If searching for the right place feels like trying to find a needle in a haystack, don’t wait until the cows come home to reserve a rural vacation for Fido. Whether he’s a vegan who wants to see where his dinner is grown or an equestrian trying to make new animal friends, he can put all of his eggs in the baskets of these pet-friendly farm rentals. Remember, most of these stays involve interacting with other animals. Dogs who seek solitude may prefer a secluded getaway instead.
Posted by Billy Francis
1. Good Karma Micro-Dairy
Fido can walk, talk and squawk with the animals at Good Karma Micro-Dairy in Kansas. The two house cats, three dogs, chickens, dairy goats, Jersey cows and horses on this 180-acre farm are happy to share their space with him if you’ll share some of your fresh breakfast. Guests are welcome to roam the grounds and explore miles of hiking trails. Along the way, see if your pooch can sniff out any ancient fossils that are a common sight on the property.
Nightly rates start at $79.
2. Great Goat Get-Away
Deep in the woods at Ten Apple Farm, you’ll discover a great goat get-away like no other. During your stay, meet and interact with goats, sheep, pigs and chickens. While your pup watches on, try your hand at farm chores like milking and collecting eggs. The highlight is joining the herd of goats on an awesome hike through the 17-acre forest on the property.
Nightly rates start at $120.
3. Historic Blue Ridge Farm
Adventure awaits you and your pooch at this historic Blue Ridge farm in Virginia. Spend your days roaming around 130 acres of mountain forests, pastures, gardens, ponds and historic structures, and spend your nights in a restored 19th century, two-bedroom farmhouse. Visitors are free to swim, canoe or fish in the fully stocked 3-acre pond on the property. Shenandoah National Park, one of the most pet-friendly parks in the country, is also on your doorstep.
Nightly rates start at $336.
4. Non-Profit Farm Animal Sanctuary
You and your pooch can enjoy a unique stay at a non-profit farm animal sanctuary in California. If you don’t wake up to the farmyard sound of roosters crowing, Olivia the pig or one of the goats will come by to wish you a good morning. The quirky sanctuary is home to llamas, ducks, chickens, pigs, a horse, goats and a sheep. The furry residents are all rescues, and the money collected from your stay goes toward their upkeep.
Nightly rates start at $85.
5. 1940s Farmhouse
Located near Asheville, one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S., this 1940s Farmhouse sprawls over 136 acres of farm and forestland. Take a stroll around the picturesque grounds and enjoy sweeping views of the three mountains that surround the property. The large grassy backyard is great for a game of fetch, but don’t be surprised if horses, cows or chickens join in the fun on this working farm.
Nightly rates start at $120.
6. Barn Home
Come and stay at this gorgeous barn home with your pooch. The surrounding fence and gate were installed to keep horses and chickens from escaping, but will work just as well to keep Fido inside. Take a walk around the stunning grounds and pay a visit to the horse residents before heading out to explore nearby pet-friendly caverns or simply grab a brew.
Nightly rates start at $90.
7. Dave’s Milk Barn
Dave’s Milk Barn is less weird than it sounds. Guests on two legs and four can settle into cozy digs in the old milking barn of this working farm, which was expertly renovated by master carpenter David Raponi over the course of seven years. Dogs are free to explore the rest of the farm without a leash as long as they are under voice control, and there’s even a watering hole if you know where to look. When the temperature drops in the evening, snuggle around the wood stove with your pup. Fido will have to stay grounded as the bunk beds require a ladder to reach them, but at least that means you can stretch out in bed for once.
Nightly rates start at $85.
8. Wine Down Ranch
Sometimes, you need to answer the call of the wild. Wine Down Ranch invites visitors to experience a classic dude ranch experience out West. They offer hiking, mountain biking, photography lessons, bird watching, cross-country skiing and horseback riding, all of which can be catered for canine guests to join in. Bunkhouse guests are welcome to explore as much of the 2,100-acre farm as they like, or just relax on the deck and enjoy the view.
Nightly rates start at $81.
9. Liberty Farms
Liberty Farms is a cute little hobby farm in Iowa. They specialize in rearing Angus cows and goats, but you’ll find pigs, llamas, chicken, ducks, geese and horses here, too. Fido can also get his paws dirty with a few true farm activities. If he fancies himself as a farm dog, he can help garden, harvest honey, bail hay and rescue and nurse farm babies. During the colder months, he can join you while you learn to can and pickle produce, make candles and even attempt ice fishing.
Nightly rates start at $125.
10. Farm Home on 12 Acres
Performing pups who love to show off will get a kick out of this farm home on 12 acres. The stage is set for them to bark their favorite tunes on the built-in platform outside, with electricity connected for you to provide backing guitar. You might even recruit a chorus of wild ducks, deer, owls, birds, chickens, sheep, goats, horse, cat and dog who make up the permanent house band on the property. The rest of the family can avoid the noise pollution on the walking trail that winds around the 12-acre farm.
Nightly rates start at $225.
11. Moonshine Bend
Located on the banks of Elk Creek, anglers will love Moonshine Bend. The beautiful waterway that runs through the property is stocked full of trout. Elsewhere on the grounds, you’ll find swimming holes to splash in, hiking trails to blaze, cycling, horseshoes to fling and wildlife to spot. The farm is conveniently located near Boone and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Nightly rates start at $145.
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