As much as we all love RV vacationing, there are certain challenges that come with this method of travel. For instance, where to spend the evening on the road when traveling far distances from one location to the next is a common challenge for every RV traveler! Many RV vacationers may not be aware of their choices in overcoming this challenge of finding a convenient and beautiful place to stay the night while in transition from one destination to the next. Even if there are amazing sites and attractions nearby, spending night after night in Wal-Mart parking lots can become less than desirable. And during the peak vacation season, finding an available campsite is not always possible. Discover another and far better over-night camping option you now have with Harvest Hosts!
Harvest Hosts is changing all of that. Harvest Hosts is a program where wineries, farms, and breweries from all over the country open their gates to you for overnight dry camping. Seasoned RV travelers Kim and Don Greene started this luxury-style camping concept in the U.S. after driving over 200,000 miles by RV all over the world. They found that it was common for wineries and farms in Europe to host travelers overnight, but nothing similar existed in the United States. In true entrepreneurial spirit, they started their own version of a European hosting association.
From their small and localized upstart with locations only in California, Oregon, and Washington, Harvest Hosts has expanded to include numerous locations across the continental United States, Canada, and even Baja California in Mexico! The program requires a nominal $40 membership fee for the entire year, giving you money-saving access to travel across North America without paying a cent for camping or parking!
In return, these small (usually family-run) businesses simply ask that you purchase a bottle of wine or some of their other homemade goods. Sampling local vintages and farm produce is already on the to-do list for most RV vacationers, so it’s a small price to pay for the great company and amazing locations available. Free overnight parking added into the activities that you were already planning on is too good to pass up! There’s really nothing like watching a sunset and sharing a glass of wine with the people that made it.
Once becoming a member, you can search through interactive maps that show available hosts and the amenities that they provide. It’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure that the farm or winery you have in mind actually has space for you, though. Many of the hosts are small-time operations that may not accommodate a large number of vehicles at one time. That’s part of the charm, however. Instead of an endless sea of RVs, you get the experience of potentially being your host’s only guest! There’s nothing like waking up to a beautiful morning and being greeted only by the sound of the wind in the trees and farm animals starting their day.
Another benefit to being a member is access to a handy app that helps you find locations along the routes you are planning to take. You can also use online forums where you may ask questions of other travelers, read up on host reviews, and even share your own vacation experiences and photos. It’s a valuable tool for selecting the very best spots for your trip.
Overall, Harvest Hosts is providing a valuable service for small-town agricultural businesses and the RV vacationers that love to visit them. Get out of the parking lots and start making beautiful memories and having the best RV trips of your life!
Once you’ve experienced this pleasurable and memorable RV experience, send us a few photos and we’ll happily share them with our readers and on El Monte RV’s facebook page!
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