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Creative and Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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By , January 30, 2014 12:02 pm

Whether you love getting in the romantic spirit or despite the “Hallmark holiday”, February 14th is just around the corner. There’s nothing wrong with giving flowers, chocolate, or jewelry to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. But why not give the gift of an experience that you can do together to bring you closer together?

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At FunSherpa, we have a variety of romantic gifts that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any time of year to show your loved one that you care. These are a few of the creatively romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas that we’re most excited about this year:

Relaxing and Romantic Boat Cruises

What better way to kick back and relax with the one you love than from the comfort of a luxury boat with crashing waves setting the mood for romance? Kick Valentine’s Day off right with a morning skyline cruise to feel the fresh morning breeze on your skin and marvel at the beauty of the skyline and a colorful sunrise. If your sweetheart isn’t a morning person, try an afternoon delight cruise to watch fishermen reel in their catches and let the tranquil water relieve your daily stresses.

Food and Wine Tastings

Treat your sweetheart’s palate to the luxurious and gourmet with a food and wine tasting. Purchase a wine tasting and food pairing experiential gift and learn about chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinor noir,cabernet sauvignon, and other fine wines. These fun and informative tasting sessions pair wines with cheese, beets, fruits, chocolates, and other delicious foods that complement the flavors of wine. To add a little culture and exercise to your tasting experience, try a food and cultural walking tour. You and your better half can eat your way through the city’s most celebrated culinary landmarks and go behind the scenes to sample some of the city’s lesser-known cuisine.

Horseback Riding Lessons

If your valentine loves to try new activities, consider taking a horseback riding lesson together. Horseback riding has a certain old world charm to it that brings you back to a simpler time and place. Escape the hectic hustle of city life and feel the serenity of a well-groomed trail and nature at its finest. If this is your first time riding a horse, you’ll probably want to sign up for a guided lesson to ensure the safety of you and your horse.

Horse riding on Broad Sands

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The best gifts are those that inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Don’t settle for generic, tried-and-true gifts this Valentine’s Day. Carriage rides, kayak tours, chocolate tastings, and dance lessons are also great ideas for any occasion. Give the gift of experience and build memories with your loved one that will last a lifetime.

Experience the Beauty of Autumn on Horseback

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By , October 22, 2013 5:51 pm

If you’ve always wondered what it’d be like to ride a horse, autumn is the perfect season to saddle up and give it a try! What better way to immerse yourself in the colorful fall foliage than atop a majestic horse in the crisp, cool air? Just imagine taking a step back in time to explore unbridled wilderness with the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. At Funsherpa, we offer horseback riding lessons, guided trail rides, couples expeditions, and overnight ride/camp adventures in some of the country’s most scenic destinations. Once you learn the basics, these are some other amazing places to go horseback riding in America, as well as a few tips to get you started.

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Triple Creek Horse Outfitters – Napa Valley, California

Experience the beauty of California wine country the old fashioned way, while learning about 19th century Native Americans and ranchers who once rode through these open oak woodlands and shady redwood groves. Guided rides are available by reservation six days a week and include a complimentary tasting at the nearby winery.

Rapp Corral – Durango, Colorado

This corral offers one-hour beginner rides, cave rides, old wagon road rides, wooded rides, and advanced mountain rides. Depending on what ride you choose, you can expect spectacular views of old-growth forests, endless wildflowers, and towering mountain peaks.

Big Red Stables – Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Kentucky Derby and Bluegrass music fans will fall in love with this family owned and operated farm with 200 acres of riding space. The stable offers 1-hour beginner rides, two-hour Eagle’s Nest rides, and rides through the rolling meadows of a nearby Shaker Village.

Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina

To experience the historic luxury of the equestrian lifestyle, head to the Biltmore Estate to explore 80 miles of wooded estate trails. Biltmore offers one-hour guided rides, private trail rides, and group rides that serve a picnic lunch.

Icelandic Horse Farm – Waitsfield, Vermont

This farm offers half-day trail rides, full-day trail rides, and two to six-day treks on five-gaited Icelandic horses. On these rides, you’ll experience the quaint scenery of the Vermont countryside, along the back roads of the Mad River Valley and onto the slopes of the Green Mountains.

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Tips for Horseback Riding Beginners

  • Wear long denim pants to protect your skin from chafing or getting scratched
  • To mount, put your left foot in the stirrup and gently swing yourself to the right side
  • Push down on the stirrups with the balls of your feet
  • Remain calm and confident to let your horse know you’re in control
  • Wear a helmet to protect yourself from falls
  • Keep your muscles loose and move your body as the horse moves
  • Keep your hands still while holding the reins, but don’t pull them too tightly

*Photo Credits: fermicat & New Brunswick via Flickr 

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