2017 Dates and Early Season Savings

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Our 2017 tour dates for Maine, Canada, and Europe are now all on-line and available for booking.

Book any week-long guided  Maine bike tour by 11-30-16 and save $200.00 per person. Savings will be reflected on the invoice and cannot be combined with any other offers.

Book any weekend guided  Maine bike tour by 11-30-16 and save $100.00 per person. Savings will be reflected on the invoice and cannot be combined with any other offers.

 

Used Bike Sale

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We are selling some of our used bikes this weekend from our rental facility at 6 Commercial St in Portland. Hours are 8 to 6

Hello everyone,

I wanted to let everyone know that we are offering some gently used bikes for sale. The bikes (except the e-bikes) are all new this year and were put into service at our rental facility this August. All bikes are sold as is and all prices are firm. Bikes will be available for sale starting this Saturday 10/15. Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Reid City Hybrid $250.00

Ladies Vintage Light 7 speed $200.00

Mens Roadster $225.00

Urban x1 $275.00

Pedego Step through comfort cruiser electric bike 24in and 26 inch available $1250.00

Norman Patry

Big Toe

Summer Feet Cycling

PO Box 10822

Portland, ME 04104

1-866-857-9544

norman@summerfeet.net

www.summerfeet.net

 

Portland Maine Bike Rentals

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We are excited to announce new Portland Maine bike rentals. The Portland EnCYCLEpedia open on Friday August 12. Located at 6 Commercial Street in the heart of the old port, The EnCYCLEpedia is only Portland, Maine bicycle rental within easy walking distance of all the downtown hotels.

The EnCYCLEpedia is also a resource for biking and walking in Portland. In additon to high quality bike rentals we also offer free bike maps of popular routes and information on the best ways to explore Portland on foot.

We are open daily from 8 to 6 weather permiting.

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Certificate of Excellence

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We are thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row we have won the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. That makes us three for three as we have been eligible for three years.

Summer Feet Certificate of Excellence
 

Maine’s 5 Best Lobster Rolls

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Maine’s 5 Best Lobster Rolls

a tray full of lobster rolls

Looking for the Best Lobster Roll in Maine? Look no further here are 5 great places from our lifetime of living and working on the coast of Maine. The warm winter means that it will be an early start to the lobster season here in Maine. For anyone looking to try one or 12 Maine Lobster Rolls this summer, here are 5 places that we love.

Bite into Maine

Our good friends and partners for our 5 Lighthouse Tour, Carl and Sarah make wonderful lobster rolls from a food truck in Fort Williams park with views of Portland Head Light. They offer 5 different styles of lobster rolls. Maine-with mayo on a grilled bun, Connecticut-with butter on a grilled bun, Picnic-with butter and coleslaw on a grilled bun and chipolte and wasabi flavored. 

The Trevett Store 

Located just west of Boothbay, the Trevett store offers a true lobster roll in an idyllic setting. This little general store with a lunch counter knows how to make a lobster roll. In addition to a great lobster roll with a view,  you may get to experience the swing bridge.  A swing bridge is a bridge that pivots on a central piling to allow boat traffic through.  What makes the Trevett bridge unique is that is manually operated. Anytime a boat needs to pass through the bridge keeper comes out with a metal pole, inserts it into the bridge and walks in a circle until the bridge gains enough momentum to swing open.

 

Osiers Warf  

Located at the gut where Route 129 crosses onto Rutherford Island, Osiers is another corner store with a killer lobster roll.   For non-shellfish eaters, the fish and chips are freshly made and a delicious bargin. After your lobster roll, hop over to Coveside for a beer on the deck and one of the best views in Maine.

The Contented Sole

Run by the same folks who own the the elegant Bradley Inn, the sole sits in one of the most historic spots in Maine, the site of Fort William Henry a colonial era fort once over run by indians in one of the French and Indian Wars. Enjoy your lobster roll overlooking tranquil Pemaquid Harbor and then visit the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse for wonderful views of the open ocean.

Bagaduce Lunch

Tucked away in scenic Penobscot, Maine, Bagaduce  Lunch offers a great lobster roll and many other things.  If you make the trip be sure to visit the Blue Hill reversing falls and spend some time exploring the wonderful Blue Hill Peninsula, which offers some of my favorite cycling in the state.

 

Can you bike in Europe for $2000.00?

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colorful boats on a lake in Europe

The answer is yes. Turkish Airlines is offering Boston to Skojpe flights for $850.00 combine that with $200.00 savings on our Macedonia Bike Tour and you can have a week of fully supported cycling with wonderful food and culture for right around $2000.00 dollars, a fraction of the cost of a trip in Italy or France.

 

4 Awesome Hikes in Kennebunkport Maine

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You’ve planned a visit and now you’re looking awesome hikes in  Kennebunkport.  Yes there are delightful restaurants – great decks from which to enjoy an afternoon beverage – and shopping options galore.  How about getting out and going for a walk?  There are wonderful walking options close to Dock Square in Kennebunkport – all close enough to ride your bike to if you choose to make more of an adventure out of it.

 

St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery

The trails of this 66-acre estate are open to the public and afford incredible vantage points of the Kennebunk River as it flows towards the sea.  Enjoy the quiet beauty and solitude of the many paths – through manicured gardens, past outdoor shrines and grottos, through the woods, and along the river.  There are great benches to relax on and while watching life on the river pass by.  The grounds of the estate were designed by legendary Frederick Law Olmsted Bros who also designed New York City’s Central Park, and many of the sculptures adorning the grounds were crafted by world-renowned artists and sculptors.

Getting to the Monastery – 0.5 miles from Dock Square – cross over the bridge into Kennebunk.  At the light with Route 35, make a left onto Beach Avenue.  St. Anthony’s is on your left.  There is ample parking for bikes or cars.

Bridle Path of Kennebunk

From this starting point, the Bridle Path stretches both north towards Kennebunk and south towards the ocean.  If you choose the southerly portion, the distance you’ll cover will be quite short.  If you choose to go north, you can walk more than 2 miles before you will have to turn back around and retrace towards your vehicle.  Either direction, you will be exploring land, preserved as part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, that lies alongside the Mousam River as it meanders to the sea.

Getting to the Bridle Path – 2.1 miles from Dock Square – cross over the bridge into Kennebunk.  At the light, continue straight on Route 9 / Western Avenue.   Continue straight through the light with Sea Road.  Follow on another 0.6 miles and you will see a small pull off on the right hand side of the road.  If you cross the river you’ve gone too far!  Park off the road side, in the direction of traffic.  The path goes in both directions from this point.

Cape Porpoise Harbor Islands

Plan your visit to the islands with the tide.  If you want to get out and back, you can bank on having a solid hour and a half to two hours on either side of low tide during which you can explore.   Spend that time exploring the mud flats, bring a book and a water bottle and pull up a sunny rock on Trott Island, or wander the whole way over to Stage Harbor and go for a swim.  Please note – even during the lowest of low tides, you will still have to slog through ankle to knee deep water as you cross the various channels to the islands.  We recommend you wear shoes that will not come off in the mud.  These islands are all part of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.  Please visit their website for guidelines regarding island use – especially if you decide you’d like to make a night of it and set up camp.  Don’t forget to check the tide!

Getting to Cape Porpoise Harbor – 3.0 miles from Dock Square – there are many different routes that will take you to Cape Porpoise.  For the most direct route from Dock Square, head up Spring Street to the light and make a right onto Route 9.  Go one block and make a left, staying on Route 9 / School Street.  In town Cap Porpoise, where Route 9 will make a 90° turn to the left, stay straight onto Pier Road.  Follow Pier Road out to the end of the peninsula where you will find a parking lot and restaurant options if you choose to stay for a meal.

East Point Sanctuary – Biddeford

This entire trail is about 1.4 miles roundtrip and is very easy walking.  You’ll be a stone’s throw from Wood Island Lighthouse, and the rocky shore Maine is known for will be right at your feet.  Take time to smell the beach roses and the bayberry shrubs.  If the tide is out, explore the plentiful tide pools, keeping in mind that any black rock you put your foot on will be slippery!  This is a phenomenal location to watch the moon or sun rise.  If you have binoculars, bring them!  Please be mindful of the severely eroded embankments and choose options that will not contribute to this issue.

Getting to East Point – 10.4 miles from Dock Square – follow Route 9 out of Kennebunkport.  Pass Cape Porpoise and then Goose Rocks Beach.  Make a right onto Fortunes Rock Road.  Follow it as it makes a 90° turn to the left.  Pass Fortunes Rock Beach on your right and continue on.  At the stop with Route 208, continue straight on Mile Stretch Road.  Follow as the road turns into Lester B Orcutt Blvd which leads to the ocean.  Park along the right hand side of the road, facing the ocean and facing with traffic.  The trail head is across the street and is marked with a fence and a Maine Audubon sign.

 

6 Great Reasons to Visit Macedonia

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I love to travel so it does’t take much for me to add a destination to my bucket list. With Macedonia I was instantly hooked. For anyone on the fence here are 6 great reasons to visit Macedonia.

1. You Will Have the Place to Yourself

If you have ever used the phrase “Off the Beaten Track” Macedonia is the place for you. Last year, Macedonia received 630,000 visitors. To put that in perspective France received 81 million people and Disneyland received 25 million.

2. The Food is Really Good

Macedonian cuisine is a wonderful mixture ofMediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Lush with farm fresh vegetables, herbs and amazing local cheeses.

3. And So Is the Wine

Macedonian wines have begun to get the attention they deserve.” Food and Wine” picked it as their top wine destination of 2015.

4. The Word is Out

The New York Times picked Macedonia as a top 10 destination for 2015.

Outside Magazine picked it as a place everybody will be talking about it 2015 saying

“Crowds have yet to reach this mountainous Balkan state, which means you can go caving, road biking, and hiking in glorious isolation.”

Yahoo Travel called the Town of Ohrid the secret gem that you have never heard of.

British Travel Magazine Wanderlust picked the Western Balkans including Macedonia as a top destination for 2015.

5. There is Lots of Great Stuff to See and Do

Some of the trip highlights include:

  • 1. Cycling into Albania
  • 2. Visiting 3 National Parks
  • 3. Discovering Lake Ohrid one of the oldest in Europe
  • 4. Exploring fabulous Byzantine churches

6 It’s a Bargin

Since the Euro is so low and we are trying to launch Macedonia as a destination the 8 day/7 night tour is only $1400.00 per person.

Check out our Macedonia Bike Tour