7. Oostema Farmstead, Lynden
Up north in Whatcom County by the Canadian border, find Oostema Farmstead, an ideal place for for slowing down with the family. Friendly Wagyu cattle roam the fields, while the barns house pigs, goats and chickens. There’s no shortage of opportunities for little hands to get involved: They can help feed the animals, collect fresh eggs or harvest seasonal veggies from the garden. In the summer, acres of raspberry fields make for some sweet picking.
Your home base at Oostema Farmstead is the farmhouse apartment, which offers two bedrooms, a kitchenette and private patio and grill. Common areas include well-tended gardens, seating areas and a hot tub that can be reserved for private use. There’s also space to park your RV or pitch your tent for camping on the property.
In the small town of Lynden, you'll find restaurants, unique shops and the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds — the local county fair takes place every August. Also in the area, depending on the season, there are kid-friendly U-pick berry farms, apple orchards, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms.