Fall Camping Spotlight: New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country

RV travel to visit wineries is a delicious way to explore the joys of autumn. One wine region that offers RVers abundant opportunities to taste, camp and sightsee your way through fall is New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country. No matter if you go for a long weekend or a leisurely, two-week trip, you’re going to come home with delectable wines and happy memories to savor through the holidays.

RV Camping to New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country

With the fall foliage ready to stun your senses and more than one hundred wineries to please your palate, this is a trip you don’t want to miss. Point your GPS toward Lakes Seneca, Keuka and Cayuga in Upstate NY (about four hours east of Erie, PA on I-90 or four hours north of the Kingston/Scranton area via I-81). That’s where you’ll find the majority of Finger Lakes wineries and some mighty spectacular scenery, year-round.   Finger Lakes NY wine country

This lush, hilly region features fertile valleys filled with mile after mile of vineyards, farm stands and fall festivals to tempt RV travelers. Picture a trip filled with flavors—the wines, of course, but also splendid farm-to-table restaurant fare, exotic chocolates, farm-fresh cheeses and boutique brews from local distilleries. Are you getting the picture that you may want to plan an extended trip, just to experience all New York’s Finger Lakes Region has to offer?

But let’s get back to the wines, our focus on this New York RV camping excursion. With so many choices available in wineries, tasting rooms and vintages, you’ll need to narrow things down a bit. One helpful tool for filtering your experience can be found at FingerLakesWineCountry.com.

From Rooster Hill Vineyards in Penn Yan, NY to Chateau Lafayette Reneau near Hector, the tasting rooms and scenic surroundings are waiting to enchant. It’s suggested you choose three to five to visit each day so you’re not overwhelmed, and plan to slow down for a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant or with a picnic on the grounds.

What makes these wines worth an RV trip to discover? There’s something here for everyone! Whether your tastes run to Reislings, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, there’s a Finger Lakes Region winery that offers something remarkable. You’ll even find sparkling wines in the region, and the brews offered by local distilleries are waiting to expand your palate, as well.

Let’s not forget about the campgrounds that make your wine tour of Upstate New York so accessible. Many campgrounds surrounding the Finger Lakes are open at least through October to accommodate leaf peepers, wine enthusiasts and fall festival fans. Whether you choose to camp near Watkins Glen, Corning, Ithaca or one of a dozen other memorable Finger Lakes towns, camping there in autumn promises cool, crisp air, gorgeous fall foliage and wineries within a short drive. Here’s a link you might find helpful to locate campgrounds in the Finger Lakes Region.

Admit it, you’re already planning your New York wine country camping trip, aren’t you? And who would blame you—with all that the glorious Finger Lakes region has to offer? We’re here to help, if you’re in need of an RV rental. You can also gather information to help plan your trip by contacting area wineries and campgrounds.

Get a taste of the best of New York with a trip to Finger Lakes Wine Country by RV. It’s a splendid way to spend an autumn weekend and a place you’ll plan to visit again soon.

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Along the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail by RV

RV travelers who enjoy good wines simply must make the trip to Texas Hill Country. That’s where you’ll discover more than two dozen wineries that call this scenic region home. You’ll also find warm Texas hospitality waiting at RV resorts and campgrounds near towns like Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Boerne.

Grab your corkscrew and travel along as we journey the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail by RV.

Where to Find Texas Hill Country Wineries

Picture a circle that begins west of Temple, TX at San Saba and then swings south and east to encompass Austin and New Braunfels, west to pick up Kerrville and Fredericksburg and then back north to its starting point. That’s a rough approximation of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail.

It leads to vineyards and tasting rooms in the towns we just mentioned, plus those in Hill Country burgs like Stonewall, Tow and Dripping Springs. The vineyards stretch out for miles, offering spectacular views that invite Texas RV travelers to stop and drink in the beauty unfolding through their windshields.

The vineyards that dot the countryside offer award-winning vintages for visitors to sample in their tasting rooms. Surrounded by historic buildings, state-of-the-art winemaking technology and beautifully groomed grounds, Hill Country wineries invite you to stay and sip awhile before choosing which wines to take home with you.Temecula Wine Vineyards

Here’s a small sampling of the amazing establishments RV travelers to Texas will enjoy while visiting Hill Country. Be sure to use the link above to learn more about what’s waiting for you there.

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, a small boutique winemaker near New Braunfels, pioneered the ‘Black Spanish’ wine explosion in Texas. Beautiful grounds and one heck of a survival story make them a favorite with Wine Country visitors.
  • Chisholm Trail Winery just west of Fredericksburg is famous for its free-roaming livestock as well as its wide selection of award-winning wines.
  • Perissos Vineyard & Winery near Burnet, TX is not only scenic, it’s a friendly, family-run place that’s been built on a tradition of excellence.
  • Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 is a collection of fifteen wineries along US Hwy 290 east of Fredericksburg. If you’re limited on time and would like to visit as many Hill Country wineries as possible on your RV camping trip, this is the place to be. From Grape Creek Vineyards to Lost Draw Cellars, the tasting rooms along US Hwy 290 are sure to offer a new favorite. 

Where to Camp in Texas Wine Country

Once you’ve settled on the wineries you’d like to tour, it’s time to book the campsites that suit your style and budget. Texas Hill Country campgrounds run the gamut from a small but scenic golf and RV resort on the Llano River to an urban RV campground just south of Austin. You’ll also find numerous Corps of Engineers campgrounds at area lakes and an impressive number of affordable, well-maintained campgrounds in towns like Kerrville, Bandera and Spicewood.

Whether you’re planning to meander your way through Hill Country, visiting one winery at a time, or to book a chauffeured Wine Country tour, complete with guide, your RV trip to visit Texas Hill Country vineyards will be remarkable. Be sure to check the websites of the ones you’d like to visit, as many of them host special events that will add even more enjoyment to your trip. And don’t forget, El Monte RV Rentals in Dallas is just three hours north of Hill Country wineries and always happy to help with your travel needs.

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Harvest Hosts Upgrades the Way RVers Travel in the U.S.

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 Winery Participant in Nottingham, New York

HARVEST HOSTS Winery Partner

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!

Taste and Experience the Pleasure of RV Road Traveler!

Taste and Experience the Pleasure of the RV Road Traveler!

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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Photo credits: RV at Winery by Ray & Roxanne Nottingham courtesy of Harvest Hosts and the wine and food photo by Colleen Lane is licensed under Flickr commons.

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RV Vacation to California Wine Country

Did you know there are actually thirteen separate regions in California that claim the name “Wine Country?” Whether you long to sample the flavors of Napa, Mendocino or Temecula, there’s a great RV vacation in store. Stay with us as we savor the possibilities of an RV vacation to California Wine Country.

RV Camping in Northern California Wine Country
Why not start your RV trip into Northern California’s Wine Country by reserving a spot at Wine Country RV Park-Sonoma Grove? This well-equipped park is only forty-five miles north of San Francisco, in the heart of Sonoma County wine country. Taste the award winning pinots of Gary Farrell Winery in Healdsburg, then head back down Hwy 101 to Santa Rosa, where Matanzas Creek Winery offers stunning views and wonderful wines.

We can definitely help you rent a comfortable RV to call home during your trip. Just contact our San Francisco RV rentals office to get started.

For another fabulous round of wine tastings in Northern California’s Wine Country, come visit Napa Valley. This fertile valley is absolutely overflowing with famous wineries! Flora Springs Vineyards in St. Helena offers a nice tour and wine tasting package. You’ll also love the offerings at the Hess Collection, on Redwood Road in Napa. Plan to stay at Dutcher Creek RV Park in Cloverdale so you’re near the best vineyards.

There are simply too many world-famous wineries in the Wine Country Region of Northern California. Use this comprehensive wine country guide to find more vineyards to visit while you’re there.

Central California Wine Country RV Trips
The San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles area is also abundant in its wine production. Pick up your RV rental at El Monte RV Rentals, and then treat yourself to the varietals of HammerSky Vineyards, just down the road. Wine Country RV Resort, right there in Paso Robles, is surrounded by dozens of wineries, and even offers this helpful list of local vineyards.

Other wonderful places to visit in the area, if wine tastings are on your mind, are Justin Winery and Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard, and Midnight Cellars.

Southern California Wine Country RV Trips
About forty miles south of our El Monte RV Rentals office in Corona, you can visit almost two dozen wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Although wine hasn’t been grown in this region as long as in Napa Valley, they’ve already produced some very respectable wines.

Some local favorites? The Hart Family Winery, the elegant Falkner Winery and beautiful La Cereza. Plan to make Pechanga RV Resort, run by the Pechanga Native American tribe, your base for a Temecula Valley Wine Country RV trip.

What could be more deliciously relaxing than a leisurely RV trip through California’s wine regions? Start planning yours today, and get ready to indulge in relaxing RV camping and some of America’s very finest wines. Check out this site for more California Wine Resources / Wine Information.

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RV Vacation to Washington Wine Country

Here’s a great way to spend your next RV camping vacation – touring Washington’s Wine Country! More than one hundred wineries can be found throughout Washington’s wine-producing regions, and there’s no shortage of gorgeous RV campgrounds as you travel. Let’s take a quick drive through two suggested Wine Country itineraries, just to give you a taste.

Wine Country Itinerary

1: Columbia Valley
We suggest starting your trip in Seattle.  On this trip, head to the Columbia Valley wineries via I-90, then back north at George on Hwy 28. On this northern leg, visit Saint Laurent and Sunset Vineyards, then continue north to find the Horan Estates Winery at Wenatchee. There are actually eleven wineries along the road from Quincy to Leavenworth, so plan to visit tasting rooms to your heart’s delight!

If you’re ready for more wine-tasting adventures, wind your way a bit farther north to Lake Chelan, where nine wineries are nestled near the city of Chelan itself. There’s a terrific RV campground right in a City park there, so why not camp in the center of this wine-rich city and plan to spend several days?

Wine Country Itinerary

2: Yakima Valley
This itinerary also starts in Seattle, then heads south from I-90 on Hwy 97 to Yakima, WA. From Yakima to Benton City along Hwy 82, you’ll find more than fifty wineries to tempt your palate! Fabulous variations of Chardonnay, Riesling and Merlot are available in wine-tasting rooms throughout the Valley.

Labels like Sagelands and Masset Winery can be found at Wapato. Farther south, the town of Zillah boasts Claar Cellars, Agate Field and Paradisos Del Sol wineries, among ten or more vineyards in the area! You could literally spend weeks learning the joys of Washington vintages, without ever leaving the Yakima Valley.

As you rest your palate for another round of wine-tastings, consider staying at Yakima River RV Park, just north of Yakima, WA or Wine Country RV Park in Prosser, WA.

Whether you’re filling out your own wine collection, or buying Washington wines to give for gifts, making the trip to Washington wineries by RV will be unforgettable. Experience Washington’s Wine Country for yourself, we’re here to help make your pursuit of the grape most enjoyable!

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El Monte RV Promoting Visiting Wine Country in an RV

El Monte RV Rentals is promoting visiting wine country in an RV. See:

If you ever have had the opportunity to check out the prices of the B&Bs and resorts in California’s wine country you would quickly come to realize that an RV rental is an excellent low-cost alternative for visiting wine country.

Additional California Wine Country Resources

RV Parks in California Wine Country (Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma)

Some places to stay when RV camping to wine country:

RV Rentals for a California Wine Country RV Vacation

To get set up for the perfect California wine country RV vacation, check out the California RV Vacation and Rental Resources page.

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