Pennsylvania farm stays are known for their welcoming hosts, comfortable accommodations, and activities that immerse visitors in the state’s pastoral beauty and agricultural heritage. Whether you’re hankering to learn the ropes of a farming operation or craving a rustic escape, Pennsylvania has more than 80 farm-stay options to choose from.
Armstrong Farms, Saxonburg
Established in 1816, Armstrong Farms has three cozy cottages for guests, who learn about the operation’s dedication to farmland preservation by getting up close and personal with the resident cows, miniature donkeys, and alpacas. Shear and feed the alpacas; fish at three on-site ponds; and hike miles of beautiful trails.
Weatherbury Farm, Avella
Weatherbury Farm’s kids program educates youngsters about the joys of living off the land and offers an overview of farming equipment and organic and sustainable practices. During farm-experience stays, visitors help Farmer Dale with morning chores, including feeding and watering chickens in the hen house, gathering eggs, hand-feeding goats, and operating the hand-cranked water pump.
Verdant View Farm, Paradise
Verdant View Farm, a lower Susquehanna Valley farm, offers a variety of hands-on experiences for all ages. Milk a cow, bottle feed a calf, and work in the chicken coop as a farmer’s apprentice; or learn how to make artisan cheese and ice cream. Accommodations include a hearty farm breakfast; opportunities to interact with the resident sheep, cows, chickens, goats, dogs, cats, and rabbits; and access to fishing in the on-site pond.
Berry Fields Farm, New Albany
Northeastern PA’s Endless Mountains supply an exquisite backdrop for Berry Fields Farms. Guests can relax or participate in chores, including collecting eggs, feeding the animals, and picking berries and other produce. Slumber in the guesthouse; dine by the campfire in the picnic grove; and enjoy a field-to-table dining experience.
Hummerhaven Farmstead, Millerstown
Committed to conserving the area’s landscape, Hummerhaven Farmstead invites guests to help identify and enhance wildlife habitats and structures in the area. Other optional activities include tending to the farm’s mini donkeys, horses, potbelly pigs, Nigerian dwarf goats, and baby doll sheep. Visitors also enjoy access to hiking, fishing, canoeing, paddling, horseback riding, and other outdoor fun.
Mountain Dale Farm, McClure
Bordered by thousands of acres of state forests, Mountain Dale Farm is a secluded hideaway in central PA. Participate in daily tasks like feeding the chickens, pigs, goats, cows, and horses; or simply appreciate the tranquil rural landscape. Spacious cottages feature full kitchens, so visitors can cook their own meals (fresh ingredients are available for sale on site).
Can’t stay? Add one of these shorter stops to your itinerary.
- Rows and rows of the sweet-smelling lavender create an idyllic setting at Pottsville’s Hope Hill Lavender Farm. Pick up hand-harvested dried bouquets, body lotion, shampoo, candles, and other lavender products at the gift shop.
- Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living in Brookville hosts classes on topics such as aromatherapy, medicinal use of herbs, herbal papermaking, and identifying and harvesting wild mushrooms. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests are welcome to visit the farm store and stroll Quiet Creek’s tranquil gardens.
- Kids love to feed the friendly crew of barnyard animals, including sheep, goats, cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, and rabbits at Paulus Farm Market in Mechanicsburg. Meanwhile, adults enjoy the market, which carries an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-raised beef, candies, plants, and much more.
- Get a kiss from an alpaca at Terrace Mountain Alpacas in Huntingdon, where the gentle, fuzzy creatures adore interacting with visitors. Schedule a tour of the farm and stock up on super-soft alpaca fiber products.
- Learn about early farming in the U.S. and browse more than 1,100 pieces of rare and unusual farm and household items at the Pasto Agricultural Museum in University Park, an institution dedicated to the history of agricultural and rural life.
- Bee happy at Draper’s Super Bee Apiaries in Millerton, where you can learn all about the honey-production process, observe beehives, and purchase different varieties of the natural sweetener.