The Shenandoah Area
Cross Country International
Cross Country International, which plans deluxe horseback adventures in Ireland, Peru, and beyond, recently introduced its first trip in Virginia: the three- to four-day Hunt Country Trail Ride. Using the 1778 Federal-style Willow Grove Inn as a base, participants saddle up and follow Civil War Soldiers' footpaths through the rolling forest of Shenandoah National Park, then trot to the Wilderness Battlefield, where wartime homesteads and fighting trenches remain intact. Novice equestrians can book lessons with an Olympic gold medalist at the inn's training ring.