Carolina Tailwinds: carolinaTailwinds.com
We are in our mid-seventies & have just re-discovered the joys of biking the past 3 years, biking over 2500 miles each of the last 2 seasons mostly hear in upstate NY. We've started the past 2 seasons with a Carolina Tailwinds tour & plan to do the same again this season. Anne & Greg just do a terrific job guaranteeing a wonderful vacation for us. Leon & Lucille W.
We had used several bike tour companies and thought that they all did a good job. However, Carolina Tailwinds' tours are operated by the owners of the company. Thus, their level of service exceeds that of other companies. We have now completed 5 tours with them and have another scheduled. Greg and Anne, the owners, are now like members of our family. K Nance, Raleigh, NC
Carolina Tailwinds gives every attention to detail towards their customers. The routes they map out are clear and safe. The accommodations that Carolina Tailwinds select are 5 star all the way, from the lodging to the restaurants. The guides are friendly and accommodating to the cycling level of their guests. The size of the tour group are intentionally small to give the customer that undivided attention they deserve on their vacation.
Kent Billingsley, Carol Stream, IN
We love this company. We have toured with them three, going on four times and their attention to every detail and their organization skills keep us coming back for more. we have toured with three other companies, vbt, bike vermont, and pedal and sea adventures, and they surpass all of them. Food especially is excellent.
Susan affalter, Allison Park
As the name hints, this 'company' leads tours mainly in the SE US, including the Delmarva peninsula. 'Company' is misleading: this is a personal experience. Anne and Greg Fleming are energetic cyclists themselves who are present and conduct each trip. As someone who used to arrange his own multi-day self-supported bike tours, I tried outsourcing the effort to Anne and Greg, and, once spoiled, I've not taken to the road on my own since. Count on excellent routing, craft-quality laminated and color-coded cue sheets, a daily pre-ride briefing, convenient and dependable sag support, and smaller, friendly groups. The clinchers for me, though, were the gourmet meals and the accommodations at small inns. I'm probably their unusual client: a guy who likes to pedal 60-100 miles/day. But they must see my kind fairly often, as well as the client who wants to do 20 mi., then get in the van. I've been on 3 different trips with them now, and all cycling agendas have been represented and handled on each trip. Ted T., Greensboro, NC
Trips are well planned and very well supported. The lodging chosen by the company suits the trips, are comfortable, and often unique. But the most notable item is the personal attention a rider receives throughout the trip. I've completed three trips with Carolina Tailwinds and have signed up for a fourth. K. Yarnell, Tampa, FL
Aside from knowing some of the most unique biking, lodging, and dining spots in the Mid-Atlantic area, Anne and Greg obviously love what they are doing, and it shows in Carolina Tailwinds tours. This husband and wife team is really tops when it comes to personal, friendly service and they excel in accommodating the needs of riders of all abilities. We really have enjoyed their multi-sport tours which accent the biking with a day of hiking or kayaking. Our only complaint is that we never seem to lose any weight on their tours, but as they always remind us – “It’s a vacation, you’re not supposed to lose weight!” Looking forward to our fourth trip in four years with Carolina Tailwinds!
Matt & Maggie Lechowicz, Hagerstown, MD
We have enjoyed two vacations with Carolina Tailwinds. … The routes afforded beautiful scenery, and were well-supported by the Flemings. We especially liked the personal touch that Anne and Greg provided. They picked us up at our hotel; they kept a watchful eye on rider groups with a broad range of skills; and they hosted informal drinks and hors d'oeuvres each night before dinner. We got the vacation we wanted: great exercise during the day and relaxing evenings with interesting people, comfortable lodging, and excellent meals. Tina and Brent West, Yarmouth, ME
We just signed up for our third tour with this excellent bike tour company. We fly from California just to go with Carolina Tailwinds. Their attention to every small detail is amazing. I think their personal attention as owners of the company is what makes the difference. They have both been on the two previous tours we have gone on, and although they have now expended (because of popularity I suspect) to the point they now have hired staff to assist them, at least one of them will be accompanying every tour. This is the difference. They are the owners and really do care that each of their customers has the best possible biking vacation. Bill and Patti Van Orden, Templeton, CA
Carolina Tailwinds, hands down, is the best bicycle touring company anywhere. Their attention to detail and willingness to accommodate personal preferences are unsurpassed. Their routes are well-planned and the support and ability to deal with different riding levels are just right. Greg and Anne make a special effort to get to know every one on their tours. The B&Bs that they select are always top notch. Along with their service, their tours are probably the best priced. My wife and I have done nine tours with Carolina Tailwinds as of 2008, both mountainous and sea coast. We are veteran cyclists; if their tours were not really good, we would have never returned for even one. As it stands, we are going on our tenth this year. Jim Grattan, Atlanta, GA
My wife and I are dedicated cyclists, and we wanted a trip that was oriented around climbs. We took Carolina Tailwinds' Blue Ridge tour and the ride was a real challenge, but no sagging was required. The scenery was abolutely spectacular! Traffic was light and road conditions excellent. The routes were well-planned with detailed cue sheets that were easy to follow. The support we received from the CT team was first rate before, during and after each day's ride. Accomodations were very good if not top of the line. The tour operators, Anne and Greg, are well-organized, friendly, and good companions on a ride. We will be repeat customers this Summer. M. Riedinger, Huntington Bay, NY
The attention to detail and the readiness to accomodate requests from the riders separate Carolina Tailwinds from any other tour group that I have ridden with. One other feature that has to be mentioned is the standard of the accomodations and the food. They are both of the highest standard. The Carolina Tailwind tours are fun! Ernie Precious, Devon, PA
Excellent value. Routes, accommodations, food, activities, support, and equipment were all top notch. Superb attention to details big and small. I have toured with nearly a dozen companies. They were all good, but Carolina Tailwinds has been my favorite. You can spend more, but you won't get more than you get from Anne and Greg. - Scott E., Richmond, Va
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