [Read More...]

  • Private room with private bath
  • Three course gourmet breakfast each morning
  • Afternoon refreshments
  • Dinner each night
  • Trail snacks for the day’s tour
  • All taxes & service charges
  • Hybrid bikes may be provided at an additional cost (you are welcome to bring your own)

Rates May to Sept 20/ 2014:

  • $225 per person, / day, double occupancy
  • $450 single occupancy / day

Fall Rates Sept 21 to Oct 30/ 2014 (Midweek only Sunday – Thursday):

  • $275 per person, / day, double occupancy
  • $550 single occupancy / day

Cancellation Policy: 

There are no refunds within 14 days of the reservation, nor during the tour.

Directions:

Fly:
There are several airports within a two-hour drive of Inn Victoria, home of Vermont Biking: Manchester, NH, Albany, NY, Burlington, VT, & Hartford, CT.  Boston is a 3-½ hour drive.  New York airports are a 4-5 hour drive.

We will arrange an airport pick up and drop off at $1.00 per mile if you prefer this service over a car rental.  Bus and rail service is available from NY & Boston to Bellows Falls, VT.

Inn Victoria
321 Main St.
Chester, Vermont 05143
802-875-4288
Innkeeper@innvictoria.com


Tour 1       Stagecoach Roads of Southern Vermont                    A 1 day, 30 Mile ride
Through Rolling Terrain
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We start in Chester, Vermont and ride past the 100+ year old train station in Chester Depot, and then we head west along the Williams River.  This section of the ride (approximately 4 miles) is on a well-maintained gravel road.  We will pass stagecoach stops that are over 200 years old and ride through working farms.  We then cross the historic Bartonsville cover bridge and continue west on Vermont Route 103.  This section of the ride is on a paved road with wide shoulders.  We pass the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham, and yes, you can stop and shop, take pictures at the Kissing Bridge, or continue to ride.

We head south on a paved country road that covers rolling terrain and passes through farmland.  This road leads us into the village of Saxton’s River.  From Saxton’s River, we head west along the Saxton’s River towards the Village of Grafton.  Grafton is a historic village that has many sightseeing opportunities.  We will stop in Grafton for some sightseeing and a snack.

Upon remounting our bikes, will continue west on Vermont Route 121, which is a well maintained gravel road that winds along a babbling brook.  We will enter the hamlet of Houghtonsille, which was a major stop for stagecoaches that were headed east and west through the lower Green Mountains of Vermont.  As we pass through Houghtonville, we will head north along another gravel road, which will lead us back to our stating point in Chester.

The total distance of this ride is 30 miles with rolling terrain; there are no major climbs. The total elevation gained in this ride is 1100 feet.  There are several opportunities to shorten or lengthen this ride.


Tour # 2     The Charming Village of Weston: A 1 day, 27 Mile Adventure With an Elevation Gain of 1850’[Read More...]

We start in Chester and travel west along the West Branch of the Williams River and then head into the town of Andover.  The road through Andover is a nice paved country road that gains elevation for the next seven miles.  The first five miles of the climb is very gentle and the last two miles the road tilts up, but the view at the top is well worth the work.  Once we get to the top, there is a pull off where we will regroup before the downhill into Weston Village (home of the famous Vermont Country Store and the Weston Playhouse).  There will be an opportunity for you to walk around the village or rest under the shade of the 200 year old maple trees on the village green.  Keep your eyes open though, there are numerous famous people who live in or visit Weston.

Upon leaving Weston we will climb some old country roads back into the town of Andover.  We will be passing through some moose country so pay attention; you may see one wading in the beaver ponds.  Once we get to Andover, we will follow the West Branch of the Williams River back to Chester.

The total miles for this ride:  27 miles with options to shorten or lengthen it.  This ride has some moderate climbs and a total elevation gain of 1850 feet.


Tour # 3     The Alps of Southern Vermont                                 A 2 day, 65 Mile Ride to a 3500’ Elevation Gain[Read More...]

Day one starts at Inn Victoria; we ride north along the Williams River.  The roads are a mixture of paved and gravel roads.  The next village that we come to is Cavendish.  This is where the climbing begins.  We will climb along a country road, which brings us to the top of the Southern Vermont Alps (the hamlet of Plymouth Kingdom) where we stay the night at Combes Family Inn.  The distance from Inn Victoria to the Combes Family Inn is 18 miles and an elevation gain of 1000 feet.  Cyclists are welcome to relax at the Combes Family Inn or continue on our adventure for a return that evening.

From the Combes Family Inn, we will descend into the Okemo Lakes Valley and head north on historic Vermont Route 100.  We will pass through the lakes region until we stop at the Long Trail Brewery where we will stop for a quick bite to eat.  From the Brewery, we will head east to the town of Woodstock. From here, we head south towards the town of Reading and back to The Combes Family Inn for the night. A post ride massage and dinner awaits.

After breakfast on day two, our ride will take us southwest through the hills near Okemo Mountain and South to Chester for the final night’s stay at Inn Victoria where dinner, massage and the hot tub awaits your arrival.

The total miles for this ride are 65 miles with an elevation gain of 3500 feet.  There are some good climbs in this route, but all of them are doable with the correct gearing.

Tours 1, 2, & 3 may be combined to create a 4 day tour