Have a Farm-tastic Visit in Tennessee
While Tennessee has cities that hum with high energy and bright lights, there are pockets of the state that hold onto the slower pace of life amongst the rolling, green hills of the beautiful, mountainous countryside. It’s here you’ll find a quiet existence and have the opportunity to take part. I won’t blame you if you start whistling “Old McDonald” to yourself after reading about these stay-and-play farm destinations.
Say goodbye to fast-paced civilization and bid a greeting to the gentle rolling hills where Stillwaters Farm is located in Henderson, Tenn. in-between Memphis’ Graceland and the mighty Mississippi and Nashville with the Grand Ole Opry and its famous Broadway Honky Tonks. Instead of horns honking, you’ll hear a donkey’s bray and a horse’s whinny. Learn about the slower paced, rural lifestyle as you participate in agritourism with farmland and farm critter tours, both free with a farm stay. Be a “farm hand” for a day, play horseshoes and stroll through the garden.
The Cottage is a 1,000 square-foot private accommodation with two private bedrooms and one bath, a spacious living room with antiques, kitchen, comfy lounging areas and more. Guests are provided a free basket of breakfast foods for the duration of their stay and a gift basket of Stillwaters Farm handmade products when they arrive. More products can be found at The Silo which features handcrafted artisan soaps, crèmes, soy candles, art pieces and much more in a peaceful atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
The Old Dr. Cox Farm Bed and Breakfast in Fayetteville, Tenn. serves a side of history with guests’ stay as the farm was built in the 1840s and was once a Confederate Civil War hospital. Then it was used for a dairy and cattle farm and pasture land. It’s still a working cattle farm today and guests can even help John, the owner, with his morning farm chores.
After staying in either the Magnolia Room or the Quilt Room with their king size beds and sitting areas, wander around the farm and discover some of the historic artifacts on site, from the pastures to the woods. Wherever you look, Tennessee’s countryside rises up to greet you with its gorgeous scenery; you’ll instantly be transported to a simpler time.
It’ll be easy to let the kids run wild and free at Pioneer Cabins and Guest Farm in Townsend, Tenn. Swimming, tubing, kayaking and trout fishing are just some activities they can partake at the river. Stay in one of the six home-style cabins offered within the wooded mountainside of the 12-acre farm. Take part in the petting zoo with friendly goats, and ponies bridled for rides. Each cabin has rockers on the porch, decks with grills and picnic tables, relaxing Jacuzzis, complete kitchens and so much more. Enjoy the mountain and pasture views each cabin has.
After you’ve had a peaceful night’s sleep, explore the farm as it’s home to over a mile of hiking trails through the heavily wooded surrounding areas. Pick fruits and vegetables, collect seeds and fresh flowers in the garden. Kids can even make friends with Little Jack, the donkey and Chips Ahoy and Daisey, the ponies. It’ll be a farm-cation the family will remember.
Have you ever stayed and played at a Tennessee farm? Tell me about your experiences in the comment box below!