Vermont weekend (Aug 4 to 7) 2017
The Vermont Weekend has been a very popular tour, with as many as 150 members spending the long August civic holiday weekend exploring the roads of the state from a base in one its small colleges. In recent years we've been staying in more upscale accommodation and there are more competing tours on the OBCs calendar, so the participation has dropped, but there is still nowhere else within a day's drive where the cycling is as good..
This year, we're going once again to the Brandon Inn, in Brandon, VT. It's a lovely, comfortable Inn, on the west side of the ridge of mountains that splits the state. Those who have stayed here before have been nearly unanimous in asking to return!
Google Maps indicates the drive takes 4.5 hours, for 365 km from the centre of Ottawa.
Special Price for Children
The Inn offers a special rate for children staying in a room with two adults. We hope to have several families join us this year.
The area around Brandon has some of the best variety of scenic rides in Vermont, with gentle, rolling terrain, shaded lakeshores, and winding roads along river beds, as well as challenging gaps that have traditionally attracted our members.
Traffic is light and the roads are generally in very good condition.
The nearby towns of Middlebury and Rutland offer good restaurants, bakeries and other interesting attractions. Smaller towns like Rochester, Wallingford, Castleton, etc have some nice cafes and, along most routes, country stores are easy to find.
For those joining the inn-to-inn tour who want to connect by bike, there are several good rides of varying difficulty, all about 100km, that will take you to Norwich, VT.
The cost per person, including two dinners and three breakfasts, will be $370 CDN (double occupancy), $475 (single). Children will be $110 each, in the same room as two parents.
Registration Deadline, with payment in full, is June 20, 2017
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