Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Frommer's (publishers of numerous travel guides and the travel website frommers.com) featured farm stays in the article "Back to Basics with Agritourism and Farm Vacations Across the U.S." It's great to see an article like this. Two points though: 1. I've seen many similar articles published in the last 5 years, and they usually mention the same 5-10 farms. There are so many other farm stays out there that deserve attention! You can find lots of them through the state agritourism links to the right. 2. The author writes, "there are what are called 'gentlemen's farms' that generally cater to those who enjoy the seemingly more masculine pursuits of hunting, fishing, and horse-riding." But "gentleman's farms" don't actually have anything to do with "masculine pursuits." The term is just another phrase for describing a hobby farm. In other words, the owner farms for pleasure rather than economics. Both "hobby farm" and "gentlemen's farm," I think, are a bit antiquated.