Summer is just heating up and that means one thing to me. Lavender. Lavender fields in the USA? They do exist! These days they are popping up in nearly every state. I’ve picked five that I think are truly unique.
There is nothing quite like walking through a heady lavender field. As your senses take in the deep piney-floral aroma of the beautiful purple flowers, it’s easy for your mind to wander to the south of France. However, you don’t have to hop on a plane to Aix-en-Provence to visit a lavender field or farm, there are hundreds of lavender fields and farms right here in America!
These days not only can you visit the lavender fields and farms, but you can also sample food with lavender, buy a lavender plant, buy lavender products. These American lavender growers have upped their game with restaurants, festivals and even inns on the lavender farm. I’ve been blessed to visit many of these spots throughout my travels and I’m a little addicted to the essential oils that come from these plants. Now, wherever I am visiting a state, I seek out lavender fields near me and I’m always surprised where this sturdy plant grows! I hope that my small sampling of fields and farms will encourage you to seek out lavender farms in your area. I am a big proponent of supporting local farmers, lavender included!
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Thinking of Hawaiian farms, pineapples probably come to mind. But on the island of Maui, there is a stunningly beautiful lavender farm with ocean views on the slopes of Haleakala. Not only does Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm grow 45 different varieties of lavender, but they also serve amazing scones with lavender jam and lavender tea.
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located at 1100 Waipoli Rd, in Kula. The lavender fields are open 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. General Admission is $3.00. They have 2 tours are available and reservations are recommended for any of them:
- Guided Walking Tour which takes 30-40 minutes at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm daily, the cost is $12.
- Guided Cart Tour which lasts an hour. You get to see more of the 13 acres this way. Tour times are at 10:30 am and 2 pm, the cost is $25.
You can also do a Gourmet Picnic Lunch with a choice of sandwich or wrap, chips and a lavender-infused dessert and choice of beverage. I recommend the lavender lemonade straight from the lavender field! The cost is $26 and required 24-hour advanced reservations.
Pelindaba Lavender Field and Farm
Located in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, this 25-acre organic farm includes a lake and has great views of the Olympic Mountains. The lavender fields are open year round, there is no admission price to visit them, yep, absolutely FREE! They have a demonstration garden, distillery visits and exhibits in addition to workshops where visitors can learn to make lavender crafts from Pelindaba Lavender Farms lavender! The best time to visit the lavender fields to see them in full bloom is in July and August, that’s also high season for the San Juan Islands in general.
The hours of operation are listed below, but these are for the store and exhibition area, you can visit their lavender fields 24-hours a day!
April: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Wednesday – Sunday
May: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm DAILY
June – August: 9 am – 6 pm DAILY
September: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm DAILY
Pelindaba has a picnic area (or eat amongst the fields), you need to bring your own lunch or dinner, but they have lavender lemonade, iced tea, ice cream and cookies on site.
Pelindaba Lavender Farm is on San Juan Island (the one with Friday Harbor) on Wold Road in the southwest portion of the island. Look for a white Gatehouse Store with a cupola and spire on top! There is also a store in town at Friday Harbor at 150 First Street where you can buy (and taste) their products.
Lavender Valley Field and Farm
For a magnificent photo opportunity, look no further than Lavender Valley Farm in Mt. Hood. They are located about 90-minutes from Portland and every angle of the farm offers views of the majestic Mt. Hood. There is a unique microclimate in the Hood River Valley area. The winter months are not too cold and the summer months are dry and warm. This makes it ideal for all the wonderful fruit that is grown there and it’s an ideal climate for lavender. Lavender Valley has over 15,000 lavender plants in bloom in June thru July (exactly the time of year we visited!). The farm team starts distilling lavender essential oil starting in July.
The farm grows 10 different types of lavender on their 25 acres and visitors can harvest bouquets from their lavender fields and enjoy lunch in a family picnic area in between photo shoots. It’s nearly impossible to take a bad shot!
Lavender Valley Farm is located at 5965 Boneboro Rd, Mt Hood, Oregon on are open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
Red Rock Ranch & Farms Growers of High Altitude Lavender
This one is right in my own backyard! Home of the Arizona Lavender Festival, the last place one might expect to find lavender fields is the red rock desert, however, that’s exactly where the Red Rock Ranch is. Grown in the White Mountains, it’s the largest farm in the Western Hemisphere, the high altitude is said to produce flowers with higher ester content resulting in lavender with greater intensity.
The lavender fields are off the beaten path, or AZ-180A to be exact. You leave that route at Mile Marker 352 and it’s best to stick to the direction on their website from there! These lavender fields have a little bit of a bonus, there’s also a vineyard on the grounds! You can only visit the farm during the Lavender Festival which is held the last 2 Thursday-Sundays in June. There are 2 festival packages: VIP (which includes some wine tasting) and the “regular” Festival pass.
However, if you miss the festival, the vineyard and winery are open throughout the summer (you will need some cool refreshment to beat the heat) and you can see the lavender when you visit the vineyard.
Los Poblanos Lavender Field and Farm
How about living amongst a lavender farm if only for a weekend? Los Poblanos is not only an organic farm but also a historic inn designed by renowned architect John Gaw Meem near Albuquerque in New Mexico. Plan a visit during June or July when their Lavender Labs educational workshops are taking place. There are 25 acres of lavender fields and gardens, this organic farm is something to experience!
Los Poblanos is not open for you to wander in (darn it, I know!). You must either be a guest, eating breakfast or dinner at their award-winning restaurant or visit by booking one of their many tours. They are located at 4803 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W.
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Amazing places, right? It wasn’t until I visited my first one in Hawaii that I even realized there were lavender fields in the USA and ever since then I’ve been hooked! Not only are these unique spots with their natural beauty and refreshing scent, consider the health benefits of this purple flower. Many of these farms produce lavender oil which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender oil has also been used for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
All of these unique lavender fields sell small batched artisanal products and food. All of them have tours and offer areas for picnics and relaxing. A visit to any one of these destinations affords an extraordinary experience of scent, sound, and taste.
How about you? Have you been to a lavender field or lavender farm in the USA before? Or maybe somewhere else in the world? Tell me where? Did you enjoy it? Do share! Would you consider a visit?