On a perfectly beautiful summer day earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be taking a trip with one of my co-workers here at Discover Saratoga to meet one of our newer members and check out their gorgeous lavender farm located in Whitehall, NY. Aside from the fact that the ride there was beautiful all by itself, we were in no way prepared for the beauty that is Lavenlair Farm. 

Lavenlair Farm view of barn, fields and mountains

First of all, no matter where you look, the vista is breathtaking…the views seem to go on forever in any given direction (you can actually see both the Green Mountains in Vermont and the Adirondacks from here)! But then you factor into that the nearly 80 acres of farmland, the occasional horses and cows, the picturesque 200-year-old stone farmhouse, 14 varieties of mint, and finally and most importantly, nearly 5,000 lavender plants (32 varieties!), and you know you have found a tiny slice of heaven.

Lavenlair Farm view of large tree by house and barn

Lavenlair Farm U-Pick sign in front of field of lavender

Lavenlair Farm is the shared vision and passion of David and Diane Allen. With their motto of, “make a living making a life,” they searched for and found this truly special property with its charming stone house and the room to live their dream. To read their story, check out their website where they explain how they came to be at this point in their lives.

Dave and Diane Allen standing in front of lavender fields at Lavenlair Farm

Front of the stone house with scenery at Lavenlair Farm

The ride from Saratoga took us approximately 50 minutes. We took a tour of the property and learned a little bit about the farm and the lavender plants. And we took photos…LOTS of photos. The rows of beautifully maintained lavender coupled with the scenic surroundings made it impossible not to be in a little bit of a photo frenzy.

Dave and Diane standing over lavender as they give a tour at Lavenlair Farm

Rows of lavender at Lavenlair Farm with cows in the background

In addition to the fields of lavender, they also have a “Laverinth,” which is a really cool, 100-feet-in-diameter, meditative labyrinth of, you guessed it, more lavender plants! To walk from the beginning of the labyrinth to the fountain in the center is ¼ mile.    

Section of the labyrinth of lavender at Lavenlair Farm

Additionally, Lavenlair Farm functions as a venue for events and celebrations. There’s no better backdrop for those all-important wedding photos than right here!

Barn in the middle of large field at Lavenlair Farm

View of lavender with fields in the distance at Lavenlair Farm

If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your family, take a ride to the farm! There's plenty of room for the kids to run and play and, if you call ahead, you can order box lunches which they will have ready for you when you arrive and, if you bring a blanket, you can picnic right there. Then spend some time in the fields cutting bunches of fragrant lavender to take home with you.  They do request, however, that you leave your pets at home (with the exception of certified service dogs).

Two little girls sitting on the grass by lavender field at Lavenlair Farm

The U-Pick season began on June 20 and continues through Sept. 2, Wed-Sun from 10am-4pm.  Check out their website for directions and additional information. 

Several people cutting lavender in the rows at Lavenlair Farm

And don't forget to visit their gift shop on your way out. Lots of great goodies in there!

Lavender brooms and cut bouquets in the gift shop at Lavenlair Farm

As David and Diane put it, Lavenlair Farm is a true “labor of love.” You’ll see why when you visit.