Our Vermont Bike & Brewery Tour enjoyed fabulous weather this past August. Sojourn guest, Andrew Mockler, agreed for us to publish the article he wrote about his experience on this tour in the recent edition of Westchester Cycle Club’s “Out Spoke’n.” Thanks to Andy for sharing his adventure with us all (below)!
“Putting aside, for a moment, the wisdom of biking and sampling different beers throughout the day, this 6-day, Vermont Bike & Brewery Tour was great – really, really great in fact. It’s a van supported ride from inn-to-inn and limited to 18 people plus two tour leaders. We stayed in some very nice B&Bs (two especially come to mind: The Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, VT and Hotel Vermont in Burlington – both excellent and very different from one another), had our gear and luggage transported to each property we stayed at (and waiting for us in our rooms at day’s end!) and had most meals as a group. I honestly can’t recommend this tour enough, especially if you’re a beer aficionado and like Vermont. I happen to love both so for me it was an easy choice.
A sojourn is a “temporary stay" or "a period of time spent in a place as a traveler or guest,” according to Webster’s dictionary. As Guest Service Specialist at Sojourn, and a lover of travel and adventure myself, I’ve found myself thinking about the profound poetic implications of how our name, Sojourn, could be interpreted... Read The Full Post
A warm breeze hints at summer as a visitor from Sweden pedals ahead, leading his extended family along the quiet shoreline. We swing east off the lake, along smooth country roads that seem to impose upon rich green blankets of the landscape we’re riding through. The sounds of birds and farm animals fill pauses in our conversation as we soak in the beauty of it all, and the glorious weather. The air smells fresh, a combination of plants springing to life and fragrant blossoms that waft tantalizingly through the air. The deep blue sky highlights farm fields and weathered barns. You can’t help but want days like this to go on forever. Read The Full Post
Wholistic refers to the idea or philosophy that all parts of a thing are interconnected, with a focus on complete systems rather than simply upon individual parts. At Sojourn, we pride ourselves on the wholistic consideration that drives the creation of our tours. The time you spend with us isn’t just about the biking, or the scenery, or the places you visit – it’s bigger than that. Your time with us is a wholistic experience, mindfully crafted by Sojourn staff, designed to transcend typical active vacations and deliver on our promise of “The Good Life, By Bike.”
There is perhaps no better showcase for this wholistic approach than our wine country bike tours. Whether you travel with us through the well-known appellations in California’s Sonoma County, or to the distinctive microclimate of Canada’s Niagara Escarpment (a ridge carved by ancient glaciers) that supports Ontario, Canada’s most active wine region, you can expect a luscious fusion of cycling, culinary delight, and vinous exploration.
Cycling vacations create everlasting memories that help inspire and sustain healthy lifestyles. For many of us, it’s our favorite way to experience beautiful places, our favorite way to be invigorated in the great outdoors, and a fantastic way to share adventures with those who are special to us. We thought we’d share a few favorite rides from our intermediate and avid summer cycling vacations to help whet your appetite. Begin your dreaming here and, remember, these are dreams that really can come true.
This great ride provides expansive scenic reward throughout the climb up Cadillac Mountain, the highest mountain on the east coast of the US. It features a bald, granite-domed summit with spectacular 360° views over the islands and coastline of Downeast Maine. This epic option during the final day of our very scenic Acadia bike tour is perfect for both intermediate and avid cyclists alike with a max grade of 7.3% and an elevation gain of 1100’ over 3 ½ miles. Yes, those are Sojourn guests riding the gradual and winding road to the top – you can do it this summer too!