Nestled into a beautiful corner of Southern Vermont, Cold Moon Farm is a relaxing retreat with an array of activities for guests. Owners Ed and Irene Glazer have created an inviting place to vacation, along with activities like learning to bake bread, picking vegetables from the garden, observing the grazing goat herd, and telling stories around a campfire, just to name a few.
It’s often said that a kitchen is the heart of the home. Indeed, Cold Moon Farm was designed around its kitchen, which frequently serves as the gathering place for the entire farm. Guests enjoy daily fresh breakfasts, featuring eggs from the laying hens, bacon and sausage from Cold Moon’s own pigs, and raw goat milk from the farm’s herd. Add fresh-baked bread, Cold Moon Farm honey, and farm made yogurt, and you have a hearty morning start for anyone about to launch into a day of exploration.
With professional appliances, all the necessary tools, and lots of storage and counter space, this is Irene’s dream kitchen, and she has generously made it available for culinary events, demonstrations, and classes. Farm stay guests, as well as individuals not spending the night, can pay a class fee and learn to bake bread, make cheese and yogurt, or harvest and prepare a farm-to-table dinner.
If you can tear yourself away from the amazing kitchen, there are plenty of farm animals to visit. The Glazers raise a herd of milking goats, and South Down Baby Doll sheep for their wool. Chickens and ducks provide eggs for the farm, and in the summer months there are chickens raised for meat. Finally, a breeding pair of Large Black pigs is expected to deliver their first set of piglets early this summer, which the crew at Cold Moon Farm is eagerly anticipating. Helping guests become acclimated to all this activity is Dave Meckes, AKA "Farmer Dave", the Farm and Operations Manager. He oversees the herd and the property, and takes guests on informative farm tours. You might see some wildlife, too. Georgia LoPresti Meckes, who does Marketing and Development for the farm, says, "Our pond is the perfect place to explore for frogs and to go for a refreshing dip!" Georgia writes a blog for the farm, and is the person behind the farm's social media presence.
Four guest suites make up the accommodations at Cold Moon Farm, and they all feature private baths and luxurious touches like TempurPedic mattresses, towel warmers, and tasteful Vermont decor. There are a variety of room types, for parties of different sizes, such as a Queen Bedroom suite that sleeps 2, a two-room Library Suite that can sleep up to 5 people, and a Family Room that can accommodate 7.
The King Room
The Family Room
Other activities at Cold Moon Farm include "Pick Your Own" weekends, where guests receive a farm tour, and can purchase a special bag that they fill with the freshest vegetables from the picking garden. There are also guided hiking trips, and visitors to the farm will find canoeing and kayaking at nearby Jamaica State Park. Sustainable weddings, and yoga retreats round out the farm's offerings.
To meet Ed and Irene, and learn more about Cold Moon Farm, watch this video slide show from the farm, below, and then visit their listing on Farm Stay U.S.!
(All photos courtesy Cold Moon Farm)
Heydenrych Farms is a 130-acre farm in Canajoharie, New York, 50 miles west of Albany and a four hour drive from New York City. Farmers Magda and Andre Heydenrych moved to Canajoharie from their native South Africa in 2004, with a strong understanding of how they wanted to farm. Magda and Andre raise 100% grass-fed beef and lamb; the sheep and cattle are never given feed, unecessary antibiotics, or growth hormones. The Hydenryches also raise horses, chickens, and one special zebra named Chaka! The animals are all given the opportunity to express themselves in their natural environment. These farming practices earned Heydenrych Farm an Animal Welfare Approval and American Grassfed Certification for beef in 2009.
In addition to the grass-fed meat, handcrafted, tallow-based soaps are also a Heydenrych Farm specialty. The soap comes in appealing varieties like "Avocado & Strawberry," "Autumn on the Farm," and "Divine Cocoa Butter Vanilla." Magda and Andre have boosted their farm's business by offering their meat and soap for sale by mail in addition to local drop offs.
Heydenrych Farm offers a farm stay in a private, 3-bedroom 1880s farmhouse that sits on its own two acres with a great mountain view. Guests have access to all the house's amenities, including a full kitchen and outdoor grill where guests can prepare the farm's own grass-fed meats and fresh-picked vegetables -- guests are welcome to pick in-season vegetables from the farm's gardens. Many guests also enjoy walking around the nearby pond and helping care for the animals, though helping with chores is optional. Magda will also teach custom soapmaking to interested guests.
Off the farm, there are miles of trails, plus canoeing, golfing, apple picking, and plenty of museums.
Rates for the farmhouse, which sleeps up to six, are $125/night for two guests, plus $15/night for each additional guest/night. High-speed wireless internet is available for an additional charge.
For more information, visit the Farm Stay U.S. Heydenrych Farms listing or the Heydenrych Farms website.
Photos courtesy Heydenrych Farms.
Please join us in welcoming one of our newest members to Farm Stay U.S., Mavis Manor!
Specializing in "Farm to Fork localness", Mavis Manor is a sustanable farm stay retreat situated on 33 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia.
The farm raises a flock of 75+ happy chickens, a fluffy English Angora Rabbit named Chewy, and a locally famous pig called Sylvia Smackers.
With three guest rooms in the 1897 Queen Anne Victorian house, Mavis Manor can accommodate up to 9 guests, including children under 12. They provide breakfast and have snacks available, and guests are welcome to help with chores, learn about permaculture, or relax and play yard games.
To see what more they have to offer, visit Mavis Manor's listing on Farm Stay U.S.!
Last weekend, we had a booth at the LA Times Travel Show, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It was our first time being an exhibitor at a show of this size, and wow, what a response!
If you're here visiting the site after meeting Scottie Jones or Dr. Serina Harvey from Flip Flop Ranch at our booth, welcome. We've always known farm, ranch, and vineyard stays constitute an amazing travel niche, but having a steady stream of folks interested in visiting and, by extension, helping small farms remain sustainable was so gratifying.
We love to tell the story of farm stays in photographs, which we hope is evident by the number of photos you can find here on the site. To that end, we had a slide show playing on our booth's screen during the travel show -- when we weren't demonstrating the site -- and we wanted to share it here with our site visitors. This is only a small sampling of our member farms, but it was so much fun to put together that we'll definitely be doing more of these in the near future.
The members featured in the slide show are:
Trevin Farms in Sudbury, VT, was founded by two chefs who escaped north to Vermont from urban Massachusetts. Troy and Kevin are devoted caretakers of their herd of Nubian goats and exuberant animal lovers. They are also passionate about cheesemaking, teaching guests to whip up incredible chevre recipes that include mouthwatering ingredients like honey and lavendar.
Most of the guests who stay in the B&B's three plush bedrooms ($109-$165), take advantage of the cheesemaking package ($310-$525, including lodging), which includes a cheesemaking class, dinner, and a bundle of fresh chevre for guests to take home. Visitors are also free to pick vegetables from the garden, gather eggs from the hens, and learn to hitch Tyrone the draft horse. The B&B is elegant but accessible, and kid and pet-friendly (for an additional $25/pet).
Off the farm, there's also plenty to do: The small but not-to-be-missed town of Brandon is a few minutes away, and boasts art galleries, The New England Maple Museum, summer music festivals, sophisticated restaurants like Cafe Provence, and special events like Make Your Own Leaf Person Day. The larger town of Middlebury, home of Middlebury College, is 15 minutes away. Also close are wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Silver Lake, the Long Trail and Green Mountain National Forest, and Moosalamoo National Recreation Area are all nearby.
For more information, visit Trevin Farms' website, Facebook Page, and Farm Stay U.S. listing. They've also been featured in the New York Times and Food Network Magazine.
Photos by Michelle Nowak
Please join us in welcoming a new member to Farm Stay U.S... Lucky Goat Family Farm, located in beautiful Big Sur, California!
Lucky Goat Family Farm is equally inviting for families with children as it is for romantic couples, singles, or groups of friends. Each day begins with milking the goats, making cheese, checking the troughs, and watering the gardens. Guests are welcome to join in, or just relax on the spacious decks overlooking the ocean.
The farm hosts have been making goat cheese for 26 years and they offer a special goat cheese making workshop (by reservation, with a separate fee from the stay).
The cottage has room for up to five guests to stay and experience this haven for wildlife and livestock, including goats, sheep, horses, cattle, sheep dogs, deer, bobcats, fox, and condors.
The farm is located close to Pheiffer Beach and the Cultural Center of Big Sur, Loma Vista, where visitors can find great music and wonderful shops of local crafts.
Want to see more? Visit the Lucky Goat Family Farm listing on Farm Stay U.S.
Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to four new site
members who joined us in October! Here are some quick highlights
from their listings:
Triple Creek Farm
Berger Guesthouse at Triple Creek Farm is located in
Franklin County Missouri in the middle of Missouri Wine Country....
We are located just a few miles east of Hermann, Missouri or a few
miles west of New Haven, Missouri. We are a working farm. We have
an apiary (bees), berries, vegetables, eggs and sell at the local
farmers market. We have a two suite guesthouse and love to welcome
visitors to the area all year round.
Territorial Bed and
Breakfast and Barn
Junction City, Oregon
We have a cute and cozy 50's style farmhouse and a working
stable located in the heart of Oregon wine
country. Immerse yourself in country living, enjoy a morning walk
in the pasture, pet the horses, play with the goats, and experience
farm life. Plenty of opportunities to groom and help care for the
horses, help out with barn chores, work in the garden and green
house, or sit back on the deck or patio in the back yard, watch the
animals, and enjoy a good book or a relaxed conversation.
Fox Haven is a historic farm located along the Catoctin
Creek in Jefferson, Maryland. Organic gardens, hens, walking trails
and wildlife make this farm a must-stay. You are likely to see
nesting bald eagles, beaver splashing, great blue herons, foxes and
a multitude of birds during your visit. You may choose to help in
the organic gardens, gather eggs for breakfast, help plant trees in
our American Chestnut research orchard, or simply enjoy the peace
and quiet of the breathtaking landscape with a cup of coffee and a
B and B
Fly Creek, New
B & B Ranch, Guest House & Spa is a Country Inn in
rural Fly Creek New York. It's also a Community Supported Farm, a
producer of natural gourmet foods, a horse stable and riding
center, and an exceptional Central New York vacation on 340 acres
of forest, farmland and open pasture. We raise Piedmontese beef,
Berkshire Pork and provide a wonderful break from the ordinary with
our 5 unique guest suites and an indoor swimming pool. We can
promise you rest, relaxation, and the best the country has to
Writer and librarian Lili DeBarbieri recently published a wonderful
A Guide to Southern Arizona's Historic Farms and Ranches, Rustic
We talked with Lili about her book, Southern Arizona, her travel
adventures, and farm and ranching trends. Fascinating stuff --
please read on!
Lili: I think first became aware of the term 'farm stay' in
association with the volunteer opportunities that the organization
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) offers. This was
more than ten years ago but I distinctly remember reading an
article about volunteer vacations on Hawaiian farms through WWOOF.
I do have to give credit to my home state of Pennsylvania for
bringing the more leisurely alterative to WWOOF in the form of
'farm stays' again to my attention. Once I saw that staying on a
working farm (in Lancaster County) was the same if not cheaper in
price than a hotel or motel but offered such wonderful
learning opportunities as an added bonus I was sold! A few years
ago, I worked and lived on a historic guest ranch near Santa Fe and
that was my introduction to that vacation option.
Serina Harvey and her two sisters founded Flip Flop Ranch in
2003. The ranch, located in the desert of Southern California near
Big Bear Lake, combines a farm stay with heritage livestock and
farming therapy for women who have been victims of domestic
violence. The ranch's mission is "To build healthy relationships
between people and the world around them." We are excited to share
our interview with Serina, and give you the inside scoop on this
Wilson Ranches Retreat is our
featured ranch stay of the month! The ranch is a 9,000 acre cattle
ranch in Fossil, Oregon, with plenty of opportunity for scenic
horseback rides and cattle roundups, hiking, and scouring for
prehistoric fossils. The Wilson Family has deep roots in the area
and a fascinating story. Here's our interview with Nancy
Phil and Nancy's families homesteaded in Wheeler and Gilliam
Counties in the 1870's. They travelled on the Oregon Trail in
the early 1850's to the Willamette Valley before coming to North
Love of the land and Phil didn't have enough sense to
leave. Phil came home to the ranch
after graduation from college. This is a great life and the
Blessings are many!
Wilson Ranches has gone from the horse-drawn age to the
combustion mechanical age to the computer age. The only
aspect of ranching that has been little affected is the cattle
operation. The LE brand has been in the family for four
Wilson Ranches follows a "green-friendly, twice over" grazing
program to increase grass production. Each pasture is grazed,
rested, and grazed again in a rotational system with multiple
pastures. Wilson Ranches is managing the resources of the
ranch for future generations.
The deck at Wilson Ranches Retreat is a great place to watch the
cattle or deer grazing. The Retreat is shaded by trees, which
are often alive with a variety of birds as this is a songbird
migratory route. This incredible secluded scenic area with
spectacular sunsets and brilliant star-studded nights will
Our guests enjoy horseback riding in a geologically
and historically rich area of Wheeler County, or a quiet hike to
view the wildlife and diverse plant life on Wilson Ranches.
Guests are welcome to help move cattle from mid-spring to late
fall. A 4-Wheel Drive Sunset Tour is also available.
This tour is approximately five hours and will give you a
magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain Range (Three Sisters to
Wilson Ranches Retreat is a great place to headquarter your
exploration of the Clarno, Sheep Rock and Painted Hills Units of
the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. It has the
richest find of prehistoric fossils in the world. Public
fossil digging is available behind Wheeler High School in the town
of Fossil. The John Day River offers world-class small mouth
bass fishing and river rafting trips.
Wilson Ranches is a diverse area with an extreme mixture of
geologies with formations from 50 million years ago to the present
time. Rolling hills to deep basalt canyons, high lava ridges
and buttes with amazing views of the Cascade and Blue Mountain
Ranges. The landscape is covered with wild flowers in the
spring and early summer.
The climate is semi-arid with an annual average rainfall from 12
to 16 inches per year. Temperatures in the winter are usually
mild but can go as low as 15 degrees below zero for short
periods of time. Summer temperatures vary from 70 to 100
Breakfast is served family style each morning at 8:00 am with
the Wilson Family sharing their experience of life on the ranch and
interesting and entertaining stories by Phil. The breakfast
menu includes bacon (sausage, ham or beef little smokies), farm
fresh eggs, biscuits (blueberry muffins, coffee cake or German
pancakes), fruit, and Bob's Red Mill oatmeal with all the fixin's
(pecans, brown sugar, raisins and craisins).
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