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Ought to You Use Harvest Host?


In case you’ve ever been to an RV present, you’ve doubtless heard of Harvest Host. In case you haven’t been to an RV present, however you or a few of your mates go tenting, there’s a excessive chance that you recognize somebody that makes use of Harvest Host. So, what’s it? Is is price it? Must you use it? In our expertise, the reply to all of these questions is a powerful YES! I’m going to inform you why we really feel this manner, however first, for people who aren’t acquainted…

Harvest Host is an organization that has reached out to quite a few farms, wineries, distilleries, museums, breweries, and even golf programs to allow tenting at their locations of enterprise. There are just a few restrictions. It’s essential be self contained, so you want to have your individual lavatory, water, and electrical. You possibly can solely keep one night time (until particular preparations have been made with a single Host.) No tents are allowed. And, it’s solely accessible to their members.

Anybody who meets the camper requirement can be part of Harvest Host. The price of a fundamental membership (which doesn’t embrace the golf programs) is $99.00 for a 12 month interval. So no matter month you be part of, is the month your yearly membership begins. Why would a farm or vineyard need you and your camper on their property once you aren’t paying them for a web site? Properly, a part of the Code of Conduct that you just agree too when becoming a member of Harvest Host is that you just spend a minimum of $20 at every of the Host’s as a Thank You for permitting you to be there. The $20 might be for a product that they promote, a donation, a tip, or a service that they supply. These locations of enterprise acquire you as a buyer for the day in return for permitting you to camp there for the night time.

Alright, because the camper…. You’ve simply paid $99.00 to affix, and now it’s important to pay a minimum of $20 for every of the Hosts that you just keep at? Sure. Let’s be trustworthy, why do you assume a number of Walmart’s can help you keep the night time of their car parking zone. As a result of they know there’s a very excessive chance that you may be coming inside and shopping for one thing. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless price each single penny if you happen to ask us. And right here is why…

First, waking up among the many grapes in a winery is much more picturesque than a Walmart car parking zone. I’m grateful for Walmart permitting this, however we favor to make the most of that in an emergency scenario, like, we are able to’t maintain our eyes open anymore and aren’t near the place we deliberate on being but.

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Second, the price of tenting has elevated astronomically. We’ve got had large issue staying at any campground for lower than $20 an evening… And guess what, that $20 was at a Nationwide Forest. Now, there are utterly free dispersed tenting websites, I do know. And sure, that’s really free. But when you will spend $20 to remain in a Nationwide Forest the place you don’t have any hook-up’s, why not keep at a Harvest Host the place your tenting expertise will probably be totally different than everybody else’s. When you begin paying campground payment’s at State Parks, RV Parks, and Resorts, you’re looking at wherever from $40 per night time to upwards of $150 per night time at a number of the resorts. It is a yearly payment of $100, and also you get to remain at various unbelievable locations.

Third, the cash that now we have been in a position to save on websites, has supplied us with a possibility for experiences. Experiences like… Wine tasting’s at a winery. Picture shoots at an outside studio. Museum excursions. Airboat rides to see the alligators. Moonshine tastings. The locations you possibly can go, and the issues you possibly can see, are really infinite.

In case you had a $500 tenting funds for a 4 day weekend for two individuals… You spend $100 in your Harvest Host membership. With the remaining $400, you possibly can spend 1 night time at a vineyard. Go inside, do a tasting, possibly even purchase a bottle of wine for dwelling. You spent about $50. On the 2nd night time, you head over to the native museum and spend $15 per particular person to go inside. The third night time you go to an area farm the place they promote greens and their native honey. $20 for farm contemporary greens on the dinner desk at all times makes it style higher. You might be already 3 nights into your 4 day weekend, and also you’ve solely spent a complete of $200 of your funds and that features the price of the membership! Perhaps on the 4th night time you discover a Gator Ranch the place for $10 per particular person you possibly can stroll the alligator boardwalk. However as an alternative, since you’ve saved a lot in your different nights, you resolve to spend the $35 per particular person to take the airboat experience the place you see wild alligators of their pure habitat AND you get the boardwalk. Plus now you possibly can head out to dinner in your final night time of trip as an alternative of getting to cook dinner within the camper.

Sunset over Tom's Farm in Rossville, Tennessee the night we stayed there with our Harvest Host membership
Sundown over Tom’s Farm in Rossville, Tennessee

In your 4 day weekend, you’ve accomplished a wine tasting, visited an area museum, purchased native farm contemporary vegetable, and gone on an airboat experience to see the alligators. Seems like a way more fascinating 4 day weekend than simply going to the native campground.

On the Harvest Host web site, it’s $99 for the yearly membership. They generally run specials providing 15% off. Or if you’re inquisitive about becoming a member of and there’s no low cost accessible at the moment, you possibly can ship us an e-mail at InterstateAdventuresCom@gmail.com and we are able to give you a private invitation to Harvest Host and a 15% off low cost.

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