Looking for a new summer vacation destination? Gourmet Live reports on several "haycations" -- as in farming vacations (yes, such a thing exists). Except these aren't your typical farms. Unless you consider on-site spas and a personal chef typical. Would you go on a farming vacation?
More akin to rustic bed and breakfasts than farms, this selection of farm vacations could convert even the most cranky city dwellers. The photos look far from roughing it and the descriptions focus largely on the meals. Jen Swetzoff writes of recent menus at the California Philo Apple Farm including "a green garlic soufflé with a salad of mixed lettuces from the garden; rock cod with garden pesto over coconut rice and fava beans; and asparagus pasta with housemade goat cheese." Actually, this sounds better than what's served at quite a few bed and breakfasts I've visited.
Swetzoff goes on to describe a two-bedroom barn at Kinderhook Farm in New York's Hudson Valley where guests can partake in private cooking lessons and wander the property's 1,200 acres. There's the Zapata Ranch in Colorado where a stay involves some actual ranching, but will also lead you to grazing wild buffalo and bison. Done this way, farming sounds downright relaxing!
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(Images: Zapata Ranch/Duke Phillips; Blackberry Farms/Beall and Thomas Photography)