Traveling Turkey: Ekotepe

The entrance to Ekotepe Organic Farm lies on top of a hill outside of Adana, Turkey, Nov. 11, 2012. Ekotepe offers a traditional Turkish brunch Saturdays and Sundays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

The entrance to Ekotepe Organic Farm lies on top of a hill outside of Adana, Turkey, Nov. 11, 2012. Ekotepe offers a traditional Turkish brunch Saturdays and Sundays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Team Incirlik members have breakfast at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012 near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is an organic farm about 30 minutes north of Adana that sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by the beautiful Turkish country side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Team Incirlik members have breakfast at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012 near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is an organic farm about 30 minutes north of Adana that sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by the beautiful Turkish country side. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A Turkish tea pot heats for guests at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana Turkey. Ekotepe offers a traditional Turkish brunch Saturdays and Sunday and sits in the foothills outside of Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A Turkish tea pot heats for guests at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana Turkey. Ekotepe offers a traditional Turkish brunch Saturdays and Sunday and sits in the foothills outside of Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Children play in a fountain at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is an organic farm that lies about 30 minutes north of Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released))

Children play in a fountain at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is an organic farm that lies about 30 minutes north of Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released))

A monkey looks out of a cage at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. A variety of animals reside at the farm including peacocks, chicken, sheep and horses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A monkey looks out of a cage at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. A variety of animals reside at the farm including peacocks, chicken, sheep and horses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Chickens wander around in a building at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. A variety of animals reside at the farm including peacocks, chicken, sheep and horses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Chickens wander around in a building at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. A variety of animals reside at the farm including peacocks, chicken, sheep and horses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

An Ekotepe Organic Farm worker rides up a hill Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is on top of a hill surrounded by some of the most beautiful country side in Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

An Ekotepe Organic Farm worker rides up a hill Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is on top of a hill surrounded by some of the most beautiful country side in Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A guest reaches for an olive in one of Ekotepe Organic Farm’s groves Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Visitors to Ekotepe can enjoy a meal, interact with animals, and wander through the groves enjoying the beautiful scenery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A guest reaches for an olive in one of Ekotepe Organic Farm’s groves Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Visitors to Ekotepe can enjoy a meal, interact with animals, and wander through the groves enjoying the beautiful scenery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

An Ekotepe Organic Farm worker rides up a hill Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is on top of a hill surrounded by some of the most beautiful country side in Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

An Ekotepe Organic Farm worker rides up a hill Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. Ekotepe is on top of a hill surrounded by some of the most beautiful country side in Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

A child holds onto the bars of a gate and watches some sheep at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012. On top of their organic food, guests can also enjoy interacting with the animals at Ekotepe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)
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A child holds onto the bars of a gate and watches some sheep at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012. On top of their organic food, guests can also enjoy interacting with the animals at Ekotepe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

Team Incirlik members wander down the hill after a relaxing afternoon at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. The Ekotepe restaurant is located about 30 minutes outside of Adana in the foothills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)
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Team Incirlik members wander down the hill after a relaxing afternoon at Ekotepe Organic Farm Nov. 11, 2012, near Adana, Turkey. The Ekotepe restaurant is located about 30 minutes outside of Adana in the foothills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)

ADANA, Turkey -- Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing series of spots of interest in the area.

Being stationed in Turkey provides many amazing opportunities. One of the best of those is traveling to places that few will ever have the chance to visit in their lifetime.

Many options for easy traveling are provided by offices on base such as Outdoor Recreation, Information, Tickets and Travel and the Community Center.

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with the Community Center to a nearby gem.

About 30 minutes outside of Incirlik Air Base, nestled in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, lies a quaint little farm called Ekotepe that offers a traditional Turkish style breakfast of eggs, milk, tea, fruit, cheese, bread and juice - all grown and produced on location.

The scenery in the area offers breathtaking views of the rolling hills and not-too-far away soaring mountains. Narrow hiking paths are scattered around the grounds where guests can walk along after their meal, or interact with the animals in the area.

There are chickens, sheep, goats, horses, peacocks, puppies and even a monkey that can be seen.

One can even find themselves wandering through groves of olive and pomegranate trees, seeing the actual branches where their meal came from.

Near the kitchen line, there is a fireplace and a seating area where visitors can watch Turkish women in traditional clothes make and toss the dough for the bread that is soon to be put out.

The place is truly like a dream, and makes one feel as if they have stepped into another world.

At times it can be easy to feel as if you are isolated and not really in another country while on Incirlik AB, but once you step outside the gate and head a couple miles down the road a whole new world will open up to you.

This was an amazing opportunity to see and experience what is beyond the front gate. The culture is unique and the country is beautiful.

I highly recommend a trip to Ekotepe for brunch. The food was amazing and the experience like none other.