Planning Your Adventures for 2017?

Now is the time that many people begin looking forward to the year ahead with renewed hope and vigor regarding the path that their lives will take. It is a time for inner reflection. What resolutions will you make regarding the positive changes you would like to incorporate into your life this coming year? For some it may be taking more quality time with family and friends, or even just more time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. For others it might be vowing to eat healthier, be more physically active, or to be more supportive of local businesses.

Luckily, the Fields of Gold has much of what it takes to help you and yours have a happier and healthier 2017 no matter what your goals may be! Below we have taken some time to highlight four of our top winter weather farm categories – we hope this helps you beat the winter blues and start the year off right! We look forward to seeing you on the Farm Trail often in the coming year.  Happy New Year Fields of Gold fans!

On Farm Lodging

janu-nl-imagesOur “On Farm Lodging” establishments are super popular all year, but make an especially cozy, unique and memorable winter weather get away. Whether you are looking for the real farm experience or just a relaxing break, you will find it at one of our farm B&B’s, country inns, rural retreats and farm cottages. Get up with the rooster (or not!) and go to bed when the cows come home. For a full listing of farms that offer lodging and other amenities (like llama trekking), visit our website and choose the On Farm Lodging Category. You can even filter by locality. Make your reservations now!

Experience the Farm

fort-valley-plbackgroundVisiting alpaca and llama farms, as well as going out for a horseback ride, are very popular winter pastimes on the Trail. Alpacas and llamas are not only very fun to get to know, they are quite beautiful animals that make the most incredible wool yarn. Oh, and don’t forget the toasty hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters and socks! No wonder this is such a favorite, especially among knitters, this time of year!

OR if that is not for you – Bundle up and jump on a horse! Several of our horse farms offer a variety of winter weather trail ride excursions. Most involve great views of the mountains, hot cocoa, a possible sunset picnic and more. Show your local businesses some love and don’t forget your camera!

Farm to Table Dining

teaWinter is all about comfort food and boy do our Farm to Table restaurants and cafes have you covered! Not only are they a great place to stay warm and cozy during this chilly season, they are the best way to indulge in the locally grown cuisine that is so plentiful here in the Shenandoah Valley! Support your local food growers while treating your pallet to something delicious (and probably pretty healthy too). Make this one of your New Years resolutions in 2017. Bon Appetit! 

Wineries & Breweries

brothersWine and beer are full of nutrients, high in antioxidants, have been known to reduce stress in moderation and should be a part of every adults New Years Resolutions!

You do not have to journey to the Napa Valley to have high quality wine. We have award winning wines and craft beers right here in the Shenandoah Valley! Did you know that Virginia is listed as one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world? Go out and learn how wine, ciders, and craft beers are made! Cheers!