Outdoorsy fun is fading fast, so act a goose and head south to... Boston (Virginia), where you'll find the Shangrila Guest Ranch, an all-inclusive horseback-riding getaway for any season or any reason.
It's located so far south in Virginia you could probably step foot in North Carolina, but that doesn't steer any horse lover (or vacation lover) from booking a week-long stay on this country horse farm.
The owners of the ranch, Gary and Julie Holmes, purchased 800+ acres of that land to preserve the forest for trail riders, hikers and every other tree hugger (Gary's opinion of himself) around. They created their own subdivision nearby called Old Gabe Trails which features a exorbitant amount of trails surrounding each home.
Besides the day-long trail rides you'll get with your stay, you'll also be pleased to know they have activities like hiking, hay rides and campfires -- which are especially delightful in the fall.
Book your stay in one of the three guest houses. One option, "the old home place," is a three-bedroom cabin built in the early 1800s. Or take the quaint "log cabin" (our favorite) which we can only describe as the perfect country ranch stay because of its A-frame nature and woodsy feel.
Once you've unpacked, take yourself on a hike through the woods, or maybe meander beyond the ranch to the nearby Staunton River State Park
. Whatever you choose, it's the right decision because after all, you are on vacation.
Lodging for each night is around $218/adult and is based on double occupancy. Meals, lodging, horseback riding and on-site activities are included with each stay.
Shangrila Guest Ranch is located at 3219 Cluster Springs Road, South Boston, Va., about four hours from downtown D.C.
Published at 3:50 PM EDT on Oct 24, 2013