Sharon Kalember, Pedal the Coast

“This was a vacation without any planning. We didn’t have to do anything—not even lift our bikes or fill our water bottles. Our guides were so accommodating. Each day we’d arrive at the destination and everything would already be taken care of, so all we had to do was go to the bar or to our room!

We really enjoyed the wine and cheese reception at sunset looking over Pemaquid Point. It was amazingly beautiful. Our guides picked local cheeses and nice wines that you would not normally choose. They always recommended great local restaurants, and we could order anything off the menu! When we all had lunch together we still had lots of choices, so we tried things we don’t usually find in Florida, like whoopie pies. There was a lot of local flavor on this trip.

The inns were phenomenal. We stayed two nights in Bar Harbor, which was just incredible. The first day it rained but it was still a great day, because our guides, Nick and Paul, took us on a van ride along the route and then to a really nice restaurant for lunch in Acadia National Park.

The cycling was lovely, and there were gorgeous views around every corner. The towns we rode through were beautiful, and we took a lot of back roads, seeing things we wouldn’t normally get a chance to see.”

 

Carol Walsh, Camden

“We are already looking forward to our next trip! The cycling was excellent. You can go as far as you want and then ride in the van. There is no pressure, no bullying, and no questions asked. You just go at your own pace.

The guides were so supportive and accommodating. They helped my husband fix his flat tires and repaired another couples’ bike that was damaged in shipping. The cycling routes get you away from traffic, so you’re mostly on secondary roads and you get to see more of the countryside. We saw cattle, horses, and barns but I always felt close to civilization, just not the touristy areas. The guides kept us together and to a schedule but we had some down time to walk around Camden and relax. They really go out of their way to make sure your trip is pleasant and that you are enjoying yourself.

We stayed at the Blackberry Inn and it was just top-notch. They treat you like royalty there. I wanted to be pampered—and I was! I felt like everyone was bending over backward to make sure our trip was great. The restaurants our guides chose were wonderful and the food was just fantastic everywhere. One of the general stores packed us a huge lunch that we ate at a park overlooking the ocean.

I really enjoyed the sunset cruise, the breeze, and the captain’s funny stories. But what was absolutely amazing about that sail was the moon rise – it was almost just like a sunrise—gorgeous.”

Steve Slack, Quebec

“My wife and I chose the Quebec trip after having such a great time on the Maine’s Gold Coast trip, which was just incredible. At one point while we were riding I thought to myself, ‘Does vacation get any better than this? Does life get any better than this?’ The whole experience was an adventure.

It’s important to have a guide that is sensitive to the group so that we can all ride at our own pace and enjoy the experience. That’s what a Summer Feet trip delivers—they create a fun atmosphere and it’s a critical part of the dynamic. Their guides are just unbelievably accommodating. They did everything they could possibly do to make the trip as great as it could be. They told us, ‘This is your trip, and it’s a vacation, not a death march!’ They were really flexible with everyone’s needs.

I give Norm kudos for putting together a top notch group of folks that care about the experience they provide for their guests. And you really do feel like you are their guests. They make these trips become the type of experience you want them to be.”