Stay on a Farm in North Carolina
Some farm vacations let you roll up your sleeves and do farm chores. At others, you can just breathe the fresh air, relax and enjoy serene pastures and rural views.
1 The Barnhouse at Genesis Farm
1 The Barnhouse at Genesis FarmChapel HillSee on map
A 10-minute drive from Chapel Hill takes you off the beaten path and onto a 20-acre farm that uses organic methods to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. You can gather eggs, care for the critters and work the gardens. Or power down from your hectic life by relaxing on the deck, dipping your toes in the pond and enjoying sunsets on the deck.
2 Briar Rose Farm
3 Fickle Creek Farm Bed & Breakfast
3 Fickle Creek Farm Bed & BreakfastEflandSee on map
This bed and breakfast near Chapel Hill is only 5 minutes from the interstate, but offers rural bliss on a 61-acre working farm. You’ll find a market garden, laying hens, sheep, goats, steers and pigs. Fresh farm breakfasts make morning look better than ever.
4 The Gardener’s House at Frog Holler
4 The Gardener’s House at Frog HollerWaynesvilleSee on map
Built in the 1920s, this colorfully named farmhouse has been renovated to include all of the comforts of home. With gardens, ponds and breathtaking mountain views on all sides, you’ll enjoy farm life to its fullest, and be lulled to sleep by frog lullabies and the waterfall outside your bedroom window.
5 The Inn at Celebrity Dairy
5 The Inn at Celebrity DairySiler CitySee on map
Sheltered on a gentle knoll under 250-year-old oak trees, the Inn is actually two buildings: a modern Greek Revival farmhouse skirted by wide porches, and the original settler’s 1800 log cabin, joined by a 2-story gathering room. Surrounding outbuildings include the original log hay barn and granary, the 1880s smokehouse, tobacco barns from the 1940s, and a goat dairy that produces award-winning goat cheese.
6 Laurel Oaks Farm
6 Laurel Oaks FarmBakersvilleSee on map
Located in Mitchell County at an elevation averaging 2,600 feet, the quiet seclusion of Laurel Oaks Farm really lets you get away. This wooded sheep farm, on the banks of the Toe River, has lots of trails to explore and two ponds for relaxing or fishing. You can also arrange farm tours and spinning demonstrations.
7 Old Orchard Creek
7 Old Orchard CreekLansingSee on map
Built on a 25-acre farm, this 100-year-old, completely renovated Appalachian mountain cabin is on the old Virginia Creeper Railway line. With its rails long since removed, it’s a popular biking spot. Here, high above Big Horse Creek, you’ll enjoy the relaxing sound of the creek as it rushes by. Also take advantage of hiking, trout fishing and stargazing.
8 Springfield Bed & Breakfast Inn
8 Springfield Bed & Breakfast InnHertfordSee on map
Springfield is a classic Southern bed and breakfast set in a relaxed country setting just outside historic Hertford. Whitewashed fences, relaxing porches, clapboard siding and hundred-year-old pecan trees accent the c. 1896 house. The Inn is set in the middle of a working farm that includes an original barn and historic farm equipment.
9 Tender Mercy Retreat
9 Tender Mercy RetreatWaynesvilleSee on map
A seasonal rental vacation cottage sits on this farm overlooking the infamous Cold Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains. The ambience includes llamas, chickens, horses, dogs, cats and a pond stocked with fish. A vegetable garden is available for picking, plus eggs for cooking and fish for catch and release (or for dinner). Schedule a gourmet lunch llama trek on the 36 acres, or just go for a hike with one of these friendly and fascinating animals.
For a complete listing of North Carolina’s agritourism accommodations, visit the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.