The Pacific Northwest. An area of the United States that is carved from rugged coastline and by jagged mountain ranges.
With a cooler climate than California, the gently rolling hills surrounding the Willamette Valley are home to some of the best (and most expensive) Pinot Noir in the world, as well as a high-quality Pinot Gris. So if you liked Napa or Sonoma – come to where the quality is even better!
The horses are hearty and agile Irish Sport Horses that will carry you through the fertile and fragrant Willamette Valley, across the Cascade Range and down for long fun beach gallops through the Pacific spray!
Dates: May 11-16, May 25-30, June 8-13, June 22-27, July 6-11, July 20-25, July 27-Aug. 1, Aug. 10-15, Aug. 24-29, Sept. 7-12, Sept. 21-26, Oct. 5-10 (tbd)
Rate: $2,800.00 USD per person in a shared room with one queen or king bed. Single supplement $500.00.
*Some hotel rooms are “duplex” type, 2 nights may require a shared bath with 1 other room.
- 5 nights accommodation
- 5 days of riding
- Most meals
- 2 wine tastings
- Horse and all tack
- All local taxes
- Travel Insurance
- 2 dinners and 1 breakfast
- Beverages with meals
- Transfers to/from the airport
- Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay
Monday – Transfer from your accommodations in Carlton or McMinnville, or if you have an early flight into Portland transfer from the airport, and ride this morning on the property of your hosts.
Your first ride allows you to view Kendall Jackson and Lois Jadot vineyards as you get to know your horse. After lunch in your hosts’ farmhouse ride through the rolling vineyard land to end at Carlton Hill Vineyard and end your day with a tasting.
Stay in one of the charming, comfortable inns reserved for you by your host in Carlton or nearby McMinnville, enjoying dinner in a local restaurant (this dinner not included in the trip price, so can be any local location of your choice).
Tuesday – Start today at the farm at 9:30am to ride in the Coastal Range Mountains on the West Valley trails. On clear days this trail can offer views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. St. Helens.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail and dinner will be local farm to table type, family-style, gourmet meal curated by your hosts. Overnight as previous.
Wednesday – After being picked up at your accommodation, you’ll drive further west into the Coastal Range mountains, ride the lush wooded trails in this temperate rainforest in the Pacific Northwest.
Stay tonight in a beach view house, enjoy the beach sunsets, walking on the beach and hearing the surf while you sleep in the quaint coastal village of Neskowin.
Dinner will be an informal pizza, pasta and salad dinner in your beach house followed by a bonfire on the beach with s'mores that evening.
Thursday – Start the day with a warmup ride through an old Dairy Farmland and then hack through the village of Neskowin. Ride on the beach by the dramatic and picturesque rock formations.
You may see the ancient ghost forest of Neskowin, then make your way down the lengthy, seven-mile beach and some trails on the high tide line shore pines as well. Dinner tonight in the Beach Club Bistro.
Friday - Get picked up at your condo at 11am to ride in local state park which has wonderful trails on a sand spit beach and also along the Nestucca River. Climbing up the beautiful sand dunes allows for rewarding sights of the Pacific.
Picnic at a site with tables and bathroom facilities before continuing on to Neskowin.
At the end of the ride the horses will be transferred back to Carlton, you will enjoy a final night on the Oregon Coast, soak up that cool coastal air, enjoy the sunset and a glass of Oregon Pinot or Rose. For dinner tonight choose from two restaurants in the village or venture out with a rental car (this dinner, like the first night, is also on your own).
Saturday - Check out and make your way back to Portland or PDX via pre-arranged not included transport. Breakfast on this day is also not included.