During our East Coast trip, we had several overnight stops. These are the type of stops where we are just passing through to reach our final destination.
Instead of finding, parking, and paying for what is just an overnight where we don’t even unhook the tow car, we decided to use our Harvest Host Membership. I’ve written this post to share my 3 easy steps to finding Harvest Host Locations!
What is Harvest Hosts?
Harvest Hosts is an online membership club that gives you admission to a huge network of wineries, distilleries, breweries, golf clubs, farms, museums, and other unusual places that self-contained RVs can spend the night.
Harvest Host locations are available in the lower 48 US states, Canada, Alaska, and Baja California.
For a very reasonable annual membership fee, you can stay in one of over 1,500 locations nationwide- for FREE!
Who Are The Hosts and Why Is It Free?
There is a wide range of over 1,500 host properties that have joined the Harvest Host network. All have available parking space and most are small businesses that want to spread the word about their unique businesses to the huge network of RV Travelers.
Your membership gives you one night of free overnight parking, but please remember to return this generous offer by supporting the hosts by purchasing something. We’ve bought wine at the wineries, moonshine at a distillery, and many rounds of golf at some of the finest courses across the country!
Is there Water, Sewer or Electric At Harvest Host Locations?
No, in the majority of host locations this is dry camping, that’s why you must be self-contained. Keep in mind that camping services are not their primary business, they are just sharing their unique and often breath-taking locations!
Imagine parking your RV on the side of a mountain overlooking a winery! Or how about an overnight stop at an Alpaca farm? One of our favorites is to take advantage of the golf course hosts for beautiful locations and a round of golf!
What Kind of RVs Do Harvest Hosts Allow?
Harvest Host locations accept all classes of RVs including Class A, B, and C, Fifth Wheels, Travel Trailers, Toy Haulers. They even allow your tow vehicle, but your RV must be self-contained! This means that you have an interior toilet and built-in holding tanks for wastewater. You must also have interior cooking facilities.
Are Harvest Host Locations Open Year-Round?
Most are open all year, but some of the vineyards and farms have seasonal operations. Just be sure to call in advance to reserve your spot.
How Big of An RV Can Go To Harvest Host Locations?
Many of the hosts can handle big rigs like ours, but sometimes space is limited.
Do I Have to Make Reservations to Stay At a Harvest Host Location?
Yes, you should always call ahead to reserve your spot at a Harvest Host location. That is also a great time to ask about any special directions or parking locations.
Are Pets Allowed At Harvest Host Locations?
Most locations allow pets, provided they are on a leash. As always, no matter where you are make sure to clean up after your pet!
How Much Is It To Join Harvest Hosts?
The standard enrollment fee that gets you into over 1,100 wineries, distilleries, farms, and lots of other cool places is only $79 per year. If you want to add the 350+ golf locations it’s only $40 more per year ($119 total). We found it to be totally worth the price for the golf locations upgrade.
Ready To Join Harvest Hosts? Here’s a Discount Code!
Want to save on membership, Harvest Hosts is allowing us to offer our readers the biggest discount available of 15% off your first-year membership. That brings your cost to either $67.15 for the basic membership, or $101.15 for the upgraded golf packages.
Click here to sign up for Harvest Hosts with our link and get a 15% discount on your year of membership (you’ll pay $67.15 instead of $79). This is the biggest discount available. There are currently two plans available, one for $79/year and another for $119/year.
Does Harvest Host Have an App?
Yes, Harvest Hosts does have an app. You can download the app here, but you won’t be able to see the detail on the hosts unless you join. It’s a great way to check out whether there are hosts available in the area you plan on traveling before you join.
Harvest Hosts Sounds Interesting But I Want More Information
Founded by RVers and run by RVers, they know there are lots of questions that you might have about membership. They have a great FAQ page and are very responsive if you have questions or need help.
3 Simple Steps To Plan Your Harvest Host Visits
Where Are You Traveling To?
Since most Harvest Host locations only allow you to stay for one day, these are generally just overnight stops on the way to your final destination. Some hosts, if they have availability may let you stay for a second night.
These are instructions for searching Harvest Hosts on a laptop, but the search functions are almost exactly the same on mobile devices.
1. Set Your Harvest Host Preferences
After you log in to your Harvest Host account, the first thing to do is to set your preferences. This will allow you to filter out any hosts that cannot accommodate your size RV or will allow you to narrow down your choice of types of hosts.
Just click on the purple dropdown button titled Preferences to expand selections and set your choices. Once finished, click Preferences again to condense the box.
2. Search For Harvest Hosts By Route, Region or Location
Since most of our trips include stops in between certain locations based on distance, I find it’s easier to filter by region.
Just select the dropdown for the region and pick the states you are interested in. The map will populate with hosts that fit your preferences and under the Hosts tab, you can see detailed information.
If you click on the name of a particular host, a detailed page will open showing you the contact information and specifics about that host.
3. Contact The Host and Secure Your Reservation
Be sure to contact the Harvest Host you select and request a reservation. Also, if plans change as often happens with RV travel, make sure you call to let hosts know!