Looking for a new vacation spot? Think about vacationing on a working ranch or farm!
I came across a great website the other day, Farm Stay U.S. Their site is designed to connect guests with farm and ranch stays throughout the United States.
"Just being on a farm is good for the soul. And each person that stays on a farm helps support a cultural tradition that is under severe economic threat" says Scottie Jones of Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea, Oregon.
I have always thought there was something romantic about a farm. Maybe I have seen too many old movies with James Dean as a farm hand, but nevertheless it calls to me. Realistically, though, not many of us are in the position to drop our current situations and become farmers...but we can still experience what it would be like if we did. Farming is a lot of work for not a lot of money unfortunately. Most small farmers don't do it for the money. It is a lifestyle, a passion. Many farms across the United States, (and these types of vacations are very popular in Europe and Australia as well) are willing to share the lifestyle. You can have the farm experience, without actually buying the farm.
Accommodations can be anything from camping to a five-star guest house. It depends on what type of vacation you want. Some are suited for families and some maybe not. The site offers detailed summaries of each farm along with amenities, activities, animals, and what is allowed. It is very easy to pick a farm suited for the experience you are hoping to have. Activities may include: horseback riding lessons, cheese making, berry picking, swimming, milking, planting and harvesting, just to name a few. Many farms even allow weddings, parties, family reunions, corporate retreats, and parties. In my browsing I even came across one that had a sauna! There is something for everyone. You also have the choice to participate or just be there to take in the scenery.
I think it sounds like a wonderful learning experience for children as well. What better way to learn about where food comes from and healthy living. The idea of supporting a small family farm is very appealing to me as well. Definitely now on my To Do List.