this year our family planned for a different type of vacation. After taking the kids to amusement parks, resorts, and similar venues, you realize that as parents , all you do on a vacation is to follow your kids around, wait in line, spent ...spend and spend some more. When you go home, you feel like YOU need a vacation from your vacation.
This is our first farm vacation, we're an extended family. Grandpa (69 y.o),Grandma (65), my husband & I, Sophia (9) & Emma (6). We all loved Hull-O farm.
We have the Gifford house, it has 4 bedrooms, fully furnished with 'everything' you need. They do the bonfire by the barn just outside the Gifford house. Roasting marshmallows, s'mores, having adult conversations with other vacationing families while the kids are playing hide & go seek was heart warming.
The hayride up the hills gave you magnificent mountain /farm views and Farmer Franks' knowledge of the history of the farm was invaluable. Part of Farmer Frank's hayride was a stop on the hill where an old old cemetery tells a beautiful history of the original settlers of Durham, New York and the 1st Presbyterian church site.
Grandpa loved fishing in the Farm's pond/lake. It's walking distance from the house, you could fish all day long. We joined grandpa by the lake ev'ryday and there was an abundance of fish!!!
The Farm chores the kids loved: picking fresh eggs from the chicken coop, milking the goats & cows. The cats & kittens were so friendly, the kids played with them the most. There were lots of animals in the farm: horses, deers, ducks and cows, lots of cows grazing...they all seemed to be well taken care of.
Of course, all these would not have been all worthwhile without the warm hospitality of farmer frank, Sherrie, Jordan, Jared and Kevin, the other ladies. They were genuinely
warm & friendly. They went out of their way to make you feel welcome & comfortable. We extended our stay to a total of 4 nights because the kids were begging to stay longer.
To top it all, Sherrie is a wonderful, excellent and skilled chef and hostess. She seem to cook her food with love. Food was delicious! thanks Sherry...Farmer Frank actually picked the yellow squash from the backyard garden for dinner.
Thanks Jordan for taking time to bring grandpa to 3 ponds/lakes on your ATV,he had lots of fun.
Pertaining to some negative reviews in this site, we would just like to say that this is a real working farm. Your mind set should be that you are going to experience an actual farm life. If you want carpeted floors,central air, 24-hr room service , fragrant & animal -free environment, then a farm vacation is not for you.
But, if you want a restful,unique, educational and a summer full of heart warming memories, then, you should try Hull-O farm. You'll actually want to buy a farm property after this vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We share our family farm vacations and all-natural meats and produce with people from around the world who want to understand and experience a part of their history. By helping with farming tasks, you can watch your children or grandchildren milk a cow, feed pigs, or collect eggs for the first time. Learning about farm life in rural upstate New York, from a real farmer, is a unique educational experience that many claim to be "priceless!" ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hull-o Farms, Family Farm Vacations Hotel Durham