PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Experiening four seasons at the farm
From weddings to sporting events to natural beauty, there is something for everyone year-round here at the Farmhouse Inn. Spring and fall provide picturesque scenery and near-perfect weather, while summer and winter offer great value and opportunities for families to enjoy time together. We are a quick trip from the University of Georgia and an even quicker one from several of the best golf courses in the state. The variety of animals on the property ranges from farm animals such as chickens, horses, goats, a miniature donkey, peacocks, and two sweet Great Pyrenees dogs to more exotic wildlife like hawks, beavers, black squirrels, and great blue herons. And, of course, the charms and attractions of historic Madison are available year-round eight minutes away. Read on to decide what time of year is best for you and to begin planning your perfect trip.
One of the most pleasant times of the year, spring sees the return of several animals from their winter hiatuses, including majestic blue herons and cranes. Regular visitors, such as the many songbirds and shy beavers, are of course as abundant as ever. The vibrant beauty of the land makes a roaring comeback from the more subdued hues of winter over a span of just a few weeks, making for an inviting time to dust off your golf clubs to mark the Masters, less than 90 minutes away, or lace up your walking shoes for the Madison Spring Tour of Homes, right in downtown Madison. The first few weeks of March, however, with off-season room rates and rapidly improving weather, flora, and fauna, may be the most opportunistic time of all to visit the inn.
It may be warm, but summer at the inn is a bird watcher’s paradise. Those types that are most prevalent from June through August include birds ranging from hummingbirds to egrets to osprey and just about everything in between. And for the Fourth of July, we can’t think of any more relaxing way to celebrate than enjoying the evening from a rocking chair on our expansive porch. Our reduced rates from mid-July through August are also a great time for young families to give their children a taste of farm life.
Our busiest time of year, and for good reason. With the trees transitioning to their autumnal colors, it’s all but impossible to find a more beautiful season here at the farm. Plus, from mid-October, the weather always seems to be in that sweet spot where the days are just warm enough and the nights are just cool enough. College football fans will be pleased to know that we are a short 30-minute drive from Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs and SEC football. Animal lovers, meanwhile, will find pleasure in the arrival of Canada geese, the return of sand hill cranes, and – if you have sharp ears – the sounds of owls.
For those looking to get away from the chaos that often seems to engulf the holiday season, winter can be a time of respite here at the inn. Great rates, mild crowds, and the promise of an unexpectedly warm day makes this season a great time to visit. The majority of our wildlife is still out in force; there are several species, including many varieties of finches and the aforementioned Canada geese, that are most prevalent in the winter months. History aficionados will want to make note of the Madison Holiday Tour of Homes, an annual event on the first weekend of December.