Brisk and salty breezes heighten the senses. There's a hint of the scent of approaching snow in the air. Live garland and evergreen wreaths accented with red ribbon adorn the local businesses. The coachman, in his top hat, directs the horses. You close your eyes for a moment and listen to the clip clop of horse-hooves against the pavement and the quiet frenzy of the joy and activity of holiday shoppers in the streets...and it's almost as if you've traveled back a century to a simpler time.
But it's not just imagination - this experience can be all yours! Just head over to the center of Cold Spring Harbor from 1-4 on this Sunday (12/18) and you'll find the free horse and carriage rides!
Throughout the Holiday Season, generous local businesses in Cold Spring Harbor take turns sponsoring these free (and fun) rides. Last week the horse and carriage rides were sponsored by Daniel Gale - Sotheby's International Realty.
Make a day out of it and shop the local merchants for Christmas gifts, or grab a bite to eat at one of the excellent local restaurants: Sandbar, Harbor Mist, Grasso's, Sweetie Pies on Main, or the Gourmet Whaler!
Photos courtesy of Laura Ambrosio
Written by Eric Taubert