A horse-drawn carriage is an elegant way to travel to special events, such as first days of kindergarten, professional wrestling matches, and going to a hospital to browse the maternity ward. Evoke refined style even if you're wearing a "Macho Man" Randy Savage costume with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a country carriage ride for two through Suffolk and Holland plus a light dinner from Chariots for Hire (a $180 value). Horse-drawn rides begin at the Chariots for Hire farm in Suffolk. Weekends are booked well in advance, so make reservations as soon as possible.
Family owned and operated since 1986, Chariots for Hire whisks romantic couples on an elegant, 50-minute horse-drawn carriage stroll, riding from the rural parts of western Suffolk through the quaint downtown of nearby Holland. Chariots for Hire's impeccably groomed horses wear rubber shoes to lightly gallop down quiet city streets, and each coachmen will pilot his stallions while decked in formal attire, complete with a top hat that houses a smaller top hat inside. A light dinner comes in a large basket, with options such as roasted chicken and bacon wraps and pimento-and-cheese sandwiches. Riders can BYOB, as coachmen will have wine glasses and corkscrews ready. Enjoy spectacular views in the autumn, such as the multi-hued leaves of Suffolk, which change to orange, red, yellow, and clear in the fall.
Carriage rides set out rain or shine, with the tops folded down for sunny weather, and the tops folded up for cold or rainy weather. For those seeking a romantic getaway, the peaceful pace and serene countryside of a carriage ride afford plenty of opportunities to make a chivalrous marriage proposal or delicately reveal your clandestine life as a slightly above-average hockey player.