When it comes to sowing seeds of tranquility and reaping a connection to nature, Vermont farm stays are the perfect row to hoe. Across the seasons and throughout the state — from just south of the Canadian border to bordering Green Mountain National Forest and beyond — there are several to choose from. Which do you prefer? Take a look...
Manchester Center, in western Vermont, is home to a gem of a farm stay getaway. Conveniently close to Albany and Lake George and protected by the Green Mountain National Forest, the Historic Renovated Barn on Boorn Brook Farm is a pet- and child-friendly private estate whose 53 acres of open meadow and old apple orchards host views to remember. The barn’s interior, suitable for five guests, is equally delightful. As the farm Steward, Jeffrey, notes, “Your home is the beautifully restored historic French-inspired barn, built in the 1820s, which has wide-plank floors, hand-hewn beams, soaring ceilings, stone fireplaces, and New England charm.”. The Farm is also equipped with AC, heating and wifi.
During your stay, get a taste of farm life in any season with stone-bread oven-baked bread you yourself make over a fire in the stone fireplace in the farm’s fully equipped kitchen. Play a game or two of pool while you wait for your loaf to rise. And when it’s baked to perfection, carry its steaming goodness with hot chocolate or your favorite beverage to the Barn’s outdoor fire pit, and enjoy a pristine view of a Boorn Brook Farm sunset just behind Equinox Mountain.
You’re free as a bird to add a unique activity to your Historic Renovated Barn on Boorn Brook Farm lodging stay. Take falconry lessons on-site in summer and fall. Play tennis on the private court next to the Barn. Hike on the Farm's private trails or in the bordering Lye Brook Wilderness. Fish in the brook and the on-site trout pond. Swim in the spring-fed pond with a beach. Or just relax in one of the hammocks.
In winter, when the snow comes, skate on the pond, sled on the hill, snowshoe or cross country ski on the back trails, or visit nearby Stratton or Bromley Mountains for skiing or snowboarding. Five minutes away, Manchester will welcome you for sleigh rides, restaurants and shopping.
Family-owned and certified organic Stony Pond Farm puts you in the center of picturesque farm life. A stone’s throw from the Canadian border and close to Lake Champlain, Smuggler’s Notch, Burlington and Mount Mansfield, Stony Pond Farm specializes in naturally raised grass-fed beef, milk and cheese — and hospitality. The farm offers to lodging options:
Sunderland, in western Vermont, has a comfortable, cozy secret: Hill Farm Inn. Close to Albany and Lake George, in the heart of Green Mountain National Forest, stand the original buildings at the Hill Farm Inn.
“They’re over 200 years old,” says Steward Kate, also noting that recent enhancements “emphasize the beautiful views and outdoor experience, and we added additional features that make the Inn more family/group-friendly.” Updates include comforts to make a farm stay visitor sit back and say aaaaaah, including large sitting porches and wrap-around decks, fire pits, games, a seasonal gym and a swimming pool.
Something that hasn’t changed: the full breakfast that’s included with every stay. Served in the main inn's cozy dining room, each farm-fresh breakfast is made from scratch items and locally sourced ingredients.
Right by Mount Equinox Skyline Drive, the Inn maintains over 50 acres of pastures and meadowlands, Instagrammable mountain views and more than a mile of Battenkill River frontage. It also has a beautiful walking trail and easy access to nearby Manchester. “It is truly the best of both town and country," says Steward Kate.
The Inn is proud of its unique character as a comfortable and historic place to stay and relax while it offers an improved, energy-efficient infrastructure. It offers multiple can’t-miss options for your stay:
The family-owned Lavender Dreams Campsite at Lavender Essentials of Vermont makes its home in a lavender-farm meadow just two miles south of Quebec in the quaint little town of Derby, Vermont. With space for eight guests, this child-friendly farm campsite sits at 1,500 ft. and is surrounded by lakes of all sizes. From sunrise to sunrise, you’ll be greeted by 360° views that will floor you. Wake with the silvering light of morning to the welcoming sights of Vermont mountains and farmland bursting with herbs including several types of lavender, mint and camomile, as well as vegetables, wildflowers and sunflower fields. After the sun sets, behold a dazzling night sky as far as your eyes can take you.
Score major points by taking your date to Lavender Dreams’ romantic date-night experience in Lavender Essentials’ enclosed gazebo. Think cozy seating with blankets and pillows, a customizable picnic basket of “aphrodisiac snacks” (expect lavender surprises) and ingredients for s’mores. Snuggle up to a made-for-you fire with heart-shaped sparklers at dusk.
As for other activities, in June through September (or when the lavender blooms), follow your nose through the lavender labyrinth. Steal your way to the nearby spring-fed pond. Steward Michele also hosts yoga, craft classes, educational workshops, and an annual 5K fun run.
If you ever care to leave the relaxed seclusion of Lavender Dreams, a half-hour drive will take you to Kingdom Trails, one of New England’s peak bike parks in Burke, Vermont. Also nearby is Jay Peak, a ski resort complete with an indoor water park, golf course, ice arena and climbing walls.
The family-friendly Liberty Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast in Rochester, Vermont, is a working dairy farm that’s part of Cabot Creamery Co-operative and welcomes guests to bottle feed newborn calves, cuddle kittens or milk one of their award-winning Robert Holstein cows. Maybe Steward Beth will serve the product of your (and the resident cow’s) labor at one of her home-cooked meals that begin and end each day!
Close to Branbury State Park, Liberty Hill Farm B&B hosts a total of 15 guests at their seven farm stay units.
Bring your gear and fully engage with the land and the seasons. Take a swim or reel in a fresh catch. Hike their winding trails or switch gears and go mountain biking. Grab a basket for vegetable or berry picking (and eat your take fresh off the vine or branch). Wander through the wildflowers or, when the weather turns white, snowshoe or cross-country ski where the wind takes you.
The farm’s expansive surroundings aren’t the only thing that will invite you to relax. The farmhouse interior includes beautiful quilts, Butternut moldings, maple wood floors and comfortable, country furnishings that make guests feel right at home. The farm vibe is authentic. For a quarter of a century, Liberty Hill Farm B&B has, as Steward Beth says, “opened our doors and hearts to guests from around the world.”
The farmhouse is open to the world digitally, too, with access to wifi.
Need even more farm with your farm stay? Check out the Billings Farm & Museum in nearby Woodstock, Vermont, which, as an outdoor history museum, has an onsite Jersey dairy farm plus educational exhibits, interactive programs and events for visitors of every age.
Davis Farm of Jericho, Vermont, is close to Burlington and Lake Champlain, Mount Mansfield State Forest, Stowe Mountain Resort and all the Adirondacks have to offer. But the real treat is here on the farm.
Open and wooded land practically within a finger’s reach of Mount Mansfield and Camels Hump make up the 242 hikable acres of this organic dairy farm.
The Davis family, who’ve worked this land for 75 years, invite you to jump right into farm life or enjoy it from a relaxed distance. “We milk about 85 cows, raise chickens and pigs, and have a side composting business,” says Steward Tammy, who welcomes you to:
The farm stays’ interiors are comfy, tidy and contain all the amenities a visitor might need, including wifi.
The Farmhouse Suite at Vermont Grand View Farm in Washington, Vermont, is a drive away from Montpellier, Groton State Park, ski resorts, Warren Falls and Camp Hump’s State Park. Plus, Washington, itself, is great for antiquing.
But none of these places have what the kid-friendly Farmhouse Suite does: late-1700s-built farmhouse charm with its original exposed beams, wide pine flooring and antique four-poster beds.
The farm supports shepherds, preserves Vermont’s rich agricultural heritage, and allows visitors to experience rural farm life, beautiful views and quiet pastures with grazing sheep.
Tucked away in the hillside four miles from town (like a gift to be discovered) Vermont Grand View Farm is the perfectly tranquil spot for a reunion, a couple’s getaway, or a family/friend gathering.
Two bedrooms, suitable for up to five guests, await those looking for a recharge (authentic Farmhouse Dinners are also available at an extra cost, as are fiber arts classes and summer camps for kiddos).
According to Steward Kim, part of the farm’s commitment means raising a high percentage of Gotland sheep characteristics of their Swedish predecessors. Close your eyes when you arrive and you might imagine you’ve taken a trip across the ocean and back in time.
The all-inclusive, child-friendly Peaceful Alpine Cottage Retreat with Mountain View in Reading, Vermont, is a cozy post-and-beam studio tucked into the Green Mountains of Reading, or the “Reading Alps.”
Near Okemo Mountain Resort and gorgeous Killington Peak (and Killington Ski Area), Peaceful Alpine Cottage Retreat offers up to four people the opportunity to catch the sun rise over Ascutney Mountain or enjoy the mountain views all day long.
The beef cattle of Peaceful Alpine Cottage Retreat enjoy 60 acres of lush grasses, clover and alfalfa during pasture season and high-quality hay throughout the winter.
Stewards Kevin and Laura care not just for their livestock but for the ultimate results for their customers. They grow all of their produce using organic methods.
The cottage may be less than a half-hour from historic Woodstock for dining, shopping and cafe delights, but Peaceful Alpine Cottage Retreat with Mountain View — with its stocked kitchenette, wifi, private outdoor patio and two Adirondack chairs — might turn out to be the best, most adorable ticket in town.
We understand — you want to experience life on the farm when you vacation in nature. Whether you seek one-of-a-kind lodgings, cozy comfort, the commotion that comes with barnyard friends, or a mixture of all three, you’ll find the simple joys of working farm life with Yonder. Unwind and immerse yourself in nature: Explore our diverse overnight accommodations and activities to find your perfect fit.
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