My Girl Scout troop visit to Verdant View Farm was one of the very best of the many trips we have taken in our 7 years together. We couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome--even though we arrived three hours after check-in time and had to have our host Ginny direct our two lost drivers to the farm (which isn't really hard to find unless it's dark, you're tired and you've been in the car with seven 12 year olds for three hours).
The rooms weren't fancy and are somewhat dated, but were clean and comfortable. The door locks are simple--if security is a big issue for you, you might want to look elsewhere. The rooms are well-stocked with brochures on local activities (but your best source of local info are the hosts, who are very familiar with all the area activities). The farm itself is beautiful, and the tour guides were super-friendly and informative. We were given a great walking tour in the morning, where we all had the opportunity to feed the calves and milk the cows. The host's son-in-law gave us an informative wagon tour after breakfast so we could see the rest of the farm.
But the best part for me was the breakfast. Heaping dishes of scrambled eggs, sausage, fried cheese, and breads. Fresh, raw milk (a novel experience for all of us) and peppermint/spearmint tea. And peach cobbler with peach yogurt. All of the foods are sourced from either Verdant View or neighboring farms.
On the way home, we asked the girls what their favorite part of the trip had been. Their surprising answer--the farm kittens! It occurred to me that since they live in a close-in suburb to D.C., they have never seen cats just wandering around before. They were charmed by the sight of 10 friendly little cats roaming around the grounds.
I would highly recommend Verdant View to families and church/scout groups who want a taste of real country life. I would suggest that you book early if you are bringing a group (although it looks like they are planning to expand the farmhouse), and that you plan to stay over on a night other than Saturday, since they do not offer the breakfast or tour on Sunday morning.
- Also Known As:
- Verdant View Farm Hotel Strasburg
- Verdant View Farm b&b
- Verdant View Farm Bed And Breakfast Strasburg, PA - Lancaster County