Christmas 2017 Newsletter

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Happy Holidays

The spirit of the holidays is everywhere.  Boston is pretty at all times of the year but it has a special appeal on a snowy night during the holidays.  We love this view of Boston's Commonwealth Ave. decorated for the season.  It won't look quite like that in September when we roll in on the Berkshires to Boston Sunset Tour.  Instead, the city will be leafy, warm and wonderful as our riders finish up their cross-Massachusetts tour in this historic city.

This month's newsletter is focused on the final Berkshires to Boston Tour.   We've been getting a lot of calls from riders who have had the tour on their "must-do" list for awhile and now realize that 2018 is the final opportunity.  Space will be limited to 160 riders and we expect to sell out.  Register early!  Registration opens at 8AM EST on New Year's Day 2018.


History

 Berkshires to Boston Riders pass the Old State House in Boston

Berkshires to Boston Riders pass the Old State House in Boston

When you ride in Massachusetts, you experience history from your handlebars.  From our gathering at Hancock Shaker Village to our final night near the docked USS Constitution, Massachusetts' rich history is on display around every bend in the road.

 Camping among the historic buildings at Hancock Shaker Village

Camping among the historic buildings at Hancock Shaker Village

Part of our route follows the line of march of the Acton Minutemen as they hurried to the North Bridge in Concord at the start of the Revolutionary War.  In other parts of the state our route follows historic stage coach routes or railroad lines.  And everywhere, nearly 400 years of the Commonwealth's history is the backdrop for your cross-state tour.  Learn more about the Berkshires to Boston route at scene from the saddle.

 

 

 


Scenery

Massachusetts is the prettiest state in America.  We're happy to prove it on a route that incorporates four scenic byways, recognized by the Commonwealth for their scenic character and their slow pace.  We've designed this route to be the ideal blend of low traffic, charming communities and scenic, cycling-scale roadways.

 Rolling through the Berkshires on Thursday

Rolling through the Berkshires on Thursday


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Food

We know that some bicycle tours serve a version of cafeteria cuisine.  We believe that food is an important part of the tour experience and work with some of the best caterers and chefs around to provide food that is really special.  From Savory Harvest's opening night dinner to regionally-famous Bub's BBQ to the excellent buffet at the Devens Common Center, each dinner is memorable.  And on Saturday night, you're on your own to explore Boston's culinary neighborhoods like the North End.  

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In addition, our route is rich with daily "grazing" opportunities such as Elmer's Store in Ashfield,the Country Store in Petersham and Kimball's Ice Cream in Lancaster.  Learn more about the tour menu at the What's Cooking page.


Friendship

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It's hard to believe these three women didn't know each other a few days before this photo was taken.  Shared adventure is always a good way to make new friends or strengthen existing relationships. We're proud of the friendships that have been forged on the road, at dinner and in camp during the tour.  


We hope you'll join us for the final Berkshire to Boston Bicycle Tour.  If you can't, maybe you'll consider one of our other 2018 tours like the delicious Ice Cream Ride, or Back Roads and Main Streets, an 8-day, four-state, 300-mile inn-to-inn adventure.  One day, weekend rides or a full week tour, River's Edge Cycling has a tour to help you experience America's Best Bicycling.