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3 Days Guided Cycling Holiday in Vermont, USA

Ranney-Crawford House Bed and Breakfast, 1097 Westminster W. Road, Putney, Vermont, USA

Exciting Cycling Holiday in USA

Need a vacation but no time for the standard two weeks of a vacation holiday? Consider a weekend biking getaway, cycling on the quiet scenic roads and trails of southeastern Vermont. The house you will stay at is perfect for your Vermont vacation getaway, and, coupled with the opportunity to ride your bike, touring from the Ranney-Crawford House will work your muscles while refreshing your mind.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: From gently rolling to very steep
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day), moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, as the moderate level means that they will cycle around 30 to 40 km per day), challenging (Cyclist needs to have a high level of fitness and must be an active rider)
  • Type of bike: Road bike

Highlights

  • Cycling in scenic roads
  • Chance to relax in a wonderful setting
  • Pass through the stunning Southeastern Vermont views
  • Services of a guide on the trip
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Free support van help
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

On this holiday, you will be provided two nights of accommodation at the Ranney-Crawford House. You can choose from four beautifully appointed rooms and enjoy old world-charm with modern amenities, including Wi-Fi. The rooms have queen size beds and roll away beds available. All rooms have air conditioning, private baths, and free Wi-Fi.

The Ranney-Crawford House, a Putney, Vermont bed and breakfast, is a two centuries old brick Federal manor house built by Elijah Ranney and his wife Lydia Crawford Ranney on land purchased in 1786 from James Crawford to replace the wooden farm house that first stood on the property.

Elijah, who was deacon of the nearby Westminster West Congregational Church where he and is wife are buried, became wealthy by shipping farm produce down the Connecticut River to Connecticut.

This allowed them the means to construct their elegant home with Palladian windows, Rumford fireplaces, fine woodwork, and wainscotting. Although lovingly restored, it retains much of its early 19th century charm and elegance. The Ranney-Crawford House Bed and Breakfast offers elegant accommodations and lodging.

Spend the night in bright, airy bedrooms, each with private bath and air conditioning, and some with fireplaces.

Elijah’s room

Elijah's room is large and airy with a comfortable four poster queen bed and a sitting area. Soft morning sunlight filters in through the northeast windows. Peek under the bed and find a comfortable trundle bed for an additional guest. Elijah's room is perfect for your Vermont getaway.

Lydia’s room

Lydia's room is romantic and warm, filled with morning sunlight. It is furnished with a comfortable pencil post queen bed and luxurious bed linens. It is lovely setting for a perfect Vermont honeymoon. Lift the dust ruffle and find a comfortable trundle bed for an additional guest.

Elizabeth's room

Elizabeth's room offers a comfortable queen bed, country charm, and wonderful views. You can have a view of the patio, distant fields, and enjoy fragrant lilac bushes from your window. Enjoy watching an occasional cow graze in the meadow.

Grace's room

Grace's room, tucked away in a quiet corner of the house, is a favorite with many guests. It offers charm, comfort, and lovely view of the patio and meadow. Enjoy relaxing in your own soaking tub, perfect for a day of outdoor activity, then sink into a comfy bed for a quiet nap. Peek out the window for a view of our meadow with occasionally visiting cows.%On this holiday, you will be provided two nights of accommodation at the Ranney-Crawford House. You can choose from four beautifully appointed rooms and enjoy old world-charm with modern amenities, including Wi-Fi. The rooms have queen size beds and roll away beds available. All rooms have air conditioning, private baths, and free Wi-Fi.

Program

Ride the well-paved scenic roads of Southeastern Vermont and New Hampshire, starting at the Ranney-Crawford House. Arnie has cue sheet directions for road bike and mountain biking rides ranging from ten to over one hundred miles for guided tours. Terrain varies from gently rolling to very steep.

There are organized group rides and day long bicycling tours available. Arnie loves to show people the cyclists view of the Vermont countryside. There can also be special arrangements for cycling clubs and groups interested in weekend club rides and tours. If sufficient notice is given, larger groups can stay in nearby lodging while using the Ranney-Crawford house as a central meeting place.

If you would rather be on dirt roads and trails, Putney is famous for its stunning mountain views and forest greenery. Arnie has prepared cue sheets for non-technical scenic back roads as well as some more technical trails. Bicyclists will especially enjoy cycling in the Putney area. Spring, summer, and autumn provide terrific bicycling conditions.

Well-paved country roads offer a variety of road biking from the front door in addition to the mountain biking trails and dirt roads for which Putney is famous. Ride on your own, with the cue sheets, or join a group ride. Whether it is road or trail cycling, the Ranney-Crawford House is the place to stay in southern Vermont for your Vermont getaway.

You will enjoy some of New England's best road and mountain biking. Here are some reasons why you should choose Vermont's Ranney-Crawford House Bed and Breakfast for your Southeastern Vermont bicycling tours.

  • Free cycling cue sheets for both road and mountain bike rides from the front door ranging from ten to 100 miles and more
  • Free support van help that is only a phone call away
  • Arnie, your host, would be happy to personally lead bicycling tours, just ask him (free of charge)
  • Bring your own bike or rent one nearby (25 USD for road bike and 20 USD for mountain bike) per day
  • Free help with minor bike repairs and adjustments

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Vermont, USA. The Ranney-Crawford House is a wonderful bed and breakfast to stay while visiting Putney and Saxtons River's renowned schools such as the Putney School, Landmark College, Vermont Academy, Greenwood School, and the Village Arts of Putney. Southern Vermont travel at its best.

Situated amidst flowering gardens and lawns, as well as some of the original fields first farmed by the Ranneys and still farmed by their ancestors, on the scenic Westminster West Road, it is only a short drive to the village of Putney. It is only a few miles from the Putney School, Landmark College, Vermont Academy, Greenwood School, and the Village Arts of Putney

This idyllic setting is just minutes away from local attractions: enjoy hiking and cross-country skiing on local trails. This is a wonderful setting to enjoy your Vermont getaway or Vermont honeymoon. The Ranney-Crawford House is only a short trip to Mount Snow, Okemo, and Stratton Mountain for downhill skiing enthusiasts.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming

General

  • Garden

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Enjoy a three-course gourmet breakfast made with home-garden grown vegetables. Big farm fresh gourmet cyclists’ breakfast and after ride snacks on the patio will be provided. A hearty country breakfast will be served in the formal dining room or outdoors on the patio.

Guests rave about the specialties, including several varieties of homemade biscotti to enjoy with coffee, as well as omelettes and frittatas filled with fresh vegetables from the garden. Naturally, pancakes or French toast are staples to enjoy with pure Vermont maple syrup.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy a refreshing swim in a secluded pristine swimming hole a short distance from the Ranney-Crawford House
  • Explore Southeastern Vermont's famous scenery, foliage, arts and crafts, music and theatre
  • Hike to the top of Putney Mountain or the Pinnacle, where the views are breathtaking
  • Visit Putney or downtown Brattleboro, Vermont for shopping, browsing the antique shops and local artisan studios, fine dining, theatre, and music (including the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Sandglass theater and Next Stage theater arts project)

Local attractions and schools

Landmark College

When Windham College of Putney, VT closed in 1978, the townspeople of Putney felt strongly that they wanted the campus to remain an institution of higher learning. Now, students learn skills that will enable them to be successful students and citizens. In addition, Landmark College shares its expertise with educators from all over the world.

The National Institute Workshops offers courses and training opportunities for teachers to learn how to empower their students to be more successful and confident.

The Putney School

The Putney School is located about three miles from The Ranney-Crawford House Bed and Breakfast. Landmark College began as the vision Dr. Charles Drake who wanted to provide students with specific learning disabilities a liberal arts education. It is situated on the former site of Windham College, and land of the Abenaki Native American tribe.

Vermont Academy

For 129 years, Vermont Academy has been educating boys and girls at their beautiful campus in Saxtons River, Vermont. Vermont Academy offers small classes, individual attention and a rigorous curriculum.

In addition, students have opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of sports and recreational activities. Saxtons River is a village that reflects Vermont of old, sleepy, quiet, and relaxing and is a vibrant community at the same time. The Vermont Academy hosts the FASEB scientific conference each summer which attracts internationally renowned scientists.

Greenwood School

Greenwood is a boarding school in Southern Vermont dedicated to taking bright and talented boys with learning differences and learning disabilities (LD) such as dyslexia, attentional difficulties (ADD / ADHD), or executive functioning deficits and empowering them with the skills and strategies necessary to bridge the gap between their outstanding promise and present abilities.

A comprehensive 3-year pre-preparatory middle school academic program, including science, history, art, literature, music, and athletics, assures students are intellectually challenged, creatively inspired, and factually informed.

Basketville

Although the name “Basketville” was invented in the 1940's, the company's roots go back to 1842. It has always been a family-owned and operated business in Vermont. Today, the family workshop and corporate headquarters are in Putney, Vermont, and the family's love of baskets of all kinds has led to expansion on an international scale.

Basketville weaves baskets in its own workshop in China, and imports baskets from around the world. Basketville's earliest baskets were made for chores around the farm and homestead: harvesting, hauling, and storing. Each Basketville basket is woven by hand according to methods that go back to the early settlers, who learned from Native American weavers.

Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene, NH

Have you ever seen thousands of jack-o-lanterns all grinning back at once? At the Downtown Keene Pumpkin Festival, that is exactly what you will see! Towers of pumpkins fill the downtown skies with grinning, funny, and scary faces. The Pumpkin Festival is clearly the most famous of the Center Stage Cheshire County events.

The festival has been featured on CNN Headline News as well as many network stations throughout the United States. The festival brings record crowds to Keene's Downtown. It has also won recognition from the Guinness Book for the largest number of lit jack-o-lanterns in one place at one time in the entire world.

Grafton Ponds Skiing

Skiing is offered on more than 30 kilometers of snow cat groomed trails on 2,000 acres of diverse landscape. The ski center is open daily from 09:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. All trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Snowmaking also covers close to 5 kilometers of trail to guarantee great skiing anytime.

The snowshoe trails includes 15 kilometers of specific trails that weave throughout the ski area. Trails range from easy to difficult with one of the higher trails wandering through the wilderness atop Bear Hill Summit. Snow Tubing is one of the most exciting activities at Grafton Ponds. From age two to 72, snow tubers follow no stereotype.

It is the thrill of speeding down a hill that lures many visitors to Grafton Ponds. Their ice skating rink is on one of two natural ponds at Grafton Ponds. Set about 75 yards from the lodge, this pond is surrounded by meadows and mountains and offers beautiful views.

What's included

  • Cycling tour of Southeastern Vermont
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Services of a guide
  • Daily breakfast
  • 9% Vermont meals and lodging tax

How to get there

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Driving directions from Exit 4 Ramp

  • From the exit 4 ramp, head toward Rt. 5 North and then continue on Rt. 5 to Putney Village. About a half mile, if you pass Basketville, you have gone too far on Rt 5.
  • At Kimball Hill, turn left and go 4.6 miles toward Westminster West (pass welcome to Westminster West sign).
  • The Ranney-Crawford House is the brick Federal manor house on the left with the Ranney-Crawford sign in front.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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