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.”