Visit New York’s leatherstocking region, immortalized by James Fenimore Cooper with his “Leatherstocking Tales” including Last Of The Mohicans and The Deerslayer. We’ll visit museums, historic villages, farmsteads, folk art treasures, music festivals, and geological wonders that draw thousands of visitors each year.
Cycle to Cooperstown, the “Village of Museums” and the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as charming boutiques and restaurants. Explore New York’s natural wonders — cycle along historic Erie Canal, past clear lakes and rolling hills, and go underground to see majestic caverns. Visit the historic and quirky spa village of Sharon Springs, home of ” the Fabulous Beekman Boys” and their lifestyle brand, Beekman 1802. The trip’s highlight is a visit to the Glimmerglass Festival, a one-of-a-kind summer destination that blends world-class opera and musical theater with the relaxed, casual atmosphere of central New York.
P.S. Your guides for this special tour will be native New Yorkers and Glimmerglass fanatics, Paul Kingsbury and Lori Liskovec!
*This unique tour is a one-time offering, allowing you to combine some of the best cycling in upstate New York with one of the most interesting cultural events in the state. Make sure you book this tour early, because this romantic weekend will fill up quick!
Glimmerglass Opera Festival
Historic Cooperstown, New York
Ride on the Erie Canal Trail
Howe Caverns Motel
The Inn at Cooperstown
The American Hotel in Sharon Springs
Day 1: Schenectady to Cobleskill
Day 2: Cooperstown
Riding from Howe Caverns this morning, we’ll meander westward towards Cooperstown on scenic rural, winding roads. Our 34-mile ride will wrap up with lunch at the Inn at Cooperstown, complete with its own bike shop, the Big Ring Bicycle Clubhouse. The innkeepers, who are also cyclists, have renovated an old cobbler shop, turning it into a space where guests can work on their bikes, watch cycling movies, or just kick back with a beer and talk about favorite rides. Afterwards, you might choose to take a boat ride on beautiful Otsego Lake, visit the Fenimore Art Museum or the Farmer’s Museum, then take your time strolling around bustling, historic Cooperstown – sports fans will love the National Baseball Hall of Fame! Dinner will be on your own tonight, and there are lots of options near the hotel.
Day 3: Glimmerglass Festival – Mozart’s Don Giovanni
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, you can head out for an optional 8-mile loop around Cooperstown. (If you’re tired, feel free to take it easy and relax until the riders return!) Then we’ll depart for the main event of the tour — the Glimmerglass Festival! We’ll enjoy a fun picnic lunch on the festival grounds, enhanced with some special touches from our tour guides. Then after an informative Opera Talk we’ll experience Mozart’s Don Giovanni, widely regarded as the greatest opera ever composed. This opera is a brilliant combination of stark human tragedy and touching comedy. After the show, we’ll retire to the American Hotel in enchanting Sharon Springs, and enjoy one last dinner together.
Day 4: Sharon Springs to Amsterdam
Today, after nine miles of downhill riding, we’ll stretch out our legs on a ride that combines quiet roads with the historic Erie Canal Trail! Take some time to appreciate the historic bridges and locks as we pedal along the Mohawk River, then finish your tour with lunch together at the end of the ride. We’ll end up back in Schenectady where we began.
3 Breakfasts | 4 Lunches | 2 Dinners
PP Double Occupancy
*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.