Nowadays, people are all about experiential travel. And while there are plenty of historic stays and boutique hotels scattered all throughout Wisconsin, if you want to truly immerse yourself in the culture of the state, you should consider a farm stay vacation. These charming lots offer a sort of eccentricity that hotel chains lack. Plus, you’ll get the chance to indulge in your simpler self, and embrace the tranquility that comes along with farm living. Here are the five best farm stay vacations in Wisconsin.
Rainbow Ridge Farms Bed & Breakfast
Rainbow Ridge is a working hobby farm that plays host to pasture-free animals, as well as a lot of untouched land that serves as prime activity space year round. The sleeping quarters are accented with cozy decor and feature unparalleled views that are visible through nearly any window. Visitors can befriend any number of the farm animals—whether it be goats, pigs, cows or even llamas. While the farm promises seclusion, it’s also close to surrounding communities. Guests can spend their days adopting the routines of Wisconsin farmers, or they can choose to explore neighboring cities and indulge in the cultural DNA of the state. For more information, visit www.rainbowridgefarms.com.
This 800-acre farm is settled in the North Woods of Brantwood. Husband and wife duo Jim and Helen Palmquist manage the property, and raise beef cattle and timber on the farm. Though their real passion is in “Finnish hospitality.” Visitors to the farm can enjoy home cooked meals, unwind in a Finnish sauna, cozy up at an outdoor cookout in the summer, or sled down the nearby ski slopes in the winter. Regardless of the season, there are family-friendly activities that everyone can indulge in while staying at Palmquist Farm. For more information, visit www.palmquistfarm.com.
The Farmer’s Inn
Located in the scenic hills of Vernon County, is The Farmer’s Inn—a picturesque dairy farm that serves as a host destination for family vacations and farm getaway experiences. Guests can embark on hay rides, collect eggs from the chicken coop and get a first-hand glimpse of farm life, and may even have the chance to feed a baby calf. For more information, visit www.thefarmersinn.net.
Whitefish Bay Farm
This bed and breakfast looks like something straight out of a Hallmark movie. Whitefish Bay Farm has a little something for everyone—quaint rooms, an art gallery, and even a large flock of sheep. This lot actually doubles as a working farm that uses sustainable agriculture practices for raising white and naturally colored Corriedale sheep, whose wool is marketed worldwide. Guests can unwind, marvel at the county’s scenic views, and observe the many facets of sheep raising. For more information, visit www.whitefishbayfarm.com.
Devil’s Lake Lavender Farm
At this farm, visitors are just steps away from Devil’s Lake State Park—and with this proximity, you’ll wake up each morning to a sea of purple, as the estates rooms overlook 12,000 lavender plants on a working herb farm. Cooking classes, craft sessions and massages are all available at this luxury farm stay. At Devil’s Lake, guests can get a taste of farm life without having to sacrifice convenience. For more information, visit www.devilslakelavender.com.