Central Vermont

Shelburne & Lake Champlain

Enjoying the Lake Champlain bicycle tour - Great Bike Tours

Our fully-supported Shelburne & Lake Champlain bicycle tour is custom designed to suit your exact needs and desires. You tell us how many days your group would like to spend on your active vacation, and what other activities we can plan for you (besides our easy bike tours), and then leave the rest to us.

On this Vermont bicycle tour we will pick your group up at Burlington airport and shuttle you to one of our exclusive properties:

  • Our vacation rental property in Shelburne (20 minutes south of Burlington). This cozy home-away-from-home is perfect for groups of 8-10 travellers.
  • Inn at Charlotte B&B in Charlotte, perfect for 8-10 people.
  • Old Lantern Inn in Charlotte, perfect for larger groups up to 16.

Start assembling your friends and family members for your next biking vacation! We suggest a stay of 5-7 days.

Custom-Designed Itinerary for Your Lake Champlain Bike Tour

We have loop rides heading off in all directions, with enough choices to last you a week or two! We have the route notes ready to go, and depending on the preference of your group, we'll send you out on a route that takes in gorgeous rolling hills, peaceful farm countryside, covered bridges, quintesssential Vermont country stores, vineyards, breweries, or beaches. We will provide you with route notes and all the maps you need.

Animated cyclist on our Vermont bicycle tour - Great Bike Tours

Bicycling Magazine recently rated Burlington as one of the top six cycling cities in the nation... quite an accolade. Come and see for yourself what the buzz is all about. What's more, for the last two years the U.S. Triathlon championships were held in this region, and the Shelburne area was chosen as the cycling leg (so to speak) of the competition. But it doesn't all have to be so hard core; we have plenty of easy bike tours to offer you. Let us direct you to a few mellow bike trails in the region, or to the most excellent 12-mile bike path along the waterfront in Burlington.

Your Home-Away-From-Home Accommodations in Shelburne

Bring your friends, bring your family, for a real Vermont vacation in a real Vermont house! We have four bedrooms and a futon bed for your group, not to mention a fully-equipped kitchen, large screened-in porch, full-size pool table, and more.

Our biking vacation property in Shelburne VT - Great Bike Tours

We are centrally located, and a perfect place to start your Lake Champlain bicycle tour. We are also perfectly situated for all the highlights that Shelburne has to offer (see below). So come and be a Vermonter for a week. We will be by your side to help you ease into it. We will show you all the best restaurants, the best and worst bars, the most yummy maple-flavored ice cream, the free outdoor concerts, and the list goes on.

For further details about your next home-away-from-home in Shelburne VT, have a look at our listing on the following vacation home rental websites: VRBO and TripAdvisor.

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Alternative Accommodations in Charlotte

If our Shelburne house isn't available then we'll be staying in one of two very lovely B&Bs in the village of Charlotte. Besides being within easy cycling distance of the attractions of Shelburne, we’ll have the added benefit of being right next door to the Charlotte Village Winery, with its free wine tastings on the large outside deck with spectacular views of the Adirondack Mountains. Nearby you can also hike up Mount Philo, pick your own blueberries at the Charlotte Berry Farm, or pick your own apples at the Shelburne Orchards (we also suggest their apple pies, cider donuts, and apple brandy).

For groups up to 8-10 people we'll be staying at the bicycle-friendly Inn at Charlotte B&B. Owned by well-known Vermont artist Duker Bower, the Inn has four bedrooms, a swimming pool, and an art gallery.

Roland and Lisa

For groups of 10-16 people we'll be staying at a lovely new B&B in the village of Charlotte. Nestled in a grove of sugar maple trees, the Old Lantern Inn is located in the countryside with beautiful views of Lake Champlain in the distance. We'll have the place completely to ourselves, and our hosts Lisa and Roland do a fantastic job at taking care of our every need, including our appetites. Roland is a trained French chef who specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, and loves sourcing his food from the local Vermont farms.

Huge Variety of Non-Cycling Activities

BOATING Animated kayaker on our active vacation - Great Bike Tours

We totally understand that you might not wish to cycle all the time, so let us suggest some other activities for your active vacation. We could organize a boat trip for your group on Lake Champlain, the largest lake in the United States after the five Great Lakes. Separating New York from Vermont, this 120-mile-long lake provides ample opportunities for enjoying activities on the water. One of the more popular ways to see the lake is aboard one of the scenic & dinner cruise ships based out of Burlington. On a more active level, we can arrange for some canoes and kayaks (even double kayaks) for you to explore the protected waters of Shelburne Bay. We'll equip you with a lifejacket, a picnic lunch, and a laminated guide to the local "interpretive water trail." And for the sailors amongst us, how about a two-hour sunset sail aboard a 41 ft. sailing sloop. Equipped with a cocktail in hand, this could be the perfect way to end the day. This yatch can take up to 12 people, and operates mid May through mid October.

HIKING

From a leisurely stroll at Shelburne Farms to an invigorating hike up Mount Philo, the Shelburne area offers a selection of walks & hikes to suit all tastes and levels of ability. Just down the road is a one-mile trail that leads to Lake Champlain,Animated hiker on our active vacation - Great Bike Tours passing through protected marshes, wetlands, and rich shoreline. Shelburne Farms is located one mile from our house, and offers several year-round countryside footpaths totalling 8 miles. Mt. Philo State Park offers several invigorating hikes that reward you with breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and New York's Adirondack Mountains beyond.

Other Attractions in our Neighborhood

Located in the historic village of Shelburne, our vacation rental is the perfect place to stay in the Lake Champlain area. We are a short bike ride away from the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms, Vermont Teddy Bear, Shelburne Vineyards, and the beaches of Lake Champlain. We have several great restaurants and art galleries within walking distance, along with a quintessential Vermont country store and a local wine & coffee shop.

Shelburne Museum
One of the nation's finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art, design, and Americana. 39 buildings covering 45 acres. Their 2013 exhibits include:

  • Trailblazers: Horse-powered Vehicles
  • Something Old, Something New: Continuity & Change, American Fine Furnishings 1700-1820
  • The Alphabet of Sheep by Patty Yoder
  • Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Terry Tyler Collection of Vermont Firearms
  • Larger Than Life: Quilts by Velda Newman
  • Ogden Pleissner, Landscape Painter

Shelburne Farms
A 1,400-acre working farm, historic site, and non-profit education center on the shores of Lake Champlain. Concerts, weddings, cheese production, and a variety of educational events each year.


What's Included on Your Biking Vacation?

  • Pickup/dropoff at Burlington Airport
  • Rental bike & helmet (or bring your own)
  • Full van support throughout your stay
  • Accommodation at our vacation rental in Shelburne (or at a B&B in Charlotte)
  • Breakfast every day, picnic lunches where appropriate
  • The services of 1-2 professional bike tour guides
  • Daily route notes & maps
  • All ferry rides (where applicable)
  • Great Bike Tours T-shirt & water bottle
  • Easy cycling (this tour is one of our easy bike tours; relatively flat but with a few hills, 25-40 miles/day)
  • Minimum of 8 people required

Cost of Your Biking Vacation

  • 5 day/6 night tour: $1,250 per person, single supplement $450
  • 7 day/8 night combo tour: $1,750 per person, single supplement $695

Please Note: In an attempt to keep your costs to a minimum we have not included any meals besides breakfast. We would be happy to arrange picnic lunches, catered meals, restaurant meals, or a BBQ at the house.

Dates of our Shelburne & Lake Champlain Bicycle Tour

That's the beauty of a custom tour, you get to choose the number of days that you'd like to spend on your biking vacation. Once you have decided when you'd like to visit, please contact us. Please note that summer and fall are very busy times for this particular Vermont bicycle tour, so please contact us well ahead to confirm your desired dates.

We look forward to helping you plan your perfect active vacation.
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