You really get away from everything with this authentic "western" weekend. At North Mountain Outfitters, the bunkhouse is set away from the road and the town enough that you don't hear anything but the wind in the trees and the sounds of the cattle on the hillside. Your cellphone will work, but there is no tv or wifi. A great place to sit by the fire and read or play board games. The main room of the bunkhouse is comfortable and roomy and the food is delicious and plentiful. The rooms themselves are clean and the beds cozy, but overall the space is modest and not very private. Depending on the room, you may share a bathroom. A great place to meet other friendly people or take the extended family for a group mini-vacation that's within an easy drive of the DC area.
My boyfriend and I soaked in the hot tub late at night after everyone else had gone to bed and enjoyed the stars and the full moon on a lovely quiet night. You might want to bring an extra towel along with your bathing suit because the one towel per person provided is for the shower, too. You'll need your own hair dryer and toiletries since a bar of soap is the only extra.
This place is truly a family ranch with daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Jason, greeting and feeding you. They are friendly and helpful and then they get out of the way. Born on the place owned by his daddy, Dwight Wood lives in another house on the ranch and is Jennifer's dad and head horseman. He'll meet you at the horse arena before your ride to aquaint you with your mount. Dwight teaches you a few things about riding his horses, but no need to feel intimidated if you are a beginner or the once-every-ten-years-or-so rider like me. His steads are seasoned and they know the trail well.
Even if you are an experienced rider, you will enjoy this beautiful ride. It's a real trail (not just a paved or hardened dirt path) that weaves through trees and even crosses a small stream. It snowed during our adventure and I was a little cold, but it was still worth it. I imagine that the early summer and fall are even better.