Lake Champlain – Inn to Inn

Trip Dates:
Aug 04, 2014 -- Aug 11, 2014
Burlington, VT
Booking Status:

Leave your worries behind and join us on this fabulous inn-to-inn tour of the beautiful Champlain Valley. With rolling hills and picturesque New England villages steeped in early American history, the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York offers a week of riding that you won’t want to miss.

At 121 miles long, Lake Champlain is located along New York’s “Adirondack Coast” at the foothills of the Adirondacks and within view of Vermont’s equally impressive Green Mountains to the east. The network encompasses a total of 35 day loops and point-to-point rides, in addition to the 363-mile Champlain Bikeway, which encircles the lake and continues along Quebec’s Richelieu River.

Starting and ending in Burlington, Vermont, we’ll explore extraordinary villages and the countryside separating them, enjoying indoor hospitality every night and sampling the local cuisine for breakfast and dinner. Best of all, the moderate daily riding distances will leave plenty of time for relaxing beachside, inspecting country stores, and soaking in the beauty of New England.

Start Date: Aug 04, 2014 End Date: Aug 11, 2014
Start Location: Burlington, VT End Location: Burlington, VT
Total Days: 8 Riding Days: 7
Rest Days: 1 Miles: 254
Average Daily Mileage: 36.3 Surface: Paved
Riders: 13 Airport: Burlington International (BTV)
Tour Leader: Glen Graham, Larry Brock Meals: Indoor Dining
Accommodations: Indoor (Inn to Inn) Type: Self Contained
Physical Difficulty: Intermediate Level of Support: Inn to Inn
Cost: $1,769.00

Day 1

Burlington. We’ll gather in the afternoon in downtown Burlington where we’ll have an orientation meeting and make a dinner plan, which may well involve Church Street Marketplace, the downtown area’s open-air mall. It’s a beehive of activity including festivals, street entertainment, and dozens of places to shop and dine.

Day 2

Burlington to North Hero, 34 miles. We’ll head north from Burlington on back roads, passing over the north end of Sand Bar National Waterfowl Management Area just before leaving the mainland. We’ll traverse the length of South Hero Island, which sits at the center of Lake Champlain. After crossing “the Gut” onto North Hero Island, we’ll find our way to accommodations.

Day 3

North Hero to Plattsburgh, 44 miles. Today we'll head back to the mainland, riding to a point only about a mile south of Quebec, and into New York. Now reversing our direction of travel, we’ll head south to follow a predominantly inland route to Plattsburgh. We'll wrap around Cumberland Bay, which features a museum that highlights the Battle of Plattsburgh, considered one of the most important events in the War of 1812.

Day 4

Plattsburgh to Westport, 43 miles. We’ll head south along back roads today via the Adirondack Northway, which will take us all the way to Westport. Sitting on Lake Champlain’s North West Bay, this was a fashionable resort town in the mid-1800s, and its beautiful parks and full-service marina are reminders a golden era.

Day 5

Westport to Ticonderoga, 27 miles. Leaving Westport, we’ll pass through Port Henry and skirt Bulwagga Bay, ending the day at historic Ticonderoga, where we cross paths with Adventure Cycling’s Northern Tier route. A must-visit site here is Fort Ticonderoga, a once-remote post that guarded the waterway connecting Canada and Britain’s American colonies; it was the site of America’s first major victory in the fight for independence. A destination for history buffs for roughly 200 years, Fort Ticonderoga represents one of the earliest preservation projects undertaken in the United States.

Day 6

Ticonderoga to Middlebury, 27 miles. Today we’ll board a ferry to cross Lake Champlain. We’ll then head inland, through pastoral farmland and rolling hills to Middlebury, home of the postcard-perfect Middlebury College. Our home for the next two nights will be a beautiful, historic inn that has been welcoming guests since 1827, within easy walking distance of the campus.

Day 7

Middlebury loop, 48 miles. With so much to see and do around Middlebury, you need another day! Our loop will start at our cozy lodging in downtown Middlebury, and run along the shoreline up to Vergennes, site of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Here you can step aboard a replica of the 1776 gunboat, the Philadelphia II, docked on Lake Champlain, and learn about the more than 300 shipwrecks that have occurred in these waters over the decades before cycling back to Middlebury.

Day 8

Middlebury to Burlington, 43 miles. We’ll play hide-and-seek with Lake Champlain today as we weave our way back to Burlington. We’ll even get to pass the headquarters of Local Motion, a visionary bicycle advocacy group responsible for much of Vermont’s bicycle-route development. Arriving back in Burlington, we’ll maybe catch a bite to eat or look over photos together to celebrate a fantastic week of cycling.

"I enjoyed the entire trip. I truly can’t pick out one day or one moment that was the best. I cannot say enough good thinks about Kevin and Happi. The lodging and food arrangements were great, and the briefings we got each day about the next day’s route were really helpful too. They were conscientious and just so much fun. We had a great group and meeting everyone was a big part of the fun."

2013 Tour Participant

"The guides were absolutely fantastic! Both Kevin and Happi were great for information, leadership and motivation!"

2013 Tour Participant

"“I enjoy ed the entire trip. I truly can’t pick out one day or one moment that was the best."

2013 Tour Participant

Photo by Paul Boisvert