by Amy Gretenstein
My best friend, Kate, from college (goCanes!), called me last week to tell me that her and her boyfriend are looking to relocate to Raleigh this year. This is clearly her best decision ever (for purely selfish reasons). The two of them visited me here last summer and apparently it made a lasting impression.
Currently, Kate lives in southern Illinois, where she is working at a sleepaway camp (props to Camp Ondessonk). There, she runs their outdoor adventure program and heads up their barn program. What’s crazy is that my skirt-and-sandals-loving BFF is in charge of 80-plus horses, a few barns, hundreds of feet of property fences and all sorts of John Deere machinery, and she has spent the past year raising funds for an indoor riding arena. When she told me about the move, we started talking about opportunities for her here in North Carolina. That’s when I remembered Portofino, a client I work with at MMI Public Relations.
Portofino is an upscale equestrian community featuring an executive lifestyle. There are several types of lots and plans to choose from, along with several amenities. These amenities include a pool, high quality clubhouse, banquet room, and gaming house just to name a few. There is also a 22-stall barn which is professionally staffed, open to the public and features indoor and outdoor riding areas.
I was super excited to tell Kate about Portofino, because I think she could transition all the wonderful skills she’s learned at Ondessonk to something as nifty as Portofino. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that she’d only be 15 minutes away in Clayton!
Portofino barn manager, feel free to leave your contact info in the comments!