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Epic Vermont Bike Tour Visits World Famous Craft Breweries

Coming soon to a quiet Vermont back road near you: our popular Vermont bike and brew tour now includes a wider spectrum of Vermont's finest home-grown products. Microbrew lovers fear not, our uber special tastings with world-famous brewers Shaun Hill and Sean Lawson anchor the beer samplings of the Taste of Vermont Tour. Being a local has its advantages when it comes to connections with these icons.

For you cycling enthusiasts, this bike tour averages 55+ miles per day and includes several days with over 4000' of elevation gain in some of the most scenic regions in Vermont. Wrap up your first day enjoying a special wine paired dinner with Vermont's foremost vintner. Take a mid-day break for a gourmet picnic at a sheep farm (think cheese...) accompanied by the engaging and revered Sean Lawson, brewmaster of Lawson's Finest Liquids. Sip a little Sunshine and taste the farm's cheese; you will have earned it after the morning's climb.
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Foodie’s Delight on a Sojourn Bike Tour on Martha’s Vineyard

Travel by bicycle with Sojourn on a bicycle tour of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, off the coast of Massachusetts, and indulge in the finest culinary experience in the Islands. Featured last month in bon appétit, the Beach Plum Restaurant has quickly become a Sojourn guest favorite.  

Tucked away in a quiet corner on Martha’s Vineyard Island and surrounded by farmland, the restaurant is one of the best kept secrets for upscale farm to table dining in Massachusetts. Featuring fresh products from the sea, neighboring farms, and nearby specialty producers, Chef Chris Fischer, a 12th generation islander, has quietly transported the country chic Beach Plum Restaurant into the finest foodie destination on the Island.

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Our Most Scenic Bike Tours

Inquiring minds often ask which Sojourn bike tours are the most scenic. Well, the salesperson’s answer is “they’re all scenic” however, there are three that vie for top honors. Acadia National Park, the wine country and coast of California, and the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon all offer stunning scenery each and every day of the tour.

Our Maine bike tour in Acadia National Park is a nature lovers paradise. Located on primarily on Mount Desert Island in Maine, the Park features bike rides along miles of undeveloped coastline and vehicle-free carriage roads that wind through peaceful woodlands. Stones, polished smooth over millennia of being tumbled by surf, line the coast between Acadia’s signature pink granite cliffs. Working fishing villages and lighthouses are reminiscent of Maine’s maritime roots. Sunrise and sunset can be especially dramatic from your inn on the shores of Frenchman Bay.

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Clipless Pedals: More Fun for Your Bicycling Vacations

Cyclists are split into two categories when it comes to pedals – those who go clipless and those who don’t. Riding with clipless pedals is a fantastic way to increase the enjoyment of your bicycling vacation. If you ride with clipless pedals you’re already sold on the concept. If you have yet to convert from flat pedals or toe cages to clipless, a whole new level of enjoyment awaits! Clipless is a bit of a misnomer referring to the migration away from old style toe clips (also known as toe straps or cages).

I recently converted an acquaintance who fearfully vowed never to ride with clipless pedals. Following her first clipless test ride she kept exclaiming “I can’t believe I didn’t switch years ago!” Her profile? A 58 year old casual hybrid bike rider who now and again will hop on a road bike (hybrid bikes have upright handlebars and wider tires that road bikes).

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An Arizona Bike Tour: Reflections On Relationships Made

The final day of our bike tour in Arizona found us wandering through shops in Tubac and enjoying various massage options at the resort.  Nearly everyone opted to skip today’s final ride given that many of us maxed ourselves out on yesterday’s extended mileage options.

There are some true artisans in town and the array of shops offer something for everyone. Our tour leaders steered me toward Solo for a look at a selection of used cowboy boots while the extensive collection of one of a kind pieces of silver and turquoise jewelry at Old Presidio Traders drew many of my tour mates.

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