The 45-acre Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm is located just minutes from downtown Waitsfield. Trail rides and treks provide visitors and locals alike with a unique way to tour the Vermont landscape. Hearty Icelandic horses came to North America with the Vikings around 800 AD, and quickly adapted to life in a harsh, icy climate. They more closely resemble carnival ponies than tough, riding horses, but as you cross mountain streams, meander through densely wooded forests, and trot along classic dirt roads, you’ll see that they are indeed well adapted for a trek.
Don’t let the name fool you. There’s nothing lazy about this place. True, in winter the ranch’s 200 horses get a reprieve as guests opt for snowcat rides up Baldy Mountain for backcountry skiing on 400 acres. (Winter Park is 20 miles away.) Or busy yourself with everything from snowshoeing to trap shooting. Aprés-sports call for a soak or massage at the Lazy U Spa, followed by a family-style dinner at the 1947 timber lodge. Finally, scattered about in hillside lodges are 40 rooms with stylish Western décor; request a deluxe suite with a stone fireplace and whirlpool tub.