Isolate the Family on a Working Farm Vacation

Give the Family and Kids an Experience to last a Lifetime!

Vacation this year on a real working farm. educational and heart warming. An amazing and affordable vacation option.

 

Some Of Our Top Choices To Visit

What is a Farm Vacation or Vacation Farm

 

Farm vacations are well known around the world but not so for many Americans. ‘Know your farmer. Know your food.’ is a current rallying cry in the U.S. as urbanites look for connections to their food and to the countryside, and farmers look for avenues to sustainability.

While farmers markets bring fresh food to the city, farm stays invite guests to stay overnight in the country and experience the lifestyle – for a night, for a weekend, or more.

Where else can you milk a goat, hold a lamb, drive cattle, see the stars, or hear a rooster crow?

 

But we are not all the same. Lodging ranges from rustic to luxury and from farm houses to tents. Breakfast may be prepared for you or the ingredients provided.

Some farms offer classes in cheese making, spinning, gardening, cooking, even animal photography! Most are unstructured to allow you your own discovery. None are boring.

What a farm stay is not is a bed on a non-working farm or ranch. Rather it’s about the rural experience and putting a personal face and story to farming. It’s about meeting in the middle – farmer and guest.

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Everyone benefits.

 

 

What to Expect

What’s going to happen when you get to your farm or ranch? Will it be boring? Will it be dirty? Will you have to ‘work for your supper’?

 

Will you be out of your comfort zone? No – no- no – and maybe at the beginning, in that order.

Following is a quick overview of the basics to this type of experiential vacation, recognizing that what you will find at each location is as varied as the farms and hosts that provide them.

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The good news – that variety allows you to find a vacation that perfectly suits your group.

ARRIVAL

Some farms you can view from the main road; others are down dirt tracks, even behind closed gates.

Usually but not always there is a farm sign. Make sure you have directions before you leave your home since you can’t always rely on a satellite to get you there. So, come on in!

Hint: if the gate is closed, once you enter, close it behind you. The rule on most farms and ranches is to leave the gate how you found it because, when you don’t, it’s inevitable the livestock escape…which is why it’s never boring on a working operation.

Checking in won’t necessarily be a formal process like a hotel. If you have prearranged an arrival time, there will likely be someone to greet you and get you settled in.

If not, prior communications should include where to go and what to do for your own check-in. As many farmers rise early and go to bed early, late arrival may mean you get your welcome and tour in the morning.

SMELLS

 

The smells on a farm are unique, but we don’t think they’re offensive. No, not even the smell of manure.

Depending on when and where you go, you might also smell fresh-cut hay; fruit tree blossoms; and maybe even apple pie cooling in the farm kitchen window.

CLOTHING & SHOES

 

Best to check what is recommended for footwear and clothing before you arrive. At the very least, closed-toe shoes around livestock and if you intend to help with chores clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Ask if there are guest boots to borrow. And at ranches, how about cowboy hats so you don’t have to worry if yours will fit in the plane’s overhead rack?

Layers are always good and it seems kids get dirtier than grownups so extra changes of clothes.

You might ask if there are laundry facilities available for your use if you are staying multiple days.

FOOD

Food is handled differently by most farms so best to again check before you arrive.

It can also vary by season in terms of what you might be able to purchase onsite. Ranch stays often include three meals, while farms may provide breakfast only. You are your own with access to a kitchen for the rest of your meals.

Your hosts should give you the full run-down on what you’ll want to bring and what you can obtain at the farm or nearby. Most of us have chickens so farm-fresh eggs will likely be available and you may even get to collect them yourself.

CHORES

 

To work, or not to work? Unless expressly indicated as part of your stay agreement, chores are a choice, not a requirement.

We are delighted for you to show an interest in our daily work and many of us allow help with chores, such as collecting eggs, feeding chickens, brushing horses, spreading hay, milking goats, or possibly harvesting crops.

Insurance liability has a lot to do with what you are allowed to do, so driving the tractor tends to  be off limits.

While many ranch operations allow guests to ride and help with cattle, many farms aren’t able to get insurance coverage for riding. They are often just as disappointed as you.

Your hosts mostly want you to relax and have fun, so it’ll be up to you how much or how little you want to pitch in!

If you’d rather sit on the porch with a book, play in the creek or go for a hike, that’s absolutely fine too.

TIME ON THE FARM

 

Don’t be surprised if you are left alone for much of your stay – these are working operations and your hosts will be busy.

That said, we likely have a routine and are available for guests who want to participate in our lifestyle.

 

With all the activities, sights, sounds and new experiences to be had on our farms and ranches – there’s lots to do.  Often with all the fresh air, naps are part of a stay!

ALLERGIES, HEALTH CARE

 

This is where you will find out if you are allergic to hay and sometimes horses. It’s not an unlikely occurrence so bring along some antihistamine medicine just the same (and it’s a good idea not to rub your eyes after being in the barn until you have washed your hands).

 

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Make sure everyone is up on their tetanus shots just in case. Most of us have a first aid kit for minor scrapes and cuts, also tweezers for splinters.

Generally listen on your farm tour for the specifics of the flora and fauna (what stings, what bites, what to do, etc.). It’s no different than learning about traffic and city pests.

PETS

 

While there are quite a few farm stays where you can bring pets, it’s best to double check and be sure that this is appropriate for you and your pet.

There may be other dogs on site; large livestock; and various hazards around the property. Follow all rules laid out by the farm for safety’s sake.

On a similar note, remember that many farm dogs are working guard or herding dogs and may not behave the same way a family pet would. Best to greet with caution, a hand down first and never a face.

Youngsters used to jumping on the family dog should be monitored closely as this is a serious worry for your hosts. And, the reality is that most barn cats will run and hide.

Traveler FAQs

What does a farm stay cost?

 

Costs can vary widely depending on what you are paying for with a low of $20 for camping to a high of $400 for 5-star lodging. 

An average rate for double occupancy on the Farm Stay U.S. site looks to be around $125/night, which may or may not include breakfast.  We think this is a smokin’ deal for what you get!

How can I find what dates are available for a specific farm stay?

 

Similar to the online booking, many farms and ranches have availability calendars linked to their websites. 

 

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We recommend, except for the sites with online booking (handled in real time), that you check directly with the farms as sometimes it is hard to keep these calendars up-to-date when farm chores are calling.

Can I book my reservation online?

If our farms offer online booking or access to their booking calendar, we link to this through the Book It button on their Farm Stay U.S. listing. You will be dealing directly with the farm and not with us at this point…which is a good thing.

Due to these existing systems, we do not expect to offer our own booking engine anytime soon, but, please consider our Book It button to work like any other travel site’s.

How do I contact farms or ranches for a farm stay?

 

You can message farms directly through the ‘Contact’ tab on each farm’s listing page.  You have other options as well: phone, email, and their personal website (also listed under the Contact tab). Caveat: if the farm is a complimentary member, you best solution is to use the Contact form for further information.

Please mention where you found their listing as we would dearly love to have all our farms well represented with full information about what they offer.

Ask about children before you reserve

 

Not all farms and ranches allow kids. Check under the ‘Allowed’ heading to see whether children are welcome.  It is best to ask as well since sometimes there is a specific age restriction that may be less or more than 12 years old .

OUR TOP RANCH/FARM CHOICES

 

Sevier River Ranch & Cattle Company

Farm Stay in Hatch

216 South Sevier River Ranch Lane, Hatch, UT 84735, United States 

9.2 Superb 269 reviews

Located in Hatch, 45 km from Bryce Canyon, Sevier River Ranch & Cattle Company provides a garden and free WiFi.

The farm stay offers a terrace.

A barbecue is available on site and both hiking and fishing can be enjoyed within close proximity of Sevier River Ranch & Cattle Company.

Ranch il Sole

Farm Stay in Miami

22900 Southwest 157th Avenue, Miami, FL 33170, United States

9.0 Superb 5 reviews

Located in Miami, within 32 km of University of Miami and 33 km of Cocowalk Shopping Center, Ranch il Sole offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a bar and a garden. Featuring free private parking, the farm stay is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking and cycling.

Z Ranch

Farm Stay in Templeton

350 Vaquero Road, Templeton, CA 93465, United States

9.7 Exceptional 16 reviews

Set in Templeton, 39 km from San Luis Obispo, Z Ranch offers barbecue facilities and free WiFi.

Cambria is 43 km from the farm stay, while Morro Bay is 40 km from the property. The nearest airport is San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, 50 km from Z Ranch.

Panther Valley Ranch

Farm Stay in Morning Star

1942 Millcreek Road, Morning Star, AR 71901, United States

9.7 Exceptional 26 reviews

Situated in Morning Star, 11 km from Hot Springs, Panther Valley Ranch features barbecue facilities and free WiFi. The accommodation has a spa bath.

The farm stay offers a hot tub. Panther Valley Ranch also provides a business centre and free private parking.

The Britton Farmstead

Farm Stay in Gettysburg

573 Spangler School Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, United States

9.5 Exceptional 33 reviews

Located 10 km from Little Round Top Gettysburg, The Britton Farmstead offers a garden, and air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi.

The farm stay offers a hot tub.

Guests at The Britton Farmstead can enjoy skiing nearby, or benefit from the sun terrace.

Orr Family Farm & RR, LLC

Farm Stay in Oklahoma City

14400 S. Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73170, United States

9.3 Superb 19 reviews

Located in Oklahoma City in the Oklahoma region, Orr Family Farm & RR, LLC provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking, as well as access to an indoor swimming pool.

A barbecue is available on site and fishing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the farm stay.

Kokomo Farms

Farm Stay in Live Oak

19378 Northwest County Road 250, Live Oak, FL 32060, United States

9.5 Exceptional 79 reviews

Set 19 km from Peacock Springs State Park, Kokomo Farms offers free bikes, a shared lounge and air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. The accommodation has a hot tub.

The farm stay offers a hot tub.

The Old Sindelar Farm

Farm Stay in East Haddam

61 Petticoat Lane, East Haddam, CT 06423, United States

9.3 Superb 37 reviews

Boasting a DVD player, the farm stay has a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge, a living room with a seating area and a dining area, 3 bedrooms, and 1 bathroom with a shower and a bath. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is offered.

Grand Canyon Western Ranch

Farm Stay in Meadview

61 Petticoat Lane, East Haddam, CT 06423, United States

8.5 Very good 728 reviews

Set on an active ranch featuring horseback riding and wagon rides, these cottages include rusticfurnishings and private entrances. Guests can book a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.

Featuring authentic western home-style cooking, the Ranch House is located at Grand Canyon Ranch. Guests can dine at a candle-lit table by an open fire. After dinner, live cowboy entertainment is featured at the Diamond Bar, which offers a full bar.

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ENJOY, CHRIS

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