Travelers have been grabbing a bite under the same roof where they stopped for the night for millennia. (Like all those drunken pilgrims in “Canterbury Tales.”) It’s a tradition hotels and inns are putting a new, gourmet twist on these days, offering lodging on winery property or overnight stays on dairy farms. Here are a few offering both good eats and good sleeps.
Flint Hill Farm
1922 Flint Hill Road, Coopersburg, Pa.; rooms $95 per night plus $50 for second adult, $25 for child (ages 3-11); 610-838-2928, flinthill-farmag.org.
The digs: Old McDonald has nothing on Kathleen Fields. As the owner of Flint Hill Farm, she oversees 28 acres of farmland with six acres for livestock including chickens, cows, horses, goats and a potbelly pig. In the middle of it all is a rustic three-bedroom farmhouse built in 1850 (in which Fields resides) where you can rent the Equine Room, which sleeps two, or the Loom Room, which sleeps up to four and has a balcony overlooking the property.
The feast: A big part of Flint Hill’s allure? Feeling a connection to the land and witnessing the fruits of your labor. By participating in the farm’s A.M. Work Experience (8 a.m.-11 a.m., $25), you’ll lend a hand where it’s needed — which is pretty much everywhere. Your morning may include milking goats, feeding chickens and collecting eggs. When you’re done with your chores, those eggs are prepared to your liking alongside fresh-made jelly and kefir at Fields’ kitchen table.
On the side: Flint Hill also offers classes on cheese-making ($45-$80, available Friday-Monday) using milk directly from its cows and goats. Options include raw cheddar, a quick mozzarella or a chevre. More of an “I’ll just stand here and watch while you tug on that udder” kind of farmer? Many of the dairy products are also sold in the farm’s country store. There’s also a bonfire option ($45 plus $6 per person) that includes weenies and marshmallows for roasting, along with baked beans, iced tea and all the fixin’s.
Extra helpings: The Quakertown Farmers Market, a 15-minute drive south of Flint Hill Farm, has been in operation since 1932 (201 Station Road, Quakertown, Pa.; 215-536-4115, quakertownfarmersmkt.com). More than 150 vendors hawk fresh bread, nuts, produce and prepared foods.
72 Saddleback Farm, Afton, Va.; rooms $185-$325 a night, two-night stay required on weekends; 540-456-8100, veritasfarmhouse.com.
The digs: In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Veritas Vineyard and Winery boasts a kind of “are-we-in-Provence?” rural charm, with Cabarnet Franc, Viognier and other grapes planted over acres of valleys and peaks. In 2012, owners Andrew and Patricia Hodson turned their family’s 1839 farmhouse into a plush inn, marrying throwback architecture (heart pine floors, a big porch) with modern comforts (plush beds, fuzzy robes).
The feast: Chef Andy Shipman cooks up inventive breakfasts (included) and dinners (Thursday-Saturday, $85 per person) that get served up on the vineyard-side porch or in snug dining rooms. Eclectic, local-ingredient-rich offerings — gouda grits, a watercress salad with candied blueberries — are paired with Veritas wines.
On the side: Sample the vineyards’ wines (we loved the 2013 rosé) in the chic, barn-like tasting room or take a horseback ride around the property led by Indian Summer Guide Service ($150, indiansummerguideservice.com). The latter’s friendly cowboy owner Ashton Beebe leads riders up onto the ridge of the vineyard for postcard-worthy vistas.
Extra helpings: Veritas is in the heart of Nelson County, a burgeoning food and drink zone 25 miles from Charlottesville. You’ll find multiple wineries, breweries and one cidery, Bold Rock Hard Cider (boldrock.com). For information, click on nelsoncounty-va.gov.
700 Fifth Ave., New York; rooms start at $595 per night; 212-956-2888, newyork.peninsula.com.
The digs: The Peninsula Hotel, housed in a grandiose 1905 edifice, is certainly not for budget travelers. But staying in one of the property’s 239 rooms grants you access to five-diamond amenities like a three-floor spa, a rooftop bar and your own (temporary) slice of midtown Manhattan living.
The feast: As a guest of the Peninsula, you’re also able to enroll in the Peninsula Academy, which offers a smattering of unusual experiences designed to give you a local’s perspective of the city (behind-the-scene tours of a Broadway show, a private tour of the MoMA). The quirky Taste of Central Park tour takes private groups of up to six on a point-don’t-pluck foraging excursion of Central Park. Led by a professional forager (yes, they exist), the expeditions last two hours and culminate with a gourmet picnic of locally sourced goodies (starts at $550, available through October).
On the side: Meant to resemble a posh, artsy Manhattan home, Clement, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, serves a calendar-dictated array of contemporary American dishes. Chef Brandon Kida leads the kitchen and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a Sunday market brunch.
Extra helpings: Still feeling peckish? Foragers City Table (233 Eighth Ave., New York; 212-243-8888, foragerscitygrocer.com) celebrates all things freshly plucked with a menu made entirely with ingredients from nearby farms and local markets. On guests’ plates right now: ramps that were foraged from the restaurants own farm in Canaan, N.Y.
Other Trips and Sips
Barboursville 1804 Inn & Cottages
An 1804 mansion and several modern cottages hold plus, traditional guest rooms at Barboursville Vineyards, an acclaimed, Euro-centric operation not far from the homes of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. The winery’s restaurant, Palladio, serves Italian lunches and dinners. 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, Va.; $240-$550 a night; 540-832-5384, barboursvillewine.net.
Glass House Winery B&B
A barn-like building with four en-suite rooms (including one 2-bedroom), The B&B at Glass House Winery boasts views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and crisp, modern decor. The winery next door offers tastings of its wares — think Chardonnay and deep red Norton — plus housemade chocolates. A tropical conservatory is attached to the tasting room. 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, Va.; $115-$395 a night; 434-975-0094, glasshousewinery.com.
Room with a Brew
Later this summer, Delaware’s popular Dogfish Head Brewery will open the Dogfish Inn in a rehabbed, retro motel in Lewes, Del. Expect beauty products infused with beer and mini fridges for guests to BYOBs. The brewery, nearby in Milton, Del., offers free tours Monday-Saturday and there’s also a rustic brewpub devoted to the quirky stouts and ales in Rehoboth Beach, Del. For information, see dogfish.com.