Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Equestrian-Friendly Getaways

Do you have a horseback-riding enthusiast in the family? When you've discovered an inn with stables and great trails, it gets tougher to book other lodging without risk of subpar guides and trails. These leads should get you booking beyond your comfort zone in no time so one can enjoy the equestrian-type vacation you want.

Twin Farms
This unique getaway of an estate is just perfect for the traveler with a lighthearted take on traveling to ride. Deep in Vermont horse country, you'll have access to riding lessons and riding trails for your exploration pleasure. However, it doesn't end there: Twin Farms has a cozy atmosphere and is located not far from the town of Woodstock, Vermont, a great spot for hiking and gallery-browsing.

Dromoland Castle
Unparalleled hospitality makes Dromoland Castle an exciting destination in Ireland for those who crave wide-open spaces. The open grounds are perfect for trekkers and strollers alike, and equestrians (and hopefuls) will appreciate the stable filled with able mares and stallions. Horseback riding lessons are available for beginning riders, while others can rent horses for the day for more experienced treks.

Sheen Fall Lodge
Sheen Falls Lodge is tucked in a magical wilderness of lush greenery, rolling hills, and even waterfalls. The beginning of this fantastic five-star hotel was in the 1600s, when the summer residence of the Marquis of Lansdowne was built in these forests, stone-by-stone. Today, the same foundations and thick walls are waiting to offer you some of the best accommodations in England. Walk along Sheen River, salmon fish, and then ride horses from the River Valley Riding Stables.

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville
You don't need to stay somewhere in the middle of nowhere to enjoy horse country. Nashville's outlying horse farms are well-known in the United States, and you can still stay in the city, with all its special perks to pamper. The Loews Vanderbilt has a fountain in the front and patio seating, and it has a stunning art gallery to boot.

Chester Grosvenor and Spa
Not a horseback rider? The Chester Grosvenor and Spa is situated close to the racecourse, so you can always enjoy your equestrian moment without actually having to get on a horse. You might not have a “high ho, silver!” scene, but you'll have a chance to dress up and take a walk near the Roman harbor. Don't forget the Chester Zoo and a boat cruise on the River Dee!

Summer Lodge Country House and Spa
If you like equestrian-friendly vacations because you like the peace and quiet of a country estate, then the Summer Lodge Country House and Spa is for you. The Dorset countryside is tranquil and calming, and Harper & Queen magazine listed the Summer Lodge as one of the 100 best places in the world.

If you're a serious horseback rider, these are the hotels for you. Since they don't just cater to horse riders, these countryside lodges, hotels, and inns in England, Tennessee, and Vermont are great for couples and family excursions. Branch out!

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