New York City may be at its most appealing in the summertime (picnic in Central Park, anyone?) – but that doesn't mean you can't justify a long weekend in the country. Even if you're not quite cut out for life in the stables, that fresh air is bound to do you good. Here, three upstate farm B&Bs for an affordable escape from the hustle and bustle:
Satisfy all your dietary needs at Humble Hill Lodge, a 170-acre organic farm in Spencer, NY that offers gluten-free and vegan options for every meal. When guests aren't browsing the garden's near-hundred varieties of wildflowers or plucking fresh peaches off the tree, they can laze out on the front yard's tree swing or head into the kitchen for an informal cooking class. From $85 per night; about 90 minutes from Ithaca.
For Retired Professors
If you prefer more of a woodsy feel, the intimate Brookton Hollow Farm is a fantastically remote hideout, tucked away on a 135-acre organic farm near Cornell University. Despite its pastoral surroundings – the property encloses a six-mile-long creek – the house's three rooms are equipped with air conditioning and high-speed Wifi. More to love: Solar panels help keep Brookton a notch or two above other B&Bs when it comes to sustainability. From $105 per night.
For Animal Lovers
A farm stay isn't complete without a dozen different kinds of fuzzy, furry, or feathered creatures pattering about. That's why Farm Sanctuary, a 175-acre property in Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region, has remained so popular with animal lovers over the years. Like a scene out of Noah's Ark, more than 500 rescued farm animals – including pigs, sheep, chickens, goats, geese, cattle, and wild turkeys – roam the property in bliss. Guests can choose from several on-site cabins for an overnight stay, and pets, it goes without saying, are welcome. From $120 per night.