By Dani Frank
318 Grassy Hill Road,
Lyme, CT 06371
Hours: Vary, call to make an appointment
With a carriage ride available for visitors all year round, Foxglove Farm’s horses are seasoned pros at offering up an unforgettable winter evening. Heavy blankets and a complimentary cup of cocoa following your ride will keep winter’s bite at bay and put the focus on you and your partner, or party, enjoying snow-covered Lyme. Foxglove sets the mood with attached bells, making your carriage jingle all the way back to the barn. For a picturesque, and affordable, ride you won’t soon forget, a four-person, 30-minute ride begins at $20 per person. A larger 10-person ride is also available; call Foxglove Farm to inquire about rates.
Wood Acres Farm
68 Griffin Road
Terryville, CT 06786
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sat by appointment
Sit back and enjoy a rollicking ride through the hills of Terryville on a 45-minute ride through Wood Acres Farm. Climb into the a decorative Victorian carriage to explore the snow in style, for an adventure on 25 acres, courtesy of Wood Acres Farms’ stately draft horses. While a horse-drawn sleigh ride is the ultimate in romance and relaxation, setting up the right accoutrements can make all the difference in creating ambience. After your ride, warm up with some hot chocolate on the house and cuddle up to a warm blanket. A private ride for up to four guests starts at $125, with 18% gratuity added in.
Cedar Knoll Farm
57 Kimball Road,
Lisbon, CT 06351
Hours: Vary. Call to make appointment
The popular farm is often profiled. From articles in the Draft Horse Magazine to a piece on CPTV’s “Positively Connecticut.” Cedar Knoll’s draft horses are beautiful and accomplished at pulling carriages; and a jaunt around the Lisbon farm’s property is a romantic getaway, or fun for the whole family. Turn your wintertime ride through the woods into a party, with Cedar Knoll’s providing warm fire and food and drinks to make your evening especially magical. Cedar Knoll’s rosy-red sleigh can house a couple for $95 per half hour, or a group-ride of four or more riders at a time, for $200 per half hour.
Loon Meadow Farm
41 Loon Meadow Drive
Norfolk, CT 06058
Hours: Vary. Call to make an appointment
Step into the Surrey Sleigh at Loon Meadow Farm, and prepare for a terrific trot through Norfolk, with a steaming cup of mulled cider waiting to warm you upon your return. Loon Meadow’s antique lap robes will keep you comfortable on your 20-acre journey through the grounds, as a set of jovial jingle bells signal your arrival to the surrounding wildlife. Whether you’re interested in a ride along the trail for two, or seek a night out with the family and friends, the Loon Meadow Farm is here to accommodate. If the two-person Surrey Sleigh, at $120 for 35 minutes, isn’t big enough, enjoy the 10-person Large Sleigh, with rates of $200 per 35 minutes.