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You cannot be closer to the heart of the countryside than when you stay on a farm. Farmers are the rural custodians of our great landscapes, and farm stays are the perfect way to experience it. Many working farms in California include bed and breakfast accommodations from cottages to beautifully converted barns and farm buildings.

Farm properties with overnight accommodations can be found on small holdings with a few animals or orchards, right up to large crop-growing farms with 1,000s of acres. Many offer tours and animal feeding experiences to make your holiday a fun way to learn where local food is grown. Being a temporary farm hand can be lots of fun.

Working farm cottages are ideal for families, especially if you want to get everyone involved with farms in action. You may get to milk goats, feed chickens, collect eggs, help make wine or bake pies, pick berries, veggies, and greens in the garden, or take a cooking class. Here are just a few selected working farms that offer stays:

Philo Apple Farm, Anderson Valley: The Apple Farm's appealing cottages are plunked in the middle of a Mendocino County orchard. The farmstand will keep you supplied with apples, jams, and chutneys; nearby is the valley’s prime collection of wineries. Cottages are often reserved for cooking classes.

Farm House Inn, Sonoma County: Their new barn rooms sit back on the site of the inn's original barn and are built to resemble the many historic barns and water towers dotting Sonoma's vineyards and hillsides. Located in a wooded grove, these rooms blur the lines between the indoors and out. Large doors and windows onto private decks tucked into mature trees create a sense of perfect privacy and tranquility.

Willow Creek Agricultural Farm at Mountain Ranch: Give your family a "real farm experience!” Bring them to an old fashioned “get your hands dirty” Willow Creek Ranch Agricultural Farm Stay at Mountain Ranch, California. It's a vacation on a farm where guests get up close and personal with farm animals, feed them hay, gather eggs and do other farm chores as needed just like in “the good old days.” For an extra fee you can add breakfast and/or dinner.

Mariposa Creamery Farm, Altadena: Mariposa Creamery is a small micro-dairy offering a farm stay in the middle of the historic Zane Grey Estate in Altadena. Besides being able to stay overnight on the farm, guests can opt in for cheese-making classes and a chance to taste a variety of the cultured milk products produced by the resident Nubian goats. Goats are milked twice a day and guests are allowed to try their hand. Great for couples or young families with at most two small kids (due to the size of the Airtream trailer that resides in the middle of the garden).

Flip Flop Ranch, Lucerne Valley: Discover farming and how your food is produced! Get away from the stresses of the city and out into the country on a real working farm. Flip Flop Ranch specializes in raising endangered heritage livestock. For example, their Cotton Patch Geese are critically endangered with only a few hundred left. Many of their guests return year after year and have become dear friends. Maybe it’s the home-cooked meals or the novelty of a genuine, working farm. Perhaps it is the allure of the peace and quiet of the quiet desert or the chance to milk a goat! Flip Flop Ranch boasts that they are very child-focused, but there is plenty of fun to be had for adults here too. 

Full House Farm, Sebastopol: Full House Farm has beautiful lodging on the premises, fully self-contained for cooking your own meals supplemented by your very own organic garden just feet from the dwelling. Lodging is available year round and rented on a nightly basis. This "golden apple" is easy to find. It's located just one hour north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and five minutes west of Sebastopol..Here you can pick your own veggies and learn about chickens and horses!

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

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