Harley Davidson Weekend Getaways in Vermont

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September is here, and that means fall arrives mid-month and if you are looking for some terrific Harley Davidson weekend getaways, you will not do better than the East Coast. Although the West Coast does have its moments when it comes to the leaves changing color, nothing beats the cavalcade of colors in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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Vermont is known for its maple syrup and Jim and I truly enjoyed riding through Vermont on our New England Trailblazer Tour, and although it was certainly longer than most Harley Davidson weekend getaways, it was well worth the trip.

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To enjoy autumn, you have to get out to the roads less traveled on Harley Davidson weekend getaways and if you are planning a trip to Vermont, you will certainly find a few of those.

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Scenic routes for Harley Davidson weekend getaways in Vermont offer riders everything from farmland vistas to sweeping forests. You can even ride through orchards, farms, and historic downtowns where you will find great cafes, diners, fruit and veggie stands and loads of trailheads for waterfalls, valley views, and swimming holes. The motorcycle roads in Vermont can take you for quick 30 mile Harley Davidson weekend getaways to lengthy 210 mile road trips that may take more than a couple of days.

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If you follow our blog, you will know that Jim and I are passionate about covered bridges, and if you are as well, you will love Vermont as there are more than 100 of them that range from smaller type constructions over babbling brooks and country streams to the world’s longest two span Cornish-Windsor covered bridge.

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The best way to enjoy the fall on Harley Davidson weekend getaways in Vermont is to steer clear of the highways and make your way over to the secondary roads.

Vermont-30 is considered one of the best Harley Davidson weekend getaways if you are looking for rolls and curves that will take you past lakes and mountains. The 66-mile ride even takes you by the Bomoseen State Park on Lake Bomoseen where you can stop for a quick swim.

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If you are really looking for fall foliage, try the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive toll road that will take you 3,140 feet in the air. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a bite to eat before you make your way to the summit where you will be met with a 360-degree view of the entire state of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Adirondacks. On a clear day, riders can even catch a glimpse of Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada.

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According to quite a few Harley Davidson weekend getaways enthusiasts, Vermont’s Scenic 100 route is simply the best. With 200 hundred miles of changing views, the ride takes you from Wilmington Vermont to Lake Memphremagog, which is just shy of the Canadian border. With no shortage of activities during the fall, such as hayrides, pumpkin patches, cider mills and farm stands, it is best to make your reservations a few months in advance, as it is extremely popular during autumn.

For the best Harley Davidson weekend getaways, Vermont has got you covered. Make your reservations today and don’t forget to share your story on Travels with Harley.

Fall Motorcycle Road Trips in North Carolina

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Last week we talked about fall motorcycle road trips and got some great feedback from our readers about their favorite fall motorcycle road trips, with lots of riders talking about North Carolina. One Travels with Harley reader told us that North Carolina has perfect weather, no traffic, great roads in the mountains, not many people and craft beer and food on every corner. Now that sounds like our kind of place prompting us to share some of the best fall motorcycle road trips in North Carolina.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is located in Asheville, North Carolina and is a great example of fall motorcycle road trips. With breathtaking views, lots of twists and turns and no stoplights, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile long motorcycle road trip that travels along the Blue Ridge Mountains ridge. Ride north to the Craggy Gardens, or head towards Mt. Pisgah. Don’t be in a hurry as there are plenty of vista points where you can stop and snap a pic. Lodges and restaurants are few and far between on the parkway and are usually only open for business between late April to late autumn

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North Carolina’s most expensive highway, the Cherohala Skyway, took about 34 years to complete and was unveiled in autumn of 1996. Taking you from North Carolina into the backcountry of Tennessee, the skyway crosses into the Nantahala National and Cherokee Forests and is one of the most popular places in the south for Fall Motorcycle Road Trips. If you have the time, visit the spectacular Bald River Falls.

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The Black Mountain Rag is one of the best fall motorcycle road trips that takes you from Black Mountain to the town of Bat Cave that is home to the world’s largest known granite fissure cave housing dozens of bat species. During your ride, you may want to do a little side trip up to Chimney Rock and hike into Hickory Nut Falls off the Broad River, which is popular for white water rafting and was the backdrop for the feature film, the Last of the Mohicans. Travel farther south and you will hit some of the best apple orchards in North Carolina.

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If you have your heart set on shorter fall motorcycle road trips in North Carolina, try the 107 mile Moonshiner 28 ride. The Moonshiner 28 offers stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains and Nantahala Forest and is a winding road that is rumored to have once been the main route for moonshine transport. Today it is much less traveled, but perfect for riders who enjoy waterfalls, unsurpassed scenery, beautiful lakes, and mountain vistas. With the occasional eatery and antiques shop along the way, Moonshiner 28 really is one of the best fall motorcycle road trips in North Carolina.

Motorcycle Road Trips in the fall

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Motorcycle road trips are great all year round, but especially during the fall, and now that summer is beginning to wind down, we thought we would share some of the best places in the country to get on your bike for Motorcycle road trips while enjoying the cavalcade of colors as the leaves start to change their hue.

Although the peak time to see the autumn leaves is between the end of September through the middle of October, we thought we would share a few Motorcycle road trips suggestions so that you can plan your ride.

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Jim and I have had the pleasure of riding through the northeastern states when we rode with other riders on the New England Trail Blazer ride last year. Although autumn hadn’t officially begun yet, we were able to catch a glimpse of early fall with the leaves just starting to turn. If you want to enjoy motorcycle road trips during the fall, New England is certainly a great place to start.

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The Scenic Route 100 in Vermont is stunning and one of the best places to start your motorcycle road trips in the fall. This popular tourist destination is known as one of the most, if not the most, scenic drives in the area and is part of what is called the, “Skiers Highway.” The byway is 138 miles long and takes you through Rochester, Hancock, Granville, Bridgewater, Ludlow and Plymouth as well as a few other towns that include Stratton, Jamaica, Londonderry, and Stockbridge. If you want to enjoy Motorcycle road trips this fall, the Scenic Route 100 should really be on your list.

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The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee offer travelers a visual feast anytime of the year, but especially when the leaves start to fall. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has several Motorcycle Road Trips that you can take to enjoy the colors of autumn. Spend a few days in Eastern Tennessee on Motorcycle road trips and stay in a delightful B & B so that you can wake up to a gorgeous fall morning in the Smokies.

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One of our favorite rides in Tennessee is Cades Cove. Most of our friends enjoy this trip because the 31 mile drive is located in the western Tennessee section of the National Park and is the perfect place to enjoy early fall colors. From historic buildings to breath-taking fall landscapes and wildlife, Cades Cove should not be missed if you are planning motorcycle road trips this fall.

If you haven’t started planning your motorcycle road trips for autumn, better get a move on!

More Great Biker Friendly Hotels in Arkansas and Texas

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Last week we promised more great biker friendly hotels in Texas but unfortunately after further investigation Travels with Harley has discovered that the D Rose Inn is gone, but has reopened under the name, “The Olde Leaky Inn.” The one of only two biker only hotels in the United States now accommodates others as well. The other biker only hotel, actually, now it is the only one, in America is located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Advertised as the only Biker Resort, the Riders Rest Motel sits on six acres in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and really is one of the best biker friendly hotels in the country. With 10 clean biker themed rooms with coffee makers and refrigerators, the Riders Rest hotel also has lighted covered bike parking and a gazebo that sits next to a fountain. The Riders Rest also has an outdoor biker shower, BBQ’s, a fire pit, and horseshoes. The Riders Rest is a place that Jim and I are definitely going to have to check out one of these days. Anyway, let’s get back to the biker friendly hotels in Texas.

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The Full Moon Inn offers some of the best motorcycle trips in Fredericksburg and is located in the scenic Texas Hill Country. Just ½ mile from the infamous Luckenbach, Texas and about three minutes from Hill Country’s best wineries, the Full Moon Inn Bed and Breakfast sounds like a great place to kick back and relax for the night and is just what you need if you are looking for biker friendly hotels in Texas. It’s got a covered barn with a concrete floor parking space and a great BBQ area where you can grill a couple of steaks. Situated on 12 acres, each room in the B & B has a private bath, refrigerators, and a coffee pot.

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Located in Medina, Texas, the Medina Highpoint Resort, formerly known as the Koyote Ranch Resort, offers riders the best views of the Texas Hill Country with cabins that are situated to maximize the scenery. With camping sites and cabins, you will get the best of both worlds regardless if you choose to campout or take it easy in one of the cabins.

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You can even stay in, “The Ranch House,” that was built just after WWII and can house up to 10 people. Of course, if you choose to stay in a cabin, each one has a covered front porch where you can enjoy 100 acres of pure bliss. Also on the property is an infinity swimming pool and a couple of lakes where you can have a swim or cast a line. Calling itself one of the most biker friendly hotels, well not really a hotel, but a place to stay, the Medina Highpoint Resort offers riders what they call, “A little piece of Lone Star Heaven,” that you will not want to miss.

When it comes to the best biker hotels in Texas, you may have to do some hunting, but with the great roads available, you are bound to have a great time.

Great Motorcycle Friendly Hotels in Texas

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We really are having a great time checking out motorcycle friendly hotels and this week want to share a few more with you from the great state of Texas.

Texas has some great motorcycle routes if you are looking for places to ride with a group, or just looking to venture out on your own. Best of all, Texas has an abundance of motorcycle friendly hotels that you will want to visit more than once.

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Located in Kerrville, The Best Western Sunday House Inn on Sidney Baker Road is a perfect example of motorcycle friendly hotels in Texas. It is very biker friendly whether you are traveling with a group of 20 or traveling solo. With lots of great motorcycle routes and eateries in the area, you will love its comfy rooms. The Sunday House Inn really is awesome if you are heading to the Texas Hill Country for a ride.

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Texas is a great destination on the back of a Harley, especially in the Texas Hill Country, and best of all, you cannot beat the selection of motorcycle friendly hotels in the area from mom and pop country inns to nationwide chains.

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If you are doing the Three Sisters Loop, book a night at the River Bluff Cabins. Located about two miles from downtown Leakey in Rio Frio on Cooper Mountain Road, the River Bluff Cabins have plenty of bike parking and is just one of the motorcycle friendly hotels that you will find in the area. So much so, that the River Bluff Cabins offer special biker benefits only available to people who arrive on two wheels.

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We have talked about the great restaurants in Fredericksburg before, and if you are venturing out for a meal or two, stay at the Peach Tree Inn and Suites on South Washington. As far as motorcycle friendly hotels go, it pretty much has everything you need including plenty of motorcycle parking. With rooms and suites, the Peach Tree Inn and Suites definitely has something for everyone.

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Bandera County in Texas is a popular destination if you are on a motorcycle road trip and if you are looking for motorcycle friendly hotels in the area, you will not find a better example of motorcycle friendly hotels than Bullwinkle’s Lake Cabins. The cabins are situated in the heart of some of the state’s best motorcycle roads and offers couples only luxury cabin rentals. There is plenty of covered motorcycle parking along with free tour maps to start your day.

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Less than an hour away is the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum in Vanderpool where you will find a massive collection of antique British bikes.

Texas is a big state and we have barely scratched the surface, which is why we will be heading back next week for more motorcycle friendly hotels in Texas, in fact, we will be checking out one hotel that only rents rooms to bikers!