Try a trip off the beaten path at one of these farm-friendly vacations.
As the local food movement continues gaining popularity, more and more Americans are trading in their traditional vacations for a farm stay. And farms around the country are opening their gates to offer unique agritourism experiences for all types of travelers. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an active adventure or a relaxing nature retreat, these five farm stay destinations around the U.S. deserve a spot at the top of your list.
1. For the Family: The Inn at East Hill Farm
Where: Troy, NH
Looking for a great way to get your kids off their iPads and engaged in nature? Try a farm stay. Children of all ages enjoy learning about where their food comes from, interacting with animals, and helping out with farm chores like milking cows and collecting eggs. And The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, NH, offers all this and more.
This family vacation resort tucked away at the base of Mount Monadnock provides a relaxed atmosphere for quality family time. In addition to the main inn, the farm features individual rental cottages spread across the property. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy home-cooked, family-style meals made with fresh ingredients from the farm. Activities are specifically designed for guests of all ages, so there’s never a dull moment for adults or children at this unique farm stay. The resort offers seasonal crafts, cheese and butter making workshops, wagon rides, dances, hiking, horseback riding, and much more.
2. For the Relaxing Getaway: Blackberry Farm
Where: Walland, TN
If you need a break from your hectic daily routine, book a getaway at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. This luxury farm stay in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is the perfect destination for a relaxing retreat. Situated on an idyllic, 4,200-acre property, the estate includes historic rooms, suites and cottages. After settling in, guests can visit the on-site spa for a massage or unwind at a yoga class. Wellness is a central focus at Blackberry Farm, and visitors can choose from a variety of pampering spa packages, guided meditations and wellness activities.
Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy delicious dining during their stay. In addition to gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, there are daily cooking demonstrations and special culinary events throughout the year. The farm shop also offers several handcrafted products, including soaps, artisan foods and housewares.
3. For the Romantic Retreat: Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
Where: Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM
What could be more romantic than a weekend away at a charming inn surrounded by 25 acres of lavender fields? Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM, invites guests to experience luxury among the lavender. Tucked away beneath the cottonwood trees, the inn features 50 unique guest rooms complete with New Mexican-style artwork and furnishings and signature lavender bath products. Outside, guests can stroll through the formal Spanish-style gardens, explore the lavender fields or hit the local trails.
Besides the lavender, Los Poblanos also has agricultural fields dedicated solely to organic food production for their kitchens. In fact, farmers grow a wide range of heirloom, native and standard varieties of crops all year round. At the on-site restaurant, guests can experience field-to-fork dining with a seasonally changing menu.
To see the lavender in bloom, visit the farm from mid-June to mid-July. During harvest season, Los Poblanos also hosts workshops focused on lavender cultivation and aromatherapy.
4. For the Adventure Enthusiast: The Home Ranch
Where: Clark, CO
Prefer a more active getaway? Then The Home Ranch in Clark, CO, is the farm stay for you. Located in a breathtaking valley near Steamboat Springs, this all-inclusive dude ranch provides the perfect base for outdoor adventure. Guests at the ranch enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities to choose from all year round. On-site activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, swimming, hiking, and yoga. Off the ranch, visitors can explore the Colorado wilderness with seasonal activities like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and more.
After a full day of activities, what could be better than a gourmet farm-to-table dinner made with seasonal ingredients? Whether you prefer a simple charcuterie platter or a multi-course dinner with wine pairings, The Home Ranch serves up top-notch cuisine.
5. For the Foodie: Farmhouse Inn
Where: Forestville, CA
For an upscale food and wine experience, look no further than Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, CA. Owned by a fifth-generation Sonoma winemaking family, the inn provides a one-of-a-kind escape into California wine country. In addition to luxurious rooms with feather beds and curated wine refrigerators, the farm stay offers sommelier-led wine tours, a nightly wine tasting, an organic bath bar and a Michelin-starred restaurant. There’s even a “farm-to-table spa,â€ which features exclusive treatments using natural products harvested on site.
Dinner at Farmhouse Inn is more than a meal – it’s an experience. Michelin-starred chef Steve Litke uses fresh ingredients from the ranch to create seasonally changing menus served alongside wines from Sonoma and Napa wine country. Afterward, the foodie experience continues with complimentary nightly s’mores around the fire with homemade vanilla marshmallows. And if all that isn’t enough, the nightly turndown service also includes homemade cookies beside the bed and cold milk in the fridge.