The best present a person can receive is love, but the second-best present is a box of puppies wrapped in money. Give a gift that is almost as good as a money-wrapped dog box with today's Groupon to Bennett Farms , located in Heflin, plotted halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta on I-20. Bennett Farms welcomes guests for its Country Christmas on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Choose between two options:
- For $5, you get two tickets to the Bennett Farms Country Christmas (a $10 value).
- For $22, you get $45 toward a Christmas tree 6 feet in height or taller.
Get a refreshing fix of invigorating air this winter by visiting the scenic, family-run confines of Bennett Farms, a 30-acre outdoor oasis that's ideal for wholesome seasonal fun. Today's Groupon gets you two passes, granting you and a wise companion access to all that Country Christmas has to offer, or $45 toward a 6-foot or taller holiday forest plant culled from fresh soil. Double knot your bootlaces and head to the fire pit for a marshmallow-roasting excursion (s'mores kits available for an additional fee), or take in festive lights while imbibing hot chocolate or piping cider. Cross your mittened fingers that you catch a glimpse of Santa or at least his dapperly dressed accountant. If you need to rest your feet, climb aboard a cozy hay chariot for a relaxing roundabout across the farm, or cuddle up for a nap in the Bennett Farms corn crib. Before you leave, stop by the petting farm to receive a four-hooved back massage, then make your way to the country store and kitchen for ornaments, handmade soaps, and a scrumptious assortment of treats.
If you plant it, they will come. The words rang in Jim Bennett’s ears as he shot awake in September 2009. Jim had dreamed of taking his daughter to a pumpkin patch, and when he awoke that night he scribbled plans to bring that dream to life. Over the next year, Jim and his crew hand planted pumpkin seeds on the fourth-generation Bennett Farm to prepare it for a fate quite different than its 60 years as a cattle farm without a single crop grown on it.
These days, pumpkins and gourds wait on the vine in three patches as hayrides pass by daily. At the petting farm, youngsters interact with sheep, miniature horses, and miniature-miniature horses, which mice rode in the old west. Kids can also navigate a hay-bale maze, frolic in the corn crib, and race down a 36-inch, 20-foot-long pipe slide.
Chefs in the cook house craft teacakes, pork skins, and apple pies with a wood-burning stove and wash pots hanging over an open fire. In the sorghum mill, workers transform farm-grown cane syrup, which the Bennetts sell in their country store alongside handmade soap and honey from local vendors.