Resorts with working farms
Take the farm-to-table trend just a bit further at these resorts featuring functioning farms and gardens on the property.
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, has been practicing ecotourism since before it was cool. Opened in 2004, the 4,000-acre, 15-bungalow escape combines tree farming and reforestation with traditional agriculture. Set on a backdrop of stunning ocean views at a private beach, guests at Morgan's Rock work for their meals at the community farm by milking cows, gathering eggs and even assisting at the on-property organic shrimp farm. After meals of the freshest food imaginable, guests partake in a variety of activities, including surfing, mountain biking, guided horseback riding, fishing and kayaking.
Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa
Less than two hours from New York City lies a refined, charming, 19th-century inn within the Hudson River Valley. Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa is the definition of rustic elegance, with 75 acres of farmland and lush gardens, luxurious guestrooms and guesthouses, a full-service spa and the 10-acre Millstone Farm. Millstone Farm grows a wide variety of organic herbs, vegetables and fruits that are used in the property's Henry's restaurant and is home to heritage-breed chickens, Angora goats, llamas, peacocks and alpacas. Even the spa gets involved with the farm to (massage) table trend through the use of the Babor line of products, which uses organic fruits, vegetables and herbs to nurse skin back to health.
Once described as "America's Eden" by Town & Country magazine, Blackberry Farm sure does seem like a slice of heaven. At the 9,200-acre Relais & Chateaux resort nestled into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, farming is a way of life. Blackberry Farm prides itself on giving guests an authentic experience with the land of Appalachia, including knowing exactly where the food at their celebrated culinary program comes from. Nearly all ingredients served in Blackberry Farm's dining establishments, or those preserved and then sold at the gift shop, are grown, raised or cultivated on site. We mean everything, as the resort is home to not only a livestock-full farm and plentiful garden, but a cheese room, butcher shop, orchard and resident beekeeper. Guests have the opportunity to delve into farm life with the "Day in the life of the Master Gardener" program, where they spend time with Blackberry Farm's Master Gardener John Coykendall learning about sowing, harvesting, and seed saving. Cooking demonstrations are also offered, where guests prepare a three-course meal with one of the chefs, centered around produce they gather themselves in the gardens.
Glenburn Tea Estate
Sometimes farming isn't about growing what you eat, it's about growing what you drink. At Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India, guests are invited to take part in the Tea Experience at the plantation — learning how tea is grown and manufactured as well as exploring the aroma and flavors of different varieties through a tasting session. The culinary program at Glenburn Tea Estate matches the uniqueness of the beverage program, as fresh herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables are all grown on property. Nestled in the Himalayas, above the banks of the River Rungeet, the plantation is comprised of two luxury bungalows that each contain four suites, a grand dining room, fireplaces, verandas and much more.