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If you’re a fan of lavender, I highly recommend the Lavender Festival in Cherry Valley. It’s not a U-Pick type of experience (which is something else on my list of funs to do!), but it’s an immersive lavender experience.img_6429-1There’s shopping, music, hay rides, crafts, food…plus, it doesn’t get ridiculously crowded so you can enjoy in a relaxed setting. This year I went with my sister, niece, and nephews.img_6419-1Food
First things first, there was so many lavender-inspired foods and beverages. It was warm out so we tried the lavender lemonade, iced tea, and ice cream. I wished we were hungrier because then we could have also tried the lavender cheesecake and beef brisket (yes, beef brisket!). Also, they have an afternoon tea and a sit-down farm to table dinner that I would have loved to be a part of. Next time!

Shopping
The farm has an extensive line of lavender projects for sale. They also invited a few local makers to vend. You name it and they probably infused lavender into it – tea, lotions, honey, face masks, moist towelettes, salt, soap… and of course, you could also pick up some lavender plants.Hay Ride
I went on my first hay ride! It was crazy dusty, but I loved every minute. We traveled through the lavender fields via horse-drawn carriage and learned about the farm’s history and current practices. We even saw an ~1100-year-old oak tree.Crafts
Surprise, surprise, I didn’t take any of the craft workshops, but they all sounded fun – lavender crowns, bath salts, aromatherapy blends, and lip balm…. I did, however, make lavender-inspired felt flower crowns for us to wear and people kept asking where we bought them. πŸ˜‰More!
It was fun to spend the afternoon with family. We played giant chess and enjoyed the sunshine. Towards the end of our visit my sister and I frolicked in the lavender fields. Plus, I went home with goat milk soap, yarn made with farm sheep wool and dyed with eucalyptus that grows on the farm, and a lavender clay mask. Also, we saw a llama.Gallivant on farms much? Share some of your adventures!

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