- This is the busiest section of Route 100 you’ll ride throughout the trip, and it’s well worth the experience! Use extreme caution if stopping along the shoulder (try to move your whole bike off the road), and ride single file. Wear high-visibility clothing, and do not ride distracted (texting, headphones, etc.).
- In the summer of 2018, Route 100 leading into Stowe was under construction and very torn up. We do not recommend riding this section and as such, we have provided alternate directions to avoid the section under construction.
- You will be most visible when wearing high-visibility clothing, such as a neon cycling vest.
- Please keep both hands on the bike at all times.
- Always wear your helmet when riding.
- Be cautious when approaching railroad tracks. Consider stopping to walk your bike across the tracks. Some track crossings note that trains do not blow their whistle as they cross.
- Always ensure you carry enough water, especially as there are stretches where water is less-readily available.
- Painted lines on the road become slippery when they are wet.
- Obey traffic laws in all areas. This means riding on the right-hand side of the road, and braking at all stop signs and stop lights.
- Carefully monitor the condition of the shoulder as debris may appear after accidents, rain, or wind.
- Use verbal and non-verbal commands to let others you may be riding with and vehicles know when you intend to stop, slow down, or turn.
- Control your speed on all descents.
Tips and hints
Food & Drink
The shop for small artisans and growers, this business not only boasts locally- sourced products, but also hosts educational sessions and collectives for local-area producers or tourists interested in learning more about the local foods movement.
It almost goes without saying that eating ice cream is an all-day activity as the shop’s hours (9am-7pm) suggest. Learn how the magic is made or try a new flavor at the ice cream counter; you really can’t go wrong!
Cheesemongers rejoice! The annex has all your favorite Cabot cheese products along with a host of other fine dairy products and other Vermont specialty foods.
Watch apples turn into cider through a 1920s vintage cider press and you won’t be able to resist purchasing the finished product (and a donut alongside)!
At this coffee bar and barn, enjoy a classic European-style coffee bar along the side of a Vermont-style red barn with stunning mountain views. Even if it’s not time for a caffeine boost, you’ll likely feel the magnetic pull of this uniquely Vermont experience.
Considered a “cult classic” Vermont brewery, for those hops-loving New England IPA fans, the Alchemist’s infamous Heady Topper beer is long sought-after once people leave the state. Go by the brewery to sample their classic beers, pick up some product (they only distribute 25 miles!), or enjoy the mountain views, only a 2.5 mile ride out Route 108 from the center of Stowe.
Not only does the name behind the place tell a great story (read for yourself online), but also the food seems to have locals and tourists alike raving.
Run by the Von Trapp family, this Bierhall serves up Austrian-style pilsners and the accompanying fare (brats, schnitzel, kebabs) as well as classic tavern food for all who dare ride uphill to get there!
Points of Interest:
Demonstrations available almost daily!
The highest point in the state of Vermont, visible and accessible from Stowe!
Stop here for bike service if it’s not a Sunday.
Stop here for bike service if needed.