No need to sleep in a barn to play farmer. Stay at a farm overnight and you can wake up with the chickens.
Gather newly laid eggs for an omelet, eat raspberries right off the bush, or even watch a ewe give birth. Overnight stays on a working farm—typically a farmhouse bed-and-breakfast or cabin rental—offer guests a rural retreat with the freshest possible food and even a chance to try their hand at the daily chores.
Cedar Mountain Farm Bed and Breakfast Athol, Idaho
On 440 acres there's plenty of room for goats, horses, berry picking, and log cabins. From $115. (208) 683-0572, cedarmountainfarm.com.
Leaping Lamb Farm Stay Alsea, Ore.
Guests, who stay in a cabin overlooking orchards, are invited to help care for the sheep, hens, and vegetable gardens. From $125. (541) 487-4966, leapinglambfarm.com.
Pennington Farms Grants Pass, Ore.
Farmhouse visitors can pick their own at this family-run berry farm and partake of the jams and goodies at the bakery. From $125. (541) 846-0550, penningtonfarms.net.
Seaside Farm Homer, Alaska
Cabins, rustic farmhouse rooms, and tent sites provide beachside lodging amid organic raspberry bushes, laying hens, horse and cow pastureland, and wildlife habitat. Camping $10, cabins and rooms from $65. (907) 235-7850, xyz.net/~seaside.
Seven Sycamores Ranch Ivanhoe, Calif.
Near Sequoia National Park, this citrus farm built the nation's only orange grove maze. From $125. (559) 798-0557, sevensycamores.com.
Willow Witt Ranch Ashland, Ore.
Guests in the studio and campground spots rise early (to feed pigs) or sleep in, then hike and spot birds in the meadows, forests, and wetlands of the Southern Cascades. From $40. (541) 890-1998, willowwittranch.com.
Photography by Shawn Linehan
This article was first published in November 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.