Horseback Riding & Wine Tasting

Overview
Pack List
Drive to Meet Option
FAQ

Ride through forest and fields


WHAT WE LOVE

  • Hit the trails on horseback
  • Beautiful scenery
  • New York Winery
  • Enjoy live music or explore the grounds

YOUR DAY

Join us for a day of riding and wine tasting. Start with a lovely drive upstate to the stables, which sit on hundreds of wooded acres and boast some of the best riding trails in the Northeast. After a short safety briefing, get acquainted with your horse. The lively but well-mannered horses have names like Uno, Dos and Tres. We will saddle up, then ride for 1.5 hours through fields and woods with an experienced wrangler. The land is a wonderful mix of rocky terrain, hills and some narrow paths as well as wide-open fields. Next, we will drive to a beautiful vineyard in the Hudson Valley for a wine tasting. Enjoy a sample of reds and whites along with some of the best hard ciders in America. We'll listen to the winery's live acoustic music while enjoying local foods. A stroll through the orchard grounds is a great finish to the day.

Perfect for: New horseback riders, experienced riders looking for a relaxing day

Photo credit: Johnnybell Sanchez at NY Trendy Moms.

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Pack List

BRING
  • Your lunch (you may also purchase lunch at the winery when we arrive after 2pm. We recommend bringing some snacks)
  • Ample snacks
  • Water
  • Additional layers
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, check out our partners.
  • Camera
WEAR
  • Comfortable athletic clothing. 
  • Long pants (no shorts please)
  • Hiking boots or other close-toed shoes
  • Hat
  • Jacket or fleece
  • Sunscreen
INCLUDED
  • Expert guides
  • Wine tasting of 4-6 wines and ciders
  • Transportation
  • Park permits

Drive to Meet Option

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out.  You'll meet your guide at Echo Lake Stables in Newfoundland, NJ at 10:00 AM. After the ride, you'll follow your guide approximately 30-40 minutes to the winery.

 

FAQ

This is my first trip. What should I expect?

Your guide will meet you at the departure location in a Discover Outdoors shirt and will be driving a passenger transport van. After introductions, you'll drive to the stables, which will take about an hour and a half.  You can expect some great views, interesting facts about the area, and lots of great conversations with your fellow riders. After the ride, you'll have a short drive to the winery, where you'll be able to enjoy the tasting and spend some time exploring the grounds. After your trip is complete, you'll be dropped off at the same location as your departure.

What if I'm running late to the pick up?

We know how tough it can be to get around this city sometimes, but our trips depart on time. As a courtesy to you other adventurers and guides, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your pick-up location so we can depart on schedule. You're more than welcome to bring coffee or breakfasat to enjoy on the road.  If you are running late, please contact your guide (whose phone number you'll receive via e-mail the week of your trip). Unfortunately we do not offer any trip credit for a missed departure due to late arrival. 

What should I wear and bring?

All the information on what to wear and bring can be found on the trip's site in the pack tab. We recommend comfortable, athletic clothing in all seasons and advise against wearing cotton. Dressing in layers will allow you to adapt to changing temperatures. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required for riding trips.

You should pack water and snacks, as well as a lunch. The wineries we visit do typically offer food, but since you'll be arriving around 2p, we recommend bringing your own lunch to eat after your trail ride. It's also a good idea to bring an extra layer, a camera, a hat, and sunscreen.

I've never ridden before. Will I be ok?

Yes, you'll do great!  Our horseback riding trips are appropriate for all skill levels.

Is there a weight limit?

Yes, there is a weight limit of 225 lbs.

How many people will be there?

Our groups usually range from 10-14 people. Your group will have one DO guide and trail guides during the ride.

Will I be the only solo traveler?

No way! Many individuals sign up to join our trips solo. The best part of a DO trip is meeting new people and being part of a group. Even if you show up as a party of one, you'll be leaving with lots of new friends.

What if I don't feel well?

Our guides receive medical training and are all certified Wilderness First Responders, so you're in good hands but communicating is key. Please notify your guide if you don't feel well, are worried about a blister, or have any medical conditions that may be relevant.

What if there's rain in the forecast?

Forecasts change often in the mountainous areas we visit, so we keep a close eye on multiple weather forecasts leading up to a trip. We don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure.  In most cases, the trees will provide quite a bit of cover from passing rain and, as long as you are dressed appropriately, you'll still have a great day. If we decide that the weather is unsafe, we'll notify you by the afternoon before a trip via e-mail.  Please note that there is no credit or refund due to weather unless the cancellation is made by DO, in which case we'll happily transfer your credit to a future trip.

How much should I tip our guide?

If you have a great day, a tip is a great way to thank your guide for their work. Gratuity for the trail guides is already included in the trip price. Gratuity for your Discover Outdoors guide is not included. On our trips, a tip of 10-20% for your DO guide is customary. 

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