Farmer

Do you dream of living in a simpler time, following an eco-organic agrarian way of life in a bucolic rural setting? Do you want to pet farm animals, learn how to make cheese, pick some blackberries and then return to your luxurious accommodations to enjoy five-star spa treatments and gourmet, multi-course dinners? Have you tried a boutique farm vacation?

Book a long weekend at one of the following boutique farms, and treat yourself to a luxurious vacation at a top-shelf resort where they just happen to grow produce, raise animals and craft artisan goods. Nevermind the manure, these boutique farms offer luxurious spa treatments, fresh gourmet meals and fabulous accommodations that leave nothing to want. Farming never looked so good.

Twin Farms (Vermont): With three hundred acres of rolling hills and hiking trails dotted with wildflowers, Twin Farms is a luxurious rural sanctuary where you will find peaceful contemplation an easy task. An inclusive resort with a unique art collection, 20,000-bottle wine cellar and grand culinary adventures, this “farm” also offers outdoor activities including fishing, tennis, swimming and skiing.

Blackberry Farm (Tennessee): Nestled in the great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee on a scenic hillside with a beautiful view, this luxury resort is a working farm that cultivates heirloom produce, wildflower honey, artisan sheep cheeses and fresh eggs. You’ll also find a picture-perfect barn painted bright red, along with an orchard of cherry trees, grape vines and blackberry brambles. Accommodations include private cottages, suites and houses for group rentals.

Los Poblanos (New Mexico): Located outside of Albuquerque, this historic ranch and organic farm is a bucolic respite with barnyard animals, lush gardens and large fields of lavender. With Sante Fe-style architecture, this working farm also features an exciting schedule of events, from wine tastings and cooking classes to guided walks and lessons on raising chickens, goats and ducks.

Rancho La Puerta (California): Found on the border of Mexico and California, this destination fitness and spa resort features 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, mountains, meadows and a working organic farm. With an internationally known cooking school and exciting roster of activities, this luxurious oasis provides 360 degrees of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Sign up for a spa program, learn about organic farming or enjoy classes on yoga, pilates, dance and more.

Shelburne Farms (Vermont): A national historic landmark and nonprofit environmental education center, Shelburne Farms is a sustainable vacation destination on the shores of Lake Champlain. A family-friendly place with a 1,400-acre working farm, here you can visit farm animals in the historic barn, wander scenic trails and learn all about cheese making. Don’t forget to buy some ripe Vermont cheddar, maple syrup or humane-certified hams to take home.

Inn at Dos Brisas (Texas): Featuring an organic garden and organic orchards, this Spanish-style resort is well known for its amazing five-star restaurant. Set in a lovely pasture with horses available for riding, this unique ranch resort offers luxurious amenities including remote-controlled patios and a personal golf cart for each guest.

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