Whether or not we get a White Christmas in the DMV remains to be seen but there are nearby places you can go dashing through the snow via a sleigh ride. And, not to fret, even if you don’t make it in time for the holidays, most of the sleigh rides are offered all winter long. So it might just be the perfect activity for a winter weekend once all the holidays are over. Anything that makes January and February more tolerable is a major plus in our books! Here are some wonderful places where you can giddy up to new memories.
Photo: Seven Springs
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Howdy, partner! At Seven Springs Stables, you can channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl and discover the beauty of the Laurel Highlands on a horse-drawn sleigh ride! The Seven Springs Stables is led by Rich “Jonesy” Jones, who has spent nearly 45 years raising, training, riding and caring for horses. Have a fun family weekend at Seven Springs Mountain and enjoy exhilarating outdoor adventures or just relaxation and get away from the city. Whatever your winter weekend needs are, Jonesy Jones would love to host you on a sleigh ride!
Pleasant Valley Dream Rides
Just minutes from Deep Creek Lake and area attractions, your hosts, Ray and Rachel Miller, take you on a winter sleigh ride through the countryside of Pleasant Valley. Go back in time, hop on an old fashioned sleigh, as you hear the soft sound of horse’s hooves trudging through the snow. Feel the sharp clean mountain air on your cheeks and breathe in the invigorating frosty air. Snuggle up under warm blankets with your loves ones as you create fond memories. Your pleasant sleigh driver will talk to you about the history of Pleasant Valley but most of all, make sure you become well acquainted with the farm in winter. Enjoy a ride during the day or under the starry skies in the evening. Rides offered 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
1689 Pleasant Valley Rd. (Oakland, Md)
Located amid the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark and resort that has been welcoming guests for over 200 years. Today, The Greenbrier invites families to enjoy the outdoors, create cherished traditions, and embark on astounding adventures together. Among the winter activities they offer are cozy sleigh rides. These laid-back outings provide picturesque views of the property as your family dashes through the snow!
300 West Main St. (White Sulphur Springs, Wv)
Circle R Ranch
Deep Creek is the place to be for sleigh rides! Take a one-horse open sleigh ride at Circle R Ranch and check out their gentle giants, the Draft Horses. Circle R is a family business that welcomes you to the ranch when you arrive and they do their best to help you and your family enjoy a safe, fun experience. Cross though the snowy countryside with your family as you all huddle together under a blanket. Make memories no one in your crew will ever forget!
4151 Sand Flat Rd. (Oakland, Md)
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