Free Camping at Wineries and Farms
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 offering unlimited free camping!
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 with new Hosts signing up nearly every day. 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 the American farm. You have the option of visiting wineries, u-pick farms, orchards, farm markets, cider mills, maple sugarhouses, dairy farms, flower and herb gardens, creameries, breweries, distilleries, open-air museums and wildlife rescue/animal parks; all kinds of agriculture-based businesses.
Hosts provide an opportunity to learn about the dedication of the independent family farmer and to purchase products right from the source. They are located in areas that are scenic, 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.
Many of the Hosts are also open to the idea of using volunteers, so if you have extra time when you visit, your help might be welcomed.
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 the best 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 for the remainder of 2010, the Inaugural Year membership fee is $20.00. Starting in 2011, new memberships will be $30.00, while renewing members will receive a discount to $25.00.
More information about Harvest Hosts is available at www.harvesthosts.com or you can contact Kim or Don either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 928-277-1661.
“Just a quick note to thank you for introducing this exciting concept in the U.S. Although we have been full-timers for over five years, boondocking is one of those things we never do (probably because of a bad experience one night at a truck stop – have never done it again!). However, as lovers of wine, and frequent visitors to wineries as we travel – this is a boondocking concept we can buy into (and literally, I’m sure – we WILL buy wine at these locations, since we can afford to, if not paying for a camp site as we travel through!). Thanks again – we’re looking forward to many new experiences!”
Rosemary and Greg P.
“If this was your brainchild; it was a good one!! Having grown up in the country in eastern Washington, I am never happier than when I am out amidst the farms, fields and orchards. I can’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity. Thank you.”