Experience Virginia's Farm Stays

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    Beware of the cows crossing!

    Discover what it's truly like to live and work on a farm when you spend the night at one! These gracious hosts welcome you to experience their farmsteads in your quest to escape the urban life.

    Shenandoah Valley | Central Virginia | Southern Virginia
    Eastern Shore | Blue Ridge Highlands | Hampton RoadsNorthern Virginia | Statewide Info 

     

    Shenandoah Valley

    Berryville - The Smithfield Farm Bed & Breakfast is a working cattle farm on 350 acres in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Guests can enjoy the historic buildings, "green pastures, cows and calves grazing, chickens pecking and a friendly pig in the barnyard or a goat family dozing in the midday sun." The cattle are grass-fed and not given growth hormones or antibiotics. Smithfresh meats and eggs may be purchased to take home.

    Lexington - Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking is perched high above Buffalo Creek for scenic views of the mountains and surrounding 900 acres of forest and meadow with miles of trails for hiking and llama treks! The B&B sits on 37 acres and even has a swimming pool and hot tub! But what makes this place so special are, of course, the llamas!

    McGaheysville - Cave Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast is an 1830 manor house meticulously restored with antiques on a 400-acre working dairy farm. There's even a pre-Civil War museum on the premises!

    Millboro - Big Bend Farm in the mountains offers a 1928 log house on a 600-acre working farm. The Cowpasture River provides opportunities for fishing, swimming and canoeing all summer. Guests may watch farmhands doing their daily activities, hike the fields and woods, watch wildlife and/or just settle themselves on the deck.

    Stanley - River's Bend Ranch is a western-style ranch with lodging, meals and trails rides in a beautiful mountain setting.

    Winchester - Hedgebrook Farm Market, Ltd. is a country gathering place and a working Jersey Dairy Farm and Farm Market. Children can enjoy seeing a variety of farm animals, pony and straw-wagon rides. Enjoy apple picking during harvest season, too. Stay the night at The Herds Inn at Hedgebrook and be close to the action!

    aerial view of the Meander Inn B&B The Meander Inn Bed & Breakfast 
     

    Central Virginia

    Bedford- Elmo's Rest is a fifth-generation working farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Peaks of Otter. Elmo's Rest offers a secluded farmhouse decorated like the swinging '40s. It's surrounded by 250 acres of apple orchards, lush pastures and shady woods. Farm animals include cattle, horses, burros, pigs, goat, sheep, chickens, turkeys and rabbits. With three ponds, visitors can fish, wade in the creek, hike deer trails and pick apples, too.

    Nellysford - The Meander Inn Bed & Breakfast is an 80-year-old Victorican farmhouse set within a 40-acre working horse farm. The owners have four Arabian horses and also offer boarding to those who bring their own horses. The Rockfish River borders the property and provides a cool old-fashioned swimming hole as well as a shaded picnic spot with picnic table. An ideal place in the Blue Ridge Mountain's Shenandoah Valley.

    Standardsville - Carrie's Cottage at Fairhill Farm overlooks a field where horses graze! This charming country cottage sits on a working farm of 142 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Syria - Graves' Mountain Lodge is located on a working educational farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you can hike, fish, ride horseback, swim, and pick your own apples during the fall harvest. This family owned mountain retreat is known for its delicious home-cooked food lusing fresh, local produce.

    two white horses at the Shangrila Equestrian Retreat The Shangrila Equestrian Retreat invites you to spend time with the horses. 
     

    Southern Virginia

    Red Oak - CornerStone Farm, A Bed & Breakfast Farm Stay is a working livestock farm and hunting lodge nestled in the rolling hillis of southside Virginia's farmland. Children can bottle-feed and cuddle kid goats, peek at hatching eggs and handle baby ducks. The whole family can pet miniature goats, cows, donkeys, sheep and horses! This is an animal-lovers paradise! Other activities include fishing, birdwatching, hiking and picnicing.

    South Boston - Shangrila Equestrian Retreat provides equestrian activities from horseback riding to wagon rides. Complete packages are available that include lodginig, meals, horses and tack and guided trail rides. Enjoy collecting eggs from the chickens, feeding the ducks and other farm animals.

     

    Eastern Shore

    Eastville - Windrush Farm is a working horse farm in one of the oldest villages in Virginia. Although the farm doesn't provide horses for horseback riding, visitors with their own horses can board them and ride them on the property. Guests also have access to Smith Beach on the Chesapeake Bay and can enjoy birding and nature tours, saltwater fishing and boating sports. The farm's beautiful garden is a favorite with Virginia's Historic Garden tourists.

    Inn at Hope Springs  

    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Newport - The Hufffman House at Creekside Farm is a restored 1835 farm house, a Virginia Green certified lodging property, and is on both the Virginia Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Take a tour of the farm to meet the animals - cows, sheep, horses, geese and more!

    Willis - The Inn at Hope Springs Farm is "a world reminiscent of the landed gentry of the past." It is a real working farm with working dogs, barn cats, laying hens and soft, fluffy alpacas! Hike the farm's 100 acres, or just sit peacefully on one of the porches of this stately three-story Louisiana Plantation-style farm house.

     

    Hampton Roads

    Williamsburg - Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation offers "a barnyard of farm animals, plenty of bird-friendly gardens and the star-filled country sky!" Wake up to the peal of a farm bell and enjoy a large plantation breakfast served by candlelight in the 1790 Log Room! Visitors — especially children — are encouraged to help in the daily feedings of ponies, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and a goat.

    Charles City - Orange Hill Bed and Breakfast is an 1898 farmhouse sitting on 50 acres of working farmland. Romantic antique-filled rooms and hearty country breakfasts await visitors as well as deers feeding in the fields.

    Surry - Chippokes Farm & Forestry Museum in Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest working farms in the nation. Visitors can see more than 3,000 antiques of American farm life and take self-guided tours of the plantation named for an Indian chief who befriended the early English settlers in 1619. Many displays represent various stagesof farm development throughout the years. Overnight facilities include camping and cabins at the state park.

     

    Northern Virginia


    Flint Hill - Caledonia Farm 1812 is near Shenandoah National Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Scenic pastures are surrounded by stone fences, and the farmhouse has three porches for a variety of scenic views. The working cattle farm is named after the mythological name for Scotland, from where many early settlers immigrated.

    Washington - Fairlea Farm B&B features a fieldstone manor house that overlooks a 40-acre cattle farm just two blocks from the little village of Washington, Va. Enjoy a country breakfast every morning and stroll on the grounds of hunt country.

    Hume - The Marriott Ranch is a 4,200-acre Texas longhorn cattle ranch with a manor house, rustic pavillion and vast expanses of lawn for huge formal events and family reunions. The Inn at Fairfield Farm is an historic B&B near the center of the ranch. Western trail riding and special moonlight horseback rides are offered as well as 3-hour river/mountain rides and overnight rides. Real cattle drives are available for experienced riders on Memorial Day, Labor Day and Nov. 1. Watch cowboys rope longhorn steers — just like in City Slickers!

    Lincoln - Creek Crossing Farm at Chappelle Hill features more than 25 acres of open fields with cattle, woods with wild turkey, pheasants and deer, as well as a creek that waters the organic blueberrry and raspberry fields. This idyllic place has old barns and outbuildings and allows pets, too.

     

    Agricultural Tours Information

    Virginia Department of Agriculture provides a free copy of Virginia Grown: A Guide to Pick-Your-Own and Fresh-Picked Produce.

    Visit Virginia's Wineries for special vineyard and winery events, tours and tastings!

    Farmers' Markets for fresh produce, dairy products and homemade jams and jellies.

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Last Updated: 7/24/2012 4:15 PM
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