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Waitsfield to Stowe

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  • / Vermont State Hosptial
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  • / Ben & Jerry's Factory
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Ride from the Mad River town of Waitsfield to Stowe, a ski town and adventure with so many likenesses to the Austrian Alps, the Von Trapp family still lives here!
moderate
Distance 40.1 km
2:30 h
646 m
638 m
356 m
133 m
Today is your day to stop and smell the roses since your ride covers only about half the distance you made yesterday. Consider lingering in Waitsfield if you haven’t yet had the chance to peruse the artful, tasty assortment of local shops. Enter All Things Bright and Beautiful, and you’ll really feel Christmas in July as you’re surrounded by 3,000 European hand-blown glass ornaments; stop by Mad River Taste and carry your own cheese board with you as you ride (locally-sourced, of course!).  As you finally peel yourself away from the aromas and art, enjoy your return to route 100, where you’ll leave the Mad River for good in the small village of Duxbury. Embark on a gentle climb and then a descent into Waterbury, where Route 100 becomes a hub of activity as it intersects with Route 89.  Ride carefully, single file, and be alert for both passing cars and local attractions.  First on the list of quintessential Vermont experiences is the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Stop by for a 30-minute tour (departing every ½ hour), or simply walk up to the window and order a cone of your favorite flavor.  If ice cream is not in the forecast, ride on to the Cabot Creamery Annex, or continue on to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill for one of their infamous cider donuts! Continue on to Stowe, a ski town and summer adventure hub just below Mt. Mansfield, reputed to have reminded the Von Trapps (of Sound of Music fame) so much of Austria, they settled here for good.

Author’s recommendation

Route 100N becomes more busy today as it intersects with route 89.  Be alert as you ride and wear high-visibility clothing.
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
356 m
Lowest point
133 m
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Safety information

  • 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 

Mad River Taste Place

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.

Ben & Jerry’s Factory

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!

Cabot Creamery Annex

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.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

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)!

Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Company

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.

The Alchemist

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.

Doc Ponds

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.

Von Trapp Brewing Bierhall

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:

Ziemke Glass Blowing Studio

Demonstrations available almost daily!

Mount Mansfield

The highest point in the state of Vermont, visible and accessible from Stowe!

Bicycle Express

Stop here for bike service if it’s not a Sunday.

AJ’s Stowe

Stop here for bike service if needed.

Start

Featherbed Inn, Waitsfield (229 m)
Coordinates:
DD
44.175827, -72.834669
DMS
44°10'33.0"N 72°50'04.8"W
UTM
18T 673091 4893681
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Destination

Brass Lantern Inn, Stowe

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 Miles - TURN LEFT as you exit the Featherbed Inn. You will be on Route 100N, and you should see the Eagle Resort on your left in .1 miles.

0.40 Miles - BEAR RIGHT at the junction with 17 West to continue on 100 North towards Waitsfield. You should be headed up a small hill and into the commercial center of town.

1.60 Miles - STRAIGHT ON through he center of Waitsfield at the intersection with the covered bridge on your right.

4.30 Miles - STRAIGHT ON to continue on 100 North as a road enters from your right.

5.90 Miles - TURN LEFT to continue on 100 North towards Stowe. There should be a red barn on your left as you make the turn up a small hill. Signs will also point towards 89 North. DO NOT continue on 100B.

12.30 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON on 100 North at the junction with Main Street. You'll see a sign for the local middle school on your right.

12.90 Miles - TURN LEFT at the stop sign in Waterbury to continue on 100 North, 2 West. There is a bicycle store, Bicycle Express, right in front of you.

13.60 Miles - Contiue STRAIGHT ON past the Vermont State Hospital, an historical site, on your left.

14.00 Miles - TURN RIGHT at the stop light at the intersection with Stowe Street. You should just have climbed a tiny hill. As you turn, you'll see Blue Stone on your right and a small bridge in front of you.

14.70 Miles - TURN RIGHT at the light to rejoin Route 100N. You will see a gas station and Shaws on your right shortly after you make the turn.

15.40 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON past the Ben & Jerry's factory (on your left!). Or stop, eat ice cream, and rejoin!

16.70 Miles -  Continue STRAIGHT ON past the Cabot Creamery Annex.

17.10 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON past the glassblowing studio.

17.70 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON past Hollow Cider Mill.

18.80 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON past Vermont Coffee.

21.70 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction with Moscow Road to remain on route 100 North towards Stowe.

22.40 Miles - BEAR LEFT after crossing the bridge as Gold Brook Road enters from the right.

In the summer of 2018, there was significant road construction here, and the road was rough. If you TURN LEFT at Moscow Road, and TURN RIGHT on River Road, you can avoid most of the construction. If on the detour, continue on River Road until it crosses back over the little river, then cross straight (or slight right) onto Thomas Lane. Follow Thomas Lane as it becomes Depot Road. Depot Road drops you back onto route 100N in the center of Stowe. Follow 100N to your Inn.

24.20 Miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the intersection with 108 to continue on 100N.

24.30 Miles -  BEAR LEFT as Sunset Ave enters from the right just past the Black Cap Coffee & Beer shop.

24.90 Miles - TURN LEFT to cross route 100N into the parking lot for the Brass Lantern.

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Coordinates

DD
44.175827, -72.834669
DMS
44°10'33.0"N 72°50'04.8"W
UTM
18T 673091 4893681
w3w 
///untruth.beakers.entertain
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Equipment

Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer. Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge for any navigation unit and/or mobile phone you are using.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
40.1 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
646 m
Descent
638 m
Highest point
356 m
Lowest point
133 m

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