Pick Your Own Lavender at These Dreamy Farms and Fields Across the Country
Provence isn't the only place to rendezvous with rows of lavender. Across the country, our natural landscape becomes ultra violet with these wildly fragrant plants when they bloom in June and July. Many farms sell lavender sachets, bar soaps, and other products born out of their harvest in their gift shops, and even more of them serve up lavender-infused dishes and sweet treats. (Best of all: They let you pick your own bundle fresh from the fields.) Here, more purple fields that conjure the French countryside.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
At Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, rise at dawn to harvest a bundle by hand. These 25 acres of lavender fields boast a rich history: Los Poblanos was originally designed in 1932 by New Mexico's foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, the "Father of Santa Fe Style," and located on an organic farm in the heart of the Rio Grande River Valley. The fresh crop infuses everything from dreamy cocktails at the on-site bar to shampoo in all the rooms.
Stone House Lavender
The thousand-plant plot at Stone House Lavender is a vibrant gem set in the rolling green meadows of Fairmont, West Virginia—and a calming locale for once-weekly sunset yoga. As its name implies, the historical Stone House on site was built in 1850 from hand-forged hand-cut stone walls and floor nails.
Cape Cod Lavender Farm
Shaded woodland trails surround Cape Cod Lavender Farm's fragrant flowers, which are steam-distilled each summer into a skin-soothing mist. Tended to by three generations, this family-owned farm in Harwich, Massachusetts, recently expanded their Enchanted Garden with plantings around a miniature stone replica of a medieval castle.
More than a dozen cultivars grow at RavenCroft in Mulino, Oregon. During the bloom season, they open their farm on select weekends and encourage visitors to stroll in the field, choose fresh lavender for bundling, and even picnic on the grounds. Visit the shop to buy a handful or stock up on essential oils blended by the garden's chemist-owner.
Lavender by the Bay
Long Island's mild sea breeze wafts across the 17 acres of Lavender by the Bay, a haven for bees (cue the lavender honey) and flower-philes, including Martha herself. What once started as a hobby is now a fully owned and operated farm by the Rozenbaum family, and you can even purchase designed sachets from Susan Rozenbaum.