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Coming soon to a quiet Vermont back road near you: our popular Vermont bike and brew tour now includes a wider spectrum of Vermont’s finest home-grown products. Microbrew lovers fear not, our uber special tastings with world-famous brewers Shaun Hill and Sean Lawson anchor the beer samplings of the Taste of Vermont Tour. Being a local has its advantages when it comes to connections with these icons.

Sean Lawson at a Sojourn tasting Sean Lawson at a Sojourn tasting

For you cycling enthusiasts, this bike tour averages 55+ miles per day and includes several days with over 4000′ of elevation gain in some of the most scenic regions in Vermont. Wrap up your first day enjoying a special wine paired dinner with Vermont’s foremost vintner. Take a mid-day break for a gourmet picnic at a sheep farm (think cheese…) accompanied by the engaging and revered Sean Lawson, brewmaster of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Sip a little Sunshine and taste the farm’s cheese; you will have earned it after the morning’s climb.

A foray into the Northeast Kingdom, where Vermont retains all of its rural beauty, includes a special evening of stargazing at the idyllic Inn at Mountain View Farm. You’ll sleep soundly breathing the clear mountain air at this peaceful hilltop oasis. A visit with Shaun Hill, yes – THE Shaun Hill – at Hill Farmstead caps off your ride through the rolling countryside to Stowe.

Visit an 8th generation maple syrup producer, cheesemaker, and organic dairy farm. Ride through Smuggler’s Notch and visit the local distillery, an international award-winner. There’s all this and so much more to sample during our Taste of Vermont bike tour – only with Sojourn!

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Travel by bicycle with Sojourn on a bicycle tour of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, off the coast of Massachusetts, and indulge in the finest culinary experience in the Islands. Featured last month in bon appétit, the Beach Plum Restaurant has quickly become a Sojourn guest favorite.  

fresh oysters elegantly presentedTucked away in a quiet corner on Martha’s Vineyard Island and surrounded by farmland, the restaurant is one of the best kept secrets for upscale farm to table dining in Massachusetts. Featuring fresh products from the sea, neighboring farms, and nearby specialty producers, Chef Chris Fischer, a 12th generation islander, has quietly transported the country chic Beach Plum Restaurant into the finest foodie destination on the Island.

With a menu that changes daily in order to take advantage of the freshest ingredients, dining at the Beach Plum never fails to unveil Fischer’s creativity.  Pea and feta crostino; fettucine green garlic and chive blossoms; and mackerel and crispy potatoes are just a sampling of what might grace the menu. Gazing over the terrace from the restaurant’s farmhouse inspired dining room, the lawn rolls to the tiny fishing village of Menemsha where Chef Fischer hand picks the best of the day’s catch. It just doesn’t get fresher than that.

Fischer cooked at respected restaurants in New York and London before returning home to Martha’s Vineyard with a renewed respect for local products. During Sojourn’s tour through Martha’s Vineyard, enjoy two evenings at the lovely Beach Plum Inn before crossing to Nantucket where another revered restaurant experience awaits.  Guilt-free dining is but one of the joys of bicycling vacations.

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Our Most Scenic Bike Tours

April 4, 2014

Inquiring minds often ask which Sojourn bike tours are the most scenic. Well, the salesperson’s answer is “they’re all scenic” however, there are three that vie for top honors. Acadia National Park, the wine country and coast of California, and the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon all offer stunning scenery each and every day of [...]

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Clipless Pedals: More Fun for Your Bicycling Vacations

January 16, 2014

Cyclists are split into two categories when it comes to pedals – those who go clipless and those who don’t. Riding with clipless pedals is a fantastic way to increase the enjoyment of your bicycling vacation. If you ride with clipless pedals you’re already sold on the concept. If you have yet to convert from [...]

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An Arizona Bike Tour: Reflections On Relationships Made

November 18, 2013
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The final day of our bike tour in Arizona found us wandering through shops in Tubac and enjoying various massage options at the resort.  Nearly everyone opted to skip today’s final ride given that many of us maxed ourselves out on yesterday’s extended mileage options. There are some true artisans in town and the array [...]

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Biking Into Spanish Mission History – The Tour Rolls Into Tubac

November 15, 2013

As we descended upon the breakfast place next door this morning – great spot called the Gathering Grounds – everyone was excited for another sunny day.  A burrito loaded with poblanos, spinach, avocado, green chilies and black beans seemed to be calling my name but a mouthwatering display of pastries was awfully tempting.  Thankfully, our leaders had [...]

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Arizona Wine Country – A Bicycling Vacation Paradise

November 14, 2013

I have to admit, I could happily spend the winter months doing our Arizona bike tours one after another though my wife and my boss probably wouldn’t approve. Leaving Tucson behind, we climbed steadily to a stunning plateau showcasing mountain vistas and miles of traffic-free riding! Our first stop would be Arizona’s oldest vineyard to learn [...]

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Biking Through Cactus Forests to the Arizona Desert Museum

November 13, 2013

An early flat tire was a blessing in disguise as I chose to join some fellow riders in the support van. Always one to push myself to ride every mile, it was fun to spend a few minutes chatting with some of my fellow travelers who were engrossed in conversation about the settling of the [...]

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A Fantastic Road Ride for All – Biking in Saguaro East

November 12, 2013

Writing in from our bike tour in Arizona – Day Two!  As we meandered east today, I couldn’t help but think how grateful I was to revel in summer-like conditions during our ride: sunny and warm, not a cloud in the sky!  It was evident that our ‘packtrain’ of sorts developed an early bond as we all paused for [...]

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My First Arizona Bike Tour – Travel Along With a Sojourn Staffer

November 11, 2013

Blogging from our bike tour in Arizona this week, Sojourn Tour Operations Coordinator, Tom Turro, shares his first hand experience on his first-ever bicycle tour. After a flight delay that landed him in Denver for many more hours than he’d care to remember, he shares the first in a series of blog posts from tour. [...]

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