Where to Take a Sleigh Ride in NH

Leave modern life behind and take a old-fashioned sleigh ride through the beautiful New Hampshire countryside




Sleigh rides are offered at hotels, inns, farms and stables throughout the state from the heart of the White Mountains to the Lakes and Monadnock regions. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway at a cozy bed and breakfast or want to take the whole family out for the day, there's a sleigh ride waiting for you! Cozy up underneath warm blankets, drink hot chocolate with the kids or sip champagne with that special someone, and enjoy a tour through the sparkling winter landscape as bells jingle all the way.

Note: Sleigh rides generally begin in January, but check each individual inn, hotel, farm or stables for an exact start date as it can depend on snow and other weather conditions. You should always call or check the website before you go to make sure lack of snow or inclement weather haven't canceled rides. Many places offer private rides that can be scheduled by calling the provided phone number.

Charmingfare Farm

774 High St.
Candia
(603) 483-5623

  • 20 Passenger Wagon or Sleigh: Traditional sleigh rides along old logging trails offers a chance to leave the modern world behind to explore the snow-covered forest. 1.5 hour ride that includes a 45-minute campfire stopover secluded amidst the pines.
  • 10 Passenger Sleigh: A one-hour two-horse sleigh ride along the Moose Meadow Trails. The gorgeous sleigh has upholstered seats and carries 10 passengers comfortably. After 45 minutes of travel, the sleigh will stop for 45 minutes next to a crackling bonfire for passengers to enjoy any refreshments they brought along.
  • 4 Passenger Sleigh: Perfect for couples and families. A one-hour ride in a re-creation of an 18th century Vis-à-vis-style sleight complete with antique lamps, maroon cloth seats and a warm sleigh robe. Both day and evening departures are available.

Cost

  • 20 Passenger Sleigh: $280 private sleigh per hour or $25 per person.
  • 10 Passenger Sleigh: $260 private sleigh per hour or $35 per person.
  • 4 Passenger Sleigh: $150 up to four passengers

When
Click here for more info and available reservation times.


Coppal House Farm

118 North River Rd.
Lee
(603) 659-3572

Private Sleigh Rides
Coppal House's draft horses will take you on a relaxing ride through the 78-acre property. Snuggle underneath luxurious lap blankets as you ride through fields and woods around the picturesque farm. Considering omitting a sleigh ride if there's not enough snow? No problem. If there is not enough snow, a wagon will be substituted so you don't have to forego any of your wintry plans.

  • Sleigh Ride for Two: A romantic 30-minute ride designed for couples in an antique sleigh.
  • One-horse Sleigh: Carries seven passengers on a 30- or 60-minute ride.
  • Two-horse Sleigh: Carries up to 17 passengers for 30- or 60-minute ride.

Cost

  • Sleigh Ride for Two: $85
  • One-horse Sleigh $100 for 30 minutes or $150 for an hour
  • Two-horse Sleigh $150 for 30 minutes or $250 for one hour
  • Add a bonfire to a private outing for $25

When
Call or click here to schedule a private ride.


Farm By The River Bed and Breakfast

2555 West Side Rd.
North Conway
Call the stables at (603) 356-6640 or (603) 356-2694

The award-winning stables at the Farm By The River are open to both the public and guests of the bed and breakfast. Rides tour the 70-acre family estate that dates back to 1771. You'll enjoy views of the Saco River, the White Mountains, Cranmore Mountain and the Cathedral and White Horse ledges.

  • Private Victorian Sleigh Ride: 45-minute ride for two or four people.
  • Big Red Sleigh: 45-minute ride for up to 14 people.
  • Romantic Ride: A sleigh-ride designed for couple.

Cost

  • Private Victorian Sleigh Ride: $90 for two people and $125 for four. Guests staying at the Farm by the River receive $10 off a sleigh or carriage ride.
  • Big Red Sleigh: $18 for ages 12 and over, $12 for children ages 3-11, free for children under 3
  • Romantic Ride: A $109 special is available and includes complimentary champagne and chocolates on a Victorian sleigh with blankets.

When

  • 45-minute sleigh rides depart daily at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Hot chocolate and blankets provided.
  • Private rides are booked through the stable.

Click here for reservations and more Info.


Franconia Inn

1172 Easton Rd.
Franconia
(603) 823-5542

The Franconia Inn's antique sleigh, which seats six adults comfortably, is pulled by a Belgian draft horse for a 30-minute ride. Blankets are provided in abundance. Feel free to bring hot beverages and tasty treats to accompany you on the quiet journey that only winter can promise.

Cost

  • Group ride: $25 per adult, $15 per child 12 years and younger, and 3 & under ride free
  • Private ride for two: $85 per couple

When

  • Beginning in mid-December
  • Reservations are recommended.

Click here for more info - Winter 2014 schedule and prices TBD - check back soon for more information.


Hidden Hollow Farm

78 Depot Rd.
East Kingston
(603) 642-8128

One-hour sleigh rides are offered both on the farm and at your private events and parties. The horse-drawn sleigh seats up to 20 people.

Cost/When
Call the farm at the number above for times and rates. Click here for more info.


Omni Mount Washington Resort

310 Mt Washington Hotel Rd.
Bretton Woods
(603) 278-1000

As long as there's snow on the ground you can take either a one-horse drawn or Austrian (two horses) sleigh ride through the countryside. The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods has daily sleigh ride options.

Cost

  • Half-hour private ride (per couple) is $95 for guests and $105 for the public
  • Half-hour semi-private ride (per couple) is $50 for guests and $60 for the public
  • Additional children (ages 13 and older) is $25 for guests and $30 for the public
  • Additional children (ages 5-12) are $15 for guests and $20 for the public
  • Additional children (ages 5 and younger) no charge on lap
  • Two-horse group ride is $15 fo adult guests and $10 for children and the public is $20 for adults and $15 for children

When

  • Austrian Sleigh: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • One-horse Sleigh: Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.


Purity Spring Resort

1251 Eaton Rd.
East Madison
(603) 367-8896

Rides are typically 25-30 minutes and will take you from the open fields, and pastures, through spruce-lined and back-country trails around Purity Spring Resort.

Cost

  • Free for guests.
  • $22 per person for the public.
  • Free for children under 3 on a lap.

When

  • Every Saturday Evening (weather permitting) beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Additional rides are also offered during holidays.
  • Call the phone number above for a complete schedule.

Click here for more info. Call (603) 367-8896 for additional information and reservations.


Ragged View Farm

111 Bradley Lake Rd.
Andover
(603) 724-7511

Sleigh rides are by reservation only. The hay-filled sleigh seats about eight adults and the ride lasts for about 40 minutes.

Cost
Day rides are $100.

When
Call to reserve.

Click here for more information.


Silver Ranch Stables

183 Turnpike Rd.
Jaffrey
(603) 532-7363

Silver Ranch Stables offers sleigh rides when the snow has blanketed the ground. Need a good excuse to get people out of the house for the holidays? These sleigh rides are ideal for family gatherings. They also work well for business functions. Though snow may or may not promise to present itself for your special day, Silver Ranch Stables offers year-round hayrides that offered on and off site.

  • Large Sleigh: A two and a half-mile ride through the woods over about 45 minutes to an hour. Sleighs hold about 15 people.
  • Two-person Sleigh: You can take a one-horse open sleigh for two on a 30-minute ride at a faster clip pulled by one of the carriage horses. Jingle bells will ring through the air and fur robes are provided to keep you warm.

Cost

  • Large Sleigh: $15 per person, $150 minimum
  • Two Person Sleigh: $80 per couple

When
Call for available times

Click here for more information.


Waterville Valley Resort Town Square

*Note: Rates and times have not been updated for the 2014/15 season yet. As soon as we have the information we'll update it here.

1 Ski Area Rd.
Waterville Valley
(603) 236-8175

The sleigh is pulled by a pair of Percheron draft horses. Rides depart from Town Square and tours the golf course along the foothills of the valley, offering views of the surrounding mountain peaks along the way.

Cost

  • $15 for ages 13 and up
  • $10 for children ages 2-12
  • Free for children 2 and under on a lap
  • $225 for a private sleigh

When

  • Fridays: 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

For reservations, information, and tickets, visit the Town Square check-in desk or call (603) 236-8175 or click here.

 

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