$150 per room for two nights; open year-round; sshomestead.org
Great for Food Enthusiasts… Philo Apple Farm (Philo, California)
While most farms produce things to eat, true food lovers will doubly appreciate the labors of Tim and Karen Bates, who run this small working orchard in Anderson Valley, California. Their family, which originally owned the famous French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley, sought to leave the fray and purchased this apple farm over 20 years ago. Though much of the land is used as a commercial orchard, visitors can sleep in airy cottages among the fruit trees and learn old family recipes at the farm's cooking school. Guests can spend the days gathering eggs or herbs for class, or just hang out. Stays come with a simple breakfast served with the farm's own juices and jams.
$175-$250 per room, per night; main season February through Thanksgiving; philoapplefarm.com
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