The Best Farm Stays in California

Bar SZ Ranch

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Designed for families, couples, and individuals alike, a farm stay consists of booking accommodations on a working farm, some of which give guests the opportunities to feed animals, harvest their own produce, and learn about where their food comes from.

What makes California the perfect state to enjoy a farm stay? The Golden State is not only known for its abundant farmlands and stunning landscapes, but also for its accessibility to a wide range of vacation-worthy attractions—from warm beaches and lush valleys to snowy mountains and sweeping forests. Perhaps best of all, a farm stay helps benefit the local community and the family who owns the property directly, making it an important form of ecotourism

Whether it’s sleeping in a converted barn or helping with farm chores around your rental property—or even taking a “hands off” approach by sitting back to enjoy the natural scenery—a farm stay will give guests the chance to connect with rural living and develop an understanding about the local food supply. We rounded up the best farm stays to book in the state of California.

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Morning Song Farm, Rainbow

Morning Song Farm

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Found in the small town of Rainbow just outside of Fallbrook, Morning Song Farm is nestled in a charming location tucked within the San Diego hills. Activities like gathering your own eggs for breakfast and feeding dairy goats or alpacas are complemented with classes in butter making, ice cream churning, jam canning, and more. The 20-acre, working organic farm offers six separate farm stays, each with its own private hot tub and plenty of comforting amenities such as full sized kitchens, flatscreen TVs, and heating or air conditioning systems. Despite close proximity to the city, Morning Song Farm boasts a clear night sky and rural setting that feels completely disconnected from the neighboring hustle and bustle.

2120 Rainbow Glen, Fallbrook, CA 92028, USA
Phone +1 760-468-8583
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Bar SZ Ranch, Paicines

Bar SZ Ranch

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About two hours south of San Francisco in San Benito County, Bar SZ Ranch features three options for accommodations. Choose from either one of two houses or a full sized cabin (each one comes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms) or stay in one of the two glamping cottages that sleep up to 16. The working cattle ranch is a family run business, and the family is all about educating guests about the ins and outs of farm life, including caring for the resident horses, learning to rope a steer, or feeding the chickens and goats. For larger parties, family reunions, or weddings, the ranch also offers full buyouts to turn the property into your own private getaway.

1989 Old Hernandez Rd, Paicines, CA 95043-9753, USA
Phone +1 831-201-2593
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Mar Vista Farm and Cottages, Gualala

Mar Vista Cottages

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Experience Mendocino County’s laid back settings at Mar Vista Cottages in Gualala, a natural coastal retreat just across the road from the Pacific Ocean. The dog-friendly property has 12 cottages spread across nine acres of forested trails, gardens, and a private secluded beach area. Guests can enjoy the use of an events space, a redwood soaking hot tub, and take part in activities like yoga, meditation, or forest bathing. For families with children, there’s a dedicated cottage to serve as a kid’s “playhouse,” as well as opportunities to collect eggs, harvest berries for breakfast, and feed bunnies or goats.

35101 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445-9589, USA
Phone +1 707-884-3522
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Kindred Oak Farm Bed and Breakfast, Paso Robles

Kindred Oaks Farm

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Kindred Oak Farm is set on 20 acres of organic pastures and woodlands in the heart of West Paso wine country. Known for its upscale guest rooms complete with gas fireplaces, private patios soaking tubs, and designer decor, this spot is on the more luxurious side without sacrificing the charm of a traditional farm stay. Guests can enjoy a full breakfast spread in the outdoor kitchen before setting out to walk the expansive grounds, taking time to stop and pet the baby cows and cut their own bouquet of flowers in the shared garden along the way. Along with the organic gardens, the farm also offers more modern amenities like a gym studio, a golf driving range, and a game room as well.

1250 Paint Horse Pl, Paso Robles, CA 93446-9639, USA
Phone +1 805-226-0600
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Stanford Inn & Resort, Mendocino

Stanford Inn Eco Resort

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A more traditional eco-friendly resort than a rustic retreat, the Stanford Inn is widely acclaimed for its romantic guest rooms and historic grounds between San Francisco and Eureka. Guests have the chance to reconnect with nature by taking a cooking class or gardening class on the property, while also enjoying complimentary mountain bikes, yoga workshops, outrigger canoes, and a pool. The inn itself is surrounded by tree lined hills and overlooks the rugged coastline in the distance. If that’s not enough to convince you, the property also boasts its own onsite vegetarian restaurant serving organic food from its very own garden.

POB 487, 44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9007, USA
Phone +1 707-937-5615
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Flip Flop Ranch, Lucerne Valley

The Flip Flop Ranch is run by a family from a long line of farmers who now raise rare, endangered breeds of cows, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, and chickens. Guests can choose to stay overnight in the 40-acre farm’s vacation rental to get the full immersive experience just two hours east of Los Angeles. Take a tour through the farm, try your hand at milking and feeding, take a cheesemaking class, or just relax and enjoy the desert landscape and escape from city life. Those who want to visit the farm without staying overnight are completely welcome to come out for a day trip to take a tour or participate in a homesteading class.

9696 Donaldson Rd, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356, USA
Phone +1 760-680-6146
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Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen

Beltane Ranch

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An impressive 105 acres full of regenerative, small scale family farmland awaits guests at Beltane Ranch in charming Glen Ellen. Nestled into a hillside overlooking Sonoma Valley, the historic ranch (which dates back to the 1890s) features vineyards, gardens, heirloom fruit trees, and heritage breed laying hens to provide the freshest produce to its guests. Stunning guest suites are decorated with antiques and rounded out with panoramic views, renovated bathrooms, and private decks. Days start with ranch-grown seasonal breakfasts and continue with exploring the grounds with treats-in-hand to feed to the farm’s animals, catching a game of tennis, or claiming a hammock to relax with a good book.

11775 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, USA
Phone +1 707-833-4233
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Rêves de Moutons, Paso Robles

Reves De Moutons

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Located in California’s central coast, Rêves de Moutons offers a unique farm getaway with a glamping vibe. Stay in one of three retro style campers or two rooms in the main house (recommended for those who’d like to experience more hands-on farm work during their stay) and take advantage of the community courtyard to socialize with other guests. During the day, learn about the farm’s main staple, cheese, with a tour of the farm and a cheese tasting when in season. If you get bored of the simple life, the property is just ten miles from downtown Paso Robles with plenty of restaurants, shops, and wineries.

7245 Nonpariel Ct, Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
Phone +1 805-369-1171
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Brunner Family Farm, McKinleyville

Brunner Family Farm

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This 10 acre, family run farm in Humboldt County produces a variety of food and flowers that are sold at local farmers markets. In addition to produce and livestock, Brunner Family Farm also raises Angora goats to create yarn and other textiles using natural dye from plants grown on the farm. The property has a barn loft apartment for up to six guests.

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Mother Oak Farms, Santa Barbara

Mother Oak Farms

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Spanning just over three acres of land, Mother Oak Farms gets its name from the 250 year old coastal oak tree that serves as a centerpiece to the property. The farm is located among the Santa Barbara Foothills within walking distance to Upper State Street, so it is right along the urban wildland interface. When you’re not marveling at the gorgeous coastal views, learn about wildlife preservation and restorative agriculture with a hands-on gardening workshop. Guests can choose from a farmstay suite with a private entrance to the main house or a newly renovated Airstream trailer.

702 E Calle Laureles, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2000, USA
Phone +1 805-312-4626
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The Best Farm Stays in California