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Weatherbury Farm 
 
A farm vacation/farmstay/ haycation located
45 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh

 

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Our web site is chocked full of information about visiting Weatherbury Farm Vacation. These FAQ's provide even more information.  If you still have additional questions, please e-mail us!

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What exactly is a farm vacation?
Do you offer day-only options?
How far in advance should  I make reservations ? 
When are the baby animals born?
Where can I eat dinner?
Who should plan a visit to Weatherbury Farm. ?
What's for breakfast?
When is the best time to visit ?
How far are you from ...?
Do you have fireplaces/jacuzzi/room phones/internet and television?

What exactly is Weatherbury Farm Vacation?

Weatherbury Farm Vacation is a working farm that offers overnight lodging and farm experience weekends.
 
It is our family's invitation to yours to enjoy life in the slow lane -- and experience life on a working beef, sheep and organic grain farm. We are not a resort nor are we "Disneyfarm".  Our animals are real and, as we like to say, everything that is brown isn't dirt.
Farm vacations are also known as farm stays, agritourism and most recently haycations!
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Do you offer day-only options?

We do not have any day-only options.

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How far in advance should I make reservations ?

To avoid disappointment, book your stay as soon as you have a definite date!  Some dates are booked months in advance. Please call us at (724) 587-3763 to finalize your reservations!

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When are the baby animals born?

Baby lambs and calves are born in sync with nature and start arriving mid-May. Guests are invited to walk in the meadows  -- check out our cow daycare and baby lambs jumping for joy!

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Where can I eat dinner?

Even though Weatherbury is "far from the madding crowd," there are a number of restaurants within 1 -15 miles -- and we have a menu basket for browsing.

We also have an outdoor grill and microwave for our guests' use. The suites have small refrigerators.

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Who should plan a visit to Weatherbury Farm?

A visit to Weatherbury Farm provides children the opportunity to visit a working farm (especially difficult now that grandma lives in a beach-front condo!), a great place to unwind and to get away from the stress of the madding crowd. In fact, more and more grandparents visit Weatherbury each year to teach their grandkids about life on the farm.

Children of different ages take away differing experiences and memories from a farm visit.

In 2014, we will be offering farm experience stays on select Friday and Saturday evenings. Our educational farm experience stay is appropriate for adults and children (usually 7 & older) who want to learn more about farming and agriculture. The emphasis will be on the organic and sustainable production methods used at Weatherbury Farm.

Traditional farm bed and breakfast without morning chores is also available.  This is, of course, a great option for everyone and especially for those who want to escape from the madding crowd and  who do not wish to have an educational aspect to their vacation.

One of the most asked questions prospective guests ask is "is my child a good age to visit Weatherbury Farm?

So we though we would include some thank-you notes received from children:

"I love the farm The farm is the best place ever."  Age 5

"Dear Farmer Dale, I had so much fun on the farm and I'm glad that you do this for children." Age 8

"Dear Farmer Dale, Thank you for letting me do the chores in the morning. Also thank you for giving me my certificate at breakfast. I hope I can come back." Age 9

"Dear Tudor Family, Thanks for a wonderful farm vacation! I enjoyed it a lot. I had fun taking care of the animals. Thanks again!" Age 9

"Thanks, Tudor Family, for an Amazing farm vacation! I had a blast! I am sure you will see me again at the farm soon!" Age 13

"Dear Farmer Dale, Marcy & Nigel, We had a wonderful time this weekend learning about the operation of your cattle farm and your daily morning chores. Thanks so much!" Age 14 & 15

One mother of a toddler told us that we should charge more for toddlers (!) as the sensory and experiential stimuli are invaluable.

You might also enjoy reading 3 1/2 year old Vania's journal of her visit to the farm (in PDF format).

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What's for breakfast ?

Our hearty farm breakfast, served Saturdays and Sundays, during our farm experience stays, at 8:30 am, features family favorites, such as apple-cinnamon pancakes, garden vegetable eggs, or creamy peach filled French toast. Every breakfast has an egg dish and pancakes/French Toast. Meals are plentiful and delicious.

During our traditional bed and breakfast stays a continental breakfast is offered.

When you make your reservation, we'll check with you on any special dietary requirements you might have.

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When is the best time to visit?

Anytime! Nature provides the backdrop to Weatherbury Farm. Whether you prefer the greening spring or languid summer afternoons , you will delight in a stay at Weatherbury Farm. We are open in June, July and August in 2014.

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How far are you from ...?

Here's a brief listing of driving times to Weatherbury Farm.

Pennsylvania Ohio
Pittsburgh 45 minutes Cleveland 3 hours
Philadelphia 5 hours Columbus 3 hours
Harrisburg 4 hours East Liverpool 1 hour
Fallingwater 1 1/2 hours Steubenville 1/2 hour
West Virginia Michigan
Wheeling 45 minutes Ann Arbor/Detroit 5 hours
Weirton 35 minutes
Maryland New York
Baltimore 41/2 hours New York City 8 hours
D.C.
Washington 5 hours
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Do you have a jacuzzi, fireplaces, room phones internet and tvs ...?

No jacuzzis -- our farm water supply couldn't handle them. We do have clawfoot tubs in the summer kitchen and the livery suites.

The Summer Kitchen (currently being converted to a cottage) has a walk-in non-working fireplace downstairs. The suites in the Livery are heated by gas fireplaces -- all the ambience and none of the work!

There is no TV. There is a phone for guest use in the farmhouse and in the Livery Hall.

"No phones or TVs in the rooms -- they would defeat the purpose" Pittsburgh Magazine (July 1997)

We do have wireless internet available and accessible from our suites.

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Weatherbury Farm
1061 Sugar Run Road
Avella, Pennsylvania 15312

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a kid friendly family farm stay vacation destination; far from the madding crowd, in the country, just 45 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh, PA -- fun & educational

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