Rhode Island, Newport, Block Island & Mystic Seaport
$835 per person
Coming back Sept.29- Oct. 4, 2013
New England bicycle vacation exploring Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, Block Island and historic Newport! This Fall tour includes quiet coastlines dotted with beaches, quaint villages and lovely countryside, Mystic Seaport, a day on unspoiled Block Island, and two days in famous Newport!
Showing off our gourmet dinner!
Suzie and Roger will be leading a 31 mile ride for those that arrive by 1 p.m. to visit the Rhode Island countryside, Watch Hill and some of the lovely beaches bordering the Block Island sound.
That evening we'll enjoy a gourmet Welcome Dinner and chat with our new cycling friends about the week's events.
Tall ships at Mystic Seaport museum.
Monday, after a full breakfast (40 miles or 50 miles), we dip south and follow the lovely beaches and waterfronts of the Block Island Sound into Connecticut.
Following the coast, we'll bicycle through the Barn Island WMA and south into the charming fishing village of Stonington.
After a visit to the town's Pearl street and beautiful harbor, we'll head west to famous Mystic Seaport. Settled in the 1650's, Mystic is known today for its maritime heritage.
Posing at the bay in historic Noank
Cyclists can enjoy its living village and wonderful maritime museum where you can climb aboard tall ships.
Or, you can just explore the historic downtown of sea captain's homes that look out on the river and grab a bite at legendary Mystic Pizza.
From Mystic, cyclists can opt to put in more miles and pedal west to discover quaint Noank and Groton - Long Point, then follow the Mystic River Road into the beautiful Connecticut countryside with a visit to Old Mystic and famous BF Clydes 1881 Cider Mill.
We end our Monday with another scrumptious dinner at the Pleasant View Inn.
Block Island has an abundance of great beaches and views.
Tuesday, we enjoy breakfast and travel east (20 miles) to catch the morning ferry to Block Island.
With its 17 miles of beautiful beach and stunning vistas, the island is a tourist mecca in the summer. However, it will be ours to quietly enjoy in the mid-week.
Block Island offers miles and miles of trails and cycling roads to explore. It's a place that moves at its own pace and is known for a relaxed way of life, where "dressed up" means a pair of shorts.
We'll be the exclusive guests of the historic Water Street Inn, just steps from the ferry, and enjoy it as our day and night "anchor" while exploring the beauty and sights of this wonderful island.
To Newport (25 or 46 miles)
A smile crossing the Jamestown Bridge — fun!
We enjoy a hearty breakfast overlooking the Block Island harbor and ferry back to Point Judith.
Some cyclists will opt to follow our cycle route to some of the island's beautiful sights while others may want to head right to lunch at Jamestown's historic downtown.
A short hop by bus over the Newport Bridge brings us harborside and to our beautiful lodging at the Americas Cup Inn.
Day Off in Newport (33 miles or on your own)
We'll enjoy all of Thursday- whether on two wheels or two feet- to partake of Newport's renown beauty - tour along breathtaking Ocean Dr., walk along famous Cliff Walk, experience the fabulous beaches and harbor, and visit the many historical sights and great mansions built by 19th century industrialists.
Our group celebrates this evening with a farewell dinner!
This will not be my last ride with you It was great meeting the group, food was wonderful, I learned alot, and what a great way to travel! Thank you both so much for your time and enthusiasm.
~ Your fellow cyclist, Vanessa Leal
Back to Westerly (37 miles)
Friday morning, we'll enjoy a lovely breakfast at the Americas Cup and head back over the Newport bridge. Today's ride takes us through some rolling and wooded Rhode Island countryside back to Misquamicut Beach.
The RI/Connecticut terrain is gently rolling with some short hills in the countryside and best suited for an athletic recreational rider who has been road training, and intermediate cyclists. Even though some days offer shorter options, we advise cyclists to be prepared for cycling 40 miles per day.
Rhode Island is easily accessible by car. For those wishing to fly to the trip start, we offer an evening shuttle on September 25 and a morning shuttle on September 26 from Providence T.F. Green Airport. We also offer an evening return shuttle on Friday, October 1.
Please visit our Trip Information page for general trip information and registration information.
Upon registration we will send you a Welcome Letter full of pre-trip details including how to get you and bike to the trip start, bike rentals, suggestions on packing, trip area and contact information, cycling and travel websites to enhance your trip experience, etc.
We are always happy to receive your e-mails or calls if you have any questions!
- Five nights lodging at beachside resorts and inns.
- Five hearty breakfasts and four wonderful dinners.
- Ferry and bicycle transport to Block Island & Newport.
- Support van, luggage transport and ride leaders on route.
- Ride packet with cue sheets, maps & items of interest.