Sarah Cody and Mike Piskorski
8:21 AM EST, December 24, 2010
"Dashing through the snow. In a one horse open sleigh…." OK, there were actually two horses, Sunday and Tanner, but other than that, riding the sleigh at Woodacres Farm was just as idyllic as the song makes it sound. Photog Mike and I travelled to Terryville, days after the December 26th blizzard. The farm looked pristine, almost glowing with it's fresh blanket of snow. As we arrived, we heard the jingling of bells coming from the woods. We looked up to see a beautiful, old-fashioned sleigh winding through a tree-lined path, gliding along the frozen ground. It was so picturesque: quintessential New England in the winter.
"There is magic in the air," said Joyce Wood, whose husband, Ken, has manned the sleigh for nearly 40 years. "This is something that allows you to step back in time." Wood speaks of the peaceful quality of the sleigh ride. The experience really allows families, like the Russo's from Trumbull, to snuggle up and enjoy quality time together with no technology in sight! "It was beautiful," said Michele Russo. "You see the deer tracks, the moose tracks."
Visitors come from far and wide to take part in this unique winter tradition which is not available very many places. There have even been marriage proposals during winter sleigh rides!
"People, they just dream about this type of thing," said Ken Wood.
Woodacres Farm is located at 68 Griffin Road in Terryville. Sleigh Rides last about 45 minutes and cost $125.00 for the Victorian Sleigh which holds up to four people. The large sleigh can hold twelve people and costs $250.00. Both options include hot cocoa at the end, served inside the Wood's country home. Sleigh rides are available anytime the snow flies before the end of February.