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This harvest season, Massachusetts invites you to reconnect with the countryside, and unplug with a farm stay.
A farm stay, you ask? That’s right! A Massachusetts working farm provides a unique experience — where stunning scenery meets an inspired adventure; where the bucolic side of nature comes to life as you gather fresh produce, tend to live stock, and can even embank on a horse-drawn wagon ride.
Sure, a farm stay sounds traditional, but nothing beats a traditional means to some classic fun, as there’s no better way to truly take in the up-close experience our beloved working farms have to offer.
So, check out these farm stays that are available to you across the state!
Stonehaven Farm, Westport: Not only can you spend some quality time with Stonehaven Farm’s many animals (twenty sheep, thirty-five chickens, and ten ducks, which are all found here), this remarkable spot along the Westport River also offers picturesque rolling hills and extensive gardens. Guests are invited to chip in on animal chores like collecting eggs and gardening. Stonehaven’s experience can be discovered in greater detail on their blog.
Photo courtesy of Stonehaven Farm’s Facebook page.
Hartman’s Herb Farm, Barre: Featuring five guest rooms, 14 greenhouses, a dining room that can accommodate 150 people, a gift shop, and display gardens, Hartman’s Herb Farm offers guests a comforting retreat. Their B&B Dinner Getaway Package features an herbal gourmet dinner, accommodation, and a homemade full breakfast.
Photo courtesy of the Hartman’s Herb Farm Facebook page.
Blue Heron Farm, Charlemont: Located two hours from Boston, Blue Heron Farm offers 140-acres of organic farmland that has been continuously operated since 1797. A large herd of Boer goats and Norwegian Fjord horses greet visitors who stay on the property. Guest houses of various sizes are finished with full kitchens and other amenities. Visitors to Blue Heron Farm can try their hand at milking a goat, grooming horses, picking up bales of hay, leading animals to and from pastures, and the like. You can also find Blue Heron Farm on Facebook. Photo courtesy of Blueheronfarm.com.
Warfield House Inn at Valley View Farm, Charlemont: The Warfield House Inn is a magnificent bed and breakfast with two guesthouses, a special event and wedding facility, and an on-site restaurant that features its own grass-fed beef. Valley View Farm entertains guests with barnyard tours, llama treks, picnics, gardening clinics, and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Photo courtesy of the Warfield House Inn at Valley View Farm Facebook page.
The Cottage at Holiday Brook Farm, Dalton: The Cottage at Holiday Brook Farm is located in the heart of a working farm that produces hay, compost, maple syrup, and firewood, all while surrounded by miles of wooded trails. Also on-site, guests will find an organic vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand, horse boarding and lessons, and a daffodil bulb & fern production operation. You can also find Holiday Brook Farm on Facebook.
Photo courtesy of Holidaybrookfarm.com.
Delta Organic Farm Bed and Breakfast, Amherst: A certified organic farm, Delta Organic Farm Bed and Breakfast grows organic strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, garlic, basil, squash, onions, beets, carrots, and several varieties of tomatoes. The Bed and Breakfast caters to the environmentally concerned lodger, featuring solid wood or sealed furnishings, 100 percent cotton linens and bedding, air and water filtration, hypoallergenic personal care and cleaning agents. Photo courtesy of Deltaorganicfarm.com.
Kenburn Orchards, Shelburne Falls: Surrounded by 150-acres of farmland, Kenburn Orchards offers three distinctive guest rooms. Visitors are encouraged to explore the grounds, where Christmas trees, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and lingonberries are grown. Breakfast is served daily and features fresh-baked breads, homemade granola, and seasonal fruit. Photo courtesy of the Kenburn Orchards Facebook page.