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A Week in the Country: Try an Agri-Tourism Adventure This Year
A Different Kind of Vacation
Airfares are high. Gas prices are soaring. Many people are cancelling their vacations and making plans to clean out their closets or watch two weeks of daytime TV.
Don't despair! You can still have a memorable vacation without breaking the bank. Consider an exciting new travel option called agri-tourism.
Things to Do in the Country
Agri-tourism opportunities are as varied as tourists. A few of the many activities offered include
- Winery tours and wine tasting parties
- Romantic B and Bs
- bike rides on country roads
- guided hikes on peaceful trails
- horseback rides, hayrides, and carriage rides
- cattle drives
- tours of working farms
- seasonal photography expeditions led by famous pro-shooters
- art studio tours and gallery openings
- music festivals in the fields
- farmers' markets
- county fairs
- agricultural museums and living history projects
- restaurant jaunts featuring fresh local produce
- local harvest festivals
- small-town old-fashioned parades and Fourth of July Celebrations
- folk art workshops
- writing workshops with agricultural themes
- ecology preservation tours
- organic gardening workshops
- regional cooking workshops
- plein air painting by the side of the road
- visiting a pick-it-yourself orchard and coming home with bagsful of fresh summer fruit (warning--unless you pay for this priviledge at a special farm, picking fruit from an orchard is theft, and will be prosecuted.)
Some Useful Links
- Agri-tourism World
This site provides links to information about agri-tourism all over the Web. Use it to find the perfect vacation close to home.
- Agri-tourism on Wikipedia
For basic information about the subject, and a few links, try this online encyclopedia entry.
- Farms as Attractions and Entertainment
Get more information about this fast-growing industry in this article.
- Agri-tourism in Colorado
This site provides links to wineries, farms, and community resources that will help you plan a farm or ranch vacation in Colorful Colorado.
- Denver Post Article about Agri-tourism in the State
Agritourism in New York State
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