Sugarbush Getaway Ride

Vermont USA: (IRVT07)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/vt_sugarbush_weekend.aspx

Introduction
Vermont USA
This is the perfect escape for those who appreciate comfort and fine dining but still want an active and unusual vacation. Horseback ride across flowering meadows, find hidden swimming holes, visit charming villages and enjoy a comfortable couple of days at the picturesque country inn we have selected especially for you. There is no better introduction to the remarkable Icelandic Horse than these 2-day trail rides that take you on a scenic tour of this special region of Vermont. You will be matched to a horse to your level of experience and we'll travel at a pace that suits you so that you can experience the horse's gentle temperament and smooth gaits and come to respect and appreciate the amazing animal that this farm has dedicated themselves to. You won't believe how much action is possible underneath you while you feel the sensation, as native Icelanders describe it, of  "riding in an easy chair."  For over twelve years now there has been a steadily growing herd of Icelandic Horses within the Mad River Valley of central Vermont.  They live content and right at home amidst the majestic mountains, pretty waterfalls, crisp mornings of snowy winters and the luscious greenery of Vermont summers. The Horse Farm, founded in 1988, has shown over 3000 riders charming New England at its best.      

You'll return home fit and 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.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You nights will be at a lovely country inn in Waitsfield. From the moment you enter the sunny front room or our Inn, with white wicker furniture and pastel floral prints, the flower-bedecked back porch overlooking the gazebo, and lush gardens in open fields, you will know you have arrived in heavenly Vermont. Erected circa 1860, this lovely Victorian Inn was built from the wood of the land and boasts hardwood floors and decorative moldings throughout. Lace-etched 5'x5' picture windows and period antiques adorn the living and dining areas. The elegant dining room with Queen Anne furnishings serves afternoon tea daily for our guests. Relax in one of our comfortable couches with a good book. The crackling fire and hot tea will warm you up after a day of riding. The BYOB lounge has cable TV, DVD, stereo, wood stove, guest refrigerator, and a pool table. In the evening, enjoy our Hot Springs hot tub on the back deck as you gaze upon the sky saturated with stars. Wi-Fi is available at the Inn. There are laundry facilities in Waitsfield if necessary.
Breathe in the landscape, distant red barns, meadows of wild flowers, fields of corn. The warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere make you feel right at home. Once you have been here, you are sure to return again and again.



Room Options
Each guest room is uniquely decorated and features feather beds and private baths. (Non-feather beds are available, too. Just ask).

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.



Meals
Most meals are included except dinner on Day 1. As much as possible we serve locally grown food (farm to table). When you awaken, you will be served a delicious three-course gourmet breakfast, and you may be accompanied by a hummingbird or two. Breakfast is served from 8:00am – 9:00am, but fresh brewed coffee is available by 7:00am to take to your room or in any common room including our sun room. A nice variety of teas are available 24 hrs a day from our tea table. During the summer, we serve breakfast outdoors on the covered back porch. Breakfast and dinner are at the inn. Lunch is at the farm. Alcoholic drinks are not included in this trip but you are welcome to bring your own at dinnertime only.

Dietary Restrictions
If you have special dietary requests, please let us know in advance, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Pace
Pace and distance ridden day to day are decided by the riders based on experience and preference. Almost all groups end up doing some walking, mostly tolting, and a bit of cantering. Each days ride is approximately 5 to 6 hours. Wednesday is only a morning ride. Children over 10 years with riding experience are welcome if accompanied by a parent or an adult. Groups are kept small, 2-8 riders plus guides. 

Tack and Equipment
The horses are ridden in equipment traditionally used in Iceland. The saddles are quality English saddles made especially for the Icelandic horses and are comfortable for both the horse as well as the rider. Bridles have snaffle bits with drop nose-bands. Saddlebags and water bottles are available. Helmets are required and are available for those who do not have their own.

The Horses
All horses used are imported, purebred, carefully selected Icelandic Horses. The breed is famous for stamina, gates (horses are 4 or 5 gated), pronounced homing instinct and gentle disposition. Always willing and energetic, they are forgiving and patient with beginners, yet offer the competition rider a challenging experience. Strong, yet never intimidating, and capable of carrying large adults due to their unique bone density, Icelandic Horses average 13 to 14 hands in height. Icelandic Horses are found in all colors and have beautifully defined heads and abundant manes and tails.
Riding Icelandic is certainly a unique experience and one never to be forgotten. Versatility One of the keys to enjoying Icelandic Horses is their well-rounded versatility. They are superb, natural jumpers, enthusiastic driving horses, and competent, talented partners in dressage. Endowed with tremendous stamina, Icelandic Horses stay healthy, fit and mentally well balanced with minimal stress and training Bred to carry adults smoothly and willingly over difficult terrain, Icelandic Horses bring their cheerful outlook and sensible attitude to each ride.

The Only Naturally Five-Gaited Horse
In addition to walk, trot, and canter, Icelandic Horses also tölt, a four-beat running walk that produces fluid, rhythmic, forward movement. The tölt, the most pleasurable gait, is free flowing and effortless, allowing the horse to cover rough terrain swiftly. Many Icelandic Horses also pace, an exhilarating racing gait which can be performed at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
Whichever gait you choose, Icelandic Horses perform naturally and smoothly—no bouncing, no posting!

Why are Icelandics always called horses and never ponies?
The word pony is an English invention, probably from the old French word, poulenet, a diminuative form of poulain, or colt. So it defines small breeds on the British Isles like Shetlands, Welch, Dartmoors, Exmoors, and Connemaras. But pony is often used imprecisely. For example, it's used to describe polo horses and mustangs, which aren't necessarily small. The Pony Express in the 1860's used thoroughbreds and Morgans.  In Iceland, which had its own written language when most of Europe still relied on Latin, they're called only one word, hest, or horse.

Itinerary

Vermont Getaway Rides- subject to changes
Optional extra overnights can be arranged at an additional cost - please inquire!

3-day Sample Itinerary: Friday to Sunday

Day 1: Friday
Arrive late afternoon around 4:00pm at the B&B which is a lovely 1860's Victorian country inn with cozy guest rooms, all with private baths. The inn boasts a swimming hole within walking distance, a recreation path, views of surrounding farmland, a BYOB bar in the family room with a pool table, and an outdoor jacuzzi tub. With as many as 30 restaurants in the valley we can be sure you will find one to suit your tastes for dinner tonight. Your innkeeper Luc can help you with your selection and send you in the right direction!

Day 2: Saturday
After a three-course gourmet breakfast on our lovely back porch overlooking the gazebo you will be introduced to your horses and have a quick orientation. Then off to a day of riding. A picnic lunch will be served along the trail, with ample time for relaxing and enjoying the fresh Vermont air, before remounting for a fun afternoon of riding. Late afternoon is a great time for a swim, shopping, sightseeing, maybe a Jacuzzi, or if you wish a massage. We offer an on-call massage therapist who will arrive at the Inn to take care of any sore places. Dinner will be prepared and served by your hosts, who will join you for a relaxing meal. By this time you will appreciate the Inn's marvelous feather beds.

Day 3:  Sunday
After another fabulous breakfast, we are off to another full day of riding, more beautiful scenery, and another great picnic lunch. The ride will end at 4:00pm.

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3-day Sample Itinerary: Wednesday to Friday

Day 1: Wednesday

Arrive late afternoon around 4:00pm at the B&B which is a lovely 1860's Victorian country inn with cozy guest rooms, all with private baths. The inn boasts a swimming hole within walking distance, a recreation path, views of surrounding farmland, a BYOB bar in the family room with a pool table, and an outdoor jacuzzi tub. With as many as 30 restaurants in the valley we can be sure you will find one to suit your tastes for dinner tonight. Your innkeeper Luc can help you with your selection and send you in the right direction!

Day 2: Thursday
This morning starts out from the farm. Then we will be off exploring Camel's Hump State Forest in an area the locals call "Baird In The Bush." Lunch is back at the farm . The afternoon ride offers more winding dirt roads and lovely wooded trails that will bring us back around 4 pm.  We will meet back at the inn for dinner together on this night.

Day 3: Friday
Today we will ride up through the mountains along scenic stone walls and through old farm lands, even coming across stone foundations dating back about 100 years. Lunch is back at the farm, and for those who wish to ride in the afternoon, we will be off for more tolting! Departure in the afternoon

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4-day Sample Itinerary: Sunday to Wednesday

Day 1: Sunday

Arrive late afternoon around 4:00pm at the B&B which is a lovely 1860's Victorian country inn with cozy guest rooms, all with private baths. The inn boasts a swimming hole within walking distance, a recreation path, views of surrounding farmland, a BYOB bar in the family room with a pool table, and an outdoor Jacuzzi tub. With as many as 30 restaurants in the valley we can be sure you will find one to suit your tastes for dinner tonight. Your innkeeper Luc can help you with your selection and send you in the right direction! 

Day 2: Monday
Arrive at the horse farm around 9:30 am for an orientation, and an introduction to the Icelandic Horse. Then a brief discussion and assignment of horses. There will be an opportunity to view a video about the history and gaits of the Icelandic Horse. We will then have a short hands on education down at the riding arena and track. We will help you with gait transitions and individual instruction as it pertains to your horse. Then we are off to practice what you have learned. Lunch is at the farm today and in the afternoon you will be able to try a different horse if you wish.

Day 3: Tuesday
Today you will really get into the gaits while enjoying magnificent views along the way. Lunch is at a pretty spot by the river. Then off for more riding through forests and neighboring farm lands. Back at the inn you may choose to relax before dinner, or explore the wonderful walking trails along the river or take a swim... or maybe back in that hot tub!

Day 4: Wednesday 
A 2-hour ride in the morning after breakfast at 10:00am.


Rates and Dates for Sugarbush Getaway Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations at an inn in Waitsfield, most meals, 2 or 3 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20193 day trip, AP - 2 riding days$700
    • Single supplement$160
  • B
    20193 day trip, AP - 2 riding days (Foliage)$725
    • Single supplement$180
  • C
    20194 day trip, AP - 3 riding days$1050
    • Single supplement$240
  • D
    20194 day trip, AP- 3 riding days (Foliage)$1150
    • Single supplement$270

Tax 1: 6 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 6 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfers not included - best to rent a car $0
2019 Non-rider rate, dbl, per day (includes breakfast & dinner) $120

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
C 2019 08/18 - 08/21 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - 3 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/21 - 08/23 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/23 - 08/25 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
C 2019 08/25 - 08/28 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - 3 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/28 - 08/30 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 08/30 - 09/01 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
C 2019 09/01 - 09/04 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - 3 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/04 - 09/06 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/06 - 09/08 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
C 2019 09/08 - 09/11 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - 3 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/11 - 09/13 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 09/13 - 09/15 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
D 2019 09/15 - 09/18 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- 3 riding day... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 09/18 - 09/20 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 09/20 - 09/22 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
D 2019 09/22 - 09/25 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- 3 riding day... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 09/25 - 09/27 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 09/27 - 09/29 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
D 2019 09/29 - 10/02 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- 3 riding day... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/02 - 10/04 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/04 - 10/06 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
D 2019 10/06 - 10/09 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- 3 riding day... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/09 - 10/11 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
B 2019 10/11 - 10/13 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding da... 4 /8 Expired
D 2019 10/14 - 10/17 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP- 3 riding day... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 10/16 - 10/18 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
A 2019 10/18 - 10/20 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Expired
C 2019 10/20 - 10/23 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - 3 riding da... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/23 - 10/25 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/25 - 10/27 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Reserve
C 2019 10/27 - 10/30 4d / 3n 4 day trip, AP - 3 riding da... 4 /8 Reserve
A 2019 10/30 - 11/01 3d / 2n 3 day trip, AP - 2 riding d... 4 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: Getaways are available from Sun-Wed for 4day/3night and Wed-Fri or Fri-Sun for 3day/2night.
Extra B&B overnights can be arranged.
For private groups we can also combine the trips with 4 full riding days

Rates do not include:

Transfers, dinner on arrival day not included.

Other Info
Meeting: Waitsfield
Airport: Burlington International Airport (BTV)
Transfer: Burlington airport by taxi

Climate:
                                                Fayston area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

23

27

37

51

63

71

74

73

65

52

42

30

Average Low Temperature (°F)

4

6

15

28

39

48

53

51

43

32

25

12

Average High Temperature (°C)

-5

-3

3

11

17

22

23

23

18

11

6

-1

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-16

-15

-10

-2

4

9

11

10

6

0

-4

-11

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

6

7

9

11

13

9

9

8

11

10

9

Source: NOAA


Seasons
May and June's days are warm with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s F, sometimes 80’s F. However, nights are cooler (50’s F).
July and August are usually warm months and can occasionally get hot (90’s F).
In September and October you will find warm days still, while mornings and evenings are cool, sometime as low as 30’s and 40’s F.


Special note – Fall foliage
The Fall Foliage Season usually begins around mid-September and lasts until mid-October, with peak colors appearing around the first week in October. Of course this varies depending on the weather. The leaves start to turn in the northern part of the state first and gradually work their way south. Also, in general, higher elevations start changing before the lower elevations.

What To Bring:
For convenience these are some things that we recommend to bring along.
- Riding breeches, chaps, or comfortable sports pants. Some people tend do to be sore when riding in jeans. If you do decide to wear jeans; chaps, or half chaps are recommended.
- Paddock boots are most practical on this ride, but feel free to wear what you are most comfortable in. We will be doing some walking to loosen up, so it is very important that your boots are comfortable.

Dress for the season.
Attire in the evenings is casual.
In May and June the days are warm with temperatures in the 60's and 70's. Nights are cooler, in the 50's.
July and August are usually warm, and occasionally hot, in the 90's.
In September and October, you will have warm days, with cool evenings and mornings, sometimes in the 30's and 40's.
You may need a sweater, as it does cool down at night.

Bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, and riding gloves.

Riding helmets are required and if you have your own you will be more comfortable; but one can also be borrowed from us. This goes as well for rain gear.
Optional equipment includes; a camera, water bottle, a belt pack for personal belongings, and sunglasses. If you would like to book the Massage Therapist please contact Hidden Trails for details and confirmation.
 
This list is only a guideline for you
 
Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
 
RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Rain coat/Wax jacket
 
PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Light summer jacket
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
Swimsuit
Bandanna
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Belt pack
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm