Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Farm Stays

I am just returning from a week in Charleston, S.C. where I attended presentations from around the U.S. on many topics related to agritourism. One of those topics, farm stays, is so perfect for many people in Louisiana.

According to Scottie Jones, one of the founders of Farm Stay U.S., the interest in the rural farm experience is on the rise. Farm stays have been popular in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for years.

According to Smith Travel research, the average lodging rate in the U.S. is $97. Scottie showed us pictures of farms listed on her website:

Scottie and her husband Greg enjoy the supplemental income they receive from being a host and started a website to help others develop their own enterprises.

Scottie is a wealth of information on this topic and is a delight to talk to. Her e-mail is

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