I'd like to get in touch with nature and learn more
about plants, animals and rural life. Are there any B&Bs that
offer this kind of thing?
Although shopping malls and theme parks will always be popular,
the latest trend in travel is vacations that encompass a return
to the land. The New York Times reports that "48
countries are creating a national strategy for eco-tourism
development." In keeping with this focus on preserving the
environment and celebrating its beauty, BedandBreakfast.com
members offer these delightful "agritainment" packages; many are
ideal for family getaways, others for romantic escapes.
House on Cherry Street, Jacksonville, FL:
love visiting the "Urbfarm" - organic tea gardens on the
premises - and picking their own tea for fresh organic herbal
tea. As a bonus, guests take garden herbs home to add to salads
and meals. A $10 discount is offered to anyone willing to weed
Farms, Rome, GA:
beautiful 340-acre country estate in the North Georgia Mountains
offers guests a wonderful equestrian getaway, beautifully
appointed guest cottages with a fabulous European motif, and
views of surrounding horse pastures. Activities for couples,
friends, and families include mountain trail rides with gourmet
picnics, riding lessons, culinary classes, wine tasting,
hayrides, bonfires, hiking, and fishing. Guests can enjoy
mother/daughter or father/son riding weekends, and wine, food,
and horse-themed weekends. Cottages are fashioned from former
stables. The Osborn Cottage offers seven loft beds with ladders
and a bath house, sitting room and more-- perfect for those want
to rough it.
Macadamia Meadows Farm Bed & Breakfast, Naalehu, HI:
an educational walking tour of the orchard, where the history of
macadamia farming and the latest challenges are discussed, amid
lush Hawaiian surroundings. Guests love to pick nuts and take
them home; breakfast entrees feature macadamias, too.
Serenity B&B Inn, Wichita, KS:
this B&B be your base for discovering Kansas-style agritourism.
Within an easy drive is Wyldwood Cellars, the state's largest
winery. Ride a wagon across untouched American Tallgrass Prairie
into the beautiful Flint Hills, or take part in a real cattle
drive with a singing cowboy.
Maple Hill Manor,
working alpaca and llama farm and B&B is ideally suited for
children of all ages. All are encouraged to help feed and
interact with the rare Suri alpacas and llamas. The inn's Fiber
Farm Store features beautiful garments and gift items made from
the farm's alpaca shearings. The annual Autumn Alpaca Farm
Festival and Fiber Art Workshops are a highlight for guests, who
also find alpaca products in the B&B including blankets, throws,
robes, and even teddy bears - all made from the luxuriously soft
and warm alpaca fiber. Children and pets welcome.
Farm Inn & Conference Center, Hallowell, ME:
to offering wonderfully romantic rooms with fireplaces and
whirlpool tubs, the barn is brimming with a menagerie of farm
animals including llamas, sheep, cattle, steer, chickens, a goat
and a pony. Guests are offered barn tours and are encouraged to
visit the animals often or assist in collecting eggs, bringing
in hay bales from the field, or other farm chores.
TLC Bed &
Breakfast and Wellness Center, Jackson, MO:
and Trisha Wischmann mill their own grains and use free-range
eggs and poultry from local farms to prepare delicious cuisine.
A special wellness package is available, including two nights'
accommodations, all food, educational programs and a massage for
$280 per couple. Guests learn about buying, preparing, and
enjoying foods that promote good health.
River Run Bed and Breakfast, Fleischmanns, NY:
awareness of the wonder of the region's local farms, River Run
offers two nights in deluxe accommodations, breakfast each
morning, and dinner at the Andes Restaurant. CIA-trained Chef Ed
O'Neill will prepare a five-course tasting dinner for two using
ingredients indigenous to local Delaware County farms, served in
a casually elegant atmosphere.
Weatherbury Farm Vacation, Avella, PA:
this B&B has been educating "city slickers" and their kids about
farming and agriculture. The whole family chips in with chores:
helping Farmer Dale feed the baby goats and collecting pink,
blue and white eggs from the chickens. After chores, options
include visiting a rock cave where Indians formerly camped, or
taking a trip to Meadowcraft Museum to observe rural life in the
mid-1800s. Two-story suites in a beautifully converted livery
accommodate families. Children of all ages are welcome.
farm is located on 100 acres of verdant Pennsylvania
countryside. The organic gardens and heritage livestock provide
the majority of meats, vegetables, eggs, and herbs for the
award-winning fine dining restaurant. Guests are welcome to
explore the many pastures, gardens and greenhouses, and learn
about the sustainable agricultural practices used to raise
healthy livestock and vegetables. A favorite pastime is
collecting eggs from the chickens, or taking part in organic
gardening workshops offered
by the on-site horticulturalist. The
inn is made
up of seven
Pennsylvania Dutch barns,
beautifully restored with many
original features, offering a taste of rustic elegance.
Valley Ranch, Warfordsburg, PA:
particularly drawn to this wilderness riding experience the
Appalachian Mountains. Guests can help groom the horses, have a
brief riding lesson, and experience a wide variety of the
Appalachian Mountains' flora and fauna on horseback. Children
must be seven years old to participate in trail rides. Children
six and under stay free with their parents, and are treated to
pony rides in the yard.
Memory Lane B&B, Dripping Springs, TX:
For those who
love animals or want to reconnect with the land, this working
farm will offer a unique perspective. Guests enjoy visiting the
farm's Nigerian dwarf goats, chickens, donkey, or horse;
strolling through the garden; and picking produce that they're
invited to take home with them. A labyrinth offers spiritual
peace, and for just $7.50, those inclined can join in two-hour
Friday yoga classes.
Stony Ridge Ranch Retreat, Hondo, TX:
Relax in the
Texas Hill Country on this deer ranch, where white-tail deer are
pen-raised then released onto the high fenced area of the ranch.
Guests help feed the deer, and in June and July can even feed
the fawns. Stay in a beautifully appointed log home or cabins,
and enjoy three-course dinners prepared each evening, including
wild game dinners served on Saturday nights.
Holly Lane Gardens, Bainbridge Island, WA:
innkeeper and farmer Patti Dusbabek to help farm vegetables,
herbs, flowers and greenery. Guests are invited to help bake for
the weekly Farmer's Market in the summer, and dunk taper candles
in the on-site candle factory, or prepare jams, jellies and
vinegars from the produce on the property. Friday afternoons,
learn how to prepare floral arrangements using bounty from the
farm. The cottage and suite offer ideal accommodations for
parents and kids, with kitchens, front room and bedroom.
Children under eight stay free in parents' room.
Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast, Thorp, WA:
features horses and a rare breed of Wensleydale sheep. Chip in
with farm chores or take the dog for a walk on five miles of
trails, featuring more than 3,000 daffodils in bloom in the
spring. There's fly fishing on the inn's three miles of Yakima
River frontage, and wild turkeys and deer, grey horned owls, and
eagles for those who love to see wildlife in its natural
surroundings. Families of up to eight are comfortably
accommodated in the cottage, and children of all ages are
welcome at the inn, cottage or studio rooms.
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