Harvest Hosts was created nine years ago by Kim & Don Greene. They graciously sent us a couple of free memberships for all or our Educational Rallies to be used as door prizes. Earlier this year, with the purchase of the smaller motorhome, we joined ourselves.
From the "About" page on their website:
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. For a yearly membership fee, Harvest Hosts’ members are invited to stay at hundreds of interesting locations around North America, and experience new opportunities to explore and enjoy the RVing lifestyle. The company’s goal is to provide meaningful experiences for RVers and Hosts alike.
In June, we got word that Kim & Don sold Harvest Hosts to Mary Ashley & Joel Holland.
The following quote is from their "Who Is Harvest Hosts?" page:
"After hundreds of nights spent RVing through all 48 lower States, our biggest gripe was the lack of unique RV overnight experiences. Then we joined Harvest Hosts, and after staying at incredible locations from wineries to alpaca farms, it changed our RV lives. In 2018 we purchased Harvest Hosts from the original founders, Don and Kim Greene. They built an amazing company and community, and we look forward to continuing the tradition of connecting our wonderful members with wonderful hosts!"
With our new membership and their new ownership, I reached out to Joel to congratulate them and see how we might be able to work together more.
They have changed the company logo and the website, and are intent on adding more hosts and more members. With that desire, they have offered us the opportunity to provide our readers with a 10% discount on memberships (regularly $49/year).
By clicking on any of the links in this post or on any of the banners in this post, on the sidebar of the Journal, on the Forum, or anywhere else on the RV-Dreams.com website, you will be taken to the Harvest Hosts website where there will be a Coupon Code at the top of the page to get 10% off if you join.
Now, Joel & Mary Ashley wouldn't come right out and say this but I will. If your ONLY reason for joining Harvest Hosts is to get "free" camping with no intent to patronize the establishments offering this overnight benefit, then please don't join.
Harvest Hosts is more about being able to stay in unique locations outside crowded RV parks and campgrounds and to meet interesting and wonderful small business owners across the country. The hosts are not providing campgrounds, and these opportunities shouldn't be treated like that. Certainly, the hosts are kind folks, but they also become hosts because it's an opportunity to provide their businesses more exposure and pick up a few more sales.
So, think of the free overnight stay as a way to save a few dollars, all or a portion of which, you can use toward some great wine, beer, produce, or gifts for friends and family ... while at the same time parking at interesting venues and avoiding the masses at the popular RV parks and campgrounds.
With that said, there is an official "Code of Conduct", so please read through it before joining - it's mostly common sense.
Out of respect for your Hosts:
- All RVs must be self-contained. Your RV MUST have an INTERIOR toilet and BUILT-IN holding tanks for waste water (no exterior tanks allowed). Porta-potties are acceptable but must be dumped offsite at an appropriate facility. The dumping of ANY gray water on Host properties is prohibited. You must have INTERIOR cooking facilities. Sorry, no tent trailers, teardrops, tiny houses or tents of any kind allowed. Custom conversion RVs please send us photos for review before joining
- Always call 24 hours ahead to arrange your visit. Do not attempt to arrange visits by email as busy Hosts may be slow to respond. Please do not arrive unannounced. If your plans change, please notify your Host
- Arrive only during business hours and be aware that some sites may have gates that will be closed after hours
- When calling, tell the Host what size vehicle you are driving. Ask which entrance you should use and be aware that you may have to unhook your tow vehicle. Ask if there are any additional conditions you should know about
- Introduce yourself and show the Host your membership card. Hosts will only allow current members of Harvest Hosts to park overnight on their property
- Please make a purchase as a thank you for your overnight stay
- Do not stay longer than 24 hours without an invitation from your Host
- Park only in the areas indicated. Parking areas may not always be 100% level
- Please keep a low profile. Remember that the sites are not campgrounds and take care not to disturb the Hosts’ neighbors. Be sure to stop any noise, music and generators by 10 pm
- Ask before using gas BBQs. Do not use charcoal grills or light fires of any kind
- Do not use jacks without jack-pads on asphalt, the weight of the rig can cause damage. Inform your Host if you have slide-outs so that you can be parked in an appropriate location
- Remember these sites can be working vineyards, farms or historical properties. Please use care and supervise children and pets at all times. Refrain from exploring closed or restricted areas
- Pets must be leashed and may only be allowed in parking areas. Please pick up after them. Farm dogs may be present, please check with your Host before taking pets out
- Ask before using your generator and if you are parked near the Host’s neighbors, please use it sparingly
- Take all trash with you
- When departing, thank your Host for your visit, either in person or with a HH thank you hang tag
- Be aware that local regulations may prohibit off-premises alcohol outside of your RV
- Members acknowledge that they are insured pursuant to state or provincial laws and agree to take responsibility for their actions and any resulting consequences. Proof of such insurance must be carried in the vehicle. The Host locations have no responsibility for damage or theft to your RV, tow car or personal property, or for injury to you, your family or guests.
If you are okay with all of that, click on the banner below to learn more and look for the coupon code at the top of the page if you should choose to join.