Summer is just heating up and that means one thing to me.
There is nothing quite like walking through a heady field of lavender. 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 farm, there are hundreds of lavender farms right here in America!
With so many options I’ve picked five that I think are truly unique.
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.
Pelindaba Lavender 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. Not only are farm tours and distillery visits available, but also workshops where visitors can learn to make lavender crafts.
Lavender Valley Farm
For a magnificent photo opportunity, look no further than Lavender Valley Farm in Mt. Hood. About 90 minutes from Portland, every angle of the farm offers a view of the majestic Mt. Hood. Visitors can harvest bouquets and enjoy a family picnic area in between photo shoots. It’s nearly impossible to take a bad shot!
Red Rock Ranch & Farms Growers of High Altitude Lavender
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, and 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.
Los Poblanos Lavender 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. Plan a visit during June or July when their Lavender Labs educational workshops are taking place.
Amazing places, right?
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 farms 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 farm before? Tell me where? Did you enjoy it? Do share! Would you consider a visit?
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