The unique country inns we visit provide delightful resting places to refresh body and soul. All inns are known for their friendly hospitality and personal service. Comfortable guest rooms have private baths and are often furnished with antiques. Cheerful common rooms offer wonderful opportunities to meet and visit with other guests. Whether an inn's cuisine is simple or gourmet, the meals are always carefully prepared.
Tour packages are all completely customized - you choose dates, terrain, and daily activity, and we'll choose the accommodations from our network of more than 20 charming Vermont country inns.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Our firm has been in continuous operation since 1975, when our founder organized several Vermont innkeepers in a co-operative endeavor to bring the hut-to-hut hiking system popular in Europe to America, using comfortable country inns convenient to Vermont's Long Trail. From that beginning, the firm became an independent entity and now operates hiking, walking, biking, and skiing itineraries, both guided and self-guided. We operate exclusively in Vermont.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our mission is not just to be Vermont's premier vacation planners, but to be planners of Vermont's premier vacations. We custom-design every trip for our clients with the goal that they will experience Vermont as it was meant to be seen - up close, and at their own pace.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We specialize in the customized self-guided, supported inn to inn cycling and hiking vacations in the best cycling terrain in Vermont (the Champlain Valley), and the best hiking territory in the state (Green Mountain National Forest & the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area).
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
The current owners and operators of the firm are Seth and Olya Hopkins, a world-traveling international couple with a passion for sustainable travel who are raising their family to enjoy the unspoiled natural surroundings Vermont has to offer. Seth is now one of only a handful of State-certified Vermont Tourism Ambassadors.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our most popular travel package is the Biking Gourmet. There is nothing not to like! Excellent dinners every night at comfortable country inns, and a hearty breakfast to send you off on your next day of pedaling on customized routes (you tell us the mileage!) through the most safe and scenic cycling in New England.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Our favorite guest compliment came from a hiking client who said he felt as if he had guardian angels (us!) watching over him as he and his wife made their way through quiet wilderness paths, emerging at the end of the day to find bed and board awaiting.
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