Bicycle Vacation Blog by Summer Feet Cycling

50% Off Fun Things to do in Portland, Maine

April 18th, 2013

Planning a vacation to Portland, Maine? Why not spend the day exploring the coast, seeing the lighthouses, and eating Portland’s best lobster roll. We are selling vouchers for 50% off the half-day        5 Lighthouse Electric Bike Tour. You need to purchase by April 23, 2o13. Vouchers are valid from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Can You Eat 3 Lobster Rolls?

March 28th, 2013

Check our our half-day Lobster Roll Bike Tour 20 miles and 3 lobster rolls

Maine Family Bike Tour

March 12th, 2013

Our “Discover Acadia” Family Bike Tour made Outside Magazine’s list of 50 great family adventures

http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/active-family-guide/Great-Family-Adventures-Summer-Feet-Cyclings-Discover-Acadia-Tour.html?utm_campaign=rss&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=xmlfeed

Portland, Maine Beer

March 8th, 2013

Portland, Maine was picked the 5th best city in America for beer by Travel and Leisure. Find out why on a Bike and Brew tour.

http://www.summerfeet.net/trips/bike-and-brews-tour/

Unique Coastal Bike Tours

March 6th, 2013

During the season we offer several unique coastal bike tours in addition to our daily bike tours. Each of these are rides that I often do with my friends once or twice a summer.  I thought it would be fun to invite some new friends to join us.

Island Independence Bike Tour

Join us for a unique 4th of July celebration. We will hop the early morning ferry to Chebeague Island and arrive in time for the town’s 4th of July parade. A true celebration of  Island spirit, the parade features the creative efforts of the town’s local characters. After the parade, we will explore the island by bike and enjoy lunch at the award winning Chebeague Island Inn.

Date: July 4, 2013

Price: $ 125.00 per person

The Lobster Roll

Perfect for the cyclist  who loves lobster. This special departure of our popular 5 Lighthouse Tour will  stop 3 times for a lobster roll. Our first will be the Lobster Shack at Two Lights where we will enjoy a lobster roll overlooking the open ocean. From here will cycle to Fort Williams and enjoy a lobster roll from the award winning folks at “Bite into Maine” in the shadow of the Portland Head Light. Next we will pedal back into Portland for our third Lobster Roll and a beer overlooking the water. Come hungry.

Dates: July 13 and August 10, 2013

Price: $ 125.00 per person

Bailey Island Bicycle Tour

For those looking for a little more cycling this 45 mile ride cannot be beat. We will hop on our bikes early in the morning and cycle up the coast passing through Freeport and Brunswick on our way to Bailey Island. We will enjoy some great cycling along the coast and end with lunch overlooking the water. After lunch we will hop on the Casco Bay Ferry that will carry us back to Portland.

Dates: July 6 and August 24

Price: $ 135.00 per person

All of our unique trips include; bicycle and helmet rental, two experienced guides, full van support, all indicated food, and ferry tickets.

Call us at 866-857-9544 to book one of these great tours

 

5 Interesting Facts About Electric Bikes

February 14th, 2013

1. 22 million electric bikes will be built in 2013

2. Automakers like Volkswagen, Audi, Honda, and Toyota are starting to produce electric bikes,

3. It would take 0.3 meters of solar panel to charge the battery of a typical electric bike.

4. It costs 7 cents to move an electric bike 1 mile versus 99 cents for a car

5. Federal law allows electric bikes to travel  up to 20 mph and still be considered bicycles

A New Maine Bike Ride

February 7th, 2013

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has added a new 8 day bike ride modeled after Cycle Oregon

Welcome to the inaugural BikeMaine ride!

In the inaugural BikeMaine ride, 350 riders will pedal 60-75 miles daily across Maine’s varied landscapes on a fully supported ride, camping along the way in friendly and unique communities that will highlight what makes Maine great.  Riders will enjoy meals featuring seasonal local foods and local entertainment and, through their presence in each community, will help support local Maine economies.

Online registration begins at 7 a.m. on February 13, 2013.

Those who are Bicycle Coalition of Maine members as of December 31, 2012 will be able to register at 7 a.m. on February 12th.

BikeMaine is produced by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a non-profit organization dedicated to making Maine better for bicycling. BikeMaine is grateful for the support of the following organizations: Maine Office of Tourism, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, The Betterment Fund, Horizon Foundation, Inc., Quimby Family Foundation and the Dead River Company.

 

http://ride.bikemaine.org/

Deal on Family Adventure Travel

January 16th, 2013

Our friend Trish at Bike and Hike Adventures is offering a family discount on adventure travel.

http://www.everettpotter.com/2013/01/smart-deals-bike-hike-adventures/

Cape Breton Bike Tour

January 15th, 2013

We have added a September 8-14 departure of our Cape Breton Bike Tour.

The Cabot Trail bicycle tour is the quintessential Nova Scotia cycling loop. The paved highway swoops along the sea wall and up over some challenging climbs into Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On other days we’ll ride gentle congestion-free roads beside the largest lakes in Nova Scotia, the mighty Bras D’Or and Lake Ainslie. No Cape Breton bicycle tour is complete without a visit to Glenora Distillery for a taste of their renowned Glen Breton single malt and maybe a ceilidh (musical kitchen party) after dinner.

Itinerary

Pick Up / Drop Off

Halifax, NS (YHZ)

Day 1 – Transfer from the Halifax airport, warm up ride and welcome reception

Leaders will collect you in Halifax on the first morning of our Cabot Trail bicycle tour.  From here we will transfer to Baddeck, a lovely village on the lake. We enjoy a short warm-up ride before a welcome reception to begin our week.

  • 14 or 24 miles
  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • First of 2 Nights at The Inverary Resort

Day 2 – The Isle of Iona

This morning we’ll set sail for the Isle of Iona out in the middle of the wide Bras D’Or lake. From the landing we ride around the island on un-trafficked roads with a stop at the Highland Village, a recreation of a 19th century pioneer settlement.

  • 43 or 75 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
  • Final Night at The Inverary Resort

Day 3 – Lake Ainslie to Glenora

Today we leave Baddeck and ride along the water until we turn inland over rolling hills to the beautiful Margaree Valley. We travel on through more quite back roads and around the clear waters of Lake Ainslie to our home for the night, the Glenora Distillery. Here we can tour the distillery to see exactly how Uisge Beath or Water of Life is made from the pure, clear brook that bubbles outside our rooms that night. After dinner there is always a fiddler in the lounge playing traditional jigs and reels.

  • 40, 56, or 68 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
  • Glenora Inn

Day 4 – Along the Sea to Cheticamp

On to Cheticamp and Acadian fishing village perched on the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. After some rolling hills through wooded countryside we emerge to ride close by the sea with stunning vistas on all sides. Stop and visit the spectacular beach and harbor in the old coal town of Inverness before we continue biking to Cape Breton.

Day 5 – Over the Highlands

This is the big one. two challenging climbs of French and North Mountains as we traverse the highlands across the island to Aspy Bay. Take a break from biking to hike the Skyline Trail, a stunning ridge that abounds with moose and vistas that sweep away to the Magdalene Islands far out at sea. Tonight we can have a bonfire on the beach on the shores of Aspy Bay where  mountains plunge down into the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 6 – Sea and Mountains

We’ll ride next to the ocean as we continue our Cabot Trail bicycle tour, pedaling to our final destination, the beautiful Keltic Lodge on Middle Head, Ingonish Beach. We’ll start the day with a whale watching excursion off the northern most tip of Nova Scotia and after a quick lunch hit the road for some of the most beautiful scenery and sweet riding you’ll find …anywhere!

  • 46 to 62 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • The Keltic Lodge

Day 7 – Climbing Cape Smokey

The conclusion of our Cape Breton bicycle tour kicks off with a dawn ride to the peak of Cape Smokey, high above the sea. After checking out the look off, we’ll button up our jerseys for the 10KM descent back to Ingonish. Then after a bountiful breakfast at the Lodge, we’ll load up, say our farewells and head to Halifax. You’ll take home sweet memories of biking Cape Breton that you will recount fondly for years to come. We conclude with a transfer back to Halifax

  • 18 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast

 

4 Days Left to Save on Bike Tours

December 28th, 2012

There are still 4 days left to take advantage of early season savings on Maine and Canada Bike Tours.

ook any 2013 weeklong guided Maine or Canada tour by 12/31/2012 and save $200.00 per person.

Book any 2013 weekend bike tour by 12/31/2012 and save $100.00 per person

Give the Gift of Cycling

Gift Certificates available for the 2013 5 Lighthouse Tour. Regularly $95.00 per person Now $75.00 per person when purchased by 12/31/12

Bikes and Brews on Sale we are selling gift certificates for our popular Bikes and Brews Tours for$115.00 a $20.00 savings off the regular price.