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Trot through the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu during a scenic horseback ride with Connemara Ranch. For $59 per person, take a guided 1.5-hour journey through the wilderness while passing native wildflowers, mountain streams, open fields and lookouts over the Pacific Ocean. This Local Deal -- an experience our Deal Experts tested and recommend for the breathtaking surroundings -- regularly costs $130. Start off at the stables, located on a 10-acre ranch about 45 minutes from Santa Monica or Studio City. You'll be provided all necessary equipment including saddle and helmet before embarking on the journey with owner and trail guide Talley Hutcherson, who has been featured in The New York Times. Instruction on the fundamentals of tacking and riding is provided before hitting the mountains' trails. There is a maximum of eight riders per reservation slot, which includes 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Riders of all experience levels are welcome. Terms and Conditions Vouchers can be redeemed starting Friday, Sept. 14, through March 14, 2013. Reservation are required; subject to availability and weather conditions. To reserve a spot, email [masked] with your desired time and day, and reference this voucher. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Valid Monday-Friday only. Must be at least 10 years old or older to ride. Must weigh 220 lbs. or less to ride. Voucher is subject to forfeiture if you cancel or reschedule your reservation with less than 24 hours' notice. Must be used in 1 visit. Tax, if applicable, and gratuity are not included. This deal cannot be combined with any other offers.
The Mona Lisa's relaxed smile makes it seem like a cinch to land a spot in the Louvre. News flash: It's not. Brush up on your artistic ability with today's deal from Brushstrokes and Beverages (http://www.brushstrokesandbevs.com/): Pay $20 for a two-hour painting class, which includes canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons (regularly $40). With the help of an instructor, you'll re-create a masterpiece -- or an easy-to-replicate painting -- based on which class (http://brushstrokesandbevs.com/canvas/calendar/) you choose. Locations vary within Long Beach and include local wine bars. After class, you'll be able to take home your 16"x20" painting to display for art lovers everywhere -- or just your family and friends. The Pike has been confirmed as one of our new venues! Experience the relaxing beach culture and up-tempo urban vibe of Hyatt The Pike Long Beach. Escape to a refreshing hotel in Long Beach, where you embrace warm Southern California hospitality and a vibrant coastal lifestyle. From contemporary accommodations to farm-to-table dining and the rooftop bar, this ultra-stylish hotel offers a contemporary oasis where you are inspired to relax, play, eat, sip, connect and get into the spirit of Long Beach. This venue is the perfect location for a Brushstrokes and Beverages class. We will be holding our classes either next to the rooftop pool with a gorgeous 360 degree view or in the stylish courtyard below. We will be posting our first class at this hotel shortly so stay tuned! Hurry- you only have 2 days left to get this deal half off for $20. Here's the link: http://t.livingsocial.com/deals/460466?ref=email-jp&rpi=84552946