Thursday, May 26, 2005

Manure Smell Big Draw For Agritourism Buffs

ITHACA, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The smell of the beach can be desirable while on vacation but a growing number of tourists prefer the odor of manure.

According to Christopher Grant, founder of, a website dedicated to helping city slickers find working farms and ranches to visit, agritourism is one of the fastest-growing trends in U.S. travel.

“Working” farms and ranches are defined by Grant as “any land-based farm or business open to the public,” such as fish farms, alpaca ranches or apple orchards.

He says the folks who are most likely to gravitate towards agritourism are people bored with cushy resorts or amusement parks, and the stinky manure smell associated with farms is a real selling point for some vacationers.

But even the smell of cow poop isn’t the main reason why vacationers venture towards agritourism. Grant – who runs an alpaca farm in Ithaca, New York – says many of his visitors “are more interested in finding out about our lives, rather than the animals.”

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