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Tell us your farm stay stories

Travelers! We want to hear from you... tell us all about your U.S. farm and ranch stay adventures and you could win $100 from Farm Stay U.S.!

This promotion is running through September 30th, and there will be three winners - one each in the months of July, August, and September.

Read on for more details...

Walpole Valley Farms - boy with chickens

To Enter

1. Assemble your story -- you can write, put together a photo essay, or film a video all about your overnight vacation at a working U.S. farm, ranch, or vineyard.

2. Send it to us at Farm Stay U.S.

That's it! Your submission may be posted here on our blog, and you'll be entered to win $100.

The Rules & Other Bits of Info You Need to Know

1. Submitting your content to us gives us the right to post it on our website, in our newsletter, and to link to it in various social media outlets.

2. Your submission may be edited for length, content, or clarity.

3. The farm, ranch, or vineyard stay you are sharing with us must be currently operating in the United States, Canada, District of Columbia, Central America, or the U.S. Territories.

4. The $100 prize winners will be selected at our discretion.

We can't wait to read all about your adventures!

(Photo courtesy The Inn at Valley Farms)

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:

Check out this video from Men's Journal featuring Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming! Guests, in this case Ryan Van Duzer, help with herding cattle on this 27,000 acre ranch in the Big Horn Mountains.

Red Reflet

We asked Ryan some questions about his cowboy experience.

What was the wrangling experience like for you - any funny things happen?

The wrangling experience was like nothing I've ever done before. I've ridden horses but never surrounded by hundreds of stinky, stubborn little cows. It surprised me at how difficult it was to make the herd travel in the direction we wanted, I thought they'd just get in line and march off to greener pastures. There was one moment when a rather rambunctious cow picked a fight with my horse, causing it to rear up and I almost flew off. Clay, the head cowboy said in a soft tongue, "We almost lost our host on that one." From that moment on the 'real' cowboys kept the fighter far away from me.

What was the best part of your trip to Red Reflet? And, no, driving the Range Rover is not included!

The absolute best part of the Red Reflet are the owners Laurence and Bob, they treated us like family and after four days together we really didn't want to leave.

What is you best piece of advice for someone thinking of taking a ranch vacation?

The best advice is to have an open mind and be willing to try everything. Staying at a ranch is much different than staying at a resort because you get to participate in activites alongside real working cowboys. There really is nothing like it and the charm of ranch life is sure to make anyone fall in love with the western lifestyle.

Our friend Susan Odom of Hillside Homestead recently appeared in this great article in a regional travel magazine. Included at the end of the article was a link to a video of Susan making pie crust!

Click on the image below to go to the website and read Susan's summation of how she makes the crust. She makes it look so effortless... I feel like I could go make a pie crust right now!