By: Kim-Marie Evans, Luxury Travel Mom
The fresh scent of flowers and tree-ripened pears of Pear Blossom Agave can bring out the farmer in anyone. So why not indulge, in style? A trip to a working farm, with luxury accommodations among the orchards and fields, is clearly in order. The new trend of agritourism has gone decidedly upscale. No need to sacrifice creature comforts to get back to the land. Book a stay in Tuscany, Provence or even the Caribbean for an experience that’s part luxe resort, part hands-on farm.
Here you’ll get your hands dirty foraging for your next meal. Pull organic beets from the earth, pick ripened fruit from the trees and let the on-site chef help you create your next meal from your fresh fare. Although modern supermarkets have separated us from the fragrance of the earth’s bounty, a return to Mother Nature is a reminder that fruit gives off its sweetest scent at peak ripeness.
After a day of working the land, retreat to a sumptuously-appointed suite for a nap or massage. A massage en suite can be a great way to work out the shoulder kinks from a day in the fields. Count on the spas to use locally harvested ingredients in scrubs and masks for a true farm-to-spa experience. Many rooms feature private pools and al fresco bathrooms to bring the outdoors in.
Not only are you doing yourself a favor with these authentic farm stays, but you are helping to promote a new movement in tourism, one that protects the earth for future generations and gives back to the land.