Yearning for a few green acres to roam? Dreaming of farming organic lavender, or perhaps of yodeling with the yaks? At these farm stays across the nation, you’ll finally get your chance. Keep reading for all you need to know about planning your next family vacation at a working farm.
Working Horse Farm | Seymour, TN
This little farm home is in the perfect area to get away, yet close enough to enjoy the city attractions as well. Front porch sitting is beautiful with a perfect view of a pasture full of horses. The covered outdoor riding arena makes it a great place to stay if you are traveling with horses, or if you’d just like to schedule a horseback riding lesson.
This property doubles down as it’s both a treehouse and a farmstay. Sleep in the trees and walk through a fairy forest in the midst of the lavender fields. During your stay, have a picnic or wander the gardens and visit Simon the donkey and Henry the goat. Bring your gear and fish in the well-stocked pond.
Farm Stay at African Hoofstock Preserve | Point Arena, CA
The kids will be delighted when you bring them to stay at one of the cottages at B. Bryan Preserve. African antelope, zebra and giraffe, along with eclectic lodging await you in Point Arena on the beautiful Mendocino coast. Take a tour to meet the animals and then enjoy your time in the cottage or hot tub.
Blue Pepper Farm is a working sheep dairy in the Au Sable Valley of the Adirondack Mountains. This 46-acre farm sits across the valley from the hamlet of Jay and its historic covered bridge. Guests will enjoy a staggering mountain panorama from the porch, deck, or pool overlooking the lush pastures where sheep and laying hens graze. Harvest dinner straight from the garden in the summer and fall to accompany fresh organically raised lamb, pork and eggs right from the farm.
Located near Waco, Texas and about 20 miles from the downtown area, this expansive farm stay includes an incredibly unique converted grain silo with all the amenities, including a sleeping loft, full bathroom, kitchen and a fishing pond on site. Visit with the sheep and llamas and relax in the peace and quiet.
Seventy acres of serenity is what you’ll find at White Lotus Farm & Inn, just over the Hood Canal Bridge. Established in 2017 by owners Niall and Natalie, farm animals are the big draw for kids here. They’ll make fast friends with the sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks and Cue, the farm llama. When it comes to navigating the space, look to Niall, who gives tours and explains the farm’s “beyond organic” practices. There’s a good chance he’ll also invite the kids to help feed the animals and look for eggs.
Head to Big Sky Country to experience life on a working sheep farm. You’ll sleep in an antique sheepherder’s wagon, and rise to experience a day of spinning at the wheel, hanging with the sheep, or just relaxing (they don’t judge).
The Silos at Prairie Vale | Green Ridge, MO
Come experience a silo-style tiny home living on a family-owned Missouri Farm … complete with Nigerian Dwarf goats, miniature donkeys, cows, chickens and more. Cook dinner on the outdoor fire pit and borrow some bikes to tool around the property.
Guests are welcome to roll up their sleeves and help with the chores on this 75-acre working farm, but they don’t mind if you prefer to soak up the pristine views that include yaks, horses, sheep, chickens, geese, and the Northern Lights, instead.
Cool Tip: Go in the winter and enjoy mushing, skiing, and the World Ice Art Championships.
Don’t let the title “bed and breakfast” fool you. This working farm near Chapel Hill is only five minutes from the interstate, but offers 61-acres full of gardens, laying hens, sheep, goats, steers and pigs. And for overnight guests, the fresh farm breakfasts are really something to write home about.
We’ve got three words for you—Skagit. Valley. Farm. This quintessential farm has got it all. Twenty-two chickens and roosters roaming the property, and a duck named Sage who answers (with a sweet quack) when kids call her name. Families will find seasonal flowers and veggies available to pick and fields for sports, challenge coursing and general play that’ll wear your little farmers out. Plan picnics right on site, or explore local restaurants when hunger strikes (word on the street is that local favorite Whidbey Island Bagel Company will soon call Mt. Vernon home). They even have a pack ‘n’ play if you need one.