Hotel Alternative: Family Friendly Farm Stays

In continuing with the recent farm theme, did you know that there are a range of farm stay opportunities across the country (and world) that run the gamut from basic overnight accommodations to luxury digs?  Farm Stays U.S. is a great website for finding the perfect experience for your family (pets included).

We stayed at several small farms during our recent trip to Ireland and it was like having free entertainment for the kids at the beginning and end of each day.  Plus, we always had the freshest eggs for breakfast!


One farm that I can’t wait to check-out next summer is the Farm Sanctuary Bed & Breakfast in Watkins Glen, NY.  Located not too far from where I grew up, this farm/animal sanctuary is the ultimate pet friendly hotel.  Your four legged family members are welcome to stay in the cabins and this bed & breakfast is strictly vegan.  For ideas of things to do in the area, check out this post.

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A trip that is high on our list for next summer is visiting Seattle, Olympic National Park, and the San Juan Islands.  After a quick search on Farm Stays U.S., I have already found our accommodation on Orcas Island – Pebble Cove Farm.  We plan to look for orcas during the day and hike at Moran State Park.  In the afternoons, we will return to the farm and enjoy these activities:

  • Stroll through the organic garden and enjoy what’s in season
  • Help yourself to organic eggs from our chickens and pick berries.
  • Pet the goats and give an apple to our pony Buddy.
  • Paddle to Skull Island with our row boat and explore.
  • Picnic on the beach, dig for clams and beach comb.
  • Walk to Deer Harbor Marina and boat watch.
  • Barbeque oysters from the beach.
  • Lounge on the lawn and read a book  while the kids enjoy the playground.
  • Make a bonfire and roast marshmallows.
  • Lounge in a hammock overlooking the sea
  • Soak in the hot tub under the stars.

Yes, please.  This place sounds like heaven for kids and grown-ups alike.  They bring a basket of organic goodies each morning for breakfast, which you can enjoy while appreciating the beautiful view on the deck of your own cottage.

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For a luxury farm stay with a price tag to match, you can stay at Blackberry Farms in the Great Smokey Mountains.  The farm produces a wide array of epicurean delights, including artisan cheeses and their own beer that is brewed on site.  They also have a camp for kids ages four and up.  I know our four year old would love their list of activities, including gathering eggs from the hen house, picking vegetables from the garden, cooking, and horseback riding.

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Have you ever stayed on a farm instead of a hotel when traveling?  Which farm would you choose for an overnight stay?


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