I drive about a half hour to my barn.
What makes it worth it? The fact that the barn has exceptional care. Full of staff who are very knowledgeable and experienced, who keep a dilligent eye on my horse, his well being, weight and etc, etc. They are quick on informing me of anything such as loss of shoe, or weight gain/loss, temperment changes etc, etc.
Top Quality feed, specialized feeding per indavidual horse and what that horse needs. For example, Nelson gets brought in 3x a day to be fed privately, getting 12lbs of feed a day +. Some horses do not need it, some do - the Barn Workers are quick to inform the BO of their concerns and the BO proceeds to discuss the concerns with the owner to come up with a game plan.
The fact that the horses come first and foremost is what impresses me greatly.
Also, the fact that I have full access to a GP Jumper/Trainer, 200 acres of trails to ride on, full use of the facility, Fox Hunters, XC course and very friendly boarders to enjoy the company of.
The barn is very professional.