Agritourism has become a buzzword of sorts — in this day and age, travelers are increasingly more interested in where their food is grown and connecting with the land that provides it. Perhaps this reflects a need to unplug and enjoy a simpler way of life, but farm stays are globally on the rise. 

What is agritourism? 

Whether it is experiencing life on a working farm or ranch, mingling with animals or assisting with a wine harvest, agritourism is the chance to escape your daily routine and immerse yourself in the world of a local farming experience. 

From an organic vineyard in Chile to a ranch in Nebraska and a farm in South Africa, we have compiled a few of the most incredible farm stays around the world. 

This modernist hotel is designed to be a surreal, aesthetic experience from the barrel aging rooms to guest bathrooms © Courtesy of the Vik Hotel

VIK Hotel & Winery in Chile

A stunning boutique hotel with 22 uniquely-themed rooms, VIK Hotel & Winery is located in Chile’s Millahue Valley only two hours south of Santiago. Not only do you have access to the surrounding wine country, but there is also an on-site vineyard and winery, Vina VIK. And you don’t need to limit yourself to just imbibing the wine when you can also assist in winemaking from beginning to end – from harvesting the grapes to participating in the fermentation process. Meals are prepared with local ingredients whenever possible and reflect the luxurious experience of this eco-conscious property.

7 stunning hotels where you’ll sleep behind glass walls

A canvas glamping tent at Willow-Witt Ranch in Ashland, Oregon is outfitted with a woodburning cast iron stove, a vintage rocking chair, and a bed covered with a antique-style quilt. A table with blue folding chairs sits on the porch, formed by a wooden platform on which the tent sits. Logs are stored underneath and a pine forest is all around.
Willow-Witt Ranch in Ashland gives visitors a taste of southern Oregon's rich agricultural heritage © Dave Baldwin / Willow-Witt Ranch

Willow-Witt Ranch in Ashland, Oregon

If you’ve ever entertained a fantasy of living off the grid, the Willow-Witt Ranch outside of Ashland is a good place for a test run. Located in the foothills of Southern Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, this rustic ranch and sustainable farm offers guests the opportunity to participate in all aspects of farm life, including gathering eggs from the chickens and tending to the garden.

For a more in-depth understanding of the area’s history, guided tours of the farm are available. Meander through the hiking trails that surround the ranch, and stop to bottle-feed the baby goats. This is glamping at its finest – and a great spot for families or a romantic adventure for couples.  

Don't miss the best of Ashland, Oregon, from literary festivals to outdoor recreation

Bright pink flowers spray at the viewer with a lavender field in the background against a bright blue sky at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, a popular agritourism destination in Albuquerque
Wildflowers abound at this historic agritourism destination in Albuquerque, New Mexico © Blaine Harrington III / Getty Images

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Imagine walking through fields of lavender, pausing to inhale the fresh scent and admire the giant cottonwood trees that surround them. This is the setting at Los Poblanos, an inn and organic farm in Albuquerque. This inn is steeped in history, and you can immerse yourself in its environment by volunteering to tend the lavender fields or with workshops on aromatherapy and herb cultivation. Although it is an incredibly busy time of the year, try to snag a reservation during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in early October. 

The best museums in Albuquerque explore the city's past and future

A pool table sits under a crystal chandelier in front of a deep purple wall decorated with a colorful illustration of tropical plants. A white midcentury modern chair sits in the corner and white French doors sit at the far end of the pool table
The Jan Thiel Lodge blends elements of agritourism with the swimming pools and tropical vibes you'd expect from a Caribbean vacation © Courtesy of Jan Thiel Lodge

Plantation Jan Thiel Lodge in Curaçao

At this guest house on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, guests are invited to roam the lush grounds of Landhuis Jan Thiel and to indulge in homemade breakfasts of omelet that are seasoned with herbs grown in the garden. Take a dip in one of the property’s two pools, and don’t be surprised if Olivia, the owner’s pet sheep, strolls by with one of its canine siblings in tow. This is island living at its best, so relax in the hammock and enjoy the ocean breeze. Or, take a morning stroll to the Salt Lakes, a nearby nature reserve and breeding ground for flamingos.

7 reasons why Curaçao should be your next Caribbean vacation

Laucala Island in Fiji

Fiji’s Laucala Island offers high-end luxury in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. With its crystal-clear blue waters that are surrounded by over 3000 acres of mountainous land, a wilderness of rainforest and coconut plantations, this is paradise personified. A private island refuge in the South Pacific, it is owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz. The island is almost fully self-sustainable and the on-site farm provides organic fruits and vegetables as well as free-range poultry and Wagyu cows. Stay in one of the island’s 25 villas and celebrate their “farm to fork” philosophy that is integrated in each of their meals.

Don’t leave Fiji without visiting these national parks and marine sanctuaries

The brick ruins of an ornate Italianate villa overlooks trimmed hedges and flower gardens at this Adairsville agritourism destination
The ruins of an old Italianate village are one of the centerpieces of this atmospheric agritourism destination in Adairsville, Georgia © Thomas Barrat / Shutterstock

Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia, USA

From the moment you drive through the ornate gates of the Barnsley Resort in northwest Georgia, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. Located on 3000 acres in a woodland setting surrounded by elaborate gardens, this resort offers all of the luxuries of a Southern estate with the amenities that accompany them, such as a Fazio-designed golf course, shooting grounds and a spa. Enjoy their outdoor “garden-to-table” forest dinners featuring ingredients like farm-grazed beef and locally-foraged mushrooms. While exploring the grounds, you can spend time with a whole range of animals including horses, pigs, sheep, chickens and donkeys.

10 beautiful Georgia hikes to keep you busy from winter to summer

A spacious, rustic great room at Fattoria Barbialla Nuova features midcentury modern minimalist furniture, rustic farmhouse beams overhead, a child's wooden rocking horse, and a red hat sitting on the sofa
Caring for Chianina cattle and finding white truffles are just two of the specialties you can experience first hand at this Italian agritourism destination © Fattoria Barbialla Nuova

Fattoria Barbialla Nuova in Tuscany, Italy

As you make your way up the winding roads to Fattoria Barbialla Nuova in Tuscany, you will discover a world of charm and tranquility that exists among apricot orchards and a large bio-sensitive farm that is known for Chianina cattle and white truffles. Their attention to sustainability and eco-conscious practices is evident with thermal solar panels, composting and use of rainwater for both the livestock and watering of the garden. Hunt for truffles, learn the fundamentals of Italian cooking, fish, bike, and hike through the oak and poplar forests. Or, venture through the woods – the area is a refuge for deer, wild boars, hedgehogs and badgers.

This secret Italian village has the most charming olive oil harvest

The Farmer's Inn in Viroqua, Wisconsin

Life tends to move at a slower pace in Wisconsin, and the day-to-day at The Farmer’s Inn reflects that. This small dairy farm in the Ocooch area is as bucolic as they come, and when you stay at the two-story, fully-equipped pine log cabin, you will be treated to picturesque views from every angle. Visit the property’s horses, gather eggs from the chicken coop or venture over to one of the area’s many trout streams where you can fly-fish to your heart’s content. Fancy a hayride? Or roasting marshmallows around the open fire pit? You can do all of this and more at The Farmer’s Inn.

Experience the Great Lakes on one epic road trip

A white adobe building at Babylonstoren situated on a red dirt road with a small tree in the foreground and green hills in the background
Babylonstoren is one of the oldest farms still in operation at Cape Dutch © Education Images / Getty Images

Babylonstoren in South Africa

Often referred to as a Garden of Eden in the Cape Winelands of South Africa, Babylonstoren has roots that date as far back as 1692. It is also home to a historic hotel and a majestic garden that was modeled after the renowned Company’s Garden in Cape Town. Tours of this garden are available, or you can get your hands dirty by volunteering to plant, harvest, prune and mulch the land. After a hard day’s work, reward yourself with a glass of wine at the on-site tasting room, or dine at one of the property’s three restaurants. We recommend Greenhouse, which serves its food picnic-style in wooden crates.

The 11 most incredible national parks in South Africa for wildlife, hiking and more

A white and brown bull with long horns stands in a snowy meadow in Nebraska at Our Heritage Guest Ranch
In addition to wildlife experiences, you can get acquainted with livestock at many agritourism destinations © Our Heritage Guest Ranch / Lonely Planet

Our Heritage Guest Ranch in Crawford, Nebraska

In the pine-covered hills of northwest Nebraska is Our Heritage Guest Ranch, which was first farmsteaded in 1887. The owners invite guests to immerse themselves in ranch life by assisting with ranch tasks such as fixing fences, feeding livestock and helping to move cattle to different parts of the land. Indulge your inner cowgirl or cowboy by riding the surrounding trails on horseback, and take in the spectacular sunsets which make a daily appearance here. A National Natural Landmark, it is surrounded by the Oglala National Grasslands and next to Toadstool Park— two areas that are ripe for exploration.

You might also like: 
The best US dude ranches to live like a cowboy
10 charming farm stay vacations in the US
Top vegan hotels from around the world

Safety recommendations and restrictions during a pandemic can change rapidly. Lonely Planet recommends that travelers always check with local authorities for up-to-date guidance before traveling during Covid-19.

This article was first published Dec 27, 2019 and updated Mar 16, 2022.

Explore related stories

Cobblestoned Chalmers Street and historic buildings in Charleston, South Carolina or Forsyth Park fountain with tourists in Savannah, Georgia.

Art and Culture

Savannah vs Charleston: which Southern city should you visit?

Jul 22, 2024 • 7 min read