Pet-Friendly Farm Stays for You and Your "Farmhound"

Posted by Billy Francis

This article was updated in August 2021.

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.

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Farm Stay Cottage in Nature

Occidental, CA
"You take the hammock, I'll take the tree." Photo by Airbnb

Find peace and quiet at Shanti's Redwood Cottage in Occidental, CA. Relax in the hammock while your dog finds a spot under a shady tree in the fenced backyard, soak away the day in the hot tub or help your hosts feed the resident farm animals like Cosmo the llama, a Blackbelly sheep, chickens and ducks. When darkness falls, turn your eyes to the sky and stargaze the night away.

Nightly rates start at $271.

Good Karma Micro-Dairy

Russell, KS
"Lie? I’m a cat." Photo by Airbnb

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 $82.

Great Goat Get-Away

Gray, ME
GOAT - greatest of all time. Photo by Airbnb

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 $149.

Historic Blue Ridge Farm

Sperryville, VA
"This is snow fun!" Photo by VRBO

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 $446.

Non-Profit Farm Animal Sanctuary

Vista, CA
Noisy neighbor! Photo by Airbnb

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.

"I’m not playing in this dog park!" Photo by Airbnb

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 grab a brew at Tie & Timber Beer Company.

Nightly rates start at $82.

Dave’s Milk Barn

High Falls, NY
"I thought I knew where I was going …" Photo by Airbnb

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 $94.

Wine Down Ranch

Prineville, OR
The Four Musketeers! Photo by Airbnb

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 $99.

Liberty Farms

Osceola, IA
"It’s ‘ice’ to meet you!" Photo by Airbnb

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.

Farm Home on 12 Acres

Corona, SD
"They might be bigger than us, but can they bark?" Photo by Airbnb

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 $265.

Moonshine Bend

Deep Gap, NC
"Who says you need a beach to sunbathe?" Photo by VRBO

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 $189.

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