Farm Stays

Farmer Staring at Farm
by , SmarterTravel Staff
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For those of you who would prefer skipping the big city lights and instead get your hands dirty in the rural countryside, a farm stay may be just what the doctor ordered. You can learn the lay of the land, as well as what it entails to maintain a working farm in today's world. Staying on a farm is oftentimes a lot less expensive than staying at a B&B.

A typical morning on the farm might consist of waking to the sound of a rooster crowing before setting out to do chores such as feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, or picking fresh produce. After you've worked up an appetite, you then sit down to a full country breakfast prepared from the fruits of your labor. Days are then spent picnicking, enjoying the peaceful landscape, and taking part in the pleasures of a simpler time.

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Many farms offer valuable lessons in agriculture and sustainable practices, as well as the opportunity to work with live animals. Plus, you can choose the type of work that interests you the most, including milking cows, feeding cattle, or organic farming. For instance, Weatherbury Farm in Pennsylvania offers rooms starting at $91 per night, including breakfast and activities around the farm with Farmer Dale (real name). However, you're not required to help out at every farm. Liberty Hill Farm in Vermont provides seven guestrooms starting at $90 per person, which include full breakfast and dinner, and invites you to relax on the front porch, explore the fields, or take a dip in the river.

Farm stays are available all over the country, but are particularly popular in Vermont and Pennsylvania. Most rooms start under $100 per night, and include breakfast and sometimes dinner.

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