Vermont's Route 100, which extends the length of the state and dates back to 17th-century buggy trails, is 200 billboard-free miles of birch and maple forests, old-world villages, and cow-dotted meadows. With funky cafes and choice campgrounds in all the right spots, it translates into a weekend bike-camping excursion without the need to carry provisions for breakfast and lunch. But pack your chef's toque — for dinner, it's you and the campfire.
Morning: Start the trip with a doughnut at the Brown Cow, in Newport, before taking Route 105 west for four miles, until it bisects into Route 100. Turn left — southbound. Noon: Grab a black-bean burger at The Bee's Knees, in Morrisville. If you're feeling frisky, wheel over to Rock Art Brewery for a sample. Night: Pitch your tent at the idyllic Gold Brook Campground, in Stowe. Miles: 52
Morning: At the intersection of Route 2, cycle east for five miles to the Red Hen Baking Co., in Middlesex, and grab a maple-glazed sticky bun that was baked as you rode in. Noon: Feed mind and body at Sandy's Books and Bakery, in Rochester. Night: Camp at Coolidge State Park, which offers impressive views of the Green Mountains. Miles: 80
Morning: Launch your day with a plate of cinnamon-raisin French toast at The Hatchery, in Ludlow. (Before) Noon: After 10 miles, stock up on cheddar, dried fruit, and bread at The Vermont Country Store, in Weston, for lunch later. Night: Finish your ride at Dot's Restaurant — with gravy-smothered meatloaf and towering ice cream sundaes — in Wilmington. Miles: 68
Note: This is a one-way route, so make sure transportation is waiting for you at the end.