One of Vermont’s best attractions is sleigh rides. You will find that sleigh rides are can most easily be found in or around some of Vermont’s best known ski areas.
In Stowe, VT the Trapp Family Lodge offers sleigh rides (along with wagon rides during other seasons) Rides available Dec 15 through Feb 24.
Vermont sleigh rides are also available at the Stowehof Inn, offering extras such as “warmth, dinner and the bar”. Warm up at their fireplace within their beautiful inn after a sleigh ride. The Stowe Mountain Lodge is also offers Winter horseback riding in addition to sleigh rides.
Gentle Giants, which is conveniently located on the Mountain Road, in Stowe (on the way to or from the Stowe Mountain Resort), is easy to find and offers warm blankets and a scenic journey through a traditional Vermont covered bridge, gliding along an open brook on a winding wooded trail. Their Percheron and Belgian draft horses with “jingle bells”, will also provide a romantic sleigh ride, the sleigh lit with lights, during the evening hours.
In central Vermont, check out the Billings Farm and Museum. Horse drawn sleigh rides are available on the winter vacation weekends: Martin Luther King weekend in January, and President’s weekend in February. The farm offers a short ride through the fields with the purchase of any ticket to the farm. Their matched teams of Percherons can also be hired with sleigh and driver for longer rides, any day of the week, except holiday weekends, throughout the winter season with 24 hour notice.
In southern Vermont, check out the Taylor Farm in Londonderry. Their sleighs run from 11 am to 7 pm every hour on the hour Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rides last 45 minutes and include a fireside stop to toast marshmallows and enjoy hot cider. Wool blankets are provided. Sleighs can each hold up to 10 adults. During the 2014-2015 season, they will be running two teams of horses and will have a one horse sleigh available for private rides. Reservations are recommended.
These sleigh rides in Vermont should get you off to a good start. There are more horse drawn sleigh rides available throughout Vermont in many of the smaller towns and villages.
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