For decades, during the summer as well as the fall, the October Country Inn has been home-base for those who come to experience the idyllic Vermont countryside from the seat of a bicycle. In fact, the OCI was originally founded to satisfy the lodging needs of the nascent Vermont bike tour businesses. The incredible scenery along a plethora of quiet country roads make Vermont a destination for cyclists from near and far.
There are many route options to choose from. Just in our little corner of the state, a dozen or so cycling routes can be found on the Vermont Bike Rides website. These routes all come with maps and blow-by-blow road directions. All you’ll need is a bicycle, a water bottle, and the inclination. It’s not mandatory to stay with us, many don’t, but we’d love to have you if you decide against camping out. Don’t forget, after your ride, the Longtrail Brewery is just across the street.
One of the cycling routes listed on the Vermont Bike Rides website, the Pomfret loop, is a 24 mile tour of Vermont hill farm country and river valleys that delivers a spectacular variety of fall foliage color vistas. This particular ride begins and ends at the Billings Farm and Museum, outside of Woodstock, Vermont. Park in the overflow parking lot and begin the ride by riding north on Route 12 for 0.6 miles and take a right on the “Y” intersection with Pomfret Road. Follow it as it turns to the right at the Teago General Store
(2.6 miles) and begins to climb, winding through incredibly beautiful hill farm country. When you reach the top of the climb (5.8 miles), shift into your big ring for a long downhill cruise. This leg starts out winding through open pasture land, and then funnels into a narrow creek side valley. Upon reaching the White River (11.8 miles), the road bends to the right, and follows the White River. This road dead ends at a stop sign (12.4 miles). To the left is a
bridge that crosses the White River, leads to Route 14, and the West Hartford General Store. Turn right onto the Quechee/West Hartford Rd. (unmarked) and begin to climb. At the top (15.9 miles) shift into high gear once again for a shorter downhill sprint. Keep on the lookout for a paved road on the right that intersects with the Quechee/West Hartford Rd. at a very shallow angle (17.6 miles). Carefully turn right on this road (Quechee Main St., unmarked), and almost double back in the direction you came. Follow this road through and beyond the Quechee Country Club. Turn right onto River Rd. (21.0 miles) when you reach the Taftsville covered bridge. At this point, River Rd. is hard packed dirt following the Ottauquechee River. River Rd. turns to pavement (23.2 miles). Turn right into the Billings Farm overflow parking lot to complete the ride (24.0 miles).