Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a horseback trail-ride adventure for two at Lawton Stables at the Sea Pines Resort (a $110 value) in Hilton Head, SC. Trail rides kick off each day at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Lawton Stables' knowledgeable guides lead beginners riding Western-style on one-hour trail rides that pass through the undisturbed Sea Pines Forest Preserve, which spans 603 acres. While sitting, posting, or head-standing atop gentle mounts, equestrians delve into palmetto-covered canopies and wildflower meadows before breaking in horseshoes along the banks of Lake Thomas. Small groups ride at a leisurely pace on the trail, winding past hordes of wildlife that may include herons or alligators basking in the sun on the bank of the lake. Reservations are required, and guests must arrive 30 minutes before departure adorned in loose-fitting clothing, closed-toe shoes, and chainmail.