When vacationing to new destinations, where you stay is often as important as the location and the activities. As your home away from home for the week, accommodations should offer a place to rest your head at night, a comforting meal, as well as provide the opportunity to relax and unwind after a day spent exploring and discovering new surroundings. From boutique inns that exude Southern charm to cozy New England havens that put you in the midst of natural beauty, the premier properties featured on Sojourn tours have been meticulously selected to further immerse you in these beautiful locales. Below are just a few of the bucket list accommodations you’ll experience while on vacation with Sojourn.
What inspires you to travel? More often than not, we hear hotels being close to the top of the list. No wonder why. There is definitely something magical about hotels that make your stay an experience in itself. Our top guest favorite hotels are often described as such, with luxury accommodations that are designed for you to relax and unwind without a care in the world. These selection of hotels are almost a re-imagination of perfection: the attention to details, the passion in service, and the signature offerings make them one of the highlights of a spectacular getaway. Here is a small sample of some of the heritage properties we visit on our trips:
Sojourn pioneered bike and brew tours in their home state of Vermont over a decade ago. Since then, Vermont’s craft beer industry has already matched the $300 million economic impact of the state’s ski resort industry and is rapidly approaching the mark set by its iconic maple syrup industry. The Green Mountain state ranks first nationally in craft breweries per capita and none are more renowned, or remote, than Hill Farmstead.
For the third straight year, Hill Farmstead was bestowed the honor of “Best Brewery in the World” by RateBeer — widely regarded as the world’s most in-depth and accurate beer review/rating organization. Their mission of hand crafting succinct, elegant beers of distinction, as well as reviving and diversifying the land of the Hill Farmstead, has achieved astounding success. Thoughtful and creative founder (and brewer!), Shaun Hill, has made Hill Farmstead in Greensboro, Vermont the pinnacle of craft beer pilgrimages in the United States, if not the world.
Vermont bike tours are our passion. This is our home. This is where we ride. And, this is where we have cycled every country road for a hundred miles in all directions. We are locals here and, for that reason, and all the others that make Sojourn special, we hold the distinction of having the most respected of all Vermont bike tours.
Sojourn’s main office is located in the heart of the Lake Champlain Valley, just a mile from the shores of the lake. It’s a prime location from which to host bike tours here and throughout the Green Mountain State. Our staff, all of whom are ardent cyclists, are intimately familiar with the finest country roads around – those that showcase the valley’s gorgeous scenery and reward cyclists with that often elusive feeling of freedom elicited from cycling over rolling terrain along country roads devoid of motorized vehicles (save the occasional tractor).
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.