Agritourism, better known as Agriturismo, is becoming more popular and it’s understandable. This type of travel that is agriculturally-based exists for the purpose of bringing visitors to a farm. Started in Italy, the term “agriturismo” is a combination of the words agricoltura for agriculture and turismo for tourism. While agriturismo refers to farms in Italy, the concept has spread to many other countries and we in the US call it agritourism. The reasons you’ll want to try it are easy to explain.
When traveling, how often do you think that you’d like to experience a city or a town like a local. Skip the tourist spots including hotels, restaurants, and attractions and see how the people who live there really live. Agritourism is one of the most effective ways to do this. Guests have the opportunity to see the inner workings of a farm, take part in some of the work, enjoy group dinners, and connect with the locals and other guests. Most places offer add-ons like horseback riding, or cooking classes, or foraging.
Value isn’t something on which we usually focus when we talk about travel but value isn’t just about money. With an agritourism vacation, most of the value comes from being a part of something greater. Communing with nature, working with the earth, and learning about farming. This is value that has a longer lasting effect than saving a few dollars on a good deal on a trip.
You know how alcohol starts? Farming. You can take a winery, brewery, or distillery tour to the next level by getting out into the farm and get your hands dirty. Celebrate after with a relaxing flight of wine or beer or whiskey. One of our favorite destinations for a winery, brewery, or distillery tour is Montana. It’s home to some of the best ranch and farm accommodations across the state as well as a plethora of activities. Try corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fairs and also special events and attractions. One surprise stop is the Tongue River Winery in Miles City – the only commercial vineyard/winery combination east of Missoula. For perspective, Missoula is all the way over in western Montana while Miles City is all the over on the east side of the state. This not to be missed winery is one you don’t want to miss.
Of course, with its roots in Italy, an agritourism trip overseas makes perfect sense. Beyond Italy, however, you’ll find agritourism opportunities all over the world in locations such as Columbia, India, Australia, Kenya, and more. We’ve found that one of the best resources for planning and researching an agritourism adventure is Agritourism World. They have information on opportunities around the world, though you may wish to start small and plan your first trip within the US.
When the time comes that you need to embark on a new adventure that is more than a luxury hotel and fine dining and shopping, consider agritourism. If nature appeals to you, you may want to try one of our picks for vacations that wildlife lovers will enjoy. So, tell us, have you ever experienced agritourism? Will you be planning a trip now?