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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.

Pebble Cove Farm on Orcas Island, Washington

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT!

Another new member to the Farm Stay U.S. website this year is Pebble Cove Farm on Orcas Island, Washington.

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Overlooking Massacre Bay on Orcas Island, this south facing salt water farm grew out of a dream of raising children by the sea. Guests may stroll through the organic garden and enjoy in-season produce, collect organic eggs, pick berries, and visit with the goats and Buddy the pony.

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Pebble Cove Farm welcomes guests of all ages to stay in one of their studio suites, the family suite, or the cottage. Weddings, family reunions, and other special events may be held at the farm.

To learn more and plan a visit, check out the Pebble Cove Farm listing here on Farm Stay U.S.!

(Photos courtesy Pebble Cove Farm)

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)

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

Hoehn Bend Farm

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.