What if I told you there’s a way you can park your RV motorhome or camper for the night at a select winery, farm, museum or golf course? Well, get ready to pour yourself a cold one or tee it up because we’re going to show you how we utilize a cool membership called Harvest Hosts!
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WOW! Check out that view below! Wouldn’t you love to do that? That’s where we parked our Class C motorhome amidst the grape vineyards at a small town winery in Pennsylvania! After settling in, we enjoyed a wine tasting in their amazing wine cellar.
And then, here’s a photo of Dan in all his glory hugging a rum barrel during a tour of a distillery in Arizona. After the private tour, we sat in their lounge enjoying concoctions made from their rums and vodkas.
A couple of years ago, while gathered around a campfire, a friend of ours told us about parking overnight at wineries, distilleries, farms and museums. Because we just installed our solar and energy management system on our former fifth wheel and boondocking was on our horizon, we just had to get onboard this amazing opportunity.
Since, we’ve stayed at and patronized about a dozen Harvest Hosts. And we are planning to visit more! Each is unique; setting themselves apart. But, all Harvest Hosts have one thing in common; their fantastic hospitality! They are eager to share their facilities, expertise and products.
What are Harvest Hosts?
A Harvest Host is a designated winery, distillery, brewery, farm, museum, golf course that opens their doors and their parking lots to RVers. By agreeing to participate in the program (free for the hosts!), the hosts are giving permission for current card-carrying members to park free on their property overnight.
How does the Harvest Hosts membership work?
For the average price of three nights at an RV park or campground, RV owners can purchase an annual Harvest Hosts membership that will grant permission to park your RV for FREE on participating wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms, museums and even golf courses for a whole year!
One small caveat though not required; it is customary to show appreciation by supporting their business. Whether it’s experiencing a wine or spirits tasting, purchasing products or souvenirs, buying a meal or playing a round of golf, it makes the program worthwhile for everyone.
We recommend spending a minimum of $20 (or more) to support your Harvest Hosts. Although, from looking what we purchased at Desert Diamond Distillery in Kingman, Arizona, certainly there is no limit. (see below)
Harvest Hosts Membership guidelines and requirements
- A qualified totally self-contained RV (Host locations don’t provide hookups or services such as bathrooms)
- No tent-trailers, outdoor kitchens or tents of any kind are allowed
- Overnight stays are limited to one night (you must call ahead and arrive during business hours)
- Proof of membership and registration are required upon arrival
- Members are required to maintain liability insurance on your vehicle and proof of such insurance must be carried in the vehicle.
- Harvest Host locations will not be held liable for damage or theft to your RV, toad, or your tow vehicle, or injury to you, your family or guests.
Can any RV, Camper or Van Park at a Harvest Host?
Your RV, Camper or Van must be totally self-contained. Typically, there are no hookups at any of the Harvest Hosts. Your motorhome or towable must have it’s own working toilet, kitchen, and water onboard. Sorry, soft-side hybrid campers, tent pop-up campers, overlanding tents and car camping doesn’t qualify for membership.
Are pets allowed?
Of course! However, when calling the Harvest Hosts to see if they have availability, ask your pets are allowed. If so, they must be leashed and contained at all times. Be aware that farms and vineyards have livestock and other animals including their own pets.
Can I run my generator?
If you need to run a generator, always ask even prior to making your reservation. As well as the Host, respect your fellow RVers and patrons, noise ordinances and quiet hours (typically 11:00 pm – 7:00 am).
How much is a membership?
If you have no interest in parking at golf course establishments, then you may want the Harvest Hosts Classic program. However, if you’re interested in adding the Golf Package, that’s additional per year. Here’s a great explanation of what each membership gives you:
Be aware that the number of Harvest Hosts may very as the program picks up additional hosts or some may discontinue their participation in the membership based program.
How can I join in on the fun?
It’s super simple! All you have to do is click the graphic above to sign up! Oh, and, guess what? By signing up under us, we’ll gift you 15% off your membership fee!
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