6 Day Inn Tour
Meet: Asheville, NC
Terrain: Rolling terrain with some longer climbs. Moderate to advanced cycling level.
Trip Price: TBD
Includes: 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 picnic and sack lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, van support, cue sheets and trained guides.
Travel Arrangements: Fly in and out of the Asheville, NC airport and then take a taxi to our starting hotel. We will provide a complimentary shuttle back to the airport at the end of the tour by 2:00pm.
Single Upgrade: TBD
Rental Bike: $175
Tour Lodging (subject to change):
Developed by our guide Kimberly who lives in Asheville, this tour is full of the most beautiful winding country roads that only a local would know. Our bicycling routes cut through the valleys, follow along rivers and lead to small hidden country inns where we’ll spend our overnights.
DAY 1: We begin our tour in Asheville, North Carolina, named as the best Southern town by Outside magazine for its multitude of available outdoor activities. We meet at 3:30pm for a rental bike fitting, 5:30pm for an orientation and 6:30pm for dinner.
Located right downtown, our starting hotel was once an Ivey’s Department Store and has since been renovated into one of Asheville’s finest properties. If you arrive early, take the time to stroll along the historic streets lined with art galleries and sidewalk cafés. If you’re a fan of the novelist Thomas Wolfe, you can visit his boyhood home here also. 0 miles.
DAY 2: Our first day of biking brings a little of everything. We’ll explore the hills surrounding Asheville, cycle along the French Broad River and visit the college town of Mars Hill for lunch. After lunch, we run into “The Wall” which is a short walk for most cyclists. We’ll overnight in the quaint town of Burnsville beneath the shadow of Mt. Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. 48 miles.
DAY 3: After a wonderful breakfast, we’ll cycle along winding Jack’s Creek Road until we reach the Toe River. Our beautiful ride along the scenic river will take us to Double Island and then into our inn for the evening. We’ll be rewarded with optional stops at art studios and galleries all day long and breathtaking vistas all along the way. 39 miles.
DAY 4: We start our day by cycling along the foothills of the Black Mountains. Then we’ll bike a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Constructed to connect Shenandoah National Park with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this 469-mile scenic highway is renown for its beauty. Be sure to pull into some of the overlooks for some fantastic views.
We’ll stop in Little Switzerland for lunch and then it’s on to Bakersville for our overnight. For dinner, we’ll visit the Penland School of Crafts and learn how the faculty at this beautiful facility teaches others to enrich our lives through craft. 43 miles.
DAY 5: Our ride to a picnic lunch today is mostly flat but exceptionally scenic as we bike along Cane River and through Reems Creek Valley. We’re even treated with a descent down the same “Wall” that we met earlier in the week. Then it’s on to Weaverville, just a short distance from the bustling Asheville, but a world away in terms of its small-town, friendly atmosphere. 36 or 60 miles.
DAY 6: Our last day of cycling takes us through some more quiet, winding roads through the Pisgah National Forest back to our starting hotel in Asheville. After a final picnic lunch, we’ll say our good-byes to the Blue Ridge. Then we’ll provide a shuttle to the airport, arriving by 2:00pm. 14 or 18 miles.