For centuries horses and humans have worked together, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon to Cornerstone Ranch in Princeton. Choose from the following options:
- For $22, you get a sleigh- or carriage-ride outing for two (a $48 value).
- For $42, you get a sleigh- or carriage-ride outing for four (a $96 value).
Children 4 and younger may ride for free. Each outing includes the following per person:
- A 30-minute sleigh or carriage ride, depending on weather conditions (an $18 value)
- Hot chocolate (a $2 value)
- S’mores (a $4 value)
Situated on 24 acres of woods and meadows in central Massachusetts, Cornerstone Ranch allows riders to savor the wintry glaze and crisp smell of New England snow during a 30-minute horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride led by farm owner Sue Connell. From the commanding view afforded by raised wagon and sled seats, passengers journey along meandering trails while listening to carols sung by the guide's talking horse. After the ride, spirited folk nosh on gooey chocolate-and-marshmallow s’mores and sip on steaming cups of hot cocoa next to a crackling campfire pit, fueled by spitting logs and undelivered letters to Santa. Book online for a reservation, and be sure to arrive a half hour before your scheduled ride time.
Situated on 24 acres of woods and meadows in central Massachusetts, Cornerstone Ranch allows riders to savor New England's breathtaking foliage year-round with lessons, camps, and rides through scenic terrain. Owner Sue Connell and her family prep their fleet of horses with exhaustive training and pesticide-free fly-control practices, making the steeds even safer to ride than Smokey the Bear. Sue steers horse-drawn sleighs during winter months and gangs astride steeds during warmer weather, leading fellow riders through a labyrinth of woodsy trails. She and an equally experienced instructor helm riding lessons for all levels year-round and fold the same principles into weeklong summer camps. The camps cater to beginner and advanced equestrians alike, teaching kids how to catch, lead, tie up, groom, and outfit horses with bridles and saddles before mounting and riding them into kid-sized sunsets. Daily schedules consist of two rides, including group excursions and trail jaunts. At week's end, equestrians flaunt their new skills at a horse show for friends and parents.