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The Farm, LLC in Danville, Kentucky

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Gently rolling Kentucky bluegrass and antebellum charm abound for guests who visit The Farm, LLC in Danville, Kentucky, an 1825 working farm home with a modern addition.

Roy and Angela Martin are the owners and hosts at The Farm, LLC, and Angela tells us that Roy has "always been a farmer, like his father and grandfather before him." Roy is a cattle rancher, raising mostly Angus cows. Over the years, they've added chickens (and an egg business), goats, and a couple of Jersey dairy cows which provide milk for farm-made butter, cheese, and yogurt.

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Other animals include ducks, rabbits, guineas, pigs, kittens, Great Pyrenees dogs, and a peacock family!

Angela and Roy love to give their guests a true farming experience with a daily barn tour, milking goats, collecting chicken eggs, or - depending on the time of year - taking part in an instructional class such as cooking, canning, and making butter or cheese.

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But guests don't have to stick to farming... the property has a pond and two walking trails, as well as sitting porches for relaxing, and a tire swing and playhouse for kids. In the evening, there's a bonfire and stargazing (and fresh goats milk ice cream!) Offsite adventures - if you can tear yourself away - include the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Keeneland.

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The Farm, LLC offers 7 large in-house rooms for guests, with spacious formal and informal dining and entertainment areas, and multiple fully equipped kitches. For private lodging, there is "Belle's Cottage" (that's Belle in the photo above, next to her namesake cottage), which sleeps 4 and has a kitchenette and bathroom.

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To learn more about what The Farm, LLC has to offer, check out their listing here on Farm Stay U.S. - fun, relaxation, and a good old fashioned farm experience in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region await!

(Photos courtesy The Farm, LLC)

Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to four new site members who joined us in November! Here are some quick highlights from their listings:

Kitts Marsh Farm

Kitts Marsh Farm

Prince Federick, Maryland

Patuxent riverfront cabin just feet from sandy shore and pier. Fishing, crabbing, swimming, and kayaks available. Glamping on our working farm - farming in beautiful Calvert County, MD since 1707. We sustainably raise grass fed Angus beef and a variety of cage free laying hens, and we just added meat rabbits. We raise and harvest our own hay for winter use. Lots of berries to pick in season: raspberry, blueberry & blackberry. We also have a herb & vegetable garden.


Snug Hollow Farm

Snug Hollow Farm

Irvine, Kentucky

An organic farm that boasts 300 acres of babbling creeks, glorious wildflowers, abundant wildlife, wooded mountainsides and the simplicity of country life both past and present. Accommodations consist of a restored chestnut log cabin, a pine/cedar cabin by the creek, and a spacious two story farmhouse... read a book by the fireplace, enjoy the panoramic views, or simply daydream.

 

Mississippi Modern Homestead Center

Mississippi Modern Homested Center

Starkville, Mississippi

The Homestead is a large house on six acres of lakefront property with over a mile of nature trails, chickens, bees, two teaching gardens, gray-water, rain catchment, and compost systems, and a fruit tree orchard. The house, partially powered by solar, includes 5 bedrooms, a large kitchen with a walk-out screened in porch for nutrition/cooking classes, a large meeting space with a view of the gardens and lake, an art space dedicated to all things messy in the walk-out basement, and a children's education classroom with an attached greenhouse. We encourage guests to stay overnight for activities, workshops, and events.


Chelsea Sun Inn

Chelsea Sun Inn

Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania

Rolling hills, cornfields, deer and farm animals abound at this farm stay located near the Delaware Water Gap. Year around activities are available for adventure seekers as well as opportunities for exploration or relaxation. This stunning bed and breakfast, with its luxury accommodations, captures the flavor and concept behind Tuscany's agri-tourism, all on an operating farm, vineyard, and winery. Perfect for a weekend getaway, just 70 miles from New York City or Philadelphia. Schedule a relaxing couples' massage or enroll in an introductory wine-making course as you participate in making your own case of select wine and custom labels.


I admit it... I can be a bit of a daydreamer. I guess, working on a farm, I should call it woolgathering! Helping to run the Farm Stay U.S. website is the perfect sort of job for doing a little in-my-head-dream-vacation planning, with so many beautiful photos of farms, ranches, and vineyards to admire.

Fall FoliageFall is my absolute favorite time of year. The weather is perfect and the colors are glorious.

There is pumpkin-flavored-everything.

Everything!

It's easy to immediately think of New England for fall travel, and who can argue? They have all that amazing autumn foliage for leaf peepers, and something about the region just screams crisp air and ruddy cheeks. It says, bonfires, like at Liberty Hill Farm in Vermont, or an afternoon spent antiquing before spending the night at Cold Moon Farm. Break out the scarves and boots and let me tromp around the barn!

Fall is cranberry harvest time all across the United States. Here in the Pacific region, there are cranberry bogs to be found in the town of Grayland, Washington, which is a little under two hours from The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm in Skamokawa. Imagine a day snapping photos along the Washington coast, and winding down with a 5-course gourmet meal on the farm, cooked for you by the professional chef-owners.

Geronimo Trail Guest RanchHow about a high-desert getaway this time of year? New Mexico, too, has stunning fall foliage and sweeping vistas. I'd choose to enjoy the views from horseback and take a trail ride through a piece of Native American history at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch in Winston.

Alas, I can't spend the entire day with my head in the clouds... just one more peek at our regional guide and I land on the South (East South Central) region, with an eye on Kentucky for some antebellum charm. An afternoon spent harvesting apples at The Farm LLC, followed by some stargazing, brings my daydream to a pleasant close.

Where would your daydreams take you? Leave us a comment!

(Photo Credits: morgueFile, Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch)