Carriage Rides for Christmas
Have you ever experienced a horse drawn carriage ride in the winter time? 'Tis the season to try it!
My fondest memories of spending Christmas time with my family in Michigan has always been taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. Of course, I may be biased… I've been horse back riding since I was 3. Whether you love horses or not, this is an experience you don’t want to miss out.
My first carriage ride in Michigan was over 10 years ago with my parents and my Grandma up in Frankenmuth, MI. It was a cold, snowy night and I was nervous the ride was going to be freezing. But, after stuffing ourselves with chicken dinners and desert, plus hours of walking the town and Bronner's, I knew I'd worked up a sweat for this.
To my surprise, the carriage was enclosed and filled with thick, wool blankets. Perfect to fight off the chilly night! We barely fit, but we were warm! The ride took us all over the town and historical neighborhoods that were beautifully decorated with Christmas lights. It was magical!
Can you believe downtown Detroit offers carriage rides in Campus Martius? This one always reminds me of the carriage rides I've taken in New York City around Central Park. Even though Detroit isn't as big and you're not taking it around a Park, the views of the City at night with the Christmas lights is priceless. The carriage is an open, white carriage that is identical to New York's. Enjoy the bustle of the city at Christmas time with your coffee and warm wool blankets for the perfect Holiday Season experience.
Birmingham, MI is another great option if you want to stay local to the suburbs. Starting in Shain Park, the carriage ride tours the Old Woodward downtown area. This is such a pretty ride with the lights decorating the old side of Birmingham. Plus, the options to eat and watch your favorite Christmas movie is the perfect warm up option after the Carriage ride!
If you're looking for a small town experience without traveling far, then The White Horse Inn is perfect for you! And if it snows just the right amount, they will break out the sleigh carriage instead! Who wouldn't want to experience Santa's sleigh? Downtown Metamora is a beautiful 4 corner, country village you don't want to miss. The rides start at the old stagecoach turned restaurant with old, horse-drawn stagecoaches with ancient gas lamps lighting the carriage. It tours the little downtown area and Victorian homes. Make sure to grab a yummy dinner at the White Horse Inn, and ice cream or coffee across the street at the antique store with a firepit to warm up.
Make this Holiday Season magical for you and your family, or loved one by riding in a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride. It will be worth the cold weather!
I would love to see your magical ride, so tag me on IG @maryrose_maher
-Mary Rose Maher