Imagine waking up to the sun streaming through rows of grapes dotting a vineyard hillside. Or, enjoying a locally crafted beer on a patio underneath the stars just steps from bed. Now, imagine you’re doing this on your next national park vacation. Harvest Hosts has created a new kind of camping experience for those who want something a little more unique than a campground or RV park.
When you join Harvest Hosts, you’ll get access to more than 2,500 working farms, breweries, distilleries, wineries, museums, golf courses. Each location allows campers in self-contained RVs (including camper vans) to stay on their properties with no additional camping fees. The membership costs $99 per year, making it easy to experience incredible camping locations affordably.
Harvest Host affiliated properties are located across the U.S., Canada and Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, giving you a broad range of choices to put together a unique road trip. Many locations are close to popular national parks like Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain and Olympic, as well as along the routes to get there.
Because hosts are offering up their properties for no additional income, members are asked to support the host’s business whether that’s enjoying their on-site produced hard cider or buying maple syrup or cheese from a working farm. This unique partnership allows campers to experience local producers and attractions in an intimate way and gives hosts access to new customers.
To be respectful of hosts and their properties, there are a few stipulations to how you can camp. Host locations don’t typically provide hookups, so your RV must have an interior toilet and holding tank or bladder for wastewater. All cooking must be done inside your vehicle. No tents of any kind, including rooftop tents, are allowed. Some hosts allow generators, but it’s important to clarify if and when you can use them with your host before arrival. Most stays are also pet-friendly. All of this information is easily and readily available on each host’s profile so that you can see it before booking your stay.
Stay on a winery near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and pick blackberries, raspberries and blueberries to enjoy for breakfast the next morning. Near Olympic National Park in Washington, you can be lulled to sleep by the intoxicating scent of lavender on a working lavender farm. The possibilities are endless.
Stays are limited to one night and reservations can be made directly with each host property via Harvest Hosts own Request-A-Stay feature. While it’s always a good idea to make reservations in advance, many hosts offer last-minute bookings.