The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $50, you get two 45-minute horseback-riding lessons at Cameron Oaks Farm (a $100 value) located in the Chelsea area, one mile off of Highway 280.
A newly built equestrian facility, Cameron Oaks Farm schools jockeys of every caliber with riding lessons. Saddle neophytes and seasoned horse handlers ages 5 and older can sign up for 45-minute private or semi-private lessons. Depending on your needs, you’ll be paired with 1 of 10 lesson horses such as Lylah, a pony who has been trotting with children for around 20 years, or Cher, a champion jumper. In addition to riding, beginner students will be taught to properly groom, tack, and cool off their horses. While students gallop about, family members can live out wilderness fantasies by whittling wooden smartphones inside the lodge or pretending to be a giant with the smaller animals at the petting zoo.