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Alpaca Farm Fun in Western Massachusetts!

Alpaca farm love near the Berkshires of Williamstown, MA!

Alpaca farm love near the Berkshires of Williamstown, MA…

Are you seeking more alpaca action in your life?

Do you crave the sight of fluffy fur clouds? Come join me on a joyous tour of an alpaca and llama farm in Williamstown, MA to satiate these cravings!

It's almost like this alpaca took a selfie!

It’s almost like this alpaca took a selfie…

The spot where these cuddly creatures roam is called Sweet Brook Farm, and it is SO worth a visit if you’re anywhere around Western Massachusetts. Even if you don’t enjoy alpacas (WHAT?!) the farm’s views of the Berkshire Mountains are priceless. Our two young kids cavorted through the fields, gulping in sunshine and ogling the animals.

Planning travel in Western Massachusetts, near the Berkshire Mountains and Williamstown, MA? You must visit Sweet Brook Farm for its fluffy alpacas, llamas, and delicious local maple syrup! Perfect for kids and family travel fun.

I loved cavorting around the farm with our family!

Sweet Brook Farm is over 100 years old (it’s part of the elite “Century Farmers” club), and is run by a man named Pete who represents the seventh generation of Phelps family farm owners. That’s a lot of generations!

In addition to raising alpacas, the farm makes its own maple syrup. (When I called to fact-check this article, Sweet Brook was deep in March maple syrup production.) The farm’s syrup is so good, that we took home a bottle and used it on our waffles today, back home in Boston.

Cuddly alpaca dolls are on offer.

Cuddly alpaca dolls and freshly-made maple syrup are on offer.

Our son was particularly entranced by the farm store, which features alpaca wool socks (my husband bought some purple ones and refuses to take them off, they’re so comfy), syrup, and… the poofy alpaca doll that little Devi wanted to marry.

Planning travel in Western Massachusetts, near the Berkshire Mountains and Williamstown, MA? You must visit Sweet Brook Farm for its fluffy alpacas, llamas, and delicious local maple syrup! Perfect for kids and family travel fun.

Alpaca doll snuggles!

“Mama! It’s so SOFT!” Devi cooed, cradling the alpaca doll.

His toddler sister, Jojo, snagged her own doll, grunting, “My ‘Paca. MINE. ONLY MINE.” (Yes, she is doing the Terrible Twos thing like a champ.)

Our girl sleeps with “‘Paca” to this day, and he’s held up surprisingly well, despite the baby drool now mingled with his fur.

Planning travel in Western Massachusetts, near the Berkshire Mountains and Williamstown, MA? You must visit Sweet Brook Farm for its fluffy alpacas, llamas, and delicious local maple syrup! Perfect for kids and family travel fun.

Look at those alpaca teeth! Check out that head of hair!

Let’s head back outside and meet the actual alpacas, shall we? First, the winner for best hair goes to this ‘paca, pictured above. Though the alpacas had been recently shorn and were all sporting jaunty buzz cuts on their coats, this one kept a shock of spikes on its head, eyes peeking from under the bangs like a too-cool teenager.

Such great fields for kids to run through.

Such great fields for kids to run through.

Why an alpaca farm instead of a standard, less fluffy farm?

Farmer Pete decided to shift away from cows and towards fiber-producing animals, and concluded that alpacas were a more delightful choice than sheep to reach that goal. The farm got its first alpaca, Mimi, in 2007. Sweet Brook Farm now has 16 charming alpacas… and one llama named Zabu.

Alpaca wool scarves, made in Peru.

Alpaca wool scarves, made in Peru.

I applaud Pete’s choice of animals. My own alpaca obsession began in 2014 when our family stumbled upon an alpaca farm in Martha’s Vineyard, of all places. I shall never forget that first moment of touching alpaca fur — a coat so thick and deep that my hand sank completely out of view. I wanted to swim in that fur.

Oh, hello, Cutie!

Oh, hello, Cutie!

Taking this alpaca love to the next level, I planned trip to Peru for February to see llamas and alpacas in the wild. Alas, I had to unexpectedly cancel the trip when it came time to get on the plane, due to delirious fever that would not have matched well with 11,000-foot altitude of Cuzco. I shall continue my quest to seek out alpacas in every corner of the world, however — starting with my own state of Massachusetts!

The flowered view from the shop.

The flowered view from the shop.

Here, now, are some tips, should you plan to stop by Sweet Brook Farm. Parking is free, and the hours are 10am to 5pm, year round. Their website and TripAdvisor page have some useful details, as well as the address and contact options.

Wise eyes on this llama...

Wise eyes on this llama…

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a wedding venue, Sweet Brook Farm offers its rolling hills for a picturesque option. As much as I loved our reality TV wedding in Boston, I have a slight pang of regret that I did not ride into matrimony on the back of an alpaca.

Can you see why some people get married at this farm?

Can you see why some people get married at this farm?

For nearby eating, I HIGHLY recommend this Williamstown restaurant, The Store at Five Corners, keeping with the theme of eating locally-produced, high-quality goodies, and history-steeped shops that are over a century old. Drat — now I’m hungry for their fresh pizza.

Freshly sheared and feeling good!

Freshly sheared and feeling good!

Want culture? Right near Sweet Brook Farm in North Adams sits MASS MoCA, one of the best modern art museums in the United States. Meanwhile, the Clark Art Museum stands strong, just up the road in Williamstown, itself.

Want to buy some syrup or fuzzy dolls?

Want to buy some syrup or fuzzy dolls?

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Um, I think you have something in your hair, sir.

Um, I think you have something in your hair, sir.

I’ve traveled all over the world, but am always awed by the splendor of New England, just a three hour drive from my home in Boston. We had a such good time in Williamstown (in part because of Sweet Brook Farm and its joy-inducing alpacas) that we are going back to Western Massachusetts for a week again this summer! Will we go see the alpacas again? You bet.

Silhouetted alpaca...

Silhouetted alpaca…

So what do YOU think? Have you ever been to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts? To Sweet Brook Farm? Do you also feel alpaca adoration? Do share!

Sleek alpaca cheeks.

Sleek alpaca cheeks.

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Vanessa Ball

Thursday 5th of April 2018

Never been to Western Massachusetts but if I do I'd love to visit this place, the photos are just awesome, you just fall in love with the faces of these fluffy alpacas. The scenery looks fabulous too!

Kirstie

Thursday 5th of April 2018

I love love love these photos! Llamas and alpacas are the best!

Lillie

Thursday 5th of April 2018

Yesssssss!

Lori

Monday 2nd of April 2018

We had an Alpaca farm in northern VA that we visited on the annual farm tour, always fun although they didn't have maple syrup. Great tips for western Mass especially that you included the museums. We saw plenty of Alpacas in Peru, and should you decide to visit there brace yourself because they're also on the menu just about everywhere.

Lillie

Monday 2nd of April 2018

Oh my goodness! Thanks for the heads-up!

Kate Rebel

Sunday 1st of April 2018

Oh my gooooshh, how can alpaca's be so adorable? The pictures are hilarious and I love that you can get stuffed ones too! I am actually not sure if I've ever seen one in my life - probably somewhere in a zoo - but can't really recall. Maybe it's time for some alpaca action for me! Great idea for family quality time though!

Lillie

Sunday 1st of April 2018

It sure is time for some alpaca action! Can that be the new trending hashtag for this year?

Alice Teacake

Saturday 31st of March 2018

I am in LOVE with alpacas! They are so adorable (and they make woolly jumpers yay!). If you can't make it to Peru, this is certainly a good start :D

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