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Don't miss our previous list of farm stays to follow on Instagram!

It can be difficult to say goodbye to your new "farm family" when vacation is over. You want to hang on to that feeling - the connection and quietude.

Farmers are sharing their daily lives with increasing frequency via social media, and one of our favorite ways to see what they're up to is to follow on Instagram. Here, in no particular order, are six more farms or ranches (with farm stays) to follow on Instagram right now!

1. ABC Acres in Hamilton, Montana

ABC Acres uses their Instagram feed to show off their gorgeous land, from endless skies and mountain vistas, right down to the earthworms in the pasture and everything between the two.

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See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: ABC Acres

 

2. Blind Buck Valley Farmstead in Salem, New York

Blind Buck Valley Farmstead provides lots of little glimpses into life on their farm, like their beautiful location, the 18th century farmhouse accommodations, chickens and eggs, and happy kids (human and goat).

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See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Blind Buck Valley Farmstead

 

3. Hillside Homestead in Suttons Bay, Michigan

Food historian Susan Odom has created something unique at Hillside Homestead. Follow along on Instagram for photos of farm animals, woodstove cooking (and bread baking!), and projects around the farm.

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See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Hillside Homestead

 

4. Dogwood Hills Guest Farm in Harriet, Arkansas

Here's a farm that's proud of their state - check out one of the hashtags they use, #wonderfularkansas. Dogwood Hills shares a mix of photos from around the farm and various activites relating to agritourism.

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See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Dogwood Hills Guest Farm

 

5. The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, New Hampshire

East Hill Farm has a long and fascinating history in New Hampshire. Of all the farm stays listed here at Farm Stay U.S., they can accommodate the most guests (140) and their inn has been a destination for families since cottages were built after World War II. Their photos provide a glimpse of activities and inquisitive animals.

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See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: The Inn at East Hill Farm

 

6. Serenity Sheep Farm Stay in Belgrade, Montana

Another one from #bigskycountry! We love the photos of the covered wagon guest accommodations, but all the shots of animals and wool-related activities are equally enjoyable.

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See their profile on Farm Stay U.S.: Serenity Sheep Farm Stay

 

Hope you've discovered some new favorites here! Also, be sure to follow Farm Stay U.S. on Instagram. We mostly re-gram from our farm stay members, so it's a great way to find new places to add to your must-visit list.

Recently, Farm Stay U.S. members Ruth Pepler and her daughter Grace from Dogwood Hills were guests on a podcast called The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson. (Link to listen at the bottom of this post.)

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That led us to learning more about The Urban Farm - a wonderful website devoted to promoting sustainable gardening and permaculture design.

 

At Urban Farm U we provide the inspiration, knowledge, and tools that promote and encourage healthy lives and environments so you can pursue your goals and dreams of a healthier life with a community of people who care.

 

We especially like all the information to be found on their blog and via their podcast! If you're not a farmer already and would like to get started growing food in your own urban space, or if you're a gardener who wants to discover more about permaculture theories and techniques, give them a look.

After Greg heard about Farm Stay U.S. from Ruth and Grace, our founder and Executive Director, Scottie Jones, also had a chance to be a guest on the podcast. You can listen to both episodes below.





Six Farm Stays to Follow on Instagram

It can be difficult to say goodbye to your new "farm family" when vacation is over. You want to hang on to that feeling - the connection and quietude.

Farmers are sharing their daily lives with increasing frequency via social media, and one of our favorite ways to see what they're up to is to follow on Instagram. Here, in no particular order, are six farms (with farm stays) to follow on Instagram right now!

1. Toddy Pond Farm in Monroe, Maine

Sharing a mix of photos from animals, to farm projects, to products available for sale (dying to try their yogurt!), Toddy Pond Farm gives you a great glimpse into their diversified family farm and micro dairy.

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See their listing on Farm Stay U.S.: Toddy Pond Farm

 

2. Rancho Dos Amantes in Paso Robles, California

This one is - so far - for all the wedding daydreamers out there. The Instagrammers at this beautiful central California wine country farm have focused their lenses on the happy couples and pastoral ambiance of farm stay weddings.

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See their listing on Farm Stay U.S.: Rancho Dos Amantes

 

3. Stillwaters Farm in Henderson, Tennessee

Follow along with farm stay host Valeria as she furnishes an Airstream glamping trailer, builds and furnishes a bath house for guests, or makes soap for her on-farm shop. Also making appearances are the livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) and the gorgeous Tennessee farm scenery.

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See their listing on Farm Stay U.S.: Stillwaters Farm

 

4. The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm in Skamokawa, Washington

The photos posted on this Instagram account are alllllll about the food. Hosts Don and Kitty Speranza are professional chefs who now operate a 15 acre working farm. Holy cannoli!

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See their Farm Stay U.S. listing: The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm

 

5. Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole, New Hampshire

The Inn at Valley Farms posts a little bit of everything. Weddings, farm animals, scenery, mushrooms. You'll easily experience every season on this working organic farm via Instagram.

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See their Farm Stay U.S. listing: Inn at Valley Farms

 

6. Stony Creek Farmstead in Walton, New York

"Let your family free range" is the hashtag you'll find on many of the photos from Stony Creek Farmstead. The animals aren't the only ones who get to free-range! Here you'll find farm stay guests helping out with the chores, photos of the "plush-rustic" platform tents, farm hands, barn kitties, and more.

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See their Farm Stay U.S. listing: Stony Creek Farmstead

This is a start, but by no means the only farm stays on Instagram. We'll definitely have another post coming up soon, with even more accounts to follow! Meanwhile, make sure you also follow Farm Stay U.S. on Instagram! We mostly re-gram from our farm stay members, so it's a great way to find new places to add to your must-visit lists.

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How about a celebration of the other farm animals -- not the livestock or poultry - but the hard working barn cats and dogs that do their fair share of the work around the farm or ranch?

12 Days of Christmas (on the farm) - Day 7

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Happy new year's eve!

Hoping to go on a few adventures in 2015? I ran a bunch of searches for you on some of the more daring activites listed by our farm and ranch members. These might be right on the farm, or available nearby - check with the owners first if you have your heart set on a particular activity. There may be seasonal considerations as well.

How about... ziplining?

Ballooning? (Oh... over wine country... *sigh* Romance and adventure!)

Explore some caverns or do some rock climbing?

Kayaking? (Check into what kind of kayaking - there's a big difference between a quiet bay or lake and kayaking on rapids!) There's also rafting (again, check if it's lazy river rafting or white-water rafting).

We have some ranches where you can learn roping! Not sure you could put that skill to use on a cattle drive, but going along for the ride with a new secret skill would be fun anyway.

Maybe you're a pilot and need a place with an airstrip... yes, we actually have a ranch that lists an airstrip as an amenity. And there are a few more that list helicopter landing. Cool.

Or maybe your adventure in 2015 includes getting married... eh? Eh? Anyone? Some of our members have wedding chapels, and LOTS of them welcome weddings and elopements!

Onward to the new year!

12 Days of Christmas (on the farm) - Day 6

Brrrrr. BRRRRRR. It's cold! You would think it was winter or something.

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Let's daydream about beaches and swimming pools for a minute... *daydreams*

Beaches and swimming pools might not be something you generally associate with farms, but vacationers can totally have the best of both of these things... the farm experience and a refreshing dip in the water to cool off. You know, during the hot months! We have several members who list beaches as an activity (I actually like beaches in cold weather, too), and even more who list a swimming pool as an amenity or swimming as an activity... that could be swimming holes, splashing around in a creek or river, or lakes.

Planning ahead for warmer days! *daydreams*

12 Days of Christmas (on the farm) - Day 5

Farms generally make us think of the "usual" farm animals... cows, chickens, pigs, sheep. But did you know that we have farms in the U.S. raising other unique animals?

Check out these farm stay search results for opportunites to see some creatures you might not usually come across in a farm setting:

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Bison and calf at Armstrong Creek Bison Company

12 Days of Christmas (on the farm) - Day 4

Often, a big advantage of being out in the country at night is how dark it is. Stargazing opportunities abound!

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In our search results, we have some members who have checked off "astronomy" as an activity, but really, bring a telescope along on any rural vacation and you're likely to be rewarded as long as the skies are clear. (You can even rent telescopes online - just do a web search.) Consider planning a trip around one of the annual meteor showers!

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Rustridge Winery & Ranch is the getaway from getaways as one of their guests called it. Rustridge is a vineyard, winery, thoroughbred racehorse ranch and a bed and breakfast. Just 20 minutes from Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail, the once large racehorse ranch is now a combination of the owners, Jim and Susan’s, two passions wine and horses. They continue to breed and race thoroughbreds and have over 20 years of experience producing award winning wine.

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Cooler nights and higher elevation allow for a later harvest than most grapes in Napa Valley which gives the distinct quality and flavor you’ll have to try and enjoy for yourself!

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Rustridge Ranch & Winery is known for their organically grown grapes and award winning wine. They offer a variety of wines through their Rustridge, Racehorse and Library selections including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The Rustridge wines are their current barrel selected premium wines that bring out the best elements of the Chiles Valley. Their Racehorse selection includes their everyday wines. The Racehorse Red is a blend of Zinfandel and Carbenet and the white is a Chardonnay with a touch of oak. A collection of both Rustridge and Racehorse wines make up their aged Library wines.  More information on their selections, wine purchases and Rustridge Wine Club memberships can be found at their website (Rustridge.com).

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In order to exercise the young horses they run them through the vineyard aisles. Fifty acres stretching down the valley make for a great run. For strength, they run the horses up and down the steep hills that ring their valley.

Visits & Tastings

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When visiting the ranch, make sure you take advantage of the wine tasting, property tour and the many other activities they have to offer. The tastings are by appointment so make sure you plan ahead of time and reserve a spot (Schedule Your Tastings). If you’d like, you can learn about breeding and training horses or the process of growing grapes and making wine. Another option is to take a hike through the vineyard and the surrounding hills and enjoy beautiful views and bird watching or bring a bottle of wine, set up a picnic and just relax.

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B & B Farm Stay

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway you’ve found it. The Rustridge Bed & Breakfast offers a sunlit breakfast room with a ranch-style breakfast to start off the day right. Tennis, hiking, barbequing and other fun farm activities are available throughout the day. Take the edge off lounging in the sun by the pool or relaxing in the eucalyptus sauna. Then gather in the country kitchen for an evening of Rustridge wine sampling and hors d’oeuvres.

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The B & B offers several options for overnight stays including bedrooms with comfortable queen size featherbeds, private bathrooms, adjoining rooms, beautiful views and direct access to the pool and sauna. For more information and availability look at their options here (Rustridge Bed & Breakfast).

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It’s hard to beat a nice warm and cozy fireplace in the bedroom, a private deck looking out over some amazing views and access to a relaxing sauna.  Add a bottle of wine and you’ll think you’ve found paradise.

Your getaway from getaways is here at Rustridge Ranch and Winery. For more information on the ranch and booking information here is a link to their Farm Stay profile.

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Photo Credit: Rustride Ranch & Winery

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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as we are? It's a little dangerous, actually, because we can get to looking at the various pins and following them back to their sources, and an hour (or more, shhhhh) goes by in a blink!

Recently, Pinterest rolled out maps for place-pins. It's a really cool feature that lets us pin our farm, ranch, and vineyard stays and have them show up on on a map.

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We're still working on getting all the pins linked to their spots on the map, but we're having lots of fun with it! (Looking at the screen-shot above, we clearly need to get that middle area populated!)

Anyway, we love to find new folks to follow, so either post links to your Pinterest profiles here in the comments, or give us a follow over there and we'll find you that way... happy pinning!