The best farm stay vacations in the US

By Allison Tibaldi

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As the novel coronavirus continues to make travel a challenge, vacationers are gravitating towards getaways with fresh air, bucolic scenery, and ample room for physical distancing. Unique accommodations from treehouses to airstreams are garnering attention, and the latest trend includes farm stay vacations.

For city dwellers, it's an experiential way to get back to the land. The hosting farmers tend to be a welcoming bunch who are proud to show visitors the field-to-fork connection. Though you're not required to work during a farm stay vacation, it's a golden opportunity to gather just-laid eggs, pick ripe tomatoes off the vine, and toil in the soil. If you're traveling with children, the access to fresh fruit, veggies, and eggs is a low-stress way to encourage them towards food choices that don't come wrapped in cellophane.

There are farm vacation options listed on Airbnb and at hotels around the country at a variety of price points. Whether you choose to stay in an inexpensive Airbnb cottage on a livestock farm in Maine or at a high-end ranch hotel with an apiary in Carmel Valley, California, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in agricultural rhythms as much or as little as you desire.  

However, it is important to note that there is no vaccine for the novel coronavirus. We recommend following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations safety guidelines, and to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and maintain social distancing. You may also want to read up on travel safety, and expert advice on Airbnb and hotel safety to decide which type of stay is right for you.

All Airbnb accommodations we've included have a rating of at least 4.79 out of 5 and participate in the company's enhanced 5-step cleaning process, so visitors can rest assured that the everything will be thoroughly sanitized before they arrive. All hotels we've included earn high ratings on user-generated sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com. Additionally, they all have added safety and cleanliness protocol in place as they attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are 12 of the best farm stay vacations in the US, sorted by price from low to high:

An Airbnb farmhouse in Goshen, Kentucky, $100
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This renovated farmhouse is situated on a small vegetable farm and native plant nursery. It's a genuine farm experience just 25 minutes from Louisville, home to the Urban Bourbon Trail, where thirsty travelers can visit iconic distilleries and learn the secrets of bourbon production. Louisville's Kentucky Derby is run at Churchhill Downs Racetrack each May, though visitors may explore the history of this famed equestrian event at the Kentucky Derby Museum all year. 

Overnight farm guests are invited to mingle with the resident sheep and chickens and to explore the beds of crisp vegetables and numerous onsite greenhouses, bursting with native flora. 

The farmhouse has 2 bedrooms, each with a double bed complete with antique quilts, an ample kitchen stocked with free-range eggs from the farm's own flock, and a modern bathroom. There's a screened-in porch and a back deck that overlooks the pristine woods, excellent for bird watching or just soaking in the silence.

There is excellent availability from March, 2021 onwards. 

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Sleep in a 1962 Airstream at Wishing Well Mini Ranch in Vista, California, $109
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This small ranch is located in a semi-rural section of Southern California, an hour drive from SoCal's famed surfing beaches, where the scenery is straight out of a Beach Boy's song. 

The ranch is home to a Noah's Ark of animals, including Nigerian dwarf milking goats, miniature horses, llamas, and chickens. In winter, there's a sweet smell of orange blossoms perfuming the air, courtesy of the surrounding citrus groves. The host is happy to let guests interact with the animals, help milk the goats, or observe him make cheese. 

The Airstream sits in a fenced-in yard. It has both a full-size and twin bed, indoor and outdoor hot showers, kitchen with a compact fridge, and a television. Funky touches include vintage throw pillows and fluffy area rugs. Just outside of the Airstream, you'll find a picnic table, BBQ, outdoor firepit, and a game of cornhole toss. There's access to a washer and dryer in the garage.

The Airstream still has some days available in December, January, and February. 

Rating: 4.98

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Stay in a cottage on a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $142
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The Amish, or Pennsylvania Dutch, have been farming the land around Lancaster for hundreds of years. They adhere to a yesteryear lifestyle that eschews modern conveniences. Visitors to the area will see them riding in their traditional horse-drawn buggies, the women wearing simple bonnets, the men sporting broad-brimmed hats. Lancaster is also home to the oldest ongoing market in the country, a treat for culinary travelers who'd like to sample local dishes such as scrapple and shoo-fly pie. 

Inglewood Cottage is located on centuries-old, 20-acre farm in the heart of Amish Country. Staying on the farm means you'll share the outdoor space with Angus beef cows, goats, and rabbits. Guests are invited to wander the acres of serene woodlands, forest glades, and fields of wildflowers as they soak in the peaceful vibe and solitude. 

This snug cottage has 2 bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed, the other with bunk beds and a floor mattress that would work well for kids. There's a deck off the kitchen and a campfire circle with Adirondack chairs and plenty of firewood.  High-speed Internet and access to Netflix brings the overnight experience into the 21st century. 

There's plenty of availability from January, 2021 onwards. 

Rating: 5.0

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

The Silo House at Laughing Llama Farm, in Troy, Texas, $159
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Troy is a speck of a town in Central Texas. It's approximately 25 minutes from Waco, a city known for two specialty museums, the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and the Dr. Pepper Museum. 

Visitors to the area may experience staying on a 10-acre llama farm. These social animals live in herds and have wool that is very soft to the touch. Guests are given grain so they may feed them, an opportunity to get up-close with these adorable animals. There are assorted goats, chickens, and cows on the farm as well. 

You'll sleep in a private home that's a refurbished former grain bin. The open-concept floor plan provides an upstairs sleeping loft for 2, a full bathroom, and an outdoor shower. Additionally, there's a foldout couch downstairs that will sleep 2 people comfortably. Bring your own rod and bait and catch fish in the stocked pond. Cook your fresh catch outdoors on the charcoal grill or head indoors and cook it in the compact but full-size kitchen. 

There are still some days available in November and good availability starting in December.

Rating: 4.99

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Crow's Nest Tiny House is on a 70 acre working livestock farm in Durham, Maine, $150
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Durham is located near Maine's shopping mecca Freeport, so you may enjoy watching the pigs play one minute and be purchasing a flannel shirt at iconic L.L. Bean the next. Portland, with its delectable dining options, is only 30 minutes away.

This compact house is on a 70-acre working livestock farm, Old Crow Ranch. It has everything you'll need for a country respite, including acres of unblemished pastures and pinewoods. There's a queen-size bed in the sleeping loft and a cozy daybed on the main level, sleeping a total of 4 guests. A shower and composting toilet are the essence of simplicity yet fully functional. The kitchen has 2 electric burners so you can purchase the farm's own meat and cook your dinner. After a serene sleep, you'll appreciate that the kitchen is stocked with homemade granola, milk, and other morning essentials. 

The farmers give guests a genuine back-to-the-land welcome with lots of personal touches. They are happy to give guests a tour of the farm and are available to answer any questions.

This tiny house still has a few days available in November, with excellent availability from December onwards. 

Rating: 4.98

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Best farm stays in the US - Congress Hall
Cape Resorts

Cape May is resort town at the tip of southern New Jersey. Miles of Atlantic beach, a promenade for strolling, and one of the largest collections of 19th century framed buildings in the country draw loyal return visitors. 

Congress Hall is a Grande Dame hotel that has been providing hospitality for over 200 years.  21st century guests will enjoy rooms that blend modern amenities with old-world luxury. The hotel operates 62-acre Beach Plum Farm, nestled in protected wetlands just a short distance away. The robust beds of produce supply the hotel's kitchen with pesticide-free spinach and stalks of tender asparagus. Tomatoes are synonymous with this corner of New Jersey and each summer, the ripe fruit is picked, jarred, and used to make a red sauce that is served at the hotel's restaurant. 

For a full-on immersion in agricultural rhythms, stay at one of the farm's 5 adorable cottages. The fridge will be stocked with a bounty of just-picked local produce; one taste and you'll understand why New Jersey is nicknamed the Garden State. Farm to fork meals and feeding the chickens are interactive options.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 14 out of 37 hotels in Cape May

Hotels.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

COVID-19 status and cleaning procedures: The hotel is currently open. Guests must fill out a COVID safety questionnaire pre-arrival and then sign the form at check in. Additional enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols include:

  • Guest rooms are sanitized using a combination of UV-light technology, air purifiers, and EPA-approved cleaning products before check-in. 
  • Guests will receive in-room alcohol wipes and personal-size bottles of hand sanitizer.
  • Everyone over two years of age is required to wear a face mask while occupying public spaces, and at any time when the required six-foot distancing from others cannot be maintained.
  • Outdoor dining with well-spaced tables; indoor dining will follow strict social-distancing and state and local restaurant guidelines.
Hull-O Farms, a family farm in Durham, New York, $250
Hull-O Farms

Bring the kids and learn what it's like to live on a farm in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Agriculture has been the backbone of this rural region for centuries, so it's a fitting place to experience a back-to-nature vacation.  

Hull-O-Farms is a 300-acre, 7th generation family farm still owned and operated by the Hull family. Cows, several heritage breeds of pigs, turkeys, goats, ducks, and horses all call Hull-O Farms home.  

The current owners have been hosting guests for over 25 years. Open in all seasons, farmers Frank and Shari let guests help milk the cows, collect eggs, and feed baby animals. In haying season, hitch a ride on the tractor or learn to toss bales of hay. The farm is only 15 minutes from Windham Mountain for skiing and snowtubing in winter and mountain biking in summer. 

Guests may reserve one of three comfortable private houses, each with sufficient room to spread out. They all have full kitchens and come with a complimentary breakfast basket loaded with delectable goodies including Shari's special pancake mix and fresh eggs from the farm's own chickens. Television and Wi-Fi will keep the family tethered to the 21st century. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 3 specialty lodgings in Durham

COVID-19 status and cleaning procedures: The farm is currently open with the following modifications:

  • No meals are currently being served. Each cottage has a full-size kitchen allowing guests to cook their own meals. A breakfast basket, loaded with treats, will be given to each cottage. A list of local dining establishments will be provided.
  • Guests must adhere to social distancing and wear a mask in public spaces. 
  • Cottages are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between guests.
  • No one will enter your cottage without express permission. 
A 4 bedroom farmhouse with a furnished silo in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, $385
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Rapidan is a former mill town set alongside its namesake river. It has maintained a rural flavor despite being only 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. 

Built in conjunction with a leading sustainable architecture firm, this visionary home is situated on the apex of a 33-acre grass-fed cattle farm. Scottish Highland cattle graze in the pasture, while lush vegetable patches, towering oak trees, and Blue Ridge sunsets offer a way to unplug and connect with the natural world. 

The light-filled house is the culmination of 4 friends' communal vision for a sustainable future. The house has a state-of-the-art kitchen, great room with a working fireplace, sprawling deck with a pergola for shade, and views of Twin Mountains that looks like a painting. The furnished silo has a separate entrance with its own bedroom, bathroom, and mini-kitchen. The house sleeps 10 guests comfortably and has hosted weddings, art residences, and even film festivals.

There's no Wi-Fi, though there's cell phone service. 

The farmhouse has a few days available in January, 2021. February 2021 is wide open. 

Rating: 4.79

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, California, $510
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Carmel Valley Ranch is located Monterey County, the epicenter of California's fertile growing region. It's a high-end resort surrounded by vineyards just a short drive from the area's gorgeous Pacific beaches. 

A herd of spunky Swiss nanny goats live on the ranch, supplying the milk that the resort's in-house cheesemaker, Charlie Cascio, uses to make his creamy cheeses. Charlie is happy to chat with guests about the artisanal cheesemaking process and encourages everyone to greet his beloved goats. Drop by the chicken coop that provides the kitchen with just-laid eggs before heading over to the buzzing apiary, home to over 250,000 Italian honeybees. The ranch's beekeeping program lets guests of all ages suit up in protective gear and learn about the connection between plants and pollinators. Guests may sample the honey, which is also available for purchase. The vast organic garden supplies the kitchen with edible goodies.  

Rooms are all suites, so expect plenty of space and amenities such as outdoor soaking tubs, fireplaces, and decks. A Pete Dye-designed golf course, spa and wellness center, tennis courts, and saltwater swimming pools offer a range of active options. The resort caters to families with a splash zone water park and a huge swimming pool reserved for families. Bring the pooch, who can enjoy miles of walking trails and a canine room service menu. 

TripAdvisor Ranking: 12 out of 26 hotels in Carmel

Booking.com Rating: 9.0 out of 10

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: Carmel Valley Ranch is under the Hyatt umbrella and following the chain's guidelines including:

  • Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces.
  • Sanitizing stations prominently places in public spaces.
  • Removal of extraneous high-touch items, such as decorative pillows, from guest rooms.
  • Mobile check-in and check-out.
The Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, High Falls, New York
Gray Barn

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is an idyllic 150-acre Hudson Valley farm that is home to hundreds of chickens, goats, turkeys, and cows. All of the animals have been rescued, and now spend their days grazing in the open pasture. 

The hotel includes just five rooms, and each comes with a private terrace. The large and airy common space has a full kitchen, living area, and dining room. The deck overlooks the goat pasture. Guests may cook their own meals as they long as they follow the farm's vegan principles. A visit is an excellent way to get a deeper understanding of the benefits of eating an animal-free diet.

Currently, Gray Barn is being rented only as a full buyout of the entire house. The house sleeps 10 guests and is available for $2,500, making it a pretty solid value of $250 per person for the entire hotel. The rental period starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday and ends at noon on Sunday. Each stay includes a private tour of the Sanctuary.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 out of 4 specialty lodging in High Falls

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has a number of enhanced safety protocols in place including:

  • Cleaning service will not be provided during your stay, though a deep clean will take place between guests. 
  • A one-time laundry service is offered.
  • Breakfast will not be provided. 
  • Everyone must wear a mask during the private tour.

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