9 Gorgeous Lavender Farms You Can Visit Without a Plane Ticket to France
Lavender fields color Provence, France purple each summer and make us want to hop on a plane to take in the gorgeous sights and smells. But if a trip to France isn't in the cards - or the budget - this year, check out these beautiful US lavender farms that don't require a transatlantic flight to visit.
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Cape Cod Lavender Farm, Harwich, MA
Add Cape Cod Lavender Farm to the list of the many gorgeous reasons to visit Cape Cod in the summer. The family-owned farm sits on 12 acres with more than 7,000 plants surrounded by 75 acres of conservation land with walking paths. Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., visit the farm mid-June through mid-July for peak bloom.
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Sage Creations Organic Farm, Palisade, CO
Visit Sage Creations Organic Farm in Palisade, Colorado to pick your own lavender bundles (mid-June through mid-July only), take a farm tour or attend one of their many classes like Crafting with Lavender, where you learn how to make a wreath with lavender, herbs and flowers. The farm is open to the public Wednesdays - Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. from June through September. If you plan your visit during the Colorado Lavender Festival June 29 - July 1, book a farm tour that stops at Sage Creations, Two Bears Farm and More and Sprigs and Sprouts with lunch provided. During the festival, you can also attend seminars like Healthy Green Cleaning with Lavender, purchase lavender products and enjoy live music, food and a scavenger hunt for kids.
Hope Hill Lavender Farm, Pottsville, PA
Just two hours outside of Philadelphia, family-owned Hope Hill Lavender Farm in Pottsville, Pennsylvania grows lavender, mostly used to produce essential oils, but also for bouquets, culinary uses and other lavender products, ranging from candles to deodorant. They're open to the public at least two days a month April through December, but their summer hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in June and every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July. They offer farm tours every Saturdays at 11 a.m. in June, July and August for $5.
Lavender Hill Farm, Boyne City, MI
Michigan winters are infamously harsh, but the summer months are gorgeous. Plan a visit to Boyne City, Michigan between late June through August to take in a blanket of purple covering Lavender Hill Farm during peak bloom. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Oct. 28, the farm hosts guided tours for $4 and a variety of events like lunches and yoga classes. Check their calendar for upcoming events and details.
Purple Haze Lavender, Sequim, WA
About two hours from Seattle, Sequim, Washington is often called the "Lavender Capital of the Country," and it has one of the largest annual lavender celebrations. Now one of the biggest farms in the area, Purple Haze Lavender held the first farm tour in 1997 that started the annual lavender festival. At this year's Sequim Lavender Weekend July 20-22, there will be a street fair held at Carrie Blake Park, and participating farms will host their own on-site events. At Purple Haze, their "Purple Haze Daze" festivities include live music, food and drinks, craft vendors and, of course, rows and rows of fragrant lavender.
123 Farm Organics, San Bernardino, CA
For this view, head to Southern California's largest certified organic lavender farm 123 Farm Organics located on Highland Springs Ranch & Inn. Entry to visit during lavender season costs $5 per person ($3 for seniors and students). If a day visit to the farm is not enough, book the "Lavender Lover's Escape" package for an overnight stay in one of the ranch's more than 50 rustic rooms, starting at just $99/night.
Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm and Shop, Washington Island, WI
Head to America's Dairyland for all things lavender at Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm & Shop in Washington Island, Wisconsin. You can visit the shop and farm any day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check their calendar for farm events like yoga classes, lavender massages, gourmet dinners and paint-and-sip classes.
White Oak Lavender Farm, Harrisonburg, VA
White Oak Lavender Farm in Harrisonburg is already one of the most picturesque places to visit in the Shenandoah Valley, and now it’s even sweeter: They’ve started growing their own grapes and making lavender-infused wine under the name of Purple WOLF Vineyard. The farm is open to the public every day of the week, and guests can pick lavender bundles for $5 during the summer. Check their website for hours and a calendar of events like wreath-making classes and wine pairing dinners.
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Lavender Farms Across Oregon
If you want to plan a trip around lavender farms, set your sights on Oregon. The Oregon Lavender Association organizes a statewide farm tour the second week in July where farms and nurseries across the state, some of which aren't open the rest of the year, welcome the public to their grounds. During the farm tour weekend, which is July 14-15 this year, the individual farms often host events like lavender-focused classes and mini-festivals with food and music. Check the OLA's website for this year's 17 participating farms and nurseries.