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Q: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   7 Comments )
Subject: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: eogeog-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 01 Nov 2005 14:59 PST
Expires: 01 Dec 2005 14:59 PST
Question ID: 587723
I would like the names and locations of bed and breakfasts or other
lodging on a working farm within a 3 hour drive of Atlanta, GA with
opportunities or a program for children to participate in farm
activites and chores. The farm should have a variety of animals.
Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 01 Nov 2005 16:42 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi eogeog,

Thank you for your question.

I performed an extensive search and have listed the information below.
 The list is not in any specific order, however I'm fairly certain the
first 2  have exactly what you are looking for.


On left side of page, click on RVs, Cabins, or Tents & Pop-Ups 

ENOTA Mountain Retreat
Enota also operates as an animal sanctuary and has over 300 family
friendly animals (chickens, bunnies, goats, cows, llamas, horses, and
more bunnies) on our farm.  Adults and children are welcome to help
with our twice daily feedings.  The duck pond in front of the lodge is
extremely popular and everyone has fun feeding the ducks.

As part of Enota charter, we are also an educational and charitable
facility.  Adults and children can visit our organic garden,
hydroelectric power plant, Cherokee ceremonial area and animal
sanctuary to learn more about the heritage of this land and

(I spoke with the owner and he frequently drives into Atlanta - which
is a 2 hour drive.  If guests wish to volunteer and help out with farm
chores they are welcome and encouraged to do so.  There's a lot of

Full kitchen in cabins.  
Lodge has breakfast in the dining room.
Outdoor kitchen on property, grocery stores near by.  

Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Highway 180
Hiawassee, GA  30546
Phone: 706-896-9966   
Toll Free: 800-990-8869
From Atlanta:  
Take I-85  North to I-985 N/Lanier Pkwy towards Gainesville (985 will
change names and change into a state highway as compared to the
interstate you were on) go to 384, it's the third (or fourth) light ,
turn left, follow to the end. Turn right again, go thru Helen (road
75), and over the mountain, as you get to the bottom of the other
side, you will cross over a small stream,  turn left onto highway 180,
go approximately three miles, you will see our sign on the left.


Serenbe Bed and Breakfast

There are more than 100 farm animals; usually a baby something to
snuggle. Hay rides and marshmallow roasts around a bonfire are a few
of the special farm activities children will remember for a lifetime.
Serenbe is a wonderful place for family reunions or small business
retreats. There is a conference room with all of the latest multimedia
equipment including a 125 inch screen with rear projection for movies
or computer presentations. A dozen computer jacks make it an excellent
spot for training sessions. Up to 30 people can be housed on-site and
there is a nearby bed and breakfast for overflow. Afternoon tea,
evening sweets and a full country breakfast are included.

There are 12 cats on the property
There are 2 dogs on the property
Other pet(s) on the property: 100 farm animals

Serenbe Bed and Breakfast and Conference Center 
10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd
Palmetto GA 30268

Nearest major city: Atlanta, GA (29 miles Southwest)
Phone:  +1-770-463-2610 
Fax:  +1-770-463-4472 


7 Creeks

Kids will love petting our dogs, goats or other farm animals and
there's always horseshoes, tetherball or a badminton game to play. A
covered picnic pavilion by the pond, floating dock, open air Chapel, a
small lending library are yours to enjoy. Several golf courses,
canoeing, river rafting, craft shops & flea markets nearby.


Robert and Mary Ellen Hernden
5109 Horseshoe Cove
Blairsville, GA 30512

Call Toll Free 1-888-241-0425
Local telephone: 706-745-4753


B&B in the 100 year old Farmhouse


Henderson Village

125 South Langston Circle
Perry GA 31069
Nearest major city: Perry, GA (8 miles North)
Directions to property:
From Atlanta, take I-75 south to exit 127. Turn right, travel approx.
1 mile to 1st intersection. Henderson Village is on the right.
Nearest major airport: Macon, GA (MCN-Lewis B. Wilson) 35 miles

Phone:  +1-478-988-8696 
Fax:  +1-478-988-9009 
Toll-free:  +1-888-615-9722 

Children are welcome (Great Place for the Kids with farm animals)


I used a combination of the following keywords:

B&B lodging inn 3 hour driving from Atlanta Georgia kids farm animals
activities chores


Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by eogeog-ga on 02 Nov 2005 08:38 PST
Thank you.  It is not clear to me that any of these locations are
actually working farms. All certainly have animal and nature
attractions, which is great, but I am specifically looking for a
working farm with farm chores for the children to do. Here is an
example of one I am familiar with in Pennsylvania: Can you find anything that is more
similar, or have I missed something and one of these offers those

Clarification of Answer by tlspiegel-ga on 02 Nov 2005 09:34 PST
Hi eogeog,

ENOTA is the first one listed.  They DO have a working farm, and there
are daily chores for everyone who wants to partipate.  Helpers are
volunteers who wish to help out.  It's not obligatory, but with over
300 animals there is a lot to do on a daily basis.  This is the way
the animal sanctuary is able to survive - with help.  All volunteer.
eogeog-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Nice answer, and very prompt, including the request for clarification.

Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
From: boquinha-ga on 02 Nov 2005 11:58 PST
For what it's worth, here is a resource on working farm bed and
breakfasts in Pennsylvania. I know that you're looking for the same
kind of thing in Georgia (and not in PA), but some of the information
in the answer may give you some ideas on how and where to find out
more about working farms in Georgia. Perhaps there are some
GA-specific websites and publications that might aid you in your
quest. These kinds of establishments certainly look interesting and
like a lot of fun! Good luck to you!

Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
From: tlspiegel-ga on 02 Nov 2005 12:40 PST
With all due respect to boquinha's comment - I performed an extensive
search for exactly what the customer wanted.  There just isn't that
many available in Georgia in general and within 300 miles of Atlanta

Enota is definitely on the list as having what the customer asked for.
Secondly, would be Serenbe Bed and Breakfast.  The other
establishments listed might work, but it's doubtful they have exactly
what the customer wanted.

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
From: boquinha-ga on 02 Nov 2005 13:10 PST
To be clear, I mean no disprespect at all to tlspiegel-ga's answer.
I'm merely trying to help with some additional ideas, specifically
seeking out a Georgia  tourism (print) publication that might list
additional B&Bs not listed on the web. In no way do I mean to infer
that tlspiegel-ga hasn't performed a thorough search, as I know
tlspiegel to be an assiduous researcher. My apologies if it came
across any other way.

Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
From: crabcakes-ga on 02 Nov 2005 13:46 PST
Here is something in the ballpark of what you are seeking:

"After enjoying Weatherbury's  bountiful farm breakfast, served daily
at 8:30 am, children of all ages are invited to help with morning
chores. The remainder of the day you may be enjoy the farm or explore
the countryside.

We're excited about our "Official Weatherbury Farm Kid" program which
debuted in 1998. Families staying for two or more nights receive a
packet (filled with coloring & activity books and educational
materials) about farming and every child is invited to earn the
"Official Weatherbury Farm Kid" designation. Younger children do
chores and complete a picture worksheet; older children have fun doing
chores and learning with our "Farm Workbook." (Families who can only
stay one night may, of course, help with chores. A one night stay,
however is not long enough to complete the worksheet/workbook.)

Children who complete the program are awarded our "Official
Weatherbury Farm Kid" certificate (pictured below left).

Morning chores may include (depending on time of year):
- pumping water at the old hand pump for the animals
- bottle feeding baby animals
- feeding bunny rabbits in cages (and seeing newborns)
- feeding mature goats corn by hand
- feeding sheep corn (from a scoop or by hand )
- leading the goats to pasture after chores are done (a favorite of adult visitors)
- feeding newly hatched chicks (in spring and summer)
- feeding and watering chickens at the hen house and gathering eggs
(the high point of many children's visit).
- searching for guinea hen nests and collecting eggs for the incubator
(guineas are very good at hiding their nests. They are also terrible
mothers, which is why we collect and incubate the eggs)
- watching the eggs in the incubator hatch (which is a real experience
when it coincides with a guest's visit).

Chore time also includes an explanation of the farm equipment and is
an opportunity for both children and parents to ask Farmer Dale

Chores normally last about 45 minutes depending on questions. The
remainder of the day may be spent enjoying the farm or exploring the

Children must be accompanied by an adult while on the farm premises."

Take a look at this place - not exactly all your criteria are met, but
it sure looks interesting!

Good Luck!
Regards, Crabcakes
Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
From: tlspiegel-ga on 02 Nov 2005 14:16 PST
In reference to crabcakes comment - Weatherbury Farm isn't in Georgia.

Weatherbury Farm Vacation Bed and Breakfast
1061 Sugar Run Road
Avella, Pennsylvania 15312
Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
From: tlspiegel-ga on 02 Nov 2005 14:19 PST
And...  lists state parks... no
farm animals to interact with at a state park.
Subject: Re: Kid-friendly working farm vacations--Georgia
From: crabcakes-ga on 02 Nov 2005 15:44 PST
Well, there are farm animals, but is IS only one day. Better than nothing!

Family Farm Day
Saturday, June 17, 2006 (10:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Join our Junior Rangers in their farm chores including woodstove
cooking, blacksmithing, animal care, gardening, wringing clothes,
carpentry, weaving, and a break to play with old time toys and games.
$2.50-$4 478-986-5172.

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site
711 Jarrell Plantation Rd.
Juliette, GA 31046

Located southeast of Juliette, 18 miles from I-75 Forsyth exit #185 or
18 miles north of Macon exit #171.

Phone Numbers:
(478) 986-5172
(478) 986-5919 (fax)

My mistake about the Pennsylvania location.

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