Bucolic working farms that are worth a visit.
Farming for Fun in Valle Crucis
Credit: Courtesy of Mast Farm Inn

In this idyllic, agricultural North Carolina valley, working farms are now welcoming visitors.

Maverick Farms

Sustainable-agriculture farm with a three-room inn, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains; renowned for serving delicious “beyond organic” meals. Guests work up an appetite weeding, seeding, and hoeing the rows of spinach and watercress. Your labor earns you $7 an hour, buying up to 25 percent off the rate on sunny rooms in the 125-year-old farmhouse.

Valle Crucis Community Park

Friday evenings in the summer, relax with free concerts by local musicians.