11 of The Best Hotel Farm Experiences Around the U.S.
Imagine waking up to the sound of a rooster crowing outside your window in the morning, going horseback riding or taking falconry lessons in the afternoon, and feasting on the freshest produce and meat available in the evening. This is just a typical day when you stay at a hotel with a working farm. Here are 11 of the best hotel farm experiences that are taking travelers to even greener pastures all around the country.
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Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort (Amelia Island, Florida)
Just south of the Georgia-Florida border along the Atlantic, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort sits on a rich ecosystem of flora, fauna and preserved land. The Sprouting Project, a state-of-the-art aquaponics greenhouse and organic garden, is home to a family of resident chickens and an apiary housing 16 colonies with a whopping 2 million bees producing more than a thousand pounds of organic honey every year. Guests can experience a themed farm-to-table dinner, which changes every month and features a different ingredient from calamondin oranges to truffles. Part of the dinner experience includes a tour of the gardens and barrel room, where you can learn how to blend your own hot sauce, sip barrel-aged cocktails and sample a variety of honey and vinegar, all made right on property.
Terranea, A Destination Hotel (Rancho Palos Verdes, California)
Perched along the dramatic cliffs in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, Terranea, a Destination Hotel works with a 4,000-square-foot garden and farm where they grow their own produce, raise a family of chickens and cultivate an active honeybee colony. Guests can tour the grounds as well as sign up for a sea salt workshop complete with salt tastings and wine pairings in their all-glass sea salt conservatory. Whatever you do, don’t miss a chance to meet Owlbert, the hotel’s resident falcon, try the Honey Body Bliss massage using honey that’s made from local hives, or experience a signature Farm to Terranea garden-curated cocktail or tasting dinner.
The Home Ranch (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
Nestled within the Elk River Valley just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, The Home Ranch is a bonafide dude ranch and farm with their very own resident pigs, chickens and cattle, along with an extensive garden and greenhouse. At the helm, master gardener Alison Mecklenburg oversees the hotel’s farm program. "When world travelers come to the Home Ranch to see the horses, the stunning mountains and the open and arid land, they never expect that we are able to harvest hundreds of pounds of tomatoes per week," Mecklenburg told Travel Channel. "But we can and do. It's fun to share garden knowledge with people from all over the world, because it really is sort of a universal language." One of the most exciting experiences on offer is a chance to go on the cattle round up, which happens every September and affords you the opportunity to live like a modern-day cowboy - boots, chaps and all.
Brush Creek Ranch (Saratoga, Wyoming)
With an unencumbered backdrop that includes thousands of acres of rolling prairie land in the heart of Wyoming cattle and ranching country, Brush Creek Ranch in south central Wyoming's North Platte River Valley is a working cattle ranch and luxury hotel. While the cattle and farm are still very much intact, the hotel is also home to a 7,000-square-foot organic and completely sustainable greenhouse that grows 25 different species of fruits and vegetables. Food is at the forefront of their offerings, including a "pasture-to-plate" program that features ranch-raised Akaushi beef. Soon to open in 2019, The Farm at Brush Creek will also offer guests a new farm-to-table inspired restaurant, brewery, creamery, distillery and tasting room.
Serenbe Farms (Palmetto, Georgia)
Roughly 30 miles southwest of bustling Atlanta, The Inn at Serenbe is nestled within 1,000 acres of rolling wildflower meadows in the heart of Chattahoochee Hill Country. At the property’s core is a 25-acre certified organic farm producing 300 varieties of heirloom and hybrid vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as a preserved forest and animal village. The farm, which produces more than 60,000 pounds of fresh produce every year, also hosts a weekly farmer’s market and community farm share program in addition to supporting all five restaurants in the Serenbe community, including the Inn's very own restaurant, The Farmhouse.
Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel (Cle Elum, Washington)
Set among 6,400 acres in the heart of the Cascade Mountain Range, Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel is a massive wooded wonderland that’s home to the Historic Nelson Farm. Opened in the late 1890s as a dairy farm, today Nelson Farm is used primarily for gardening fresh produce served at the hotel’s on-site restaurant as well as being delivered to local residents. With the original farmhouse, barn, cabin and stables still intact, the farm is also popular spot for special events as well as a place for guests and locals to come and feed the wild elk.
The Horse Shoe Farm (Hendersonville, North Carolina)
Located on 85 pristine acres of rolling green hills along the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, The Horse Shoe Farm is a luxury working farm that grows hay and raises chickens, cattle and horses. While the property is designed to host large groups of 50 or under, booking is open to all guests and divided by a series of houses, cottages and even a five-bedroom "barndominium" stable house. At the heart of the property is a communal farmhouse designed to entertain, socialize and unwind as well as The Stable Spa, where you can indulge in a mountain therapy massage in the comfort of a converted luxury barn.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa (Ojo Caliente, New Mexico)
Due north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, set amongst the Southwest’s sprawling landscape, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is one part luxury retreat another part working farm. Every year, some 10,000 pounds of produce from arugula and watermelon to Anasazi corn, a crop that originates in New Mexico, are grown on site. Ojo’s on-site farmer, Jared Hagood, oversees the produce production, much of which is used to supply the restaurants at Ojo Caliente as well as their sister property in Santa Fe, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort.
Carneros Resort and Spa (Napa Valley, California)
One of Napa Valley’s most beautiful, if not bucolic, places to visit, Carneros Resort and Spa is situated on nearly 30 acres of rolling hills dotted with fruit trees, vineyards and gardens. Tucked away alongside the property is their very own farm, which provides year-round produce for their signature restaurant aptly named FARM. At the helm is executive chef Aaron Meneghelli and the resort’s culinary gardener Marley Dawson, who work diligently to create a five-course tasting menu that puts a spotlight on ingredients from cherries and beets to peas, white apricot and corn.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
New Mexico probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you think of organic lavender. However, set on 25 acres of leafy cottonwood trees and vibrant lavender fields, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm started as a dairy farm and greenhouse in the 1930s. Today, the hotel has maintained its agricultural roots from their field-to-fork-based restaurant called Campo to the restored farmhouse guest rooms and suites.
Circle View Guest Ranch (Interior, South Dakota)
Just a few miles outside of South Dakota’s legendary Badlands National Park, Circle View Guest Ranch is a family-owned western-style hotel and working cattle ranch. Resting on a sprawling 3,000 acres, the ranch offers guests a true farm-to-table breakfast featuring wheat that’s grown on property and used in their whole-wheat blueberry pancakes, bread and homemade blueberry almond granola drizzled with honey from local beehives. The hotel also incorporates eggs and beef from the ranch's free-range chickens and cattle as well as buffalo, a South Dakota specialty, which is harvested nearby on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.