Free Camping at Vineyards & Farms – Harvest Hosts
We want to tell you about a neat network of wineries, farms and attractions that invite self-contained RV’ers to visit and stay overnight called Harvest Hosts!
What is Harvest Hosts?
It’s a network of wineries, breweries, farms and Agri-tourism sites that provide unique overnight parking options. For an annual ($49), tri-annual ($135- UPDATE: $115 for 3 year membership) or lifetime membership ($300) fee, you will have access to the Harvest Hosts website and the ability to stay at these places for free in exchange for your support to the local businesses by making a purchase. Once you sign up the Harvest Hosts website provides you with a ton of information regarding the program, along with the business’ name, phone number and location information for each host.
A few things to know about the membership…
- Host locations are not campgrounds, they do NOT provide hookups or bathrooms so your RV must be self-contained
- Contact hosts at least 24 hours in advance and ask permission to stay before arriving – also let them know your rig size and ask them where to park
- Please make a purchase to support the business– when considering how much to spend think about the cost saving if you where to stay at a campground overnight
- Keep a low profile and stay out of restricted areas – they are business and making sure you are following their regulations is key to a good stay and making sure everyone is safe and happy
- Checkout the video below and read the Harvest Hosts website FAQ’s and code of conduct to learn more
We have been members of Harvest Hosts for about a year now and while most of our experiences have been amazing and fun, we have run into a few hiccups along the way. We strongly recommend calling before arrival and double checking if their location can accommodate you; especially, if you have a big rig. One time we called ahead and was told they could accommodate us but upon arrival the lot was way too small for our 45-footer and was under construction. A side note, we suggest always checking any location on google maps satellite view before going. That way you can check if you will fit and how to get in/out before you even arrive. But enough about the bad, we want to tell you about an awesome stay we had while traveling in South-east Florida in January of 2018.
While there are tons of RV camping options in Florida it can be very difficult to find a last minute parking spot during this time of year. So our stay at Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market in Boynton Beach was a perfect stop. We had a gap night in-between our campground reservations AND we needed to load up on some groceries.
We touched based with our hosts a week prior to ask if they had availability, and they said to come on down! The parking lot was big and level, the market was filled with locally grown and sourced products, and the farm was picturesque. We went shopping and stocked our RV with vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, cheese, wine and honey. We also took advantage of their u-pick fruits and vegetables. Where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables that are in season. We had so much fun picking tomatoes and strawberries, along with checking out the other farm attractions. Which included, tractor rides to tour the farm, corn hole, practice lasso and cow milking, to name a few.
Overall, it was a great place to stay for the night. To us it was a win-win, where we would have spent the money purchasing our groceries anyway we able to stay free over-night at a beautiful farm and support a local business. Don’t just take our word for it, check out the Harvest Hosts website, and give it a try for yourself.
Happy Harvest Hosting!