Whether you consider yourself more of a city mouse or a country mouse, we all need to get away sometimes. Spending time in nature is a great way to relax and unwind, but camping isn’t for everyone. Why not try a stay at one of these charming farms and ranches in Florida? There’s plenty to see and do, and you can enjoy rustic lodging without really roughing it.
1. Lady Hawk Farm, Inverness
How would you like to wake up and make breakfast with a few farm-fresh eggs before spending the day horseback riding on the edge of the Withlacoochee State Forest? Then unwind with a soak in the jacuzzi or s'mores around the fire. (10542 S Forestline Ave, Inverness, FL 34452)
2. Hope Hall Farm, Reddick
You will love the peace and quiet on this picturesque horse farm just minutes from Ocala. Visitors are welcome to watch the daily horse training or enjoy the pool, tennis courts and volleyball courts. (13010 NW 90th Ave, Reddick, FL 32686)
3. The Smoakhouse Ranch, Branford
This historic property in North Florida is a real 22-acre working farm. Explore the forest trails, go for a swim, grill out, or just relax on the front porch. Guests can also take a day trip to the charming town of High Springs and go tubing at Ichetucknee Springs, which is only minutes away.
4. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Ranch, Lake Wales
Westgate River Ranch specializes in upscale cabin and glamping experiences (which are pricier than some of the places on this list,) but there's plenty to do here, including a rodeo, horseback riding, crap shooting, a petting zoo, and plenty of other resort activities.
5. Paradise Farms, Homestead
You will fall in love with the enchanting tropical scenery at this South Florida property, complete with 5 acres of organic farm with a natural pool, located near Everglades and Biscayne national parks, Schnebly's Winery and Knaus Berry Farm. (19801 SW 320th St, Homestead, FL 33030)
6. The Griffin Ranch, Fort McCoy
These lovely cabins and cottages surrounded by ponds and prairies will take you back to Old Florida. Its location in Central Florida is convenient to many of our prettiest natural attractions, including several springs. (11932 E Hwy 316, Fort McCoy, FL 32134)
7. Cypress House Bed & Breakfast Ranch, Bushnell
At this peaceful retreat, you can take a riding lesson, wander down the country roads, or rock the day away on the porch. (5175 CR 631 C, Bushnell, FL 33513)
Have you ever stayed at any of these farms and ranches? Do you know of any other unique places to stay in Florida?