You like to ride, he loves to golf. You want to gallop through new adventures, but the kids want to hit the slopes. Have you been scratching your head in frustration, wondering how both riders and non-riders can enjoy an equestrian vacation?
The answer may be easier than you think. At some of the best equestrian-oriented resorts and locations in the world, there are plenty of other activities to keep a non-rider entertained. In planning your custom equestrian vacation, just make sure to keep the interests of all parties in mind and you’ll have no trouble finding a location that suits everyone!
Activities for Non-Riders on an Equestrian Vacation
Active: Looking for the ideal winter destination for you and your ski-bunny partner? Experience the perfection of the Triple Creek Ranch in Montana. He or she can hit the slopes at the nearby Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski Resort, known for its “lifts without lines” and copious fresh powder, while you enjoy a custom equestrian adventure on snowy trails through the Montana backcountry.
Or perhaps your partner is crazy for golf, in which case Gleneagles, Scotland, one of the best golf courses in the world, would be the perfect destination. While they tee off on a world-class green, you can take a polo lesson or go on a trail ride through the heather-covered mountains surrounding the resort.
Cultural: For your travel partner, is no trip complete without at least three museum visits? If so, one of the grand old cities in Europe would be an excellent choice to satisfy both their thirst for culture and your equestrian leanings. Visit the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, where you can watch the famous Lipizzaner stallions train and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the stables. In the meantime, your partner can take in a performance of the Vienna Boys’ Choir or visit the Belvedere museum and view the awe-inspiring golden paintings of Gustav Klimt.
Culinary: Sometimes, the best part of traveling with someone else is having inspiring solo adventures and then telling each other about them over a delicious meal at the end of the day. If your travel partner lives for culinary experiences, there are award-winning restaurants at just about every resort that caters to equestrians. But if you’re looking for something truly unexpected, consider South Africa — with its diversity of ecosystems and landscapes, you can have a little of everything. Spend a week in the mountain vineyards, where a wine connoisseur’s dreams can come true. Enjoy the personal touches of La Residence, in South Africa’s Franschhoek wine country. Here, you can enjoy fabulous wine and dining, and you are just a hop and a skip (or a RIDE!) away from the picturesque vineyards of the region.
It takes some creativity to design the perfect getaway for a non-rider that will still satisfy your equestrian appetite! Luckily, we’ve already done the hard part for you. Visit our website and start dreaming about your next vacation — then contact us when you’re ready to plan it! Happy trails!