Farm vacations in New Hampshire don’t actually require you to milk the cows…but
you can if you like. You can also bale hay, cut the Christmas tree, shear sheep,
gather eggs from the chicken coop, and pick apples for the homemade pie you’ll
be dining on that evening. Farms in New Hampshire also allow you to set off
on hiking and horseback
trails, take a dip in the pool, go canoeing or fishing,
or just about any other activity. You can even take a day off from the chores
and go skiing or golfing.
Working New Hampshire farms have enthusiastically entered the burgeoning agri-tourism
industry, providing unique vacation experiences in rural areas for those who
want to return to the fundamental pastoral history
of the country and still have plenty of the things
to do you normally find in resorts. This kind of tourism is one of the few
ways that small family farms in New Hampshire and elsewhere in the world have
been able to find financial viability. You’ll find properties like this scattered
across the country, in Europe, Africa, and just about anywhere else where tourism
is important and large factory farms have contributed to the gradual disappearance
of the small family farm.
Working farms in New Hampshire that offer accommodations for tourists are located everywhere in the state. You’ll find them in the Lakes Region and in the White Mountains, near the ocean beaches and just outside the larger cities of Manchester and Concord. They provide authentic experiences that are both educational and fun for children and their parents. They’re also great for a couple’s romantic getaway. And, since there are fabulous attractions everywhere in the state, New Hampshire farms are always located near at least some of them.
One of the premier farm vacations in New Hampshire can be found in the southeast corner of the state just over the Massachusetts border. East Hill Farm is located at the base of Mount Monadnock, one of the state’s ski resorts. It was built in 1854, and first started taking in visitors shortly thereafter. It’s a 150-acre working farm with sheep, donkeys, pigs, chickens, and other farm animals. East Hill offers family stays, senior programs, and special visits for home-schooled children. It offers 65 basic, mid-priced, and deluxe rooms that are located in cabins and the main inn.
The Farm by the River is in the beautiful White Mountains in North Conway, and specializes in horseback riding and “three squares a day.” It’s open year round, so you can enjoy skiing or ride the vintage train cars of the Conway Scenic Railroad. Nine charming rooms at this historic bed and breakfast all provide spectacular views of the Presidential Range and Mount Washington. Like the nearby Merrill Farm Resort, there is also great trout fishing in the mountain rivers and streams. Farm vacations in New Hampshire in this region provide unparalleled outdoor recreation.
You might be surprised to learn that turkey farms in New Hampshire can be found in many locations. These have been providing the signature Thanksgiving bird for American tables since the Pilgrims first shared their harvest feast with Native Americans. Most of these are restaurants, not overnight inns, and some are tourist attractions. You’ll find Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith and Blake’s in Concord, among many others.
There are also “pick your own” farms in New Hampshire that allow you stop for an afternoon to stock up on apples, berries, and other fresh produce. This is a good way to grace your own dining table if you’re camping or staying in rental cabins where you do your own cooking. New Hampshire farms of all sorts provide you with memories and authentic vacation experiences.