Wintertime is a popular time for tourists to visit Vermont. Along with activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, hockey, sledding, snowmobiling and ice skating, you may also enjoy a weekend getaway that includes a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Several farms and resorts throughout Vermont offer leisurely and romantic sleigh rides.
Billings Farm and Museum – Woodstock
The historic Billings Farm and Museum, located in Woodstock, Vermont, offers horse-drawn sleigh rides Dec. 26 until the Sunday after New Year’s Day, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and a week in mid-February that encompasses what used to be Lincoln and Washington’s birthday. You will board a jack jumper sled and ride through the grounds of the farm. After your ride, you can tour the barns, which house cows, horses and sheep, as well as the 1890 farmhouse. You can also sample cookies that were favored by American presidents, go sledding and view the Academy Award-nominated “A Place in the Land.” Private sleigh rides may be arranged.
Adams Farm – Wilmington
If your weekend getaway plans include a trip to southern Vermont, you may want to check out the horse-drawn sleigh rides available at the Adams Farm in Wilmington. Belgian draft horses lead guests through a maple sugar grove, along the ridge of a mountain and to a historic log cabin. While at the log cabin, guests can warm up by the fireplace, drink hot cocoa, play a game of checkers and listen to songs on a piano. Group or private sleigh rides are available.
Thatcher Brook Inn – Waterbury
Guests of the award-winning Thatcher Brook Inn in Waterbury, Vermont, may want to look into the sleigh ride package, which includes a two night stay for two at the inn, full country breakfasts each morning and a sleigh ride. Guests can also choose to include an in-room massage for an additional fee.
Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort – Plymouth
The Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort, located in Plymouth, Vermont, provides horse-drawn sleigh rides in an old-fashioned sleigh, pulled by Belgian draft horses. The sleigh takes guests over a revolutionary war-era British military road through the woods. Blankets and hot cocoa are provided for the ride, which runs winter weekends and the week between Christmas and New Year’s..
Lajoie Stables – Jeffersonville
If you will be traveling to the Jeffersonville, Vermont are, you may want to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Lajoie Stables. Here, private sleigh rides, lasting from 45 minutes to one hour, are offered. Sleigh rides can be taken during the day, evening, or at night. Horseback riding over snow-covered trails is also provided at Lajoie Stables.