Slow down, breathe the fresh air and unplug. If that sounds like what you need in your life pronto, then book some time at one of these Bay Area farms where your kids can play with kids of the goat variety and you can recharge your personal batteries. You will be amazed what games the kids create when they don’t have their devices to entertain them. Let everyone stay up a little late and count how many stars you can see when you escape the city lights!

Bar SZ Ranch

Bar SZ Ranch is a real, working farm two hours south of San Francisco in the breathtaking hills of San Benito county. Stay in one of the two houses or the cabin (all are 3-bed/2-bath and perfect for families), or reserve the whole ranch for your next family reunion.

If you are an early riser, meet up with a farm hand to feed the horses and cattle. Brush and saddle your own horse or get expert help from the staff. Learn some new skills like roping a steer or shooting a bow and arrow. Then, relax by the fire roasting marshmallows after a full day with the family. You will feel far away from it all!

10001 Willow Creek Road
Paicines, CA 95043

Image courtesy of Bar SZ Ranch


Where do you go to overnight with the animals? Give it a shout-out in the comments!

—Kate Loweth & Sonia Gandiaga