Agritourism, or staying at/visiting a farm with tourist accommodations, is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. Technology in the twenty-first century has transformed people who have become less and less connected with where and how their food is produced. In order to become re-connected, agritourism is becoming one way to get closer to nature. When visiting in Slovenia, one favorite thing to do is to stay at a Tourist Farm. There are many to choose from and there is even a website devoted to all the regions of Slovenia. A tourist farm experience will get you in contact with not only local farmers and the tastes of local delicacies, but also give you a chance to relax, take in the local sites, and soak in the tasty wines of the particular region you are visiting. Also the overnight accommodation will be easy on your wallet.
One such tourist farm is located right outside of Ptuj, in Jursinci, called Tourist Farm Toplak (Moj Dom Toplak). A real working farm with livestock, crops and best of all a huge vineyard, the farm is run by Marta and Simon Toplak with their son Marko. An addition to the original farmhouse has made the accommodations modern with showers and comfortable quarters.
While traveling and arriving past the dinner hour, owner Marta provided a huge bowl of chicken soup with homemade noodles free of charge. Sleeping was no problem with the country air and comfortable beds. Waking up the next morning, the huge portions of the breakfast (included with the room), with homemade breads, jams and jellies, fresh milk, cheeses, polenta and ham filled us for the day’s travel and touring of nearby Ptuj and the area. Getting supper in one of the nearby towns is easy (wanted to say quick, but there is nothing quick about eating in Slovenia – you don’t want to offend the locals by eating and running- ENJOY!) or just purchased cheese, salami, klobase (smoked sausage), bread, etc. at the local markets (like we did).
We arrived back at the farm and sat down outside at a table and had a feast of the local foods. By then it was time to walk off the above purchased foods and we were off on a short hike down the hill and past the fishpond, then back up the hill for the best part of the night. We were ready to partake in the farm’s excellent gold and silver medal winning wines, something that is an old tradition for the area, something the Roman writer Tacitus mentions Petovia’s (today’s Ptuj area) wines in the 1st century A.D.
Son Marko was the sommelier and we sampled great wines and purchased a few to take home. After tasting a few of the excellent wines, then back to the room for a full night’s sleep. Although we limited ourselves to hiking, the area offers bike riding, camping, thermal pools, a golf course and other outdoor activities. All of this provides an intake of good, clean country air.
In the winter there are nearby ski resorts, but that is true for all of Slovenia. For us, a better time could not have been had. We were relaxed, refreshed and re-invigorated, ready to take on Ljubljana , Maribor, Vienna or Graz, Austria on the fast highways of Central Europe.