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Fantastic Farm Stays Around Washington for Seattle-Area Families

Frolic with critters and learn about local food on a working Northwest farm

Kate Missine

Published on: March 21, 2022

Fantastic Farm Stays Around Washington for Seattle-Area Families

goat at Oostema Farmstead
Oostema Farmstead

7. Oostema Farmstead, Lynden

Up north in Whatcom County, find Oostema Farmstead, an ideal place 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.   

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2021 and updated for 2022.

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