Ride Overview - Sugarbush Ride
This horseback riding vacation will take you through Vermont. This state is one of the most rural and history-rich regions in the United States. Your trails will lead across the beautiful Mad River Valley nestled between the Green Mountains. Steeped in American colonial charm, you will enjoy steepled churches and picturesque mountain villages on Icelandic horses known for the smooth four-beat running walk, the tolt. The Sugarbush rides feature plenty of opportunities to enjoy foliage and activities like studying birds and wildlife—even fishing if you are so inclined. To loosen up and avoid getting sore, you will do some hiking while leading your horse. Along the way, you can explore a tempting swimming hole, pick a mouthful of berries, or just relax while enjoying the scenery. All tours are led by experienced horse persons with thorough knowledge of the area. You’ll enjoy comfortable lodging and gourmet dining, all with a generous helping of Vermont hospitality. For lunch, you will either partake in a delicious picnic served in a picturesque spot or served at a specially selected restaurant. This is the perfect escape for those who appreciate comfort and fine dining but still want an active and unusual vacation. You’ll return home rested with the memory of newly found friends and shared adventures. The Icelandic Horse that gave you the overwhelming feeling of floating across the scenic Vermont countryside is likely to keep a special place in your heart forever.
“Visitors feel they’ve discovered a best-kept secret, and then race home to tell everyone they know!”
Ride Itinerary - Sugarbush Ride
Day 1: Sunday
Transfer from the airport to your Inn. Check-in is after 3:00 PM.
Day 2: Monday
You will meet your horse and your fellow riders at the riding facility. Then you will ride to the Mad River for a picnic lunch. Trails shaded by native sugar maple, pine and oak trees will lead your Inn. A barbecue dinner will conclude your special day.
Day 3 : Tuesday
Your horse will carry you across lush valleys, freshly scented forests and robust farmlands.
Day 4: Wednesday
Today you will ride across the “Enchanted Way”, popular with cross-country skiers and site of breathtaking scenery. Your afternoon is free to enjoy a canoe trip, massage or visit to the quaint town of Stowe.
Day 5: Thursday
Your ride will explore the Camel’s Hump State Forest. The mountain is easily recognized by its unique double-humped profile. The trail will be trimmed with dark green alpine shrubbery and endangered red spruce trees.
Day 6: Friday
You will feel like you have stepped back into American colonial times as you ride along century-old stone walls and farmlands. After one last trek through the lush Vermont mountains, you will return to your Inn. This ride will end at 4:00 PM so post ride hotel may be required.
Shorter itineraries are available, please contact us for details.
Ride Details - Sugarbush Ride
Dates: Arrival on Sunday, Departure Friday: May 1 – November 1, (Ride ends at 4 PM on Friday so post ride hotel may be required.
Length of Ride: 4 1/2
Airport: Burlington Airport
Transportation: To enjoy your free time in the local towns, it is best to rent a car.
Riding ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Group size: 2 – 8
Non-riding activities: hiking, swimming
Accommodations: 4-star B&B
Price: May-August & November: $1,903.00 per person, double occupancy $424.00 single supplement
mid-September – mid-October: $2,009.00 per person, double occupancy, $477.00 single supplement
**2 – 4-day packages also available
Includes: 5 nights lodging, 4 1/2 riding days, horse, tack, guide, all meals except Wednesday dinner, sales tax
Not included: airfare, transfer to and from the airport ($150 round trip), Wednesday dinner, pre or post ride lodging
Sugarbush Ride: Gallery
Vermont, United States