Over the past decade, Harvest Hosts has gained popularity as more and more people discover this unique RVing experience.
Rather than parking your RV in boring parking lots or crowded, impersonal RV camps, you can, instead, park your RV at beautiful sites such as wineries, breweries, farms, museums, and other unique locations.
What is Harvest Hosts?
“Harvest Hosts is a membership program that provides access to a network of wineries, farms, breweries, museums and other unique attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight.”https://harvesthosts.com/about/
Harvest Hosts was founded in 2010 by Don and Kim Green after discovering France Passion while traveling across Europe.
France Passion is an RV visitation network that invites RV owners to stay for 24 hours at farms and wineries (sound familiar?). Upon their return to the United States, they looked for a similar system but found none. So they decided to start their own and Harvest Hosts was born.
In 2018, Joel and Mary Ashley Holland bought Harvest Hosts. Their mission is to make people’s lives happier and give them a sense of ultimate freedom by getting them off the couch and onto the open road.
Harvest Host Membership Benefits
Besides the obvious benefit of no longer being confined to RV campsites and boring parking lots, Harvest Hosts offers a wide variety of benefits for the adventurous RVer.
With an online directory of hosts, you can quickly find a location that will allow you to park for free overnight. A comprehensive App and online member dashboard allow you to manage all aspects of your account right from your mobile phone or laptop.
A Harvest Hosts membership is more than just a directory. It’s also fellow members posting photos, videos, and comments from some of their more memorable adventures.
Are Pets Welcome at Harvest Hosts?
Over 90% of the Harvest Hosts permit pets on a leash at your vehicle. Always check the Host’s information page for specific pet instructions. Don’t allow your pets to run free.
Some locations may only allow pets in the parking area and not on the actual grounds. Remember, you are a guest on private property.
Make sure you are responsible, and you clean up after your pet. Many of the farms have working animals that may not react well around your pet.
Always check with the Host to find out what is acceptable for your pet and what is not.
How Does Harvest Hosts Work?
Once you sign up under the plan that works best for you, you are ready to start your own Harvest Hosts RVing adventure at one of the 1237+ host locations.
To make it easier to find the perfect Host for your next adventure, Harvest Hosts offers a trip planner that allows members to plan their trip around ideal Host locations. Members can search for Hosts by location or by their planned route.
Code of Conduct
Although each Host has its own page that gives information about where you are parking and their do’s and don’ts, Harvest Host has its own Code of Conduct that you should follow for every host situation:
- You should have a self-contained RV with a water tank, a toilet, and indoor cooking facility
- You must maintain and carry proof of liability insurance on your vehicle
- Call each Host at least 24 hours in advance to check for availability
- Tell your Host what size vehicle you are driving when you call
- Arrive during business hours
- Introduce yourself and show the Host your membership card and, if asked, your liability insurance, as well
- Park only in the approved areas
- If you want to use a generator, check with your Host before making a reservation
- When using a generator, use it sparingly if you are near the Host’s home or neighbors
- Always make a purchase to show your appreciation for the free night’s stay (like a nice bottle of wine)
- Indoor cooking only, no outdoor kitchens, no campfires, or barbeques
- Keep a low profile
- No tents of any kind allowed
- Always use jack pads on asphalt when using jacks (check out the best RV Jack Pads for a permanent, easy solution)
- Supervise children and pets at all times
- Stay out of closed and restricted areas
- Beware of the local alcohol regulations before indulging in alcohol outside your vehicle
- Don’t leave any trash behind, take it with you
- Unless specifically invited by the Host, overnight stays are limited to one night
- Before you leave, thank your Host in person, or with a Harvest Host door hanger
More Than Just Wineries, Breweries, and Farms
Although gorgeous wineries, breweries, and farms make up the bulk of the locations, Harvest Hosts is not limited to just those locations.
Wine tasting may be fun, but how would you like to go sky diving? Sky Dive Chicago’s property is over 200 acres and has RV slots, a swimming pond, fishing, hiking… and of course, skydiving! You can stay overnight for free and pay for a unique sky diving adventure during your stay.
You could park your RV next to a restored Victorian School that is now the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. Or stay for free next to the beautiful waters of the coast and pay for a snorkeling and scuba diving adventure. How about visiting a luxury auto collection in Scottsdale, Arizona? Or what about staying at a cranberry bog in Cape Cod, a cavern, bowling alley, art museum, planetarium, or even the Route 66 Classic Car Museum. With over 166 museums and other attractions across the United States, the possibilities are endless!
But Harvest Hosts is also about more than just the locations. It’s also about the people you meet along the way, like-minded people from all over the world. Imagine getting to know your hosts, as well.
Many members have reported being invited in for hospitality by their Harvest Host after the day’s business was done. Many life-long friendships have been made thanks to Harvest Hosts.
The atmosphere of the locations is a decidedly huge improvement over the RV camps and busy parking lots. Who wouldn’t rather a stay at a beautiful winery over a crowded and noisy RV camp?
How Do the Hosts Benefit if it’s Free?
How do the Hosts benefit from this program if RVers are staying for free at their location? Some Hosts are in it for the pure joy of meeting new and interesting people from all over the world and supporting the full-time RV lifestyle.
Other Hosts are looking for a unique and free marketing opportunity that allows them to share their products with new customers from all over the world.
Members are encouraged to spend at least $20 with their Hosts or with local businesses. Members purchase their Host’s products or buy from the gift shops in appreciation for their generous hospitality.
As a result, members collectively spend millions of dollars annually each year while visiting Harvest Hosts locations all over the United States.
Harvest Host Membership Plans
Harvest Hosts offers two membership plans that provide unlimited free overnight stays at over 1237 host locations, including the lower 48 U.S. states, Baja California, Alaska, and Canada
- 403 Wineries
- 83 Breweries and distilleries
- 223 Farms
- 166 Museums and other attractions
- 357 Golf courses and country clubs
- Plus access to area spas and restaurants
The Harvest Hosts Classic membership plan only costs $79 per year, renewed annually, and offers access to 881 locations across the U.S. The Classic membership typically pays for itself in the equivalent of the cost of two nights at a campground.
Avid golfers will appreciate the Harvest Hosts +Golf membership plan over the Classic. For an additional $40, it offers access to 357 golf courses and country clubs, whereas the Classic membership does not.
This annual plan renews for $119 per year and quickly pays for itself in the equivalent of the cost of three nights at a campground.
If you are unhappy for any reason with your membership (but we don’t think you will be), Harvest Hosts offers a 100% money-back guarantee.
Take your dry camping trip from ordinary to extraordinary. For the adventurous RVer, Harvest Hosts offers more than just an overnight stay.
You get the opportunity to see and visit places that you normally wouldn’t see. You encounter and befriend interesting people from all across the world. And you make wonderful memories with your family and pets that you can cherish for a lifetime.
Considering all that, Harvest Hosts is an extraordinary deal for less than $120 a year.
This membership is not meant to be a stand-alone membership so you many need another RV club membership or two as you travel.
We think it complements the 50% off camping discount club Passport America and Thousand Trails really well filling in areas where they don’t have camping options. It also allows you to break up the campgrounds with some unique camping locations.
If this membership sounds interesting to you, check out Boondockers Welcome for more unique camping opportunities.
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