Horses are our superiors in every way, which is why we're so lucky that they allow us the courtesy of riding all about on their supple yet strong horse backs. Deepen the human-horse bond with this Groupon.
$589 for Two-Night All-Inclusive Horseback Riding Vacation for Two (a $980 Value)
On a two-night all-inclusive stay at Tod Mountain Ranch, guests explore the picturesque Canadian wilderness on horseback. Each guest is matched with a horse suited to his or her skill level for the duration of the stay. The vacation includes up to 8 hours daily of equine activity, including horseback riding and instruction, as well as grooming and tacking for riders who want a more immersive experience. Experienced wranglers lead trail rides on old logging roads and former cattle trails through the surrounding scenic wilderness near Mount Tod and Heffley Lake. Back at the main lodge, the ranch’s resident chef prepares home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This deal includes all meals, which focus on local ingredients and fresh produce. Guests can also enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Each night, retire to a luxury cabin with a private bathroom, nestled in a clearing amid a grove of trees. When you’re not horseback riding, you can play games at the lodge, join the nightly campfire, or watch an old western movie , such as The Good, The Bad, and Mr. Ed.
Tod Mountain Ranch
Tod Mountain Ranch owner and Ireland native Tracey O'Connell has spent her life traveling the world. But in 2007, she bought an 80-acre former cattle ranch after falling in love with the Canadian wilderness near Louis Creek Valley. Today, this property is the Tod Mountain Ranch, which plays host to both humans and horses—its herd of 20 equines roam the ranch and lead a natural lifestyle, never stalled or stabled. Guests of the human variety spend their time riding, hiking, and relaxing at the main lodge, which was built in 2009 along with the guest cabins. Inside each cabin is handmade log furniture, crafted by a local artisan.
When guests aren't exploring the alpine wilderness, they congregate on the main lodge's wrap-around porch over coffee or a cold beer. You won't go hungry at the Tod Mountain Ranch, whose resident chef prepares breakfast, lunch, and a three-course dinner daily. After dinner, head out to the campfire to sing folk songs and gossip about your favorite horses.