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 Coastal Range and down for long fun beach gallops through the Pacific spray!
2023 Dates: Sept. 17-22, Sept. 24-29, Oct. 1-6, Oct. 15-20
2024 Dates: May 5-10, May 19-24, June 2-7, June 16-21, June 23-28, July 7-12, July 14-19, July 21-26, August 4–9, Sept. 15-20, Sept. 29-Oct. 4, Oct. 6-11, Oct. 13-18
Rate: $3,500.00 USD per person in a shared room with one queen or king bed. Single supplement $1,000.00. (Two beds to a room is an additional fee of $150.00)
*Some hotel rooms are “duplex” type, 2 nights may require a shared bath with 1 other room.
Nonrider: $1,500.00 USD sharing a room with a rider.
- 5 nights accommodation
- 4 days of riding
- Most meals (daily breakfast, picnic lunches on riding days, 3 dinners
- 2 wine tastings
- Horse and all tack
- All local taxes
- Travel Insurance
- 2 dinners
- Beverages with meals
- Transfers to/from the airport
- Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay
Day 1 - Sunday
Arrive and make your way to your first accommodation by independent transfer (we can easily assist if you prefer!).
Day 2 - Monday
Monday – Transfer from your accommodations in Carlton or McMinnville to the farm at 10AM
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).
Day 3 - Tuesday
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. These mountains are both rugged and mellow, with groves of deciduous trees along the clear waters of the Nestucca River. With towering Douglas Firs, this is Oregon's old growth and working forest. The Coastal Mountain Range are in the world's largest temperate rainforest.
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.
Day 4 - Wednesday
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. You'll spend the next two days riding not one - but two expansive, gorgeous Pacific beaches, with lots of room for fun gallops!
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.
Day 5 - Thursday
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.
Day 5 - Friday
Friday - Check out at 11AM and make your way back to Portland or PDX via pre-arranged not included transport.