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Explore the Smugglers' Area and Beyond!

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Lake Champlain Sailing Adventures
Available daily - reservation required

Set sail from Burlington, VT with Whistling Man Schooner Company for two hours aboard their iconic and historic sailing sloops, Friend Ship and Wild Rose. Enjoy the relaxation of Lake Champlain and its stunning views with friends and family. A perfect afternoon excursion for groups of two to twelve looking to try something new or to just sit back, relax, and enjoy all that Lake Champlain has to offer. Bring your own picnic, drinks(alcohol allowed), and a spirit of adventure as knowledgeable and friendly captains and crew serve up interesting local stories and top-notch customer service. Make a reservation or get more information by clicking here or calling 802-825-7245
Fall Foliage E-Bike Tour
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Leaf peep in a whole new way! Lamoille Valley Bike Tours invites you to step out of your car and onto a comfortable electric bike to view the spectacular beauty of Vermont’s foliage up close and personal with a self guided E-bike adventure on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. This 93 mile car-free trail sports a working farm landscape, sweeping fields of flowers, beautiful and wild river plain, and breathtaking mountainous scenery in the summer. By Fall the brilliant colors of Autumn’s foliage add to this for an unforgettable experience! Our self-guided Foliage Adventure Tours are designed to be flexible and give you the opportunity to explore the best parts of the trail at your own pace. Guests will receive a trail Ride Guide highlighting all the restaurants, shops, breweries and attractions on and nearby the trail. Our E-bikes provide a smooth ride that allows plenty of energy for adventure for all ages 10-100! Try picnicking by the river or on a scenic area of the trail. Plan your day around some shopping and dining or bike as much of the trail as you can fit into your tour time and catch as much of those foliage views as possible! $75 per person. Meet at Lamoille Valley Bike Tour’s rail trail location of 19 Creamery Street, Johnson VT.
Covered Bridge Fall Foliage Tour
Thursday, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Historic, rustic covered bridges abound in Vermont and there’s no better time to view them than during this state’s colorful and most reputable time of year, fall foliage season! Stretching across sparkling rivers reflecting the colors of autumn and nestled in the foreground of Vermont’s mountains and tree lined roads, the covered bridges and route experienced on this tour provide an authentic Vermont flavor all its own. Explore 5-6 covered bridges as we travel beyond the village destination hubs for incredible foliage scenery, photographic opportunities, and birding and wildlife views. Guests will be transported in our 14-passenger shuttle and have the opportunity to step out and explore, take photographs and learn some of the local history of our area. Stops include quaint covered bridges, prime foliage viewing areas and we finish the tour with a stop at the Vermont Maple Outlet for a delicious creemee or gift to bring home!

All ages welcome. $65 per person, $45 per child under 10. Tours meet at the welcome sign and begin promptly at 9:00 am. Advance registration required, minimum 4 passengers. Taxes and gratuities are not included in the listed price. Contact Vermont Custom Tours at 802-730-4810 to request a tour for another day or for larger groups!
Fall Foliage E-bike and Brew Tour
Thursday & Friday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Beer and Bikes, two of man's greatest inventions! We bring the two together with a self-guided foliage adventure EBike tour unlike anything you've ever experienced. Visit four breweries by electric bike almost exclusively on the car-free Lamoille Valley Rail Trail! Brewery stops include Rock Art Brewery, Ten Bends Beer, Soulmate Brewing Company and Lost Nation Restaurant and Brewery. Enjoy the beautiful, car-free trail scenery of mountains and wild river valleys decked out in its Fall foliage finery and visit the breweries at your own time and pace. Grab a bite to eat while you're at Lost Nation or any of the other great eateries on and nearby the trail! In addition to your EBike transportation, guests will have turn by turn directions for your group ready to be mounted on the handlebar of your bike so that you may explore the trail, the breweries, and sample at your leisure. $85 per person. Meet at Lamoille Valley Bike Tours trailside location 19 Creamery Street, Johnson VT.
Northern VT Craft Brewery Tour
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

With close to a decade of experience executing local Brewery Tours we know the route and we know the beer! Vermont is well known as the craft brew capital of the country. We’ll show you why with stops at up to five local craft breweries where guests get a chance to experience expertly produced quality ales, brewed in all different styles and methods. Breweries can include: Red Leaf, Ten Bends Beer, Soulmate Brewing Company, Lost Nation Brewery and the nationally famous Rock Art Brewery. We will provide the transportation so you can relax and enjoy the adventure! Our guides will not only transport you to the breweries in our fun 14-passenger shuttle but will entertain you with local knowledge and insight of the area and information on the history and operations of the breweries. At the breweries guests will have the opportunity to enjoy samples on their own and learn more about the craft brews, browse and purchase in the gift shops and leave feeling like a craft brew connoisseur!

Ages 21 & older only. $70 per person. Tours meet at the welcome sign and being promptly at noon. Advance registration required, minimum 4 passengers. Taxes and gratuities are not included in the listed price. Contact Vermont Custom Tours at 802-730-4810 to request a tour for another day or for larger groups!
Things you can easily see and do on your own within a 30 minute drive...
  • Shop in nearby Jeffersonville & Cambridge for Vermont crafts, gifts, quilts & antiques, maple products, country general store, and local fine arts galleries
  • Enjoy a vineyard & winery tour at the Boyden Valley Winery
  • Golf at several area courses
  • Canoe or fish the Lamoille River
  • Discover centuries-old covered bridges
  • Drive through spectacular Smugglers' Notch Pass
  • Explore historic Stowe - specialty shops, fine dining, antiques
  • Visit the famous Trapp Family Lodge

or within an hour you can...
  • Explore the City of Burlington
  • Tour Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
  • Visit the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
  • Tour historic Shelburne Museum Americana at its best
  • Shop at The Essex Outlet Shops
  • Test your willpower at Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • Sample treats at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Tour the Vermont Cabot Creamery
  • Explore the ECHO Center Burlington Waterfront Aquarium & Science Center
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