3 World Farm Stays
Large soft beds, full air conditioning, satisfactory toilet facilities. That’s what we all look for when booking accommodation overseas. Air-conditioning, proper sanitation and hygiene are high on our list of must-haves because we are city folk who freak out when faced with crawling insects and grungy bathrooms.
But there’s no need to confine yourself to concrete surroundings just because you’re a comfort seeker. We’ve found you farms to stay at that will fulfill your needs while providing a cultural experience!
Philo Apple Farm, Califonia
Little quaint cottages, rolling fields of apple trees and sheep, cooking classes with the host family, this is one place you wouldn’t want to miss! There are many activities you can participate in, such as butter churning, and harvesting, besides the prepping of meals. Choose from 3 cottages – Green, Red or Blue door depending on your preference. This is the perfect escape for those looking for some peace and quiet time as they do not provide television, phones, or any form of electronic entertainment. It is definitely a place to send someone who is a phone addict for rehabilitation! Just kidding, but it is perfect for anyone interested in farm-life.
2.5-hour drive from San Francisco. From the Bay Area north, take Interstate 101 north to the last Cloverdale exit, which is 128 west. After a half hour of winding road, you will drop into Anderson Valley. Continue west through Boonville, then Philo. Three miles west of Philo, turn left onto the Elk-Hendy Woods State Park road. The Apple Farm is just off that turn, at the bridge. Turn left into the farm.
Abbey Road Farm Bed & Breakfast, Oregon
Wine lovers must head this way for world-class Pinot Noirs, red grape wine, as well as the hospitality of two industry veterans. Their farm now offers guests a home base for wine-tasting, live music and a place to interact with the resident goats and chickens. This farm is especially loved by oenophiles for the more than 200 wineries within a 30-minute drive. To relax, simply sip a glass under the great white oak trees while mingling with other guests and soaking up the ambience. There’s a bell that goes off at 830am sharp for a farm breakfast, so all you sleepyheads or dead sleepers should put a rooster in your room for an old-school wake-up call.