Introducing our first regional retreat, an escape to the Finger Lakes

Cofounder, Head of Experiences

Introducing our first regional retreat, an escape to the Finger Lakes

Cofounder, Head of Experiences

Lake views for days.

Courtesty photo from Visit Finger Lakes

Since 2016, Bikeout has specialized in our signature Overnight bike camping events, but we’re thrilled to offer our first multi-day destination Getaway trip to the Finger Lakes this summer.

Our vision for this experience, happening August 13-16, is to recreate some of the most loved moments of our flagship events, including local food and drinks, private camping, bolder storytelling and experiences catered to more skill levels. We think Bikeout: Finger Lakes is an exciting new framework for thinking about bike travel, with a mix of activities, thoughtful speakers and programming, all in a beautiful new place.

Just four hours from Philadelphia and home to beautiful scenery, great trails and roadways to explore by bike, as well as a lively craft beverage and farm-to-table food scene, the Finger Lakes are the perfect backdrop for a new Bikeout experience. With only 22 spots available on this small group trip, we’ll kick-off in Ithaca, New York, the base of our four-day adventure.

Firelight Camps is a luxury glampsite in Ithaca, NY. | Credit: Rita Kapoor Wojick

Our Getaway will start with two nights of unplugging and relaxing at Firelight Camps, an elevated glampsite with plush beds and forest views just south of Ithaca. On Thursday night, we’ll get to know one another around the campfire while enjoying s’mores and local libations.

Waking up refreshed on Friday, we’ll enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced breakfast before brushing up our bike camping skills during an expert-led workshop from Rob Cook at Cornell Outdoor Education (read our article featuring Rob here). That afternoon, there will be freedom to explore the region as you please, whether you opt for a local hike, taste some of the region’s famous wine, or choose another adventure recommended by our team. We’ll reconvene Friday evening for a bike ride of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, enjoying waterside views of one of the largest Finger Lakes. Finally, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner back at camp, curated by a local chef and highlighting unique flavors of the region.

After our second night of glamping at Firelight Camps, we’ll awake on Saturday and enjoy another fresh breakfast, before preparing for our supported bike camping overnight trip to Hawk Meadow Farm, a local shiitake mushroom farm nestled near Finger Lakes National Forest. You’ll have the opportunity to carry your own gear, or stow it for transport to the farm. On the first day of our bike camping voyage, we’ll bike 20 miles from Ithaca along the Black Diamond Trail to Taughannock Falls State Park where we’ll break for lunch before following quiet backroads on our final miles to the farm. After arriving at the farm, we’ll learn from Steve Siergik about his speciality log grown mushrooms (read our article about Steve here), before enjoying a dinner prepared with ingredients directly from the farm. Finally, we’ll set up our tents and enjoy a beautiful night of traditional camping.

The Black Diamond Trail follows the short of Cayuga Lake | Credit: Josh Baldo Photography

On our final day, Sunday, we’ll bike another 15 miles before arriving at our final destination near Seneca Lake. Here we’ll celebrate with locally-sourced lunch and a tasting that highlights beverage innovation in this Finger Lakes region. Finally, Bikeout will provide transportation for bikes and riders back to their vehicles for the trips home after a long weekend spent exploring.

While we’re eagerly anticipating our trip to the Finger Lakes, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the context in which we’re operating our first Getaway. In response to the growing complexity of travel, we hope our Getaway supports riders in their journey to find adventure closer to home. Despite the challenges, we’re hopeful that this a special moment to consider  bike travel as a means to keep people healthy and allow them to recharge outdoors. 

To help our riders feel more confident in their decision to travel with us, we've updated our health guidelines, while adding additional flexibility to our refund and cancellation policy. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns to get in touch with our team directly at info@bikeout.co.

Our trips and offerings have been impacted by the recent public health crisis, but our goal of empowering more people to explore the world by bike hasn't changed. If you’re interested in other ways we’re focused on that mission, please see our most recent company update.

We're offering a special Welcome Package featuring a bottle of wine from a Finger Lakes winery along the other regional treats, for the first 5 orders of this trip.

Amanda Crawford-Staub is Head of Experiences at Bikeout, in charge of trip design and operations.

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