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Biking

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Biking

Planning to spend 1 full day biking from the Homewood Suites. Can you access the trails from the hotel without having to hop in the car? Interested in some stops along the way...brewery? lunch? island hopping... What route would you recommend? We'll likely be good for about 50 km or so.

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1. Re: Biking

Yes you can totally bike from the Homewood Suites and get to some good riding, but there can be a lot of traffic on the roads around the hotel so you do need to be careful coming and going. Weekend mornings are relatively quiet whereas weekday mornings and afternoons can be pretty heavy traffic (relatively speaking for Vermont). Williston Road does have a bike lane heading down to Burlington but it's sort of tricky going over the bridge over the interstate so just be careful and watch for cars.

Probably one of Burlington's most popular rides is to ride downtown and get on the bike path along the waterfront and head north. You can then bike out on the causeway, essentially across the lake, and take a small ferry across a gap in the causeway, and get to the Islands. https://goo.gl/maps/Mqm7WmvEGhz (FYI, the causeway and ferry is closed right now but should be bake open in July). You can then bike as far as you want continuing north before returning the way you came. The downside of this route is there's really not a great stop for food. The only good restaurant in South Hero is Blue Paddle Bistro and they are only open for dinner.

Another option for a very different ride would be heading south on Dorset Street from your hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/gypNLHnNE142 Dorset streets gets into very rural farm land in just a few miles, and is relatively quiet compared to like Hinesburg Road (Route 116) and Shelburne Road (Route 7) which parallel it. Once you get down into Charlotte there are so many different ways to go, and crossing over Route 7 down toward the lake is some of the nicest riding in the whole area, in my opinion. A great ride would be to find a loop down this way that takes you by Fiddleheald Brewery and Folino's flatbread pizza for lunch. https://goo.gl/maps/ees7e43rpnv

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2. Re: Biking

Thanks so much Adm_VT! That is great info. & the links are really helpful!

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