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Take a virtual tour of gorgeous acreages from around the country. We'd love to add your beautiful place to our slideshow! Post your photos in our Beautiful Places gallery from the link below.
  • Island oasis

    What could be more relaxing than an island right on your own property? Here, a wooden footbridge leads to an island in the pond on David and Martha Swift's property near Lake Michigan's eastern shore, and six Adirondack chairs facing the water welcome visitors. One frequent visitor is a blue heron, who enjoys fishing for bass, bluegill and catfish from the island's shore.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Stone sanctuary

    Stan and Debra Berberich turned this 12,000-square-foot stone barn once used to house draft horses into a home for them and their children and grandchildren. One of the more unusual features of the home is an indoor basketball court on the second floor. The Grant Wood Art Festival is held on their property,

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Welcome, guests!

    Guests at the Loren and Dianna Engelbrecht's Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg, Iowa, can help with the daily milking, gather eggs, or feed the peacocks, llamas, goats, and old world Jacob sheep. Their latest enterprise is a vineyard and winery, which they developed partly with money from a USDA grant.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Water wonder

    John and Barb Bauman of Maple Plain, Minnesota, built an elaborate pond on their acreage, designed for swimming. The Baumans and their three children enjoy swimming in the summer, campfires near the pond in the fall, and one-on-one hockey in the winter.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Modern history

    An entrepreneur, artisan, and self-taught builder, Dick Schwab has constructed a wooden, double-round barn and four unique limestone barns on his acreage near Solon, Iowa. This two-story barn is 40 feet in diameter and features a gothic church window cupola and six Gothic church windows. His largest creation has a 4,000-square-foot first floor and 1,000-square-foot loft, and is used for hosting parties and charitable events.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Deck for a lifetime

    Marlen Kemmet designed this beautiful deck on the Iowa acreage he shares with wife Shamrae and their children. He chose ipe, a durable rain forest wood used on Atlantic City's boardwalks, for the building material. The fire pit is made from a concrete manhole section lined with firebrick, partially filled with pea gravel, and painted with high-temperature black paint. The deck's upper level features dining and cooking areas, complete with stainless-steel grill, workspace, cabinets and more.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Happy trails

    Cindy and Tony DeVuono are members of the Caledonia Conservancy, Ltd., an organized group dedicated to the preservation, maintenance, and growth of trails and greenspace. Trails are for horseback riding, walking, and hiking. Here, Cindy and her horse, Sonny, take flight over one of the jumps along the trail. The DeVuonos bought a 26-acre property along the trail so they could ride.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Southern comfort

    Kevin Martin, son Cole, daughter McKinney Faye and wife Pamela soak in the beauty of their Georgia farm, along with dogs Phoenix (Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever), Cypress (Golden Retriever) and Fenway (Golden Retriever), and 14-year-old Quarterhorse Tucker. The family now lives on 10 acres in North Carolina, in the beautiful Smokey Mountains. <I>Photo: Bryan White</I>

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Tranquil in Tennessee

    Elaine Lovelace submitted this photo of her acreage in Moscow, Tennessee, where she and her husband have lived for 30 years.
    "This is such a tranquil place," she says. "We have many tall trees here for the cattle in the summertime and several small ponds which they like in hot weather. The tall trees around the house are great for sitting outside with the grandchildren when they visit. If there was heaven on earth we feel like we have arrived!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Woodland escape

    Margaret Razus raised her family in the city, but when her husband retired early, they bought 50 acres of wooded land as an investment. After five years of clean-up while on hunting and camping trips, the couple took the plunge and built a home on their Indiana acreage. "We have a beautiful, secluded, quiet ranch home in the woods," she says, complete with deer, fox, wild turkeys and other wildlife. "I wish we had done this years earlier. I think our girls would have loved living this close to nature. I know we surely do."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Historical homestead

    Russell and Lakota Myers live on the same Missouri land that has been in the family since it was homesteaded in the 1840s. They and their three daughters raise Katahdin x Dorper hair sheep, plus fruits and vegetables for the local farmer's market. Their plans for the future include expanding an orchard, opening a bed and breakfast or vacation cabins, and selling produce as a CSA. With Community Supported Agriculture, customers help with food production in exchange for a share at harvest time.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Fantastic flowers

    Dave Adkins of Salisbury, Maryland, sent this photo of a beautiful patch of azaleas in his yard. It's one of many spots where he grows the colorful flower.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Escape from the city

    Terry Boone and his wife live in Chicago, but have a cabin on an acreage outside of Elizabeth, Illinois. "It's always nice when my wife Sharon and I can get away to our simple country home," he says. "The vistas are breathtaking and it's a nice break from the city."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Seven Lakes sunset

    Michelle Bolton sent several beautiful photos of her place in Seven Lakes, North Carolina. She lives right on the lake, where she regularly gets to witness gorgeous sunsets like this.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • No rooster needed

    The view from Michelle's backyard is just as beautiful in the morning. She calls this photo 'God's wake-up call,' and says, "I feel so blessed to live on a lake to witness God's artwork. Wow, He's so creative!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Flowing flowers

    The views <I>in</I> Michelle's backyard are as stunning as the views <I>from</I> it. Here, a river of tulips flows around a tree and through the yard.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Garden friend

    Michelle's flower gardens offer a veritable buffet to neighborhood bees. "This was my summer pet bee," she says. "I went out every morning and rubbed his back!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Beautiful visitor

    Bees aren't the only ones who enjoy the feast that can be found in Michelle's gardens. Here, a beautiful butterfly samples some sweetness from one of her lilies.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Snack time for Myrtle

    Mark and Marisa Smith live on 12 acres in Benton, Kentucky. The photo of Myrtle the goat munching on this beautiful blooming wisteria was taken before a hard frost hit in April. Since then, Myrtle has become the mother of twins.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Lovely longhorns

    After many years of showing horses, DeeDee and Neal Strauss bought some Texas Longhorn cattle five years ago. They now breed, raise and train the cattle on their Stillwater, Oklahoma, acreage. They halter break all of their calves and train them as riding steers, in trick training and harness driving, and for use as large companion animals.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Peaceful pier

    Linda and Solon Smith live on an acreage in rural Lake Chicot, Arkansas, on the largest oxbow lake in the nation. "My husband built this pier along with a deck on the back of our house," Linda says. "It is truly a beautiful place that we enjoy."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Heartland of America

    Bob Mandell lives on 16 acres along a creek near Collins, Iowa, which includes both pasture and wooded areas. "I wanted to show the beauty of the wide expanses of farmland and the horizon-to-horizon views," he says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Welcoming deck

    "The front of our house was not very inviting prior to the addition of the deck; it was a sloping, hard-pan-clay eye-sore that I couldn't grow any grass on," writes Brian Swift of Roebuck, South Carolina. "Now we have a comfortable place to entertain, watch the birds, and kick back. The rest of our yard is still a work in progress, and we look forward to continuing to create it and do the work ourselves."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Barn on the bayou

    Lanny and Beverly Borne live on 12 acres in Louisiana. Their barn was built in the 1960's. "It gets more rustic with every passing year, and, to us, more beautiful," Beverly says. "The wildlife and swamps that so many tourists come to see are only steps from our backyard."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Gardening as therapy

    "My yard and flowers are my stress therapy," says ICU nurse Mary Harrell of Brandon, Mississippi. Her husband built this water garden several years ago with a kit, and the rocks were collected during pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota. When she cleans the pond each spring, Mary's grandchildren love to check on the bullfrogs that live under the liner. The large hollow log by the pond washed up on a sandbar on the Mississippi River, and Mary's husband brought it home for her. "The soothing music of falling water can be heard from our bedroom when the windows are open," she says, "or enjoyed relaxing in a hammock on summer nights."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Beautiful work in progress

    Robyn Fincher of Texarkana, Texas, sent this photo of her family's latest project, building an authentic timber frame barn. Her husband cut most of the logs, built the sawmill to turn them into lumber, drew the blueprints, notched the beams, and is now in the process of putting it all together. Once the barn is complete, the Finchers and their three children will live in temporary housing quarters inside until their house is built. Robyn's husband is a railroad switchman, but has worked hard to learn what he needs to know to build the barn. "I am very, very proud of him," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012

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