When I think of farms, I don’t necessarily think of the rustic, country-house kind. Maybe it’s the smell of freshly turned earth or the sight of a whitewashed house with lively green pastures in the background. The type of farm immediately comes to mind is probably something more like organic or artisanal—a homestead where you can sample fresh local produce at breakfast and see cows grazing at lunch. But even though farming isn’t necessarily my thing (eek!), there are plenty of places in Wisconsin where you can spend the night at a family-owned farm and experience agriculture from an authentic perspective. These farm stays are precisely that—sleeping on a local farm so that you can experience life from the family farmer’s point of view. So what are you waiting for? Here are our recommendations for farm stays in the area!
Northome Farm Stay
The Northome Farm Stay is a homestead in the hills of Wisconsin that has been in the same family since 1873. The farm is 1,200 feet above sea level, and you can stay at their rustic farmhouse with a warm, country bed! They also offer several rustic accommodations like cabins and camping spaces, but we recommend the farmhouse because of its unique location and historic charm.
Olde Starving Homestead
Olde Starving Homestead is located in West Salem, Wisconsin—just 20 minutes from Madison and an hour from Chicago. This authentic farm stay offers several different types of accommodations: a cozy cabin for two people, a small apartment for up to four guests (with one bedroom), or a large home with four bedrooms. All these options come with your private bathroom and access to their shared kitchen, so you don’t have to go far for breakfast or dinner!
Homestead Inns & Suites B&B Farmstay in Oconomowoc County, WI
The Homestead Inns & Suites B&B Farmstay is located just outside Oconomowoc County and only 15 minutes from the city center! You can choose from either the Homestead Inn or the Suites Inn for your stay at this authentic homestead—both have three rooms (two queen beds) and an outdoor pool. They also offer a variety of farm-inspired activities like milking (in season) and cheese making, as well as a farm tour on Sunday mornings.
Eau Claire Homestead Farm Stay
Eau Claire Homestead Farm Stay is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin—just one hour north of Madison! They offer their guests the chance to stay on their 100-acre property with access to their private suite or cabin for two people. In addition to the remote suite/cabin, they also have a rustic place for up to four people or an apartment for six. The farm stay has a small kitchenette and shared bathroom, but guests are welcome to use the kitchen and full kitchen in the main house if needed.
Maple Grove Inn Bed and Breakfast, Maple Grove
Maple Grove Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Maple Grove, Wisconsin—just 15 minutes from Madison! They offer a variety of different rooms to choose from, including the Bunkhouse (a private room with bunk beds), the Log Cabin (a rustic cabin with a full kitchen), or the Log Cabin Suite (a rustic suite with two bedrooms). All these options come with your private bathroom and access to their shared kitchen, so you don’t have to go far for breakfast or dinner!
Countryside Farm Hostel and Bed & Breakfast, Prairie du Sac
Countryside Farm Hostel and Bed & Breakfast are located in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin—just 25 minutes from Madison! This authentic farm stay comes with several options for guests: a rustic cabin for up to four people, a large house with four bedrooms, or a cabin that sleeps up to six people. They also have an outdoor pool and access to their shared kitchen. If you’re interested in staying at this farm stay during their bison season, be sure to check out their website for more info on this unique experience!
The Homestead at Mill Creek Farmstay & Cottages, Cedarburg
The Homestead at Mill Creek Farmstay & Cottages is located in Cedarburg—just 30 minutes north of Milwaukee! If you’re looking for an authentic farm stay, this is the place for you! They have several options, including a rustic one-bedroom cottage, four-bedroom house, or two-bedroom house. All these rooms come with your private bathroom and access to their shared kitchen.
When you’re looking to book your next farm stay, be sure to consider a few of these options. Each of these farms is unique in its way and will offer something different than the other. Many of them have outdoor pools and hot tubs you can use during your stay.