The Happy Traveler longs for opportunities to immerse themselves in a place’s natural surroundings and way of life far from the insulated comfort of a hotel.
With fall’s crispness in the air and bursts of gold, crimson, and sienna streaking the treetops, it’s the perfect time to let your kids roam free in wide-open pastures, hang with the animals, and slow down and reconnect with the natural beauty of the world. So, pack your bags and escape the city life for a weekend on the farm where you can experience Pennsylvania’s storied agricultural legacy in a hands-on way!
Below is just a sampling of some of the farm stays that Pennsylvania has to offer. Take a look at more than 60 farm stays around the state.
1. Wester Farm B&B Cottages, Jamestown
Come and enjoy a quiet country setting at Wester Farm B&B Cottages in Jamestown. Near Pymatuning State Park, you’ll experience a private, comfortable stay in a rustic cottage or in a spacious suite in the farm house. Each morning, you’ll wake up to peace and serenity as you’re served a hearty farmer’s breakfast.
2. Schantz Haus, Davidsville
Where history meets a sensory experience, the Schantz Haus in Davidsville was once the homestead of Joseph (Schantz) Johns. Still a working farm today, the farm sits on 120 acres of land providing woods, pasture, cropland, and housing for 80 Black Angus, 30 bred Holstein cows, and a few sheep, chickens, and roosters. You’ll enjoy a true farm feel in this 19th-century farmhouse complete with a homestyle breakfast before you head out on the field for the day.
3. Armstrong Farms Bed & Breakfast, Saxonburg
Established in 1816, Armstrong Farms Bed & Breakfast is a seventh-generation Pennsylvania century farm and award-winning bed and breakfast. The B&B comprises different houses and quaint cottages situated on the farm, as well as suites in the nearby historic town of Saxonburg. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you immerse yourself in the outdoors. With more than six miles of walking trails, freshwater ponds and beautiful vistas, Armstrong Farms offers a relaxing and unique lodging experience.
4. Elk County Elk Farm Bed & Breakfast, Ridgeway
Elk County Elk Farm Bed & Breakfast is Elk County’s only working domestic elk farm. Stay in the 1800s remodeled barn for a true farm stay experience while enjoying views that look out onto newborn calves and bulls. Elk County Elk Farm also has homemade elk jerky and snack sticks for sale along with a variety of cuts of elk meat, including steaks and roasts.
5. Fiddle Lake Farm, Thompson
Family traditions past and present are found throughout Fiddle Lake Farm in the panoramic scenery of the Endless Mountains. The historic B&B offers lakefront property and an onsite organic garden. The 1820s farmhouse is decorated with period antiques complete with a private bath, antique full-size beds, and a king bridal suite. An organic breakfast featuring products grown on the property is served in a formal farmhouse dining room.
6. Horizon View Farms, Rockwood
Horizon View Farms in Rockwood is one of the Laurel Highlands’s most scenic working farms. Perched atop a hill of a 465-acreproperty, the farm is home to beautiful horses, forests, meadows, and gardens. Stay for a weekend and enjoy bed-and-breakfast-style lodging, special dining events, and trail and wagon rides.
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