About this listing
This is a quiet, relaxing country setting with excellent views of the rolling hills and wildlife.
Katydid Ranch is a 40 acre organic/permaculture farm located 8 miles SE of Eau Claire, WI or 5 miles north of the Foster exit on I-94. Madison, WI is 2.75 hours away and Minneapolis, MN is 1.5 hours away. This is not a traditional farmhouse that you would normally picture. My house is fairly new, very clean, quiet and comfortable. I just started the organic farm enterprise and pastured poultry in 2012, so there is much yet to be done.
This space is ideal for 1-3 people, as there are 2 bedrooms, with one private bath, a living room and walk-out patio that are all yours when you stay here. There is an additional charge of $10/night if you need both bedrooms.
Many mornings, you can enjoy your coffee/tea on the front porch watching the sunrise. Evenings are a relaxing, cathartic experience as you can watch the sunset from the deck while sipping a glass of wine or cup of tea. You can bring food in to cook or purchase/pick your own organic herbs, produce, poultry, and eggs right from Katydid Ranch! Let this be a "landing point" for short trips or a destination vacation for your spiritual and physical renewal.
Within 10 miles, you will find University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire events, a (modest) wine route, apple orchard route, biking trails (there are hundreds of miles of Wisconsin trails that are linked together), hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding(BYOH), cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, snowmobile trails, Hobbs Observatory, Beaver Creek Reserve, and......well, you probably get the point.
You may also choose to simply stay at the farm and rest/relax.
Ala carte options horse boarding, Equine Assisted Learning sessions (life coaching humans, using horses), prepared meals, and guided meditation.
This is a quiet space to nourish the mind, body and spirit; to walk the property and take in the wildlife.
Interaction with Guests
I am available to chat in the morning when vegetable season is over.
No Smoking, No Pets
Whitney was a lovely and gracious host with a beautiful house and farm. The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable, and having the basement to ourselves gave us plenty of privacy. Her dogs are very friendly too.
My husband and I traveled to the area to attend a music festival in Eau Claire. The location, although very rural, is very conveniently located just a few miles from I-94. The surroundings are absolutely beautiful! Rolling hills, green fields, and beautiful farms. When we arrived we were greeted in the driveway by one of her very friendly dogs. Whitney let us in, and showed us around the house and the downstairs area where we stayed. It was big, very clean, comfortable, and private from the rest of the house. Whitney offered us to wander around her beautiful property, and to help ourselves to her gardens. Unfortunately during our 1st night stay there was a horrible thunderstorm, and we lost power. The power did not come back on the next morning, and was still not on into the next evening. We were unable to shower without power. Whitney told us this was very unusual. She made every effort to accommodate us & make other arrangements, but we ended up leaving. The only reason we left was because this was our vacation, and we really needed electricity and the ability to shower. If we are ever in the area again I would definitely stay here again. It was just an unfortunate situation that we did not have control over. Whitney was a fantastic host, and her home & property are beautiful!
I booked th eplace fo rmy mother and aunt, but unfortunately their flight got cancelled and I ended up staying here. This is a very peaceful, clean, and modern home to live at. the Sunset is absolutely amazing. Whitney is a great person to have a conversation with. I would recommend anyone ot stay here if they get a chance.
Wow! What a beautiful home and a lovely host! We really enjoyed talking with Whitney about her experiences. The decor (not to mention the scenery) was gorgeous. The private basement was spacious and comfortable with extra bathroom amenities. A variety of farm fresh breakfast options were laid out for us in the morning. We only wish we could have stayed longer!
Absolutely lovely surroundings. Whitney is a wonderful host and a fascinating person. I hope to come back when I can stay a bit longer!
About the Host, Whitney
I am an organic farmer living in Fall Creek,WI. I love to entertain and cook for friends or guests staying at Katydid Ranch. Much of my time is spent working on the farm/gardens, but when I get to relax I find sharing life experiences with others to be fascinating; you just never know "who" you are going to meet! Some of my background or past lives that I openly share include my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, hitch-hiking in US and Africa, permaculture design principles, Equine Assisted Learning (life coaching humans using horses), Pharmaceutical Sales, Dairy Feed Sales, Graduate work in Ruminant Nutrition (cattle, goats, sheep), political activism.....the list is endless and covers a broad spectrum. My guiding principles in life are NATURE, INTEGRITY, AND MEANINGFUL WORK.