Four miles south of Galena, completely surrounded by 500ft ridges and away from bright city lights and traffic you’ll find Ruth and Frank Netzel’s working Adventure Creek Alpaca and Goldendoodle Farm. Sitting on 45 secluded acres their farm has 12 hand-made log cabins perfect for a relaxing getaway. The farm's central location makes for an easy trip to tour the Mississippi River and Casper Bluff.
Local experts in relaxing, Ruth and Frank invite you to come and do the same! Experience beautiful sights, spectacular sunsets, soothing sounds and smells of nature and their star lit sky at night all in one stay at Adventure Creek Farm.
Each cabin is 800+ square feet. With queen beds on each main floor, a double bed in the loft, a gas log fireplace and a large separate bathroom with a double whirlpool bathtub you get to call this warm and cozy cabin your home for the duration of your stay. Their cabins offer the rustic look and feel with modern conveniences including: satellite TV, refrigerator, microwave and central heating. At night take a look out the four foot skylight and enjoy the night sky illuminated with stars.
Cabins are all hand-chinked hewn logs of cedar and red pine with pine floors and ceilings. Major parts are constructed without nails and loft beams are exposed to give a natural feel and cabin experience.
The Netzel’s love showing and answering any questions their visitors have about their alpacas. Their quiet, friendly and curious nature makes them great with families and children. Upon arrival and throughout your visit these alpacas are here to welcome and entertain you. You also have the option of hand feeding or taking them for a walk, which tend to be farm favorite activities for both the guests and alpacas.
Ruth and Frank also raise and breed goldendoodles, which are hybrid dogs. They breed male golden retrievers with female poodles to create these adorable, loyal and lovable dogs. If you’d like you can check out one of their litters of 11 puppies from this short video available Goldendoodle Pups Video.
If you happen to visit in the early spring, morel mushrooms pop up for a few weeks. They go for about $75 per pound at your produce market! Yes, guests have found them on their property and yes guests are allowed to pick them as long as they tell the owners where they found them.
Adventure Creek Farm offers a number of activities on and close by their property. From hiking the winding creek that passes through their 45 acres and enjoying nature and wildlife along the way to touring the nearby Mississippi River, Casper Bluffs and local wineries and towns.
Famous for its beautiful fall colors and rolling hills, storybook winters and star gazing and adventure seeking springs and summers, Jo Daviess County and Adventure Creek Alpaca and Goldendoodle Farm is the perfect destination for anytime of the year.
Adventure Creek Alpaca & Goldendoodle Farm have had guests from all over the world with nothing but good things to say.
"Having the opportunity to meet you during our trip was one of the more remarkable moments of it. You both are kind and pleasant folks. If someday you drop by our country, give us a call! Best regards," E. E. M. & H - Brazil
"What a superb place for a family celebration. Frank & Ruth, a very big thank you for your hospitality. A memorable weekend. We will travel back to England with fond memories." T, C, P & A - England
"This place is a wonderful getaway! Our time here was too short. We danced under the moonlight, got cozy by the bonfire, fed the alpacas, and breathed in the fresh air --- rejuvenated our souls. Thank you to Ruth & Frank for providing this great experience. Looking forward to visiting again. Good things..." C & B – US
"We want to appreciate you for all your kindness! The cabin is beautiful; it's so cozy and warm, I felt like I'm at home. We had great breakfast; it was so nice of you to bring that lovely basket with food! The cabins are close to ski resort where we spent unbelievable day of snowboarding." O, A, A, V & Z – Lativa & Moldova
For more information and reservations visit their Farm Stay Site or website Galena Log Cabins and if you’ve already made your decision you can Book Now. From relaxing getaways to family vacations to couples retreats, Adventure Creek Farm Stay and its surrounding areas offer a destination for just about anyone.
Photo Credit: (Adventure Creek Alpaca & Goldendoodle Farm, Galena Log Cabins, Galena.org)
Wow, what a great month we had in July for new members!
Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to these newly listed
farms. Here are some quick highlights from their
Chantilly Ridge Alpacas
Port Orange, Florida
We are a family run full service Alpaca Farm (meaning we do
all the work), located in beautiful Port Orange, FL.
Come and help out on the farm, feed and play with the
Alpacas, chickens, bunnies. Relax by a beautiful pool (get a
wonderful massage, optional ) or visit the many interesting places
Daytona Beach and surrounding areas have to offer.
Pholia Farm Goat Cheese
Rogue River, Oregon
Go glamping in a charming, refurbished 1970 Airstream Land
Yacht in a private setting on a real goat cheese farm. Participate
in milking and farm chores if you like, feed baby goats in the
spring, or hike our forest trails. The farm is completely off the
power grid and nestled on 24 acres of forest and farmland. It is
family run, sustainable, and organically managed.
Sweet Retreat Guesthouse and
The guesthouse is perfect for short or extended vacations.
To get you started, we stock the guesthouse with ample breakfast
fixings for your first morning meal. We invite you to help yourself
to fresh veggies from our lush garden in summer, and to
complimentary maple syrup from our sugarhouse year round throughout
Harvest Village, an organic, centennial farm features
natural meat products from grass fed cattle and sheep; pastured
heritage pigs; free range heritage turkeys; and free range chicken
Beautiful and private historic farm in southern Maine. I
raise English Shire horses, Nubian and Nigerian goats, chickens,
and pigs. Delicious Chevre cheese and luxurious goat milk soap are
products from my goats. Almost everything I serve is from the
garden or from my animals. The animals are all treated humanely and
they live happily and freely on the farm.
West Simsbury, Connecticut
Over the past 30 years, driven by Nevin Christensen's
Eco-environmental vision, Flamig Farm has grown from a small egg,
organic vegetable, and strawberry operation to a richly varied,
education and entertainment, farm complex and petting zoo.
West Kill, New York
Set in a high mountain valley, in the heart of the Catskill
Region, Newton Farm Collective is a small market garden organic
farm on 50 acres of rolling pasture and woodland.The farm dates
back to the 1840's and retains all of its charm and curiosity, the
setting is truly tranquil and peaceful.
Though alpacas don't have a long history
in the United States, according to Brian Leach, who directs
Sunset Hills Farm Alpacas, alpaca farmers are a tightly knit --
and quickly growing -- community. There is a lot of enthusiasm and
energy surrounding alpacas, and to many of the people who dedicate
their time to raising them, alpacas are not just a business but
also a hobby and a passion. As Brian Leach explains, alpacas are an
eco-friendly choice of livestock, since they clip the turf like a
lawnmower, providing gentle pasture management. Alpaca fleece is also hypo-allergenic and
extraordinarily soft, and alpacas tend to have sweet personalities
and gentle dispositions.
Sunset Hills Farm sits on 47 rolling acres in
Western Pennsylvania, 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh, and a few
hours south of Lake Erie and Niagara Falls. With a herd of 100
Accoyo and Peruvian alpacas, by U.S. standards Sunset
Hills is considered a large alpaca farm. The farm was founded in
1997 by Dr. David and Laurye Feller, who take tremendous pride in
their award-winning alpaca herd. As Mr. Leach tells
me, "We're a farm that produces champions; real stars have a
permanent home here."
Sunset Hills Farm has become more diverse and
dynamic as it has grown - beyond specializing in breeding and
selling champion alpacas, the farm also offers an
onsite alpaca boutique called Alpaca de Moda, a
B&B with two distinct properties, the Sunrise and the Stargazer, and property rentals for
special events, including weddings. At Alpaca de Moda, the farm sells its own
luxurious, multi-award winning alpaca yarn and locally hand-knit
sweaters, hats, and gloves plus imported alpaca garments.
All kinds of guests come for the B&B. Some are interested in
raising alpacas themselves (and some will be
by the time they leave!), while others are traditional vacationers
simply looking for a nice place to stay while they enjoy the golf
courses, festivals, hiking, biking, orchards, and farmers markets
of the surrounding area. For those interested in raising alpacas,
guests have the option of shadowing the farm manager, and helping
with chores that may include feedings, grooming, and shearing the
alpacas. Guests are also welcome to collect eggs from the farm's
small flock of a dozen chickens.
Guests choose between two properties, the Sunrise, a traditional three-bedroom, two
bath log cabin, or the Stargazer, a two-story, two-bedroom, two
bath apartment built into the alpaca barn. Rates for the B&B
start at $99/night. Brian stresses the Stargazer's unique appeal: from the
inside, it looks like country cottage while from the outside it's
an old-fashioned barn. The Stargazer's windows also look directly
out onto the alpaca habitat, and toward the surrounding hills and
valleys. The Stargazer close in winter, while the Sunset is
available for year round stays. Delicious breakfast options might
include a frittata or quiche, including ingredients from the
garden, or fresh baked goods from local bakeries or the farm
For more information about Sunset Hills Farm, including contact information, check out the listings
for the Stargazer and the Sunrise on Farm Stay U.S.
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