Those of you who have planned a wedding know how stressful it can be at times. Those of you who have planned a wedding from halfway around the world know that it can give the word stressful a new meaning. So, to take a break from all the craziness, Ofir took me to do one of my favorite things last weekend – horseback riding.
We drove up to Ramot Menashe (about an hour from Tel Aviv) to a place called Dubi Farms. I grew up riding horses, so I can be a little skeptical of day trip horseback riding where you often get stuck with a worn out horse who’s been giving a million rides a day. Thankfully, our horses were energetic and really responsive, so it was fun even for someone who rides regularly (or at least used to).
I liked the terrain we rode through – everything was super green and looked nothing like Tel Aviv, even though it’s only an hour away. The farm had prepared an awesome wine and cheese platter for us in the middle of the forest, so we stopped and enjoyed that halfway through our ride. Even though this is only Ofir’s second time riding, he handled it like a pro. The guy is great at anything he tries, I swear.
After we left the farm we went and walked around a nearby town called Zichron Ya’akov. The town was founded by Baron Edmund James de Rothschild in 1882 as one of the first Zionist communities in Israel. Many of the old houses and buildings remain, giving the town a quaint European feel, something you don’t find a lot here. There’s some cool museums in the town, as well as Israel’s first winery, established by the Baron when he built the town. There also happens to be a great waffle shop, which we took full advantage of.
After our little trip, it was back to wedding invitations and rehearsal dinner planning, which unfortunately has to be done late night due to the time difference, but it was nice to take a little break from reality. If you’re looking for a getaway not far from Tel Aviv, I recommend checking out Ramot Menashe and Zichron Ya’akov. The area boasts lots of cool trails, for hiking, ATVs, and, of course, horseback riding.