My friend the collector spends more time on vacation than any other employed man I know. He's forever taking off to some fabulous place to eat good food, drink great wine and play golf. (Why is it that every top inn or resort seems to have been built on the belief that a great restaurant deserves an equally great...putting green?) First-rate food and wine are rarely found in places that specialize in my sport, horseback riding. I don't know why. Perhaps horses are still considered the sidekick to cowboys, whose meals consist, cinematically at least, of cold coffee and beans. But traveling around the country recently, I found three placesin Massachusetts, South Carolina and Arizonathat are as serious about their menus and wine lists as they are about matters equine.
Stonehedge Inn, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
My stay at Stonehedge Inn, an Adirondack-style lodge just north of Boston, began much like a blind date. Checking into my room, I found an envelope that contained an eight-by-ten photo with a note attached: "This is who you'll be spending the day with tomorrow." It was a headshot of a tall, dark, handsome...horse.