September 4, 2012

The Farm Stay Vacation

Consider making your next family vacation a “haycation” by booking a farm stay. Already common in Europe and Australia, farm stays are garnering greater interest in the U.S. as more people are looking for ways to connect with nature, simpler times, and local food sources.

Simply put, a farm stay means reserving accommodations on a working farm or ranch. The accommodations may be a room in a farmhouse or other farm building that's been converted for company; or, you may get to pick your own camping spot on the farm. The experience varies from farm to farm. Some are geared towards families with young children, while others are more adult-oriented. Some involve daily chores and activities, while others simply offer classes and demonstrations for those interested. Bottom line: You won't have to put in a full day's work as a farmhand to earn your keep.

If the thought of starting your day by gathering eggs for a down-home breakfast and ending your day sitting in a rocking chair watching the sun set over the fields appeals to you, check out farmstayus.com  or farmvisit.com for more information on booking your very own farm stay vacation.



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