Posted by on January 14, 2019

Agritourism, agritainment of all kinds and agritractions are trending and continue to grow in popularity, fueled by people wanting to disconnect from stressful lifestyles and reconnect with themselves and their families. Agriculture provides them with a certain ‘Zen’ that is relaxing, refreshing, and reviving; one of the best types of wellness travel.

And the staycation provides travelers an escape from commercial hotels crowded with throngs of tourists.

So, imagine a staycation within an agritritraction.



Chapala Gardens is an Urban, Rooftop Aeroponic Farm in the Heart of West Beach, Santa Barbara’s historic area. They grow produce for the Farmer’s Market and a Community Supported Agriculture Service called “Living Greens Bouquets”

Chapala Gardens has also created a model for communities to grow their own produce and a business model for individuals to run small farms that are profitable in a short amount of time.



And a perfect location for a staycation.

At Chapala Gardens there are 3 lovely vacation rentals, just steps from the beach and State Street, perfect for an urban staycation in a prime location centrally located that feels like its’s in a world of its own.

Imagine staying in a historic landmark with a rooftop garden over your head! Chapala Gardens is not only a farm but also a part of Santa Barbara history. The 100 year old house was originally a dress shop for the 390 room Potter Hotel and is a charming, vibrant and convenient place to stay in Santa Barbara.

Completely renovated in 2010 and newly furnished, these unique sun-lit units are part of a historic triplex in the desirable West Beach area. Your doorway is just 1-1/2-blocks from the sands and volleyball courts on West Beach near Stearn’s Wharf, and easy walking distance to downtown State St. shops and restaurants. Also very close is the Amtrak station; no need for a car at all if arriving by train! There are 3 lovely units available.



Guests can gather in the urban gardens for happy hour or special events. They can also arrange a “farm & stay” experience for more of an in-depth “hands on” experience with the farm.

Read more about the future of urban farms, gardens, and urban planning in the Food Travel issue of Destinations Travel & Lifestyles – HERE!

 Create Your Own
With Hydroponics!

Clean, aesthetically beautiful, low maintenance, multi-functional, a focal point for visitors and ecologically responsible. Edible, too!


Agritourism Destinations are among some of the latest trends in travel. Forward-thinking Tourism Professionals and Community Planners are coming up with new ways to fuel the ever-growing public curiosity and demand for more Agritourism. From planting hydroponic gardens for patrons to enjoy tower-to-table fresh produce, to scene-setting vertical gardens for ambience and aesthetics, restaurant, wineries, resorts, event centers – even airports – are creating their own agritractions.

Add an Urban Garden or Agritraction
In many states, like Colorado, demand for “locally grown” far exceeds supply as 97% of leafy greens, consumed annually, are imported from out of state. (California, Arizona). This demand – especially in densely populated cities – creates its own dilemmas as many downtown, overcrowded areas are miles from any local producer. So forward-thinking restaurateurs are growing their own - and treating patrons to the enjoyable ambience of 'sitting in a garden'! From garden-side, to patio-centered and even rooftop gardens, these forward-thinking chefs and restaurant owners provide their patrons with local, organic, sustainable and overall responsible produce procurement - which their patrons can actually see!

But it's not just restaurants that are providing this 'agritainment'. It is wineries, breweries, beer gardens, convention centers, shopping malls...and even grocery stores with in-store cafes. How? More ...

Want to create an Agritopian Community Garden? Many schools, restaurants, senior centers, retirement communities, and nonprofits use the Community Garden to attract, engage, and inspire communities. More...

Interested in offering your regional schools the learning experiences from a Gardening Curriculum, with more than 30 lesson plans and learning materials, integrating it into your curriculum? More…

Interested in adding an Agritourism Destination for visitors or creating a new Agritraction? Forward-thinking Tourism Professionals and Community Planners are coming up with new ways to fuel the ever-growing public curiosity and demand for more Agritourism. Want to grow a greater future (and a healthy profit)? More...

It's NOT just a HAYRIDE Around A Farm or Orchard anymore!

Our Creative Team and Editor have been working closely with a variety of clients, as consultants, helping them develop their own agritourism destinations from their own local resources. From small add-on features for an existing site… or developing new branding and concepts - they have come up with pretty impressive concepts.

If you would like to connect with them to see what they can do to assist you, contact them using the form below.