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Redwood Coast Ride

Equine, Wine & Song trip

Trail rides on beaches Monday and Wednesday. Full day rides with lunch on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

Day 1:  A three and a half hour drive from San Francisco takes you through famous Sonoma and Mendocino Counties wine country to Pacific Coast Highway One.  Come to Ricochet Ridge Ranch at 2 PM and enjoy a get-acquainted ride on the beach after an orientation and riding demonstration.  After your ride, check into the lovely Hill House Inn in Mendocino, followed by a lovely three course dinner with wine at the Hill House Inn’s restaurant.  After dinner, your evening is free to relax and stroll around the lovely village of Mendocino.  
Day 2:  After breakfast at the Hill House Inn, head to Jackson State Forest, California’s largest state forest, a 54,000 acre gem of redwood and Douglas fir canopy.  This days ride includes ample opportunities to trot and canter along old stagecoach roads and along Indian Springs Trail, ford ing the headwaters of the Noyo River.  These old trails whisper of history and of a time forgotten.  After the ride the group will head to the Noyo Harbor for a post-ride dinner at Chapter & Moon restaurant.  Perched on the pier overlooking the river, we will have the opportunity to watch as fishing boats bring in their catch of the day, while opportunistic sea lions await their arrival. Riders are encouraged to go and enjoy the Music Festival in the evening. One entrance fee is included in your package.  
Day 3:  A leisurely breakfast leaves you energized and ready for today’s ride, a dream come true for many guests.  Meet your horses and your guides for a ride on Ten Mile Beach.  After warming up the horses with a visit to Seal Rock, the group strikes north to open, deserted beaches where we can trot and canter for miles and miles.  Once reaching the Ten Mile Estuary, the group will take a short break before looping around and turning back towards the ranch, with opportunities again to trot and canter for miles along the ocean’s edge where seals and cormorants cavort offshore.  After your ride, enjoy a few short hours respite, before convening again for an early supper at the Bay View Café, the local’s favorite restaurant for outstanding views overlooking the Mendocino Bay.     
Day 4:  Today, your limousine will meet you at the Hill House Inn to take you on a exclusive tour of the Anderson Valley Wine country, visiting four award winning boutique wineries.  Experience the magic of Mendocino County’s undiscovered wine country.  Local wine guides will lead you in style to the lairs of some of the best—and least known—of California's North Coast vintners. You can kick back and sip sparkling wine as you enjoy the Anderson Valley’s beautiful scenery. A gourmet lunch will be served al fresco at one of the wineries. You can taste as many wines as you want during the day without the hassle or hazard of driving.  Your visits to wineries will afford opportunities for barrel and reserve tasting, behind-the-scene tours, discussions with the winemakers, and discounted case pricing. You will also be able to purchase limited production wines not available to the general public. Upon returning to Mendocino after this magical excursion, dine at the Mendocino Café, local favorite for ethnic and Thai style food. If you have enough energy left .. stroll down to the Music Festival and listen to the different shows.
Day 5: After breakfast, it’s back to the horses!  Today's ride will include a "mock endurance ride" where you learn how to check your horse's cardiac and respiratory recovery rates, capillary refill, skin response, muscle tone and gut sounds, just as its done at a "vet check" on a competitive trail ride or endurance ride. Ride along ridge tops with mountain views, and down into the river valley beyond.  Lunch is under a grove of giant redwood trees.  After lunch, those who would like to may ride an optional additional loop, trotting and cantering as one might do in an endurance ride.  A hearty dinner awaits you at Fort Bragg’s finest Italian restaurant, in the heart of downtown.  This restaurant boasts a well thought wine list, with a global focus.  
Day 6:  Our last day’s ride begins at the Orca Pasture, a vast cattle ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Today you’ll canter up a long gradual trail to the very peak of the mountain, where you are literally "on top of the world"....the views are absolutely spectacular.  And that’s just the beginning…After lunch on the top of the mountain, basking in the view, we head back to Ten Mile Beach for an hour long canter in the surf.  After today’s exhilarating ride, dine at the Hill House Inn once again.
Day 7: Enjoy one last breakfast at the Hill House Inn before checking out.  Farewell to Mendocino..

One entrance fee to the Music Festival is included.  A premium wine tasting can be arranged if interested (small extra charge).

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Mendocino Music Festival: A cultural event which brings world class musicians, both classical and contemporary, and music lovers from around the world to a summertime tradition in the most picturesque town of Mendocino. The Mendocino Music Festival is a magical blend of fine music by outstanding performers in one of the most enchanting sites in Northern California. Evenings under the heated big tent by the ocean on four nights include breathtaking concerts featuring the Festival Orchestra, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, world or folk music, culminating in the magnificent full Opera. Your days will be spent horseback riding under ancient redwood forests, along deserted Pacific Ocean beaches, through vast cattle ranches and across high mountain ridge tops with views to forever.

Mendo Wine Tour: Taking you into the heart of the wine country, the Mendo Wine Tour begins as your limousine meets you for a 10 AM departure into the Anderson Valley Wineries. You will be greeted by a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from Roederer Estate. Your luxury SUV limousine will travel through giant, stately redwoods on the way to the beautiful Navarro River Valley. Once reaching the Anderson Valley, you will visit four unique wineries where you will receive VIP tours and tastings. A gourmet picnic lunch will await you after your second winery.
-- this is an add on option and not included ($175 pp)

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Redwood Coast Ride
Tour Code: IRCA01
7 days / 6 nights ~$3,200.00
Dates: May to Oct, custom dates available

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Equine, Wine & Song trip
Tack: English, Western
Horses: Russian Orloff, Arab, Quarter Horse an...
Pace: Moderate with long trots and nice cant...
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Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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