When you feel the need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, a quiet and relaxing farm stay is balm to the soul. Many working farms have moved to share their unique quality of life by offering visitors the chance to experience farm life for themselves. Visitors are invited to take part in farm life by meeting the animals, horseback riding, and helping on the farm.
1. Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm, Virginia
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Set among the forests, valleys and hills of a 3,300 acre farm in Bath County, Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm welcomes visitors to experience life on a farm. The property offers a selection of elegant and comfortable guestrooms in the Lodge and Silo, as well as stand-alone houses or cabins. Regardless of which accommodation option you choose, you will get to enjoy a delicious breakfast and dinner each day. Farm activities include swimming, paddling on the peaceful Cowpasture River, and fishing for bass and trout. In addition you can enjoy walking, hiking, biking, stargazing and relaxing in the wood-fired sauna.
Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm, 811 Millstone Lane, Millboro, VA 24460, Phone: 540-925-2314
2. Wildcatter Ranch and Resort, Texas
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Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Wildcatter Ranch and Resort is a popular destination for adventure seekers. Guests are accommodated in hotel rooms, guest homes and cabin suites, perfect for couples and families. Activities on the ranch include horseback riding, pony rides, archery, clay shooting and more. You can try your hand at ranch roping and tomahawk throwing or learn about the history of the ranch on a guided Jeep tour. Guests can relax next to the infinity pool, soak in the hot tub and book a massage.
Wildcatter Ranch and Resort, 6062 TX 16, Graham, TX 76450, Phone: 940-549-3500
3. 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 unforgettable meals. Although the property offers five luxury in-suite bedrooms with all the 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, including fishing, walking, hiking and canoeing. Other on-site amenities include an exercise room, a large outdoor hot tub with a fireplace, outdoor dining areas, a game room, billiard room and a library.
Cold Moon Farm, 251 Pratt Bridge Road, Jamaica, VT 05343, Phone: 802-297-3258
4. Alpaca Treehouse and the Llama Cottage, Georgia
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Located on an urban farm in Atlanta, the Alpaca Treehouse and the Llama Cottage offer visitors a unique take on farm life. The concept began with a few chickens which then spread to rescued 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 book wither the Luxury Llama Cottage or the Llama Stay Cottage. Farm-fresh produce and amazing llama and alpaca experiences ensure an unforgettable stay.
Atlanta Llama Cottage, 1152 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, Phone: 678-595-0038
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5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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
13. 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
14. 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
15. 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
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16. 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
17. 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
18. 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
19. 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
20. 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
21. 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
What are the 20 Best Farm Stays in the USA?
The 20 Best Farm Stays in the USA according to local experts are:
- Fort Lewis Lodge and Farm, Virginia
- Wildcatter Ranch and Resort, Texas
- Cold Moon Farm, Vermont
- Alpaca Treehouse and the Llama Cottage, Georgia
- Grand Canyon Western Dude Ranch, Arizona
- White Stallion Ranch, Arizona
- Moonstone Farm, Minnesota
- Ponte Vineyard Inn, California
- Tombstone Monument Guest Ranch, Arizona
- Farm by the River, New Hampshire
- Valle Crucis Farm, North Carolina
- Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch, Wyoming
- Zion Mountain Ranch, Utah
- Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Idaho
- Shale Lake Cottages and Cabins, Illinois
- Abbey Road Farm, Oregon
- Taos Goji Farm and Eco-Lodge Retreat, New Mexico
- Red Tail Ranch, Yosemite, California
- Annie Mae Lodge, Alaska
- Mountain Goat Lodge, Colorado
- Leaping Lamb Farm, Oregon