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California Farm Stays

You cannot be closer to the heart of the countryside than when you stay on a farm. Farmers are the rural custodians of our great landscapes, and farm stays are the perfect way to experience it. Many working farms in California include bed and breakfast accommodations from cottages to beautifully converted barns and farm buildings that are ideal for families, especially if you want to get everyone involved with farms in action. Here are just a few selected working farms that offer stays:

Morning Song Farm: Find solitude and privacy among 20 acres of organic fruit trees at Morning Song Farm. Four artistically furnished farmstay homes with views, hot tubs and full kitchens to choose from. Learn cheese making/butter churning, gather eggs, make jam or hand cranked ice cream. Interact with our goats, chickens, and alpacas! Central to wine country, tours, ballooning and all that Southern California has to offer.

Philo Apple Farm, Anderson Valley: The Apple Farm's appealing cottages are plunked in the middle of a Mendocino County orchard. The farmstand will keep you supplied with apples, jams, and chutneys; nearby is the valley’s prime collection of wineries. Cottages are often reserved for cooking classes.

Farm House Inn, Sonoma County: Their new barn rooms sit back on the site of the inn's original barn and are built to resemble the many historic barns and water towers dotting Sonoma's vineyards and hillsides. Located in a wooded grove, these rooms blur the lines between the indoors and out. Large doors and windows onto private decks tucked into mature trees create a sense of perfect privacy and tranquility.

Willow Creek Agricultural Farm at Mountain Ranch: Give your family a "real farm experience!” Bring them to an old fashioned “get your hands dirty” Willow Creek Ranch Agricultural Farm Stay at Mountain Ranch, California. It's a vacation on a farm where guests get up close and personal with farm animals, feed them hay, gather eggs and do other farm chores as needed just like in “the good old days.” For an extra fee you can add breakfast and/or dinner.

Flip Flop Ranch, Lucerne Valley: Discover farming and how your food is produced! Get away from the stresses of the city and out into the country on a real working farm. Flip Flop Ranch specializes in raising endangered heritage livestock. For example, their Cotton Patch Geese are critically endangered with only a few hundred left. Many of their guests return year after year and have become dear friends. Maybe it’s the home-cooked meals or the novelty of a genuine, working farm. Perhaps it is the allure of the peace and quiet of the quiet desert or the chance to milk a goat! Flip Flop Ranch boasts that they are very child-focused, but there is plenty of fun to be had for adults here too. 














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