Staycations and nearby farm stays continue to define travel trends in 2021.
Travel is seeing a comeback, but new trends continue to define consumer preferences in a post-pandemic routine. From taking life to the road, to consciously and carefully reconnecting with places and people that matter most, travelers are looking for secluded holidays in the lap of nature. While inoculation rates continue to be an encouraging factor propelling the growth of travel and tourism, more travelers are finding beauty in nature and continue to use such holidays to relax and recharge, compared with urban locales. The trend of slower, sustainable, and more regenerative travel in 2021 is here to stay.
Additionally, farm holidays and rural farm stays are great examples of farm diversification that could boost a farms income. It is likely that they will become increasingly popular as air tickets and pandemic travel laws continue to be more expensive.
When the Texas country charm is calling your name, picturesque towns and acres of farmland fill the bill. Here are some prime farms, delightful houses, and other fascinating farm stays that you can head over to this summer!
The Cottages at Boldheart Farms is a luxury Bed and Breakfast in Central Texas.
The Cottages open to cozy porches and gorgeous farm views: the pond teeming with ancient turtles and statuesque Herons. Curl up with a good book, or be enthralled by the big-eyed deer grazing just outside your door. Pack your binoculars to fully enjoy the birds that thrive at The Cottages. Wander through acres of Texas Blue Bonnets along mowed trails and breathe the fresh country air.
The Cottages at Boldheart Farms is an actual working farm where farm stay guests can experience real down-to-earth farm life. Collect eggs, drive a tractor, befriend the horses, tend to the gardens, and more!
A serene rural landscape, the solitude, and peace of a country morning await you at Wakefield Farms, luxurious accommodations in Brenham, TX.
The worries and stresses of everyday life will vanish into thin air as you relax in the pools, bathe in the hot tub, or take a siesta in your king-sized bed. If a massage sounds like just the thing you need to help you decompress from the world, then you can experience it in your private cottage.
The restored Wakefield cottages combine the best of the past with all the modern amenities. Check out Wakefield farms for more info.
Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast is on a twenty-three-acre Christmas Tree Farm in Bryan, Texas. The fragrance of fresh, natural pines will take you to Christmas time. Visitors can also catch some catfish out of the pond. Squirrels, Whitetail deer, and Songbirds come into sight when you visit this place.
The Sans Souci Farm Room is the highlight of this farm stay. Decorated in vivid bright colors, and several Flemish paintings by Frans Van Steen of Wiese Belgium, you are sure to encounter the best of farm stays in Texas. Make it a family tradition to visit Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast!
Gulf Breeze Alpaca Ranch sits on a 40-acre sloping hillside overlooking Lake Corpus Christi. It is a working ranch owned and operated by Lyn and Mark Christoph, who breed quality alpacas. Lyn developed skills in processing their fiber herself, starting with learning how to shear them. After learning how to shear and process fiber into batts, roving, and yarn, Lyn opened her shop and studio where she teaches spinning, knitting, and wet & needle felting. You can buy handmade and commercially made items and yarn in her shop at the ranch. She and her husband also offer tours of the ranch to groups and families throughout the year. One of their customers said, “when we visited, there were beautiful lavender fields, turkeys, alpacas.” Contact the number given here to contact Gulf Breeze Alpaca Ranch.
Taste the “true country living” at the 35-acre MVP Lodging property. This place is a great spot for nature strolls, bird watching, or star gazing as 17 acres of their total land are undeveloped, with no streetlights, no gas stations, and no stores. These 17 acres are nature-made for walks, bird watching with premier spots to sit and just relax with a glass of wine.
MVP Lodging offers a 3-bedroom, two-bath rental with the promise of a peaceful and relaxing getaway! Under the moonlight, the stars at night are big and bright. Guests may also encounter a real working ranch during their stay, with the farm’s animals and rough terrain. Visit this page to book your room!
DWD Longhorns is a working ranch that raises Texas Longhorns. The Seco Valley Ranch is their guesthouse, and if you’re looking for a quiet and secluded location where you can live the life of a rancher, then this is the place for you. The Seco Valley Ranch comprises 1883 low-fenced acres in the Hill Country of Medina County, 13 miles southwest of Tarpley, Texas. The terrain diverges from rough and brushy limestone hills to open pasture broken by live oak motts with plenty of underbrush.
Beginning June 1, 2021, DWD Longhorns is offering cabin rental for agro-tourism, including a quiet retreat for writers, Plein Air painters, birdwatchers, wildlife photography, housing for equestrians (BYOH), and off-trail hikers wanting to explore the Texas Hill Country. Birdwatching in this area, particularly in the late spring, is immensely rewarding—over 75 species during the May 2020 Cornell Lab Global Birding Day. Expect to see Painted Buntings, Vermillion Flycatchers, Lesser Goldfinches, Golden-Fronted Woodpeckers, and other native species. Learn more here.
Scurlock Farms consist of rural, luxury vacation rental homes on the San Gabriel River. It’s all about absorbing nature’s peace and serenity while relaxing and chilling indoors or having fun outdoors. Explore the terrain through hiking, animal watching, and other activities.
Scurlock Farms is also a working farm. Throughout the year, guests can join multiple activities, from baling hay, harvesting pecans, witnessing calves being born, and a whole lot more! They feature a kitchen garden that guests can use and a vegetable patch to pick various organically grown vegetables for dinner. In addition, there’re many lush golf courses within 15 miles of Scurlock Farms. Read more about Scurlock Farms here.
The Double J Cattle Company is situated on a 30-acre ranch located in Beeville, Texas. They grow their herbs, vegetables and harvest their honey. There are always exciting things happening around this ranch. Their premier cabins are as follows:
Cabin by the Pond: This cabin is located on a small pond, stocked for fishing, and is ideal for a romantic getaway.
Cabin by the Creek: Established in 2020, Cabin by the Creek is located on a dry creek bed that supplies water to a large pond during wet weather. It is a rustic but elegant getaway cabin.
Cabin by the Oaks: Coming up in 2021, the Cabin by the Oaks, is their largest one. This cabin accommodates 5-6 individuals. It is nestled in old oaks, overlooking a pond and pasture. More information and details are here.
BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch offers relaxation and tranquility just about an hour from Houston. This B&B is open for romantic getaways and outdoor weddings, retreats, events, and family reunions. This magical place is also a 500-acre working ranch where guests can enjoy the simple life by interacting with animals, exploring the area and lakes, stargazing, or do nothing but focus on relaxing. Beautiful historic houses and cabins are dotted throughout the ranch for a peaceful, relaxing stay. If you want to amp the ranch experience, try horseback riding, trap shooting, boating, archery, and catch & release fishing. At BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, equestrians of all skill levels can give horseback riding a go. BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is the perfect setting for fun-filled Texas family vacations! Read more about the ranch here.
B2 Ranch is a functioning cattle ranch in Buffalo, situated in Texas’ Post Oak Savannah Region. It boasts a fine mixture of woods and open pastures and is nicely watered with several springs, creeks, ponds, and a lake. Wildlife is plentiful – even on a ride or hike, you are likely to see whitetail deer, ducks, mourning dove, or even a bobcat or coyote. There is great fishing for largemouth bass and panfish, particularly fly fishing from kayaks. Hiking, biking, and even jogging along the roads is incredibly invigorating, and there is a pleasant sheltered picnic area near the lake to rest. The B2 Ranch Lake cabin is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin overlooking a 3-acre lake.
Staying at B2 Ranch, visitors even have access to two kayaks, a canoe, and a flat-bottom boat, along with paddles and life jackets. If B2 Ranch is the one for you and your family, click here to book now!
The Texan allure beckons now more than ever. Spoilt for choice, we already know which farm stay we are headed to for a much-needed tranquil getaway. Do you?