Hotels That Take Farm-to-Table to the Next Level

Exceptional culinary experiences are part of the package at these properties

Updated 08/16/19

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The farm-to-table movement has been gaining steam for years. Now, hotels are jumping on the bandwagon. On-site gardens, orchards, and beehives mean guests can chow down on hyperlocal fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some spots even let visitors get involved in the agrarian action.

Craving some inspo for your next getaway? From Blackberry Farm to Rancho La Puerta, we’ve rounded up six properties where traceability and transparency are guiding principles. Whether you’re a foodie or a budding agro-enthusiast, you’ll find plenty to satisfy.

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Rancho La Puerta. | Tecate, México

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Founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta is one of the OG wellness retreats. Healthful traditions continue to flourish decades later. The ranch serves lacto-ovo fare made with ingredients from the six-acre organic garden. La Cocina Que Canta, helmed by executive chef Denise Roa, provides property tours and interactive cooking classes. Afterward, couples can savor the fruits of their labor with a nourishing meal overlooking the scenic grounds.

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Twin Farms. | Barnard, VT

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This legendary adults-only all-inclusive haven has long catered to an elite set. The culinary program takes a nontraditional approach, trading menus for customized meals using estate-grown herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Couples can enjoy lunch on the sun-splashed terrace, plan an afternoon picnic with a chef-created basket full of yummy treats, or fire up the romance with a private cooking class and wine pairing.

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Six Senses Samui. | Koh Samui, Thailand

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Tucked within 20 acres of lush vegetation on the northern tip of Samui Island, this intimate resort hits the sweet spot between rustic, romantic, and relaxing. Each of the 66 villas flaunt floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous vistas to the Gulf of Thailand. Adding to the allure is a commitment to sustainability and authentic cuisine. Dishes showcase mushrooms, microgreens, eggs, and goat milk sourced from Farm on the Hill.

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SingleThread. | Healdsburg, California

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Food is at the forefront of the integrated gourmet-agriculture-hospitality concept at SingleThread. Every detail is carefully considered and exceptionally executed. The farm supplies fresh fruit, vegetables, honey, eggs, and olive oil to the restaurant, renowned for its 11-course tasting menus. Upstairs are five sophisticated rooms replete with AvroKo-designed furnishings, heated floors, artisan-crafted Japanese vases, and gratis amenities such as artisanal sodas, local vino, and house-made pastries.

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The Inn at Dos Brisas. | Washington, Texas

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For folks who prefer a more posh and private twist on the pastoral, there’s The Inn at Dos Brisas, a nine-room respite nestled in the southern headlands of Texas Hill Country. The pièce de résistance of this picturesque property is the 42-acre USDA-certified organic farm. Guests can spend the day picking heirloom produce or learning how to cook with homegrown ingredients alongside acclaimed chefs.

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Blackberry Farm. | Walland, Tennessee

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Go for the food, stay for the rural pursuits. People journey from near and far to dine at the James Beard award winning restaurant, The Barn. Certainly, feasting on signature “Foothills Cuisine” is worth the trip in and of itself. That said, the appeal of getting your hands dirty—harvesting herbs like sumac and foraging for wild mushrooms—shouldn’t be underestimated. Commanding views of the Great Smoky Mountains and charming accommodations enhance the experience.

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