YORK -- Feeling the pinch of soaring gas prices?
In York, you'll get the chance to travel by single horse power that runs on grass and grain.
Daniel and Miriam Barrett, owners of Whippoorwill Ranch in Lake Wylie, have started offering carriage rides in the historic heart of York on Tuesdays and Thursdays from about 5 until 10 p.m.
Pulled behind a large draft horse, riders will be able to see century-old homes, churches and cemeteries in York. The carriage has lights for night rides.
The Barretts started offering rides in the Lake Wylie area last year, but when low lake levels in the summer caused a drop in business, they began looking for a new location.
York seemed to be the perfect fit, Miriam Barrett said.
"It's just a quaint little town," she said. "You've got more restaurants and stuff... I just feel like that you've got more people to draw from and this could help bring people to the town and this is what we're wanting to do. I think it's something that could grow. We're very interested in being down there."
They hope to offer the rides year round, depending on the weather. During the cooler season, the times may be earlier in the day.
Daniel Barrett used to work as a driver in Charlotte, and both he and his wife have worked with horses for most of their lives.
So far, business seems promising in York, Daniel Barrett said.
"We're getting a lot of response for it," he said. "We booked a couple weddings."
Anne Morrison, owner of Hummingbird Forest on Congress Street, said having the carriage rides adds some flair to the downtown and gives it kind of a Charleston feel.
"I like it because it generates interest," she said. "You can see people watching it when it goes by and I just think it adds a nice little homey touch to the downtown area that people can take advantage of."
The Barretts agree.
"It adds a little to the town," Miriam Barrett said.
For more information or to schedule a carriage ride, call the Barretts at 831-2004 or (704) 460-1390.
The Barretts also will do weddings and other special occasions by request.