When you feel the need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a day or two, a quiet and relaxing farm-stay is balm for the soul. Many working farms in the US have moved to share their unique quality of life (and earn some extra income) by offering visitors the chance to come and experience farm life for themselves. Many of the properties have established purpose-made accommodation for visitors, while others have opened up their homesteads. Accommodation varies from rustic to super-luxurious. In almost every instance, visitors are invited to take part in farm life by meeting the animals, helping with chores or just having fun. There are several wonderful dude ranches where equestrians and wanna-be cowboys can hone their skills during an unforgettable outdoor vacation. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm, Virginia
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Set amongst the forests, valleys and hills of an expansive 3,300 acre farm in Bath County, the Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm welcomes visitors to come and find out just how fine it can be to live on a farm. The property offers a selection of elegant and comfortable guestrooms in the Lodge and Silo or a choice of several stand-alone houses or cabins. Regardless of which accommodation option you choose you will get to enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast and dinner each day. Farm activities include swimming in the genuine river “swimming hole”, paddling on the peaceful Cowpasture River or fishing for bass and trout. In addition you can enjoy walking/hiking, biking, star-gazing or relaxing in the wood-fired sauna.
Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm, 811 Millstone Lane, Millboro, VA 24460, Phone: 540-925-2314
2.White Stallion Ranch, Arizona
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You can bring the whole family to enjoy the farm adventure of a lifetime at the award-winning White Stallion Ranch in Tucson. This privately owned traditional dude ranch offers visitors an authentic ranch experience that you will never forget. When you are not out enjoying all the adventure activities on offer (horseback riding, archery, rock climbing and more), you can relax around the heated outdoor pool, play a game of tennis or basketball or enjoy convivial drinks in the bar. Breakfast and one ranch activity per day is included in the daily rate or you can choose their excellent Full American Plan rates which included just about everything including meals, activities, entertainment and airport transfers.
White Stallion Ranch, 9251 W. Twin Peaks Road, Tucson, AZ 85753, Phone: 520-297-0252
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3.Wildcatter Ranch and Resort, Texas
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Beautifully located in the heart of North Texas Hill Country, the Wildcatter Ranch and Resort is a popular destination for adventure seekers. Accommodation takes the form of hotel rooms, guest homes and cabin suites to suit both romantic twosomes and families. Activities on the ranch include horseback riding, pony rides, archery, clay shooting and much more. You can try your hand a ranch roping and tomahawk throwing or learn about the history of the ranch on a guided Jeep tour. If you prefer to relax and re-charge you can soak up the sun around the infinity pool, soak in the hot tub or enjoy a pampering massage.
Wildcatter Ranch and Resort, 6062 TX 16, Graham, TX 76450, Phone: 940-549-3500
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4.Atlanta Llama Cottage, Georgia
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Located on an urban “farm” in East Atlanta, the Alpaca Treehouse and the Llama Cottage offer visitors a unique take on farm life. The concept began with a few chickens then spread to recued alpacas and llamas, who have become the properties’ most important ambassadors. The property offers three very unique accommodation options for farm stays; you can choose to rough-it a little in the amazing Alpaca Treehouse in the Bamboo Forest (made entirely from recycled materials) or choose a little extra pampering in the Luxury Llama Cottage or the (slightly) more modest Llama Stay Cottage. Farm-fresh produce and amazing llama and alpaca experiences ensure an unforgettable farm stay.
Atlanta Llama Cottage, 1152 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, Phone: 678-595-0038
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5.Casa de la Pradera, California
Casa de la Pradera (the house in the meadow) is nestled in the heart of an organic farm close to historic Fiddletown in the Sierra Foothills. The working farm that surrounds the cottage produces a wide variety of foodstuffs including eggs, herbs, vegetables and fruit which is sold at near-by farmers’ markets. Here you can get a true experience of life on a farm – children are welcome to collect eggs and help with picking vegetables – a great way to learn how your food is produced. Each of the two bedrooms in the cottage has a Queen size bed and seating area and there is a shared bathroom. Breakfast is included in your rate and lunch and dinner are available on request.
Casa de la Pradera, 20161 American Flat Road, Fiddletown, CA 95629, Phone: 209-245-6042
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6.Grand Canyon Western Dude Ranch, Arizona
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Located just 2 hours from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon Western Dude Ranch is waiting to introduce you to life on a cowboy ranch. Besides spending a few hours in the saddle, the ranch offers a wide variety of other activities for the whole family to enjoy. These include horse-drawn wagon rides, overnight riding adventures with camp-outs under the stars, helicopter tours and learning to shoot at the gun range. Where you sleep depends on your level of adventure – you can rent a cozy cabin, try out one of the comfortable Glamping Tents or join the rustic overnight camp-out adventure under the wide Arizona skies.
Grand Canyon Western Dude Ranch, 3750 E. Diamond Bar Rd, Meadview, AZ 86444, Phone: 800-798-0569
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7.Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California
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Nestled in the heart of 20 acres of rolling vineyards, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort offers guests an unforgettable luxury farm-stay experience. From the moment you step inside the Tuscan-inspired villa property you will be swept away to a world of calm and quiet contemplation. The accommodation is designed to provide a welcoming cocoon of style and luxury. The rest of the property is equally impressive – you can spend a few hours at the spa, take a walk through the serene Sonic Labyrinth or join a weekend art tour of the property. The Cello Restaurant and Bar will take care of all your culinary and wine requirements using fresh ingredients from the Chef’s Garden.
Allegretto Vineyard Resort, 2700 Buena Vista Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-369-2500
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8.Moonstone Farm, Minnesota
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Surrounded by Minnesota prairies, Moonstone Farm offers visitors the chance to spend a night or two getting back to nature on their working farm. The farm raises contented grass-fed cattle who are entirely fed off the grass and hay cultivated on over 40 acres of farmland. Guests are welcomed to the comfortable annex cottage which offers a large comfortable bed and the chance to wake up to the sounds of nature. Guests have the use of the farmstead bathroom and/or the quaint privy located down the garden path. On-site activities include canoeing, walking, and enjoying the campfire, grill, beach and sauna.
Moonstone Farm, 9060 40th St. SW, Montevideo, MN 56265, Phone: 320-226-2873
9.Ponte Vineyard Inn, California
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Ponte Vineyard Inn welcomes visitors to an elegant and refined farm stay at their Temecula boutique hotel. Surrounded by amazing views of the vineyards, guest at Ponte Vineyard Inn can settle in to relax a wide range of activities. At the top of the list are the wine-tasting and dining experiences (there are four on-site restaurants). The on-site concierge can arrange just about whatever you would like to do in the area, including spa treatments, hot-air balloon excursions, estate tours, horseback riding or a round of golf. The Inn is within easy walking distance of 3 wineries and other on-site amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness room.
Ponte Vineyard Inn, 35001 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591, Phone: 951-587-6688
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10.Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch, Arizona
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Founded in 1880, the Tombstone Monument Ranch is a working cattle ranch, located just 2 miles from Tombstone, Arizona. The area surrounding the ranch teems with historic sites including old mines, hand-dug wells and many other reminders of the pioneer days in Arizona. Visitors to the Guest Ranch can look forward to enjoying an authentic ‘Wild West” atmosphere and a great deal of western fun at the authentic Old Trappman Saloon. Horseback riding is available for all levels of expertise, starting with gentle walks through the remarkable Arizona landscape. More experienced riders will enjoy some exciting trails and can even try their hand at herding cattle.
Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch, 895 W. Monument Road, Tombstone, AZ 85638, Phone: 520-457-7299
11.Farm by the River, New Hampshire
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Bucolically nestled in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains, Farm by the River beckons everyone who wants to experience an authentic farm stay. The original farm was established on 70 acres back in 1771 and is still owned by descendants of the original settlers. Visitors will stay in the delightful Alpine Moose Cottage which is both welcoming and comfortable and can sleep up to 10 guests. Onsite activities include daily carriage and sleigh rides, horse-back riding, snow-shoeing, fishing, swimming and kayaking and long scenic walks. Other near-by activities include snow tubing, snowboarding and downhill skiing, outstanding hiking, scenic drives and visits to breweries, wineries and distilleries, to name but a few.
Farm by the River, 2555 West Side Road, North Conway, NH 03860, Phone: 603-356-2694
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12.Valle Crucis Farm, North Carolina
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Located in the heart of the historic Valle Crucis district of North Carolina, Valle Crucis Farm is an ideal choice for a fun family farm-stay. The comfortable family cabins are tucked away on the hillside to ensure everyone has plenty of privacy. Cabin amenities include air conditioning, fireplaces, equipped kitchenettes and outdoor barbeque grills. The whole family can enjoy exploring the property on foot or try their hands at fishing in the river. In summer you can try river tubing or go hiking along scenic private trails. There are plenty of picnic spots and places for children to play. Valle Crucis is also pet-friendly which means you can bring your fur-baby on vacation with you.
Valle Crucis Farm, 159 Creekstone Dr, Banner Elk, NC 28604, Phone: 828-386-9614
13.Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch, Wyoming
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Set against the dramatic backdrop of stunning red-rock canyons, forested mountains and verdant meadows, the Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch invites you to come and enjoy an authentic ranch vacation. You will be accommodated in one of several cozy cabins and cottages or you can bring along your RV and enjoy serviced pull-through campsites. There are a host of fun activities for all ages including horse-back riding (lessons available), herding, fishing, hiking, swimming and kayaking. At certain times of the year special events are held including Hunting, Branding Week, Annual Roundup and a two-day Rodeo. All your meals and activities are included in your accommodation package.
Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch, 350 Lame Jones Rd, Alva, WY 82711, Phone: 307-467-5612
14.Zion Mountain Ranch, Utah
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Located in the mountains of the Zion National Park, the Zion Mountain Ranch is an authentic Western ranch which just happens to be home to a herd of roaming buffalo. Guests are invited to come and experience ranch life in one of the luxury log-cabin lodges, or one of the slightly more modest cabins, all of which offer sensational views out over the ranch. As you would expect, horse-back riding is one of the main activities and several tours are available. In addition you can go on a Jeep Tour, try your hand at canyoneering or set off on a guided hike. Although all the cottages and cabins are equipped for self-catering you might prefer to eat farm-fresh produce at the Cordwood Restaurant.
Zion Mountain Ranch, 9065 West Hwy 9, Mount Carmel, Utah, Phone: 435-648-2555
15.Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Idaho
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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch offers visitors an authentic dude ranch experience, surrounded by sensational landscape and fresh mountain air. If you visit the ranch during the summer months you can select a package deal which includes your accommodation (in a guest room or cabin), all meals, daily horse-back rides and a host of other entertainment. During the cooler months the ranch offers a Bed and Breakfast option or you can choose to self-cater in one of the well-appointed cozy cabins. Apart from spending time in the saddle, guests can relax and unwind along the hiking trails in summer or go Nordic skiing in winter.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek, Sandpoint, ID 83864, Phone: 208-263-9066
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16.Shale Lake Cottages and Cabins, Illinois
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Shale Lake Cottages are located on working winery which overlooks a scenic 14-acre vineyard. The cabins have been scenically placed right on the edge of Shale Lake, while the cottages are in an elevated hill-top position, overlooking the lake and the vineyards. Each of the cabins have been individually decorated and no two are alike – guests are welcome to choose the configuration which best suits their needs on the website. The winery is open from March to December and offers a heated wine garden where you can sample the produce. There are 6 km of trails through the vineyards with ample opportunities to stop and picnic.
Shale Lake Cottages and Cabins, 1499 Washington Ave, Williamson, IL 62088, Phone: 618-637-2470
17.Abbey Road Farm, Oregon
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Located in the heart of Oregon’s famous wine country, Abbey Road is a working organic farm and vineyard which is home to the Silo Suites and B&B, which is an ideal farm-stay base for exploring the surrounding vineyards and wineries. Each of the elegant and comfortable suites is named for a popular wine cultivar and each boasts a whirlpool tub, seating area and wet bar. Farm-fresh gourmet breakfasts are prepared by the resident chef. The tasting room is open from Wednesday to Sunday and there are some fabulous restaurants in the area where guests can enjoy lunch and dinner as they explore the beautiful Willamette Valley.
Abbey Road Farm, 10501 NE Abbey Road, Carlton, OR 97111, Phone: 503-687-3100
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18.Taos Goji Farm and Eco-Lodge Retreat, New Mexico
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The Taos Goji Farm and Eco-Lodge Retreat lies at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. The farm is a unique destination for visitors who would like to unwind and relax surrounded by the beauty and serenity of a working farm set on over 40 acres. The cabins offer the perfect mix of modern conveniences and old-world country charm. Each cottage has a kitchen, bathroom and from 1 to 3 bedrooms. The property boasts a fabulous farm-to-table café and there is a large rustic barn for weddings, gathering or yoga workshops. Farm activities include gentle walks, bird-watching, relaxing in a hammock or meeting the animals. Guests are welcome to pick and sample the organic fresh produce.
Taos Goji Farm and Retreat, 1530 Old State Rd 3, San Cristobal, NM 87564, Phone: 575-776-3971
19.Mountain Village Farm, Maine
You will find the Mountain Village Farm B&B on an 18-acre historic Maine farmstead located in the Mountain Valley town of Kingfield. The inn offers a selection of Maine-country-themed guestrooms, all of which have been individually decorated with comfort and style. The B&B also has a lounge area with fireplace for those cool winter evenings. Guests are welcome to explore the farm and see how their delicious fresh organic products are produced. The inn is perfectly placed for guests to go hiking, biking and exploring the surrounding area and is just 20 miles from the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski area which offers a wide selection of winter sports.
Mountain Village Farm B&B, 164 Main Street, Kingfield, MA 04947, Phone: 207-265-2030
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20.Cold Moon Farm, Vermont
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At Cold Moon Farm life revolves around the wonderful farm kitchen where farm-fresh produce is turned into memorable meals. Although the property offers 5 luxury in-suite bedrooms with all the home comforts you could imagine, most guests will find themselves drawn to the kitchen, which forms a central gathering place. When you are not getting involved in the workings of the kitchen you can enjoy a long list of fun outdoor farm activities. These include fishing, walking/hiking, canoeing or just exploring the farm. Other on-site amenities include an exercise room, a large outdoor hot tub with fireplace, outdoor dining areas, a games room, billiard room and a library.
Cold Moon Farm, 251 Pratt Bridge Road, Jamaica, VT 05343, Phone: 802-297-3258
21.Red Tail Ranch, Yosemite, California
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Located just 20 miles from the entrance to the Yosemite National Park, Red Tail Ranch offers visitors a very comfortable base from which to explore the area. The ranch has 4 elegant and comfortable guestrooms, all of which offer special little luxuries that make all the difference. Your hosts know Yosemite like the back of their hands and can offer all the insider-info you need to make the most of your vacation in the region. On-site amenities include an outdoor hot tub, a lovely fire-pit area surrounded by indigenous plants and a cool deck area for relaxing or alfresco breakfasting. Last but not least, guest can look forward to a very special farm-fresh breakfast.
Red Tail Ranch, 22307 Ferretti Road, Groveland, CA 95321, Phone: 209-962-0863
22.Annie Mae Lodge, Alaska
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Picturesquely nestled in a field of wild flowers, Annie Mae Lodge is perfectly located at the entrance to the Glacier Bay National Park in Gustavus. Annie Mae welcomes visitors to a comfortable and serene base from which to explore the unsurpassed beauty of this pristine wilderness area. The lodge has a selection of comfortable rooms with private or shared bathrooms, all designed to provide a haven of tranquility after a busy day exploring the great outdoors. Annie Mae Lodge has put together a selection of exciting day-trips and guided tours, which can be tailored to suite your interests. The lodge provides a delicious home-cooked breakfast each day and can provide a packed lunch for you to take along on your chosen daily adventures.
Annie Mae Lodge, 2 Grandpa’s Farm Rd, Gustavus, AK 99826, Phone: 907-697-2346
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23.Mountain Goat Lodge, Colorado
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Set among 20 acres of beautiful pasture land, the Mountain Goat Lodge nestles at the foot of the Sawatch Mountains, 6 miles from Salida. Mountain goats are at the heart of the farming endeavors, and guests can look forward to enjoying hearty breakfasts featuring fresh goat milk, yoghurt and cheeses, among other farm delicacies. Visitors can choose from several accommodation options including luxury guestrooms and glamping-style ti-pi’s and retro trailers. There is plenty to do on site including learning how to raise goats, milk them and make a variety of goat’s milk products. Other activities include Goat Yoga, farm tours and much more.
Mountain Goat Lodge, 9582 US Hwy 285, Salida, CO 81201, Phone: 719-539-7173
24.Leaping Lamb Farm, Oregon
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The Leaping Lamb farm is located on a historic farmstead dating back to 1896 (formerly known as Honey Grove Farm). Gradually, sheep farming has taken over from other crops and now visitors will find flocks of contented free-ranging sheep all over the pastures. A farm-stay at the property will introduce visitors to the peace and serenity of farm life and help children to understand where their food is produced. Kids (and adults) are welcome to help feed the lambs, collect eggs from the chickens, go hiking and exploring or help with other farm chores. You can stay in a comfortable self-catering cottage or the Farm House. Both options include a delicious DIY farm breakfast.
Leaping Lamb Farm, 20368 Honey Grove Road, Alsea, OR 97324, Phone: 541-487-4966
23 Best Farm Stays in USA
- Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm, Virginia, Photo: Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm
- White Stallion Ranch, Arizona, Photo: White Stallion Ranch
- Wildcatter Ranch and Resort, Texas, Photo: Wildcatter Ranch and Resort
- Atlanta Llama Cottage, Georgia, Photo: Atlanta Llama Cottage
- Casa de la Pradera, California, Photo: Elenathewise/stock.adobe.com
- Grand Canyon Western Dude Ranch, Arizona, Photo: Grand Canyon Western Dude Ranch
- Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California, Photo: Allegretto Wines
- Moonstone Farm, Minnesota, Photo: Moonstone Farm, Minnesota
- Ponte Vineyard Inn, California, Photo: Ponte Vineyard Inn
- Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch, Arizona, Photo: Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch
- Farm by the River, New Hampshire, Photo: Farm by the River
- Valle Crucis Farm, North Carolina, Photo: Valle Crucis Farm
- Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch, Wyoming, Photo: Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch
- Zion Mountain Ranch, Utah, Photo: Zion Mountain Ranch
- Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Idaho, Photo: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
- Shale Lake Cottages and Cabins, Illinois, Photo: Alena Ozerova/stock.adobe.com
- Abbey Road Farm, Oregon, Photo: Abbey Road Farm
- Taos Goji Farm and Eco-Lodge Retreat, New Mexico, Photo: Taos Goji Farm and Eco-Lodge Retreat
- Mountain Village Farm, Maine, Photo: moodboard/stock.adobe.com
- Cold Moon Farm, Vermont, Photo: Cold Moon Farm
- Red Tail Ranch, Yosemite, California, Photo: Red Tail Ranch
- Annie Mae Lodge, Alaska, Photo: Annie Mae Lodge
- Mountain Goat Lodge, Colorado, Photo: Mountain Goat Lodge
- Leaping Lamb Farm, Oregon, Photo: Leaping Lamb Farm
- Cover Photo: Chalermphon/stock.adobe.com
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