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Archive for tag: North Carolina

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Briar Rose Farm is an old mountain farm in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Sitting on 260 acres of rolling hills, steep slopes, green pastures and mountain creeks, Briar Rose Farm offers plenty of space for outdoor adventure and peaceful getaways. With multiple cabins to choose from and friendly farm animals to play with this farm makes a great place for romantic getaways or somewhere to bring the whole family.

FARM STAY CABINS

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Farm Cabin – The Farm Cabin is great for your whole group sleeping up to five guests. It is located on the main farm near the animals yet still offers privacy. It comes with satellite TV, limited Wi-Fi, a large hot tub, gas grill and wood burning fireplace.

sweetcabinSweet Briar Cabin – The Sweet Briar Cabin is secluded on its own 89 acres with green pastures, mountain views and peaceful privacy. It sleeps up to three guests and has a private outdoor hot tub.

Knob Cabin – If you’re looking for a romantic getaway you’ve found it. This cozy cabin comes with an outdoor hot tub, fireplace and an amazing view. It’s located above the main farm and offers complete privacy.

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homeawayThe Home Away – If you’re looking for a cozy home away from home this may be your best option. The Home Away cabin is a two bedroom, two bathroom home with an office. It has a front and back deck and is very private. The open dining and living room make for a great place to spend time with the family.

ACTIVITIES AND LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

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With 260 acres to explore there are plenty of activities to keep you busy right here on the farm. There’s a mountainous creek that runs through, trails to hike and numerous photo opportunities. This is a working farm so you can help with chores if you want a true farm experience. You also have the opportunity to play with the friendly farm animals.

If you’re looking for more outdoor adventure, many guests find themselves taking advantage of many local activities. There are plenty of options including: hot springs, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, rafting, fishing and llama trekking. Whichever outdoor adventure you’re looking for you’ll likely find it nearby.

For more information and reservations: Briar Rose Farm Stay Profile or their website briarrosefarm.com.

On the Windfall in Lansing, North Carolina

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT!

Today we are welcoming On the Windfall in Lansing, North Carolina to the Farm Stay U.S. family.

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This 215 acre farm is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They raise sheep and chickens, grow sunflowers, and are experimenting with a hop yard. Guests can also visit with goats, a donkey, and a wild pony, and enjoy hiking and fishing right on the property. Leaf peeping is another wonderful seasonal activity here.

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On the Windfall has three private cottages with lots of amenities. The Barn and The Granpy Aut each sleep 4, and The Granny Mandy sleeps up to 9. The farm welcomes children under 12, weddings, family reunions and other special events.

To learn more and plan a vacation, visit the On the Windfall listing here at Farm Stay U.S.!

(Photos courtesy On the Windfall)

Q&A Turtle Mist Farm, North Carolina

ss1This week we feature an interview with Ginger Sykes of Turtle Mist Farm in North Carolina. Ginger and Bob Sykes long dreamed of farming and now aim to share their love for nature and knowledge of where food really comes from with others.

FSUS: Fulfilling a long-time dream, you decided to start your farm after
working for 30 years in corporate America. Why did you choose North Carolina?

Ginger Sykes: We chose this area because it is not too far from my family in Maryland, the land prices here were unbelievable, the property is ideally located because it is rural but not too far from the city -- Our farm is 25 miles north of Raleigh.

FSUS: What's the setting like around your farm, and the landscape?

Ginger: The setting around the property is very peaceful, although we have close neighbors, while on the property you get a feeling of being in a small world all your own.  The view from the guest house overlooking the pond makes you feel like you should be sitting on the front porch in the rocking chairs sipping lemonade.

FSUS: What kind of animals are on your farm now?

Ginger: We have pigs, cows, sheep, turkeys, chickens (laying and broilers), Muscovy duck, Guineas, quail, peacocks, 2 horses, a goat, and a donkey.ss6

FSUS: Can you tell us about some of the unusual vegetables that you grow?

Ginger: Our garden is a small market garden (we grow just enough to take to the farmers market).  But because we cannot compete with the larger vegetable farmers we chose to grow different veggies.  We grow purple & white Kohlrabi (a cabbage turnip), Edamame, turmeric, Tatuma squash (just a different variety of squash), berry tomatoes (cherry tomatoes that are shaped like strawberries), malabar spinach (a summer vining spinach) mini bell peppers, Armenian cucumbers (they look and taste like cucumbers but are muskmelons).

FSUS: How did your farm get its name?

Ginger: We named the farm Turtle Mist because the pond in front of the guest has a large number of turtles in it and in the morning there's a fog that rolls across the pond.

ss10FSUS: What do most guests do during a stay on your farm?

Ginger: Most of our guests are parents with small children who want their children to have the farm experience and to learn where their food comes from.  After they tour the farm, we let them help us with our chores, i.e., gather eggs, feed the sheep and pigs, and they can help in the garden if they want.  If they don't want to work, they can fish, paddle boat, visit with and take pictures of the animals.  Our horse trainer offers horse instructions and riding.  And, depending on how long they stay, some guests visit surrounding cities (Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest).

(Photos courtesy Turtle Mist Farm)

Welcome New Members - April 2012

We were pleased to welcome four new members to the site in April! Introducing...

Zion Hill Farm and Gardens, Preston, Connecticut

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This 200 acre farm, located about 30 minutes north of Mystic, Connecticut, features alpacas, donkeys, and chickens, and is home to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise. Guests enjoy hiking along the Quinebaug River, or just relaxing around the farm.

Zion Hill Farm can accommodate up to 4 guests in a private bedroom and bath. A full breakfast each morning is included and features fresh eggs and produce from the garden. Children under 12 are welcome, as are pets, and wedding parties.

 

Three Bear Holler, Clyde, North Carolina

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Situated on sixty private acres in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Three Bear Holler's settlers cabins are full of vintage charm. Dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, they've been lovingly restored with modern amenities. The farm raises their own beef, chicken, vegetables, fruit trees, honeybees, and berries.

The two cabins at Three Bear Holler can accommodate up to 4 guests. Meals are self prepared in the full kitchen, and parties and other groups or special events are welcome.

 

Hoehn Bend Farm, Sedro-Wooley, Washington

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This small working farm in Skagit County, Washington, is home to a developing herd of heritage Irish Dexter cattle (the smallest breed of cattle) and Shetland sheep. Add in a friendly pot-bellied pig, barn cats, and a Collie puppy, and guests enjoy a fun, active farm experience.

Hoehn Ben Farm can accommodate up to 6 guests in their remodeled farm house. Meals are self prepared in the full kitchen. Children under 12 are welcome, as are parties and special events.

 

 

D.A.'s "US" Organic Farm, Pleasant Hill, Oregon

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This 100 acre organic farm, located near the Willamette National Forest, grows organic forage crops and practices intensive management grazing for livestock. Guests may help with daily chores, such as feeding rabbits, horses, and barn cats, and preparing soil for planting.

Guests enjoy lodge style accommodations with private master bedrooms, with a capacity of up to 18. Meals are served family style. Children under 12 are welcome. The farm allows weddings, parties, and other events, and guests may bring horses or pets.

A couple of weeks ago, we welcomed four new members to site who joined us in March. Today we bring you Part II of that post, with three additional farm and ranch members to introduce!

Ovenell's Heritage Inn at Double O Ranch, Concrete, Washington

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This 580 acre working cattle ranch is nestled in the rugged foothills of the North Cascades, along the Skagit River. Enjoy abundant wildlife, and seasonal ranch activities like the round-up in September, or the birthing of calves starting in February.

Ovenell's Heritage Inn can accommodate up to 43 guests -- anywhere from 4 in a cabin or 6-8 in a guest house. Meals are self-prepared, breakfast may be included. Children under 12 are welcome, as are pets, weddings, private parties, and other special events.

 

 

Flip Flop Ranch, Lucerne Valley, California

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Described as "the middle of nowhere" by the farmers (yet close enough to all the big sights), Flip Flop ranch is situated on 40 acres in the high desert of Southern California. They specialize in raising endangered heritage livestock, like Cotton Patch Geese (pictured), rare breeds of chickens, and more.

The farm can accommodate up to 24 guests with a variety of rooming options. Meals are are self-prepared in the full kitchen, or shared family style. Children under 12 are welcome, as well as wedding parties, reunions, and other special events.

 

Happy Hills Alpaca Farm, Monroe, North Carolina

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Located less than 30 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, the denizens of Happy Hills Alpaca farm invite you to relax among the shade trees and watch the alpacas graze. Guests can simply enjoy their surroundings, learn to spin alpaca fiber into yarn, or get down and dirty with alpaca training.

The farm can accommodate up to 4 guests at a time with a guest bedroom and an RV. Meals are included with family style dining, cookouts, and refreshments. The farm allows one well-behaved child under 12, as well as weddings, parties, and other special events.