The popular website, www.bedandbreakfast.com, has listings of over 4,000 bed and breakfasts in the United States and Canada with the top ten states, by number of bed and breakfasts: California (804), Massachusetts (723), New York (508), Pennsylvania (425), Michigan (368), Maine (334), Washington (323), Texas (267), Alaska (258) and Virginia (250). This internet guide to B&Bs is currently promoting six farm-to-table B&Bs which “provide a fix of the fluffiest eggs from the farm with the creamiest homemade cheese.” Accommodations in a B&B have certain advantages over a stay in a hotel, often including the ability to crack open a window and breathe fresh air in lieu of air recirculated by a hotel’s HVAC system, friendly hosts and in this instance, a special meal where the guest can enjoy knowing where the breakfast foods come from.
Four of the B&Bs are located in the western part of the United States: (1) Sakurra Ridge Farm & Lodge in Hood River, Oregon; (2) Tierra Soul Urban Farmhouse in Portland, Oregon (3) Harmony Farm & Guesthouse in Moab (Grand County), Utah; and (4) Apple Garden Cottage in Tomales (Marin County), California. The other two B&Bs with farm-to-table breakfasts that “don’t get any fresher” are in Texas and North Carolina: Elm Creek Manor Luxury Spa Resort in Muenster (Cooke County), Texas and Small B&B Inn and Café in Pittsboro (Chatham County), North Carolina.
In an earlier promotion, www.bedandbreakfast.com noted its listings of 16 “working farm B&Bs.” Three are noted above: Sakurra Ridge Farm & Lodge in Hood River, Oregon, Apple Garden Cottage in Tomales, California and Portland’s Tierra Soul Urban Farmhouse. The additional 13 working farm B&Bs include three in New England: (1) Hollister Hill Farm B&B in Marshfield (Washington County), Vermont; (2) Inn at Valley Farms B & B, Cottages & Farmhouse in Walpole (Cheshire County), New Hampshire; and (3) The Spirit Horse Farm in Kent (Litchfield County), Connecticut. Two of the working farm B&Bs are in Pennsylvania: Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville (Lehigh County), Pennsylvania and Pheasant Run Farm B&B in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Two are in the southern United States: The Barn Loft at Willowdale Farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and the Social Goat B&B in Atlanta, Georgia, and one in the midwest: Rainbow Ridge Farms B&B in Onalaska (La Crosse County), Wisconsin. The remaining two in the United States are Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mango Sunset B&B Inn at Lyman Kona Coffee Farms in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Three of the 16 working farm B&Bs are located outside the United States: (1) Elm Tree Farm B&B in Oliver (Okanagan region), British Columbia, Canada; (2) Agriturismo Le Caggiole in Montepulciano, Italy; and (3) Paua Bay Farmstay in Akaroa, New Zealand.
This informative internet guide also has promoted “10 Farm Stay Inns“, none of which appear on the two lists above. Four are in the northeastern United States: (1) Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton in the Hudson Valley of New York; (2) Cold Moon Farm B&B in Jamaica (Windham County), Vermont; (3) the Inn at Westwynd Farm in Hummelstown (Dauphin County), Pennsylvania, and (4) Wolverton Inn in Stockton (Hunterdon County), New Jersey. Two are in the midwest: the Inn at Irish Hollow & Country English Cottages in Galena (Jo Daviess County), Illinois and Orchard House B&B in Granville, Ohio (near Columbus in Licking County), and two are in California: A Little Organic Farm & Cottages in Templeton (San Luis Obispo County) and Glendeven Inn Mendocino in Little River. The remaining two of the “10 Farm Stay Inns” are Southern Grace B&B in Brandenburg (Meade County), Kentucky and Southern Rose Ranch in Chappell Hill (halfway between Austin & Houston in Washington County), Texas.
(Frank W. Barrie 11/10/14)