What could be better than a free overnight stop? How about a free overnight stop at a winery or farm? Welcome to Harvest Hosts™, a new RV membership program designed with the enthusiastic RVer in mind!
Kim & Don Greene had been traveling for many years in their motorhome, when in 2008, while traveling across Europe, they were introduced to France Passion, an RV visitation network that invites RV owners to visit farms and wineries and stay for 24 hours.
Upon returning to the U.S., Kim & Don had hoped to find a similar program. But discovering that no program existed, they decided to create a program themselves. So after months of research, Harvest Hosts, LLC was born!
Harvest Hosts is the first membership program of its kind in the United States to provide RV owners with free overnight stops at wineries and farms across the country. Hosts can be found in all of the lower 48 States, Alaska and Baja California, with new Hosts signing up regularly. 2011 will find Harvest Hosts expanding into the Canadian Provinces.
Host vintners and farmers generously invite self-contained RV owners (motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers, truck and van campers) to visit their vineyards, farms and orchards and to stay for 24 hours, free of charge. Most of the Hosts are small, mom-and-pop agricultural operations and are not formal campgrounds. Your visit requires that you dry-camp and that you agree to a common sense “Code of Conduct”.
The Hosts reflect the diversity of American farms and provide an opportunity to visit all kinds of agriculture-based businesses from dairy farms and cider mills to breweries and wineries. Many of the Hosts are also eager to welcome volunteers, so if you have extra time when you visit, your help might be appreciated. Hosts are located in scenic areas that are fun and full of history and at the end of the day, RV owners can enjoy the peace and tranquility of a parking spot in the country.
There is no obligation or requirement to buy anything from your Host. However, if they are offering something for sale that you like, your support would be most welcomed. You will get value for your money with the freshest fruits and vegetables available right from the source and delectable baked goods, cheeses and bottles of wines that you’d be unlikely to find in big stores.
Members of Harvest Hosts receive online access to the Host Directory which contains locations, contact information, hours, GPS coordinates and Hosts’ activities. They also receive a Membership Card, a Vehicle ID Badge and access to the members-only pages on the website.
Membership is good for 12 months from the date of joining and new memberships are $30.00, while renewing members receive a discount to $25.00.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about camping, campgrounds, regulations, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. Campgrounds are located in the most historic and scenic places in the USA, and the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping in America.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.