Brandon à la carte from August 2nd to August 11th
We’re going to try something different this year for the Vermont Tour: a pick-your-own-dates drop-in tour. We think a more flexible arrangement will allow more members to enjoy this unparalleled cycling destination.. Your humble tour organizer intends to keep up his personal tradition dating back to 1975 of spending a week each summer cycling in Vermont.
Brandon Inn on the town square of Brandon has hosted us for part of our tour every year since we discovered it in 2014. It’s a four-hour drive from Ottawa to this big, old, comfortable inn with the lowest prices in New England and the best, most varied cycling in the state.
You Book Your Stay with the Inn
This year, you deal directly with the inn; book whatever nights you want. The organizer will be there to co-ordinate the rides with maps and route suggestions, but you pay the inn, not the club. We will ask that you notify the club office of the dates you are joining us, so we can include you in our plans.
Here are the rates in US dollars (including %10 tax) that Brandon is offering us:
Bed and Breakfast: $74.50 per person per night based on 3 night stay. $70 per person per night based on more than 3 night stay.
Bed and Breakfast: $102 per person per night based on 3 night stay. $98 per person per night based on more than 3 night stay.
Children 5 to 12 years old
Cost per night, including full breakfast, to share a room with 2 or more adults: $13.20.
There are several restaurants in the area worth a visit. The inn has a good dining room and will provide dinner for a group of 16 or more any night - 3 courses with 3 entrees, coffee and tea (including 10% tax and 18% tip) for $40.00 per person.
We have more than a dozen rides from Brandon Inn, ranging from a child-friendly 36 km around the beautiful Lake Dunmore to a 140 km challenge with 1,837 m of climbing, one of the organizer’s favourite rides of all time. The roads in the Brandon area are in pretty good shape – and are generally quiet; the heavy traffic of the Burlington area is nowhere to be seen here. The terrain is gently rolling to mountainous; if you want long, steep climbs, they are waiting for you, but you can avoid them if you prefer. And there are no straight roads to be found; if you consider the outlying Ottawa countryside just the slightest bit on the boring side, you will be delighted with the cycling around Brandon.
If you plan to drop in for a day or two, we suggest contacting the organizer in advance to see if your ride of choice can be put on the schedule for that day.