There's no question that Green Gables is in horse country. It’s not an unusual morning in Woodside to see a few stallions waiting patiently at shady hitching posts while their owners enjoy breakfast in the fabled Buck’s Restaurant. Teslas may zip along the Peninsula on nearby Highway 280, but you can leave Green Gables on horseback and ride stunning wooded trails all the way to the beach.
If you’re up for a more intense adventure, there are trails that will take you away for days on end. A rare, five-day trail lets you ride all the way from the Portola Valley to Año Nuevo. If you’re one of the elite set who join the Woodside Trail Club, you’ll receive a key to unlock the secret gates of private, unmapped trails up and down the Peninsula. Trails in town also connect to an extensive network of public trails in the county, as well as those in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
Another historic community treasure is The Horse Park at Woodside, consisting of 272 gorgeous acres dedicated to thoughtful land preservation and educational and recreational equestrian disciplines. Additionally, each year on the second Saturday in October, WHOA, the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association, brings the community together for The Day of the Horse, a combination Horse Fair and Progressive Trail Ride fundraising event for local cultural and civic projects. For the more safety-minded horse-lover, 23 acres in the heart of Woodside belong to the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, a center for equestrian excellence, men’s social club, and self-contained disaster relief center.
The current barn and storage buildings at Green Gables comprise 3,300 square feet, more than ample for a dozen horse stalls. The field across from the barn can easily accommodate a generous dressage arena or full jump course with minimal excavation.