Family Farm Offers Unique Getaway

By Kathi Ferguson
 
With roots dating back to the 1900s, Crow Vineyard & Winery is a third generation 365 acre family farm located in beautiful Kent County, Maryland. Originally operating as a dairy farm in the 1950s, Crow is now successfully producing award-winning artisan wines, raising and selling grass-fed Angus Beef, hosting events, and inviting guests to experience a “farmstay” Bed & Breakfast retreat. 
 
The farm’s idyllic setting is both alluring and welcoming. Entering alongside rows of grapes to the left, cattle graze lazily in an open pasture to the right. Upon arrival, visitors can relax over a glass of wine or a bite to eat in the tasting room before settling into their rooms in Crow’s charming renovated 1847 farm house. 
 
Current owners Roy and Judy Crow tell visitors they are a “multi-interest B&B”. Their goal is to give their guests the experience of taking in an authentic working farm as well as the opportunity to enjoy quality wines from Crow’s on-site wine making facility. Most of Crow’s visitors tend to be couples from metropolitan areas wanting to escape city life, but families enjoy it as well. Farmstay guests can tour the farm and vineyard, walk the woodland paths, or picnic under the willow trees. “If they like, our guests can accompany me and Roy early in the morning on farm chores,” says Judy. “It’s up to them. We have 100 head of cattle, chickens for eggs, and six miniature horses; not to mention a swarm of barn cats and our loveable Labrador Retriever, Myrtle.”
 
The main farm house, which is also home to the Crow’s, offers guests the choice of three bedrooms with private baths, each named for their view of the farm – the Pasture View, Vineyard View, or Barn View. A hearty farm fresh breakfast and baked goods are served each morning. 
 
If a more rustic feel is your desire, you can retreat to Crow’s farm stay cottage. Offering a setting truly reminiscent of farm living, the two bedroom, one bath cottage comes with a full eat in kitchen, laundry room, and old-fashioned stove. Guests may request a continental breakfast or bring their own food to prepare in the kitchen.
 
Judy and Roy love sharing their family history, love for the farm, and their products. “I am often asked, ‘How can you let people into your home’?” Judy tells me. “Sharing the family history, love for the farm, and our products is just great fun. Everyone is so grateful to us for allowing them to be a part of our family farm.”
 
Crow Farm is open year-round and can host a myriad of custom events such as weddings, retirement parties, wine dinners, birthdays, and company gatherings. Their 5th annual “CrowFest” is being held on September 8, 2019, 11am – 5pm, with live music, food and wine seminars, hayrides, and more. All “farm table” events feature foods and wines that come from Crow Farm or close by.
 
Located at 12241 Vansants Corner Road, Kennedyville, Maryland, Crow is just 10 minutes north of historic Chestertown. Crow Vineyard and Winery is part of the Rivers to Canal Wine Corridor, and a member of the Maryland Wine Association and Vintage Atlantic Wine Region. Their wines are also available at Crow Wine Cellars at the Queenstown Premium Outlets.