6 Day Inn Tour
Meet: North Conway, NH
Terrain: Rolling terrain with some longer climbs. Moderate to advanced cycling level.
Includes: 5 nights lodging in double occupancy rooms, 5 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 4 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, van support & trained guides.
Travel Arrangements: Fly into and out of the Boston Logan airport and take the Concord Coach to North Conway. Or fly to the Portland, ME airport and take the WomanTours shuttle at 2pm to our starting hotel for $50 round-trip. We will shuttle you back to the airport at the end of the tour by 2pm. Or drive and leave your car at our starting hotel for the duration of the tour.
Rental Bike: $175
Tour Lodging (subject to change):
The picturesque White Mountains offer a wonderful opportunity for some challenging cycling. Home to the highest peak in the northeastern U.S, the area has smooth roads with wide shoulders, grand hotels with vast vistas, and New Hampshire-made maple syrup available at every turn. Don’t let this tour’s advanced rating scare you. With a couple short shuttles, we can help you miss the most challenging climbs. You’ll still be rewarded with amazing scenery each day and luxurious lodging each night. Join us!
DAY 1: We meet at the beautiful White Mountain Hotel just outside of North Conway, NH. It is situated at the base of White Horse Ledge, a wall of stunning granite, famous in the area among rock climbers. We’ll start our rental bike fitting at 4:00pm and then have an orientation at 5:30pm, followed by dinner. If you’ve arrived early, feel free to take a dip in the outdoor pool, play a round of golf or hike to Echo Lake. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After breakfast, we start by cycling along the Swift River into the White Mountain National Forest. Gently rolling terrain takes us to our first covered bridge of the tour. Built in 1858, it still shelters vehicles over the river. Then we’ll stop at the Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge scenic areas for a dip in the beautiful rushing stream.
They call them “notches” in New Hampshire and we will have our first picnic lunch after we climb and descend Bear Mountain Notch today. It’s easy to make this climb a moderate one by letting us shuttle you over the short but steep section toward the top. The view of Mt. Chocorua with its pointed rock top is worth the trip.
We should find ourselves back at the hotel with time to relax before heading into town for dinner and a chance to browse Main Street. If you like museums, visit the Mount Washington Weather Discovery Center to learn about weather in one of the most extreme places on earth. If you like to shop, go ahead and buy something, as it’s all tax-free in New Hampshire! 39 miles.
DAY 3: Today we cycle along the Saco River and catch our first glimpse of Mt. Washington. At an elevation of 6288’, it’s the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. We’ll bike by the Appalachian Trail and probably meet hikers on their 2180-mile journey to Maine from Georgia. When we reach Crawford Notch, we’ll have a picnic lunch and celebrate our accomplishment.
Again, for a more moderate day, it’s easy to shuttle over the short steep section.
After a wonderful descent, we’ll cycle to the historic Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa where we’ll stay the next two nights. This hotel is grand in every way. Its history goes back 150 years, its windmill provides 100% of the hotel’s power, and its huge porch overlooks a stunning 180° view of the White Mountains. Sit in a rocking chair with a glass of wine or iced tea after dinner and watch the moon rise over the Presidential Range. 47 miles.
DAY 4: Today’s recovery ride will give us a break from the notches and show us the quiet, rural countryside of New Hampshire. We will cycle along the peaceful Connecticut River that serves as the border with Vermont, and we’ll visit two more covered bridges. Stop in the town of Lancaster for lunch on your own and learn about the mills, carriage factory and granite quarry that used to operate here.
Then head back to our hotel and borrow a free tennis racquet to play a match, swim in one of the indoor or outdoor pools, take a fitness class, learn to throw an axe, get a massage, or tour the working fiber farm. The resort’s barn is full of sheep, goats, rabbits and chickens. 30 miles.
DAY 5: We’ll continue our ride around the White Mountains today by cycling alongside the Peabody River. We’ll reach the base of Mt. Washington and have a picnic lunch. From there, you can choose to shuttle or climb the next three miles to the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at the summit. It has an impressive diorama of the mountain range we will have just circled on our bikes. Then you can enjoy the ride down alongside the Ellis River to our next historic hotel. We’ll have our last dinner together overlooking beautiful Black Mountain. 47 miles.
DAY 6: In the morning, our last ride will take us back to our good-byes and then shuttle back to the Portland airport arriving by 2:00pm. 15 miles.
"Excellent climbing. Loved it. Beautiful, grand hotels. Wonderful, great food. Wonderful guides, both Sid and Jen. I love WT. I think you all are top notch."
Kit F., Nantucket, MA