The Best Family-Friendly California Farm Stays to Book Now

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If collecting fresh eggs from a chicken coop or cuddling up with a cow sounds like the perfect family vacation, you’re in luck: California is teeming with family farm stays ready to welcome steadfast urbanites for a little country mouse-style R&R. From feeding giraffes on the Mendocino Coast to giddying-up like a Cowboy outside Joshua Tree, you’ll be sure to find total barnyard bliss at one of these California farm stays.


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Family-Friendly Farm Stays in Southern California

 

Lucerne Valley, CA: Flip Flop Ranch

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Located about two hours from DTLA, this 40-acre ranch proudly invites urbanites to lose the bustle of the modern day and slow down to the pace of country life. “There is a pace to life on the farm that starts with the early morning wake-up call by the rooster and the sound of the farm equipment,” says the farm’s web page, “and that ends with quiet and the total darkness at night, except for a fantastic view of the stars.” You’ll stay in a 5-bedroom upscale-rural farmhouse with a fully-stocked kitchen and noise machines in every room to block out the sounds of morning roosters (unless you want to wake up the farm’s way). 

Family Farm Perks: Mingle with the farm’s sheep and lambs, pigs and piglets, cows, chickens, cats, geese, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, goats, and horses—including a variety of endangered livestock breeds you won’t find in most American farms (the farm devotes itself to preserving these endangered breeds). In addition to exploring the farm, guests can learn how to make cheese, milk a goat (which may not be available in colder months), cuddle the farm’s baby animals, and get a taste of country life. 

Sleeps: 15 guests (5 bedrooms)
Cost: $310 per night

online: airbnb.com

Ojai, CA: Ojai Cowboy Cabin at Rancho Grande

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Go back in time to the Old West at this cowboy ranch, founded in 1875. (The cabin where you’ll be staying even has a genuine wood-burning heater for toasty nights!) Located outside the town of Ojai but still off-the-grid, the 200-acre ranch grounds includes ponds, a creek, numerous trails and a variety of farm animals and wildlife. 

Family Farm Perks: In the mornings, gather eggs from the chicken coop, and later veggies from the greenhouse. Spend your days canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking and more; and during the nights, stargaze at the sprawling dark sky. 

Sleeps: 5 guests
Cost: $750 per night

online: airbnb.com

Yucca Valley, CA: Mojave Homestead Ranch

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There’s no Wifi here at this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home, which is the perfect excuse to leave the kids’ iPads at home and and reconnect with nature. 

Family Farm Perks: Visit the animal rescue (after an orientation with the owner) and hang with the horses during a getaway to this ranch near one of our favorite National Parks, Joshua Tree National Park. Giddyup!

Sleeps: 6 guests
Cost: $145 per night

online: airbnb.com

Rainbow, CA: Morning Song Farm

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Vita L. via Yelp

A perky pair of alpacas will greet you as you enter this bustling 20-acre farm nestled in the cute town of Rainbow. All farm stays have full kitchens and are equipped with pots, pans, silverware, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, and many other small appliances. There are six options for accommodations, but we love the safari tent! It has a queen bed and two full pull-out couches. It also has a vintage kitchen and an exclusive use hot-tub. 

Family Farm Perks: Upon arrival to your room, you’ll find bagels, cream cheese, half and half for coffee or tea, butter, and the farm’s eggs. If the hens are laying, guests are welcome to gather more eggs. Choose from a roster of activities including cheese-making, hand-churning ice cream, jam, bread and butter making, chicken farming, goat interactions and more. 

Cost: $155 per night; the safari tent is $185
Sleeps: 6

online: morningsongfarm.com

Ramona, CA: Rustic Farm

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Visit this charming gem of a farm stay in Ramona where baby goats are expected mid-March! You’ll stay in a beautifully converted former working barn that is now a one-bedroom home. There’s a queen bed and queen pull-out couch to accommodate families as well as a fully stocked kitchen.

Family Farm Perks: Pick some veggies from the outdoor vintage garden to prepare in a family meal. Kids will love visiting the animal corral to feed the chickens and ducks who roam the property and love getting treats from guests. It’s a fresh farm vibe without having to go too far.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $189 per night

online: airbnb.com

 

Family-Friendly Farm Stays in Northern California

Gualala, CA: Mar Vista Farm & Cottages

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If you’re looking for serenity and an opportunity to unplug while also giving your littles the chance to feed farm animals and collect fresh eggs from the coop, this NorCal farm offers the best of both worlds—it’s located just above the cliffs of the Mendocino Coast (gorgeous views galore!) and alongside the region’s looming redwood tree forests. That means you and your peace-seeking clan can explore the tide pools in the morning and hike wooded trails in the afternoon; feel the ocean breezes all day and see starlit skies all night—with not a TV screen to be found (the farm likes to encourage guests to disconnect from the bustle of everyday life, so there are no TVs in the cottages).

Family Farm Perks: The farm offers daily “Chicken Chats” and “Goat Gabs” to meet and learn about the resident hens and goats. Other activities include gardening classes among the property’s 20+ fruit, herb and vegetable gardens; outdoor yoga and meditation classes; a soaking tub; and local tide pool exploration. At day’s end, kids will love winding down with s’mores by the fire. 

Sleeps: Each cottage varies in occupancy, with family cottages accommodating two adults and three children
Cost: $325-$350 per night for family cottages; $215-$290 for two-person cottages

Online: marvistafarmandcottages.com

Marshall, CA: Artistic Farmhouse

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This farmhouse retreat is just a three-minute walk to pristine Tomales Bay beaches. Here, you’ll enjoy views of Point Reyes National Seashore while you soak in your own private outdoor hot tub.

Family Farm Perks: Take a stroll around the property to see the llamas and sheep—as well as deer and wild turkey—that call this 23-acre seaside oasis home. Nick’s Cove and Hog Island Oysters are within minutes paddle. Wineries are a short drive. So don’t forget to bring your kayak, PFD and oyster knife. 

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $356 per night

online: airbnb.com 

 

Bodega, CA: Patty’s Farm Stay

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Located 10 minutes from the town of Bodega Bay, made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, you can spend the night on a sustainably-farmed goat ranch where they have been making nationally-acclaimed goat cheese for 37 years. Enjoy stunning views, a fabulous garden and a variety of animals.

Family Farm Perks: Your visit can include a tour, cheese tasting and even full breakfast. 

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $130 per night

online: airbnb.com

Point Arena, CA: Chapel Cottage

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The kids will be delighted when you bring them to stay at one of the cottages on the B. Bryan Preserve that is chock full African antelope, zebra and giraffe, along with eclectic lodging, on the beautiful Mendocino coast. For more fun family-friendly activities, read all about B. Bryan and all the other Mendocino activities there is to do with kids

Family Farm Perks: Take a tour to meet the animals and then enjoy your time in the cottage or hot tub. 

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $285 per night

Online: airbnb.com 

Big Sur, CA: Goat Farm

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This stunning farm with ocean views near Big Sur loves to host families with kids of all ages. The cabin is a spacious two bedrooms with a full kitchen along with a washer and dryer plus extra sleeping space in the loft. 

Family Farm Perks: Each morning the day begins by milking the goats, making cheese, checking the troughs and watering the gardens. In spring months the pens are full of baby goats.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: 
$650 per night

online: airbnb.com

Paicines, CA: Bar SZ Ranch

Allie Y. via Yelp

Set in a valley filled with iconic California oak trees and golden hills with views of the surrounding mountains, the owners call the ranch “a unique experience with grit.” Bar SZ Ranch is a real, working farm (five hours north of LA and two hours south of San Francisco) in the breathtaking hills of San Benito county. Run by an active family of five who decided to devote their lives to ranch life, the stunning 2,200-acre property is a perfect place for families to get a taste of country life. Accommodations include the Ranch House, a 4,500 square-foot home with a detached apartment and pool house as well as a wraparound porch, lush yard, outdoor fireplaces and more; and the Log Cabin, a 1,900 square foot, 3 bedroom home with views of the surrounding pastures and mountains. 

Family Farm Perks: Horse-loving kiddos will want to take a trail ride or riding lesson—both of which are easy to arrange and include lessons on how to brush and take care of the horses. If you are an early riser, meet up with a farm hand to feed the horses and cattle. All in all, the ranch is home to 10 horses, 60 cows, 3 mini horses, 3 donkeys, 7 wild mustangs in training, 4 sheep, 2 does and 2 kits, 1 calf, 6 cats, 1 dog, and several bunnies and guinea pigs—with many of them ready for a pats and cuddles! Kids of all ages will love getting a taste of ranch life and helping out with the workload. And what Wild West day would be complete without roasting marshmallows by the fire? 

Sleeps: 6-8+
Cost: $2,000 per night (plus a $500 cleaning fee) for the Ranch House; $1,250 per night (plus a $250 cleaning fee) for The Log Cabin

online: barszranch.com

Fremont, CA: Mission Peak Ranch

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For a farm stay of a different sort, book a weekend at Mission Peak Ranch. And while you’re there, don’t miss out on a visit to “One Tree Hill,” a hilltop nook just made for sunset viewing, with sweeping views of San Francisco, East Bay, and parts of South Bay. A bottle of the vineyard’s estate wine will be waiting for you upon arrival. 

Family Farm Perks: This 150-acre estate nestled into the hills north of San Jose boats a private lake (fishing and canoeing are encouraged!) as well as hiking trails, a basketball court, a trampoline, a swimming pool, and a stable with rescue horses. 

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $514 per night

online: airbnb.com 

Family-Friendly Farm Stays in Central California

Paso Robles: Kindred Oak Farm

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Kindred Oak Farm via Yelp

Seeking an adventure-filled visit for the whole family? Kindred Oak Farm offers a one-of-a-kind farm stay experience catered to your needs, right in the heart of Paso Robles. To accommodate a family-style getaway, its newest premier suite, The Oaks, is conveniently adjoined to the Bunk Room. The Bunk Room Features two bunks, each fitted with two full-sized beds over a twin pull-out, and can accommodate up to ten young guests, although it is most comfortable for four to six guests. Depending on the size of your group or family, they can find the right configuration of rooms for your stay.

Family Farm Perks: Don’t be fooled by the “farm” namesake; Kindred Oak offers plenty of creature comforts, including cozy hotel robes, a full breakfast spread and immaculate accommodations with plush bedding and upscale decor. If you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to a chuckwagon pancake breakfast served in Kindred Oak’s outdoor kitchen, where the long, family-style farm table is the perfect setting for a warm spring morning under the oaks. Make sure to wander the 20-acre grounds and visit all the critters. The kids will love brushing the baby cows, feeding the goats and chickens, and nuzzling up to the Great Pyrenees pups. During the day, take the family to the “Gather Garden” to pick and arrange your own bouquets from a vast variety of unique, organic blooms.

Sleeps: 4-10
Cost: Prices are seasonal and vary for weekdays vs. weekends The range is from $350-$495 per night.

online: kindredoakfarm.com

Atascadero, CA: Wildwood Cottage

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Enjoy a little bit of farm life at this 3-bedroom, 2-bath cottage on three acres. The property, a former schoolhouse, has its very own playground, plus a climbing tree, hammock and hammock swing.

Family Farm Perks: While you’re exploring the outdoor area, you might just run into sheep, a pig and chickens and more friendly four-legged friends who call the property home. There’s also a seasonal garden where kids can pick blueberries, tomatoes, and other fruits and veggies (depending on the time of year).

Sleeps: 6-8+
Cost: From $278 per night

online: airbnb.com

San Luis Obispo, CA: Marfarm

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It’s hard to believe that the photos don’t do this place justice—it’s actually even better in person! The decor of this converted horse stable and dairy barn is rustic yet refined, and the setting stunning (picture rolling hills and groves of fruit trees for miles). 

Family Farm Perks: While you enjoy the serene, immaculate accommodations and 360 degree views, your kids can explore the grounds, which include a bocce ball court, resident animals and more.

Sleeps: 
Cost: $1,126 per night 

Online: airbnb.com

—Kate Loweth, Shannan Rouss, Beth Shea & Melissa Heckscher

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