Sleigh Rides in New England | Sleigh Ride Packages in New England
Sleigh rides in New England
Visiting New England offers beautiful scenery and a myriad of outdoor activities all year round, not just in the summer and fall. In fact, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine offer some of the country's best Nordic and downhill skiing. One of the lesser known, but equally enjoyable, winter activities in New England is horse riding and sleigh rides.
Sleigh rides combine the romance and adventure of a horse-drawn, 19th century-style carriage with New England's winter landscape, filled with pine trees, picturesque barns, rail fences and holiday decorations. If you're planning a trip to New England this winter, be sure to add horse riding and sleigh rides to your to-do list. Below are just a few places that offer sleigh rides in New England:
1. Omni Mount Washington Hotel. This historic hotel in east-central New Hampshire offers horse-drawn sleigh rides from mid-December to mid-April (weather permitting), both for resort guests and for the general public. Imagine just sitting back and relaxing as the sleigh travels around the property's many trails. The Mount Washington Hotel offers both single-horse sleighs for one or two persons and Austrian sleighs (with a two-horse team) for larger groups.
2. Billings Farm and Museum. This Woodstock attraction, working farm and conservation site offers winter sleigh excursions led by a team of beautiful Percherons with just 24 hours advance notice. The farm offers the peaceful rides through the Vermont countryside from mid-December through the end of March, weather permitting. For more information, call 802 457-2355.
3. Silverbrook Farm. Silverbrook Farm in Acushnet, Massachusetts, in the southeast part of the state, offers winter sleigh excursions around its multi-acre property from mid-November through mid-January. The farm also has pre-cut Christmas trees, winter produce and plays host to Santa Claus each holiday season. Call 508 202-1027 for more information.
photo credit: The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem, New Hampshire