Weekend Events

2019 Weekend Calendar

February 7-9, 2020, 27th Annual Craftsbury Outdoor Center Weekend at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury Common, VT

The 2020 Craftsbury trip is already full but we have requested more rooms and do have a waitlist. See full write-up below.

This family-friendly trip offers cross-country skiing for all abilities, plus all kinds of winter fun!  Lodging, x-c ski passes, and all meals included.  Rooms are also available to stay an extra night and depart on Monday, 2/10.  Mark your calendar and join us for a fun weekend!   Add on a one or two night stay at the lovely Highland Lodge before Craftsbury – a great opportunity to better explore the Highland Center trails.  Contact Jim and Paula Fines at (978) 764-9868 or  pfines@comcast.net  for more information or to hold a room. See full

In Review: GSW Notch Weekend, May 10-12, 2019
Something NEW this year!

This year we added a new “weekend escape” to our in-season monthly schedule with The Notch Hostel https://notchhostel.com in North Woodstock being our headquarters. Various road rides were known and mapped using the GSW Ride with GPS account but little was known about the hostel other than viewing the nice web site and talking with the owner, Serena Walsh. Accommodations starting at $33.00 per night and the convenient location on Route 112 looked great during the planning stages.

Bottom line, the hostel far exceeded our expectations! A warm welcome with signs greeting the Granite State Wheelers, spacious and exceptionally clean well-furnished rooms, a common area with overhead projector options, library, laundry facilities, free coffee, kitchen and dining areas, multiple bunk and private rooms, paved parking lot, and incredibly fast WiFi made this a “must return” venue. Unfortunately, the cold rain through most of the prior week including Friday resulted in four people canceling their plans to attend but seven of us ventured out on Saturday covering three routes. Cool temps in the low 60’s and wind greeted us – plus snow and ice on the Franconia Notch recreation trail. Even so, everyone had a good time with opportunities to chat and check-out some very scenic areas of NH.

Plans are underway to return in 2020 but one week later to avoid Mother’s Day –and maybe have better weather! Note that this hostel works with two others in the White Mountains area to offer hostel-to-hostel bike tours with gear transported via van. The routes are relatively challenging so not carrying your overnight gear is a good thing! The whole tour covers three days and 130 miles but shorter options are available – see https://whitemountainscircuit.com for details. Our 2020 GSW Notch Weekend on May 15-17 could dove-tail into this tour, longer but similar to what we offer at the Lancaster weekend in July.

Please keep May 15-17, 2020 in mind for the next GSW Notch Weekend. With such a great venue as headquarters and very economical accommodations, we should see a lot more cyclists join us in North Woodstock next year! Coordinator: Dave Topham, GSW-Office@comcast.net , (603) 898-5479

In Review: GSW 39 th Annual Lancaster Weekend
July 19-21, 2019

Whether called the International Century Weekend, Jefferson Weekend, Great North Woods Weekend, or the Lancaster Weekend, the basic routes are still the same with now 39 years of history behind this GSW event!

The weather was “HHH” on this July weekend and that kept at least four people from attending. Seven people attended the event; four pedaled 47 miles while three of us handed them cold water and chilled fruit drinks. We had sag services along the route thanks to Christina Brown who volunteered her time, snacks, and encouragement. She provided sag services maybe 20 years ago for many more riders and she was glad to again see friends of yesteryear. The 2020 weekend is already on her calendar!

The group enjoyed local dinners Friday and Saturday plus the Saturday afternoon GSW social as held at our headquarters, the Lancaster Motor Inn. Ten suggested routes ranging from 12 to 102 miles were documented with printed maps and cue sheets plus they were available on the GSW Club Ride with GPS page for on-line reference and route navigation via Garmin bike computers and smartphones. Most of the routes followed the Connecticut River so maps were hardly necessary – and the terrain is flat to rolling all the way to Canada. Of course, for those wanting some serious climbing, the Dixville Notch 102-mile Century route is always an option!

GSW Ride Leader Mag Blacker continued the fun with her annual overnight tour from Lancaster to Franconia on Sunday then back to Lancaster on Monday. Our four Saturday riders joined eight more for that adventure under cooler temps and a little rain.

Arrangements are being made for the 2020 weekend with the Lancaster Motor Inn. We will try to hold the discounted $79.00 rate per night but new ownership might dictate a change. Most area accommodations are in the $95 to $125 range. GSW member Chip Young has some ideas that may increase attendance.

Mark your calendars now for your next fun adventure in the Great North Woods. This low-key, no-registration weekend event is a “great escape” from hectic summer activities. The scenic views, covered bridges, great roads, and low traffic make this a perfect mid-summer break, year after year. Join us in 2020 and find out for yourself!


Judi Hull & Dave Topham, GSW-Office@comcast.net , (603) 898-5479

27th Annual Craftsbury Weekend
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Craftsbury , Vermont
February 7- 9 or 10, 2020

The Craftsbury weekend is currently full. We have requested additional rooms and do often get cancellations. Let us know if you like to be on the waitlist.

In the heart of Vermont's unspoiled Northeast Kingdom, you'll find some of the finest cross-country skiing in New England. Located on a high rolling plateau, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center often gets more snow than other locations (plus they make snow!). Whether you’re an experienced cross-country skier, backcountry skier, snowshoer, or a novice in the world of snow sports, you’re sure to enjoy this popular family-friendly GSW weekend. With our 20% discount, you can’t beat our prices! Prices did not increase this year!

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Craftsbury has some of the best skiing in the east! Over 100 km of trails wind through pristine Vermont scenery providing both classical and skate skiing for all ability levels. Don’t feel as though you’re really skiing unless you’re in the backcountry on untracked terrain? No worries! The Catamount Trail, a backcountry trail which spans the entire length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada, travels through the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. And don’t forget the 20 km of snowshoeing trails at the Center that let you explore winter at an unhurried pace. Lessons are available, as are ski and snowshoe rentals (at very reasonable rates!). Several downhill ski areas are within an hour’s drive.


The lodge is a former dorm – simple and comfortable. It has private (double) rooms and shared baths. Wholesome, healthy, hearty, all-you-can-eat meals (including vegetarian and gluten-free choices) are served in a cozy dining room. The weekend includes two nights lodging (Friday and Saturday), all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) and trail passes. We have many rooms for staying over an extra night until Monday, 2/10.

Rates (20% off the standard rates and no increase for several years)

The weekend rate per person, (double occupancy) is $192.50, $385 per couple.

The weekend rate per person, (single occupancy) is $250.

The three-day option rate per person (double occupancy) is $275, $550 per couple.

The three-day option rate per person, (single occupancy) is $340.


Please reserve early as our trip fills up quickly. Deposits are due one week after email request and full payment is due by January 10, 2020. Cancelation prior to January 23, 2020 incurs a $20 per room charge, after that the cancellation charge is last night’s stay.

When registering, please also include your e-mail address and phone number . To hold your spot, send an email and a $50 per person deposit payable to GSW (not to Paula!) to the address below.
Paula Fines, 11 Regis Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Trip Coordinators

Paula and Jim Fines, pfines@comcast.net , (978) 764-9868 before 10:00 PM For more information on the Center, visit www.craftsbury.com


Weekend Events Coordinator