Three Baltic States - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - have excellent conditions for the development of agritourism. The Curonian Spit and the coast of the Gulf of Riga, rural scenery along the Daugava River bed and Neman, mills and breweries island of Saaremaa - here are some reasons that make the Baltic region to be considered one of the centers of European agricultural recreation.
Ethnographic tourism in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and getting acquainted with the lifestyle of Baltic nations today is possible in several museums of the rural way of life in those countries. And there are both public and private museums among them. Exposure of private museums is often not less interesting than the government ones. As an example, Mihkli estate in Estonia, on the island of Saaremaa. The owner of farms, whose name was Mihklya had spent a long time collecting obsolete machinery and cars. After his death the farm was turned into a museum, which has become one of the business cards of Saaremaa.
The most famous crafts museums of Baltic States are Rumshishkes in Lithuania, Riga Ethnographic Museum and the Estonian National Museum in Tartu.
Internet offers extensive information about the agritourism in Baltic region. In Lithuania, a portal atostogoskaime.lt was created in several languages, and it is devoted exclusively to rural recreation in the country. The total number of estates on the site - more than 300. And individual attention is paid not only to inns, but also to the list of crafts and craftsmen of Lithuanian folk crafts. It is noteworthy to mention Latvian resource about agritourism: www.celotajs.lv. It brings together the offers of ecological tourism in the three Baltic states, and also provides online booking of rural estates. The website was created by Latvian association «Rural traveler».
In «Agritourism in the Baltic States» column you can find information about new and old rural estates, hotels and village inns, as well as to see announcements of various folk festivals in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.