Whether you want to gather eggs and harvest beans or just retreat from the noise of modern life to a quiet farmhouse porch, these seven stays tap into the romance of rural life.
Chattahoochee Hills, GA
Run by 28-year-old Paige Witherington, a blue-eyed farmer as comfy on a mountain bike as on a tractor, this tiny organic farm feeds Serenbe, a New Urbanist community that’s a model of sustainable development southwest of Atlanta. Paige, partner Justin Dansby, and three helpers coax from 5 acres enough veggies to supply two local chefs, a farmers’ market, a few Atlanta restaurants, and 110 people who signed up for a weekly veggie box. With advance notice, you can tour the farm and help with planting, harvesting, and other chores for an hour or a day.
Rooms from $190, including farm breakfast and afternoon tea; serenbeinn.com or 770/463-2610
Set on 145 acres of rolling hills just 20 minutes from Chapel Hill, this farm is a showcase of sustainable livestock and produce. Owners Ben Bergmann and Noah Ranells supply a number of area restaurants with eggs, chicken, beef, lamb, pork, and vegetables. They raise animals naturally outdoors, and you won’t detect a whiff of anything unpleasant from the dozens of pigs and thousands of chickens a field or two away. Request a complimentary walking tour past gardens, rooting pigs, and roaming chickens, or just wander about the farm on your own.
Rooms from $80, with farm-fresh breakfast; ficklecreekfarm.com or 919/304-6287
This 700-acre Ozarks cattle farm is located in the home of the Missouri Fox Trotter, “the Cadillac of trail horses.” Owners Sonny and Cecil “C” Huff lead trail rides across open fields, host weenie roasts on the banks of Big Beaver River, and let you see real horse whisperers at work.
From $200 per night, with meals and daytime activities; bucksandspurs.com or 417/683-2381
Sleep in an 1824 Federal brick-and-stone manor on a 400-acre working Shenandoah farm that supplies the eggs, bacon, and sausage for the inn’s farm-fresh breakfasts.
Set in a restored 1851 antebellum mansion, this award-winning B&B is part of a working alpaca farm in bourbon country.
You-pick berries, grassfed beef, and farm-to-table cooking classes are highlights on a family farm that practices sustainable agriculture. Lake cabins come with Wi-Fi, eggs, homemade bread, and local jam.