In addition to exceptional cycling, the Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour offers a variety of memorable off-bike experiences as well.  You'll find lovely communities, great food (see the What's Cooking page) evening activities, and interesting places to explore on foot or on bike.

For those who may be feeling a little sore from the day's ride, we'll have two massage therapists to help relax your muscles and aid recovery. Both travel with the tour.

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Tara Swinchatt has been making athletes feel both pampered and refreshed at events across New England since 2004.  When not working at events, she practices at Optimum Health Therapeutic Massage and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  Being an athlete herself has drawn her to working with bodies that work hard.  Tara provides a variety of massage treatments including deep tissue, sports massage and reflexology and Thai massage and is a Reiki master.  Check out her blog at "Diary of a Sugar Addict" at  sweethealthcoaching.blogspot.com. 

Tony Trujillo is a well-known massage therapist at athletic events throughout the northeast including the 2015 Berkshires to Boston Tour, the Boston Marathon and the Lake Placid Iron Man.  Tony's Kneaded Touch is his private practice where he performs a variety of massage treatments ranging from sports recovery and injury prevention to prenatal care, relaxation and stress relief.  For athletic events such as Berkshires to Boston, his focus is on treatments that help enhance performance, aid recovery, increase flexibility and relax the mind. 

Preview the Tour's overnight communities below. 

Tuesday, 

We invite (and encourage) tour participants to come out to the Berkshires on Tuesday to enjoy the exceptional riding available in the area or to explore the fantastic Hancock Shaker Village museum. We're offering an additional day of camping at the Village or support to get you to the nearby partner hotel on Tuesday.  You'll be on site for the Wednesday Warm Up ride options of a 23-mile ride to West Stockbridge or the 43-mile route to Mt. Greylock.   The Tuesday night option includes camping, shuttle to dinner and dinner at J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille.  You'll also get breakfast at HSV on Wednesday morning to get you fueled up for the morning ride.  

Tonight's partner hotel is the Best Western Berkshire Hills a little over a mile from the campsite.

The moon rises over Hancock Shaker Village as riders gather for the tour

The moon rises over Hancock Shaker Village as riders gather for the tour

Wednesday,  

Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock, MA

Riders will gather for the Tour at the Berkshires' historic Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield, MA.  Here, Shaker "believers" lived and worked from the late 1700's into the early 1900's.  You'll be pitching your tent among the buildings, gardens and pastures in this peaceful landscape.

The Village is the perfect setting to enjoy the Berkshires, meet fellow riders and celebrate the start of the Tour.  It's also a great spot to explore with family members and friends if they're bringing riders to the Berkshires for the event.  

Our bike shop partner today is Plaine's Bike Ski and Snowboard, the Berkshire's largest bike and ski shop.  One of Mitch Plaine's expert mechanics will be on hand at HSV in the morning and afternoon to assist our riders with final adjustments to get them ready to ride.  

Tonight's partner hotel is the Best Western Berkshire Hills a little over a mile from the campsite. 

Thursday, 

Sunderland, MA

View of Sunderland, MA from Mt. Sugarloaf

View of Sunderland, MA from Mt. Sugarloaf

Tonight, riders will camp alongside the Connecticut River in one of the Commonwealth's prettiest communities. Sunderland is the quintessential New England community with its white steepled church, 18th century architecture and river-side setting. We'll be staying in the center of town and within easy walking distance of the dinner and breakfast location, other restaurants, Blue Steel Cyclery, our bike shop partner and one of the biggest trees you've ever seen - the Sunderland Sycamore.

After a long day in the saddle you may want to stroll across the river to Mt. Sugarloaf.  The short walk to the summit offers a spectacular view of the Connecticut River Valley.  A walk or bike ride down South Main St. in Sunderland will bring you to Millstone Market, offering a wide range of foods and special Sunderland treats and gifts.  Across the street from Millstone is Mike's Maze - an amazing display of agricultural art.  

We'll have a special guest tonight to share stories from his cross-country bike tour this summer. Dr. Pierre Rouzier, MD co-wrote a children's book called Henry Get's Moving. In the book, Henry the Hamster is a young boy who overcomes his obesity challenge with an active lifestyle and healthy eating. Pierre has just completed a cross-country bike tour that included numerous stops in schools, libraries and other children's gatherings to read from the book and share the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle with his young audience.  

Our bike shop partner today is Blue Steel Bicycle Company.  Their shop is just a short walk or ride from our campsite so you can stop in to see Kathy and have that squeak checked that developed during your ride today or to pick up that bike accessory you left at home.  

Tonight's partner hotel is the Courtyard Marriott in Hadley.  The hotel is about 10 miles from camp so you'll want to catch the shuttle that will be running regularly.

Friday, 

Riders set up camp at Devens

Riders set up camp at Devens

Devens, MA

Friday night the Tour will be in the town of Deven's MA.  Formerly, Fort Devens, the Army's New England Regional Headquarters, the Devens community is now a bustling economic center in central Massachusetts.  Our campsite tonight will be at the heart of this community, Devens Common Center.    If today's long day in the saddle prompts you to chose a hot tub and queen size bed instead of your sleeping bag, we won't think less of you. The hotels overlook our campsite so you won't have far to go for your well-deserved indulgence. 

You'll sense the area's military roots and ongoing activity on Saturday morning when you hear the distant sounds of the bugler's reveille at 6:00AM.  You're welcome to sleep in a little longer but there is coffee and a delicious breakfast being prepared across the common.

Our bike shop partner today is Tomten BikeTown from Leominster.  Mike, our favorite Central Mass. mechanic will be on hand to correct any bike issues that may have developed during today's longest ride of the tour.  

Our hotel partner is the Springhill Suites by Marriott overlooking our campground.

Riders explore Boston during Hub On Wheels

Riders explore Boston during Hub On Wheels

Saturday, 

Boston, MA

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Tonight we're in Boston, one of America's most vibrant cities.  We'll be celebrating your cross-state accomplishment with a lodging indulgence tonight.  Pack up the tent and sleeping bag, you won't be needing it.   While the budget-conscious Constitution Inn operated by the Boston YMCA is now sold out for the tour, those who want to celebrate the accomplishment in more plush surroundings still have the option of the Residence Inn at Tudor Wharf.   Both are in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood on the banks of the Charles River and a short walk from the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution.  They also offer easy access to the rich culinary delights of Boston's North End and Hub on Wheels on Sunday morning

Lodging Options

Camping

Camping Tuesday through Friday nights with your own equipment is included in the registration price.  You'll need a tent, sleeping bag and duffle bags or other luggage that will alllow you to contain your camping gear for transport on our vehicles to each overnight stop.  Our camp each day includes toilet facilities, a shower truck, information center, and electronics charging station.

The Saturday night hotel accommodation is offered as an option during your registration for those who wish to stay with the group on Saturday night in Boston.

Comfy Campers no-hassle camping option

Comfy Campers no-hassle camping option

If you'd like to stay with the group in the campground but don't own a tent or don't want to set up and take down your tent each day, you may want to check out the services of our tour partner, Comfy Campers and their No Hassle Camping.  The friendly staff at Comfy Campers will have a tent, chair, fresh towels and cushiony air mattress ready for you from Tuesday through Friday nights when you arrive at camp. In the morning, you load your gear on our transport truck and pedal off.  Comfy Campers takes down the tent and transports it to the next location.  They also offer ala-carte services for towels and chairs.  Visit Comfy Campers to see Berkshires to Boston Tour services and fees.
 

Hotels:

If you just aren't into camping, we've arranged room blocks with partner hotels in each of our overnight communnities.  Each hotel is within two miles of the ride campsite and in Devens, the hotels overlook the campground.  Room rates range from $90 to $270 per night depending on the city and the number of people in the room.  We will provide registered riders with detailed information and discount codes to allow them to book their rooms in each of our partner hotels. We will deliver your luggage to each hotel and provide you with transportation from and to the event site for meals or other activities.  Note that we will only provide transportation to and from our partner hotels.

Pictured below are our partner hotels.

Clockwise from upper left:

Best Western Berkshire Hills, Pittsfield, MA;  Courtyard Marriott, Hadley, MA; Springhill Suites, Devens MA; Constitution Inn, Boston, MA; Residence Inn, Tudor Wharf, Boston, MA.

 

On Your Own

If you have someplace else to stay each night, you are welcome to do so.  We don't encourage it because we find that, for most of our riders, one of the most enjoyable parts of the tour is the off-bike cameraderie that occurs during meals and in camp.  Please note however, that we can not provide transportation from or to the event site from other locations.