Quechee-Woodstock Experience Circuit Tour

Quechee – Woodstock Experience … the Best of Vermont’s Active Vacation Destinations (Cycling and Walking)

At a Glance …

Option A: 4 cycling stages

Option B: 2 cycling stages and 2 walking stages (Option: Add a cycling stage by starting in Windsor)

Note: If you choose Option B (cycling and walking), you may also choose to begin your tour in Windsor thereby adding a cycling stage to your itinerary. Please specify when ordering.

Distance

Option A: 78 miles in 4 cycling stages with miles of optional loops. Option B: 45 miles in 2 cycling stages and  16.7 miles in 2 walking stages. Note: A “stage” is defined as a day in which tour support services are provided and cycling is required from one hotel or B&B to the next.

Terrain

This is an easy to slightly challenging circuit tour. From several long flat stretches and rolling hills to a couple of climbs which may test your cycling mettle, this tour offers a wide variety of terrains. On days with challenging climbs, we’ve kept the required cycling distances relatively short.

Location

The area known as the Upper Valley in southeastern Vermont’s Windsor County. The tour starts and ends in Windsor (Option A) or White River Junction (Option B), with overnight stops in White River Junction, Quechee, Woodstock / South Woodstock).

Length

Min 4 Days / 4 Nights.  Note: You may begin AND end your tour on the date of your choosing. You may also add as many “layover days” to your itinerary as you desire. And, should you choose to do itinerary option B, you may also add a cycling stage by starting your tour in Windsor.

Highlights

Gorgeous scenery; Visits to the most popular summertime destinations in Central Vermont … Quechee and Woodstock.. Historic sites. Covered bridges. Quechee Gorge. Marsh-Billings Rockefeller National Park (Vermont’s only National Park). Billings Farm and Museum.

Base Price

$275.00 per person (does not include bike rental, vehicle parking fees, if applicable, or charges related to special services such as shuttles or SAGs for non bike rental customers).

The cost of a 5th stage is $50.00 per person.

Daily Itinerary …

Two Daily Itinerary Options (when ordering, please specify option A with 4 cycling stages or option B with 2 cycling stages and 2 walking stages)…

Arrival Day

Windsor Constitution HouseArrival Day A: Free Day in Windsor. Visit the Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge and explore the Old Constitution House and the Precision Museum, Dine, Shop, Relax. Spend 1 night.

You may arrive in Windsor at the time of your choosing, as there are no activities planned for your arrival day. Of course, the earlier you arrive, the more time you have to take advantage of the sights and charms of this historic town on the Connecticut River.

Known as the birthplace of the “free and independent State of Vermont” Windsor’s Historic District includes its “Old Constitution House,” the American Precision Museum (birthplace of the interchangeable parts concept for the machine tool trades) and numerous historically noted homes and markers.

White River Junction VermontArrival Day B: Free Day in White River Junction. Dine, Shop, Relax. Spend 1 night.

You may arrive in White River Junction at the time of your choosing, as there are no activities planned for your arrival day. Of course, the earlier you arrive, the more time you have to take advantage of the sights and charms of this “on the rise” hip gateway to the Upper Valley. White River Junction gets its name from its bygone heyday as a major junction of north-south and east-west railroad lines. In addition, the town sits at the confluence of the White and Connecticut Rivers. Today, commerce in WRJ has taken on a different form which has attracted a young, hip crowd looking for trendy restaurants, lively bars, chic boutiques and cutting edge theater.

Stage One

White River Junction VermontStage 1 A: Cycle from Windsor to White River Junction – Distance:  25 miles. Spend 1 night.

The ride on this day includes a wide variety of cycling terrains as you traverse beautiful Vermont landscapes. You’ll depart the Windsor area by way of gentle rolling hills dotted by horse farms and agriculture. Once you’ve had the opportunity to warm-up, you’re cycling mettled will be challenged somewhat as the degree of ups and downs increase for a few miles but, your efforts will be rewarded with even more gorgeous panoramic views.

About a third of the way into the day’s route, the terrain flattens and you’ll enjoy relatively easy cycling for the remainder of your ride into White River Junction as you pass through the sleepy village of Brownsville, small family-owned dairy farms, residential areas and finally the commercial and then, downtown areas of White River Junction.  For more information about WRJ, see the description able (Option B Arriva Day).

Quechee Falls VermontStage 1 B: Cycle from White River Junction to Quechee – Distance: 14.5 miles. Spend 1 or more nights.

Your ride on this day begins with a relatively long stretch of flat leisurely cycling paralleling the White River. As you head west, you’ll enjoy the tranquil sights and sounds of riverside meadows with grazing livestock and fertile farmland. About half way through your ride, you’ll turn southbound toward the delightful village of Quechee. As you cease to follow the White River, you’ll climb into the hills surrounding Quechee and then, for the remainder of your ride, you’ll enjoy the ups and downs of those rolling hills and the reward for your climbing efforts will be the beautiful green vistas of the Upper Valley.

Because the required mileage on this day is relatively low, for those who are staying in Quechee for only one night, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy its major attractions. From the natural beauty of the Quechee Gorge to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (home of a wide variety of magnificent raptors and other birds of prey), to the world renowned home of Simon Pearce Glass Works Studio and Restaurant overlooking the Quechee Covered Bridge, there’s plenty to do AND you’ll be able to traverse your way between sights by way the Ottauquechee River Trail and the Quechee State Park Trail System

For those who choose to stay in Quechee more than one night, an additional scenic loop from Quechee is available.

Stage Two

Quechee Bridge VermontStage 2 A: Cycle from White River Junction to Quechee – Distance:  14.5 miles. Spend 1 or more nights.

Your ride on this day begins with a relatively long stretch of flat leisurely cycling paralleling the White River. As you head west, you’ll enjoy the tranquil sights and sounds of riverside meadows with grazing livestock and fertile farmland. About half way through your ride, you’ll turn southbound toward the delightful village of Quechee. As you cease to follow the White River, you’ll climb into the hills 

Quechee Gorge Vermont

surrounding Quechee and then, for the remainder of your ride, you’ll enjoy the ups and downs of those rolling hills and the reward for your climbing efforts will be the beautiful green vistas of the Upper Valley.

Because the required mileage on this day is relatively low, for those who are staying in Quechee for only one night, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy its major attractions. From the natural beauty of the Quechee Gorge to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (home of a wide variety of magnificent raptors and other birds of prey), to the world renowned home of Simon Pearce Glass Works Studio and Restaurant overlooking the Quechee Covered Bridge, there’s plenty to do AND you’ll be able to traverse your way between sights by way the Ottauquechee River Trail and the Quechee State Park Trail System

For those who choose to stay in Quechee more than one night, an additional scenic loop from Quechee is available.

Woodstock VermontStage 2 B: Walk from Quechee to Woodstock – Distance:  9.7 miles. Spend 1 or more nights.

You’ll begin today’s walk on the Ottauquechee Trail passing a waterfall, an historic mill, wetlands, the Quechee Covered Bridge and Lake Pinneo of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association. From the trail, you’ll connect to a lovely, unpaved, shaded road paralleling the Ottauquechee River. At the start of this portion of your walk, you’ll be Woodstock Vermontdelighted to find another waterfall, historic covered bridge and general store. On your way into Woodstock, you’ll past beautiful riverside estates, Billings Farm and Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park (guided tours available).

Stage Three

Woodstock VermontStage 3 A: Cycle from Quechee to South Woodstock – Distance: 15 miles. Spend 1 night.

You’ll begin today’s ride by passing through the historic mill section of the village of Quechee and continuing on through Quechee Lakes region. After several miles of leisurely cycling, you’ll connect to a lovely, unpaved, shaded road paralleling the Ottauquechee River. At the start of this portion of your ride, you’ll be delighted to find waterfall, historic 

South Woodstock Vermont

covered bridge and general store. After stopping to enjoy the sites, you’ll be on your way into Woodstock passing beautiful riverside estates.

In Woodstock, be sure to stop on the historic village green to take in the scenery of this magnificently preserved New England town, check-out a couple of the great shops (may we suggest the Vermont Flannel Company), and stop for a delicious lunch at one of the town’s great restaurants (Bentleys is a perennial favorite of visitors and locals alike).

Departing Woodstock, you’ll head southward passing the lovely Woodstock Country Club and enjoying slightly rolling hills with wonderful rural scenery as you approach the Kedron Valley, also known a horse country.

Woodstock VermontStage 3 B: Walk from Woodstock to South Woodstock – Distance: 7 miles. Spend 1 night

You’ll begin today’s walk by crossing the Ottauquechee River and heading westward on its southbank passing lovely Woodstock homes along a tranquil, shaded dirt road. After several miles, you’ll turn southward continuing down historic roads on gently Woodstock Vermontrolling hills. You’ll pass idyllic scenes of grazing cows on lush green hills lined with ancient stone walls. As you approach your destination, you’ll descend into the verdant Kedron Valley with its historic homes and horse farms.

Stage Four

Brownsville VermontStage 4 A/B: Cycle from South Woodstock to your Point of Arrival- Distance: 23 / 31 miles. Spend 1 night.

You’ll begin the day cycling further south along slightly rolling hills shaded by this forest on either side of the road. For much of the way, you will also enjoy the gurgling of the stream to your right. As the forest gives way to open pastures and farmland, you’ll begin to glimpse Mt Ascutney VermontMt. Ascutney and soon, as you begin to head east, you’ll cycle in its shadow for many miles along quiet dirt roads, through a covered bridge over a lazy meandering river and then, back to gently rolling hills with green pastures on either side, farms and tiny hamlets. Finally, you’ll begin your descent back into the Connecticut River Valley to your destination.