We know that coordinating schedules is tough, and that everyone has a different idea about what would be awesome, or challenging, or easy, or fun.
So if you don’t see the tour in our Tour Schedule that meets your dates or specific needs: please contact us. We love to create beautiful cycling experiences. If we can make the dates work, we will.
We’ll start with a conversation — and that includes our Cycling Experiences Dream List. You use this checklist to tell us what you love, and we’ll help you get it.
A few other things to consider:
- Heard about our famous Cycle to Farm® experience? We can arrange a private, intimate version of this as a tour for you.
- Been a while since you’ve ridden long hours in the saddle? No problem, we can limit the hours… and help you re-build your abilities.
- Want to combine some of the cool experiences you’ve heard about, like our four-day Cheese Tour or our Blue Ridge Parkway Tour ? Yep, we can work ideas from each of those tours into your custom tour.
To dream a bit more about what might be possible, check out our Custom Tour Section and consider this sample itinerary:
Sample Tour Itinerary
Day 1 – 60 miles
Your custom cycling tour begins in the charming town of Black Mountain. After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, rolling hills will take you through the Swannanoa Valley and past the farming campus of Warren Wilson College. Visit the Folk Art Center as you enter the Blue Ridge Parkway. After enjoying the local handmade crafts, you will begin to climb toward Craggy Gardens and Mt Mitchell which is the highest point east of the Mississippi River. Your reward will be the sweeping descent to your inn located in the artist community of Celo.
Day 2 – 57 miles
From Celo you will begin your descent into Marion along famed Route 80. Smile if you see Blind Kenny, because he will record your amazing descending skills as you zip by his camera. Roll through farmland and into the village of Lake Lure. This resort community is famous for providing the backdrop for filming both Dirty Dancing and Last of the Mohicans. Relax by the lake, visit Chimney Rock State Park, and enjoy a nice dinner.
Day 3 – 28 miles
While the mileage is low, the day begins with a climb out of the Hickory Nut Gorge and into the apple valley of Henderson County. Along the route, take time to admire the Slick Rock waterfall and plentiful apple orchards. When you arrive in the village of Flat Rock, enjoy lunch at the Flat Rock Village Bakery. Visit the Carl Sandburg Home or take in a play at the Flat Rock Playhouse.
Day 4 – 25 miles
You’ve earned an easier day today. The terrain will be flatter and you will get to roll past small lakes and through farmland. A special treat awaits in the town of Brevard, cycling capital of the South. Visit Oskar Blues Brewery, stroll the lazy streets of town and enjoy the quaint shops, enjoy a delicious meal before turning in to get plenty of rest before another big day of climbing.
Day 5 – 35 miles
Today you will climb one of the most beloved routes to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the way, you will pass Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry. When you reach the Blue Ridge Parkway, stunning big vista views will greet you. Roll past the Pisgah Inn located high atop Pisgah Mountain and then prepare for one of the most enjoyable descents in the area. You will feel as if you are sleeping in the park when you check into your lodge for the evening.
Day 6 – 25 miles
On the final day of your tour, you will travel one more section of the Blue Ridge Parkway completing your loop as you arrive at the Folk Art Center. Along the way, you will pass the Blue Ridge Parkway Welcome Center before retracing your path through the Swannanoa Valley to Black Mountain. Upon reaching Black Mountain, it will be easy to celebrate your tour of Western North Carolina because dining, shopping, local beer and live music are all within walking distance of your lodge.
Only A Sample!
The Tour Itinerary shown here is just one example of what’s possible. Once we know what you’re looking for, we can propose a wide variety of choices.
You can emphasize high-speed epic assaults, or a casual stop-and-smell-the-flowers (or espresso) pace. Mountains, or farmland. Many stops, or straight-through. Artists, breweries, wineries, cheese makers… Your imagination (and ours) is the only limit.
See here for more information about your choices and cost.