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Old 09-16-2021, 02:02 PM   #1
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Harvest Host opinions?

Welcome to Harvest Hosts

RV Camping at 2314+ Wineries, Breweries, Farms & Attractions That Invite RVers to Stay Overnight!

Is $99 worth it. We will traveling this winter to Tennessee, South North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona

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Old 09-16-2021, 02:46 PM   #2
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I haven't used HH, but I have Boondockers welcome and the one time I used it was great! That said BW did not have very many hosts near cities or highways in my area. Next year when I head west I will probably give HH a try.

The annoying thing in my opinion with HH is you have to sign up to even see the participating businesses.
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Old 09-16-2021, 03:33 PM   #3
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The annoying thing in my opinion with HH is you have to sign up to even see the participating businesses.
Yes, probably because the participating businesses don't care if you are a member of HH or not. They just want you to stay and visit their winery, museum, etc.

BW is different. You can browse their website map that lists all of the places, see details on each site, etc. You just can't make a reservation without being a member.

$100 sounds like a lot. Sure that isn't the combined HH and BW membership?

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Old 09-16-2021, 04:16 PM   #4
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Welcome to Harvest Hosts

RV Camping at 2314+ Wineries, Breweries, Farms & Attractions That Invite RVers to Stay Overnight!

Is $99 worth it. We will traveling this winter to Tennessee, South North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona
We bought a HH membership in 2020 (it's about to renew). Back then it was $79 rather than $99.

We decided to give it a try as we were about to take a trip from SLC, Utah to Charlotte, NC. It was our first long distance trip in the new Magnitude (who we immediately named Maggie), we weren't confident in finding boondocking spots along the way, and we wanted to avoid spending a bunch of cash in RV parks.

It worked out pretty well, all things considered. We stayed at a little junkyard bar in New Mexico, and an Air Force Museum in Oklahoma. We had planned to stay at a winery in Tennessee, but it ended up being too far out of our way and we just Crackerdocked instead.

We feel like the places we've stayed in the last year have probably paid for the membership, but we won't be renewing. Our reasons?

1. There are very few HH spots in the Intermountain West where we live.
2. As we've gotten comfortable with Maggie, we've relied on Campendium mainly to find boondocking spots and had great success.
3. A $20 price hike didn't help, although we could renew at the $79 rate for another year if I remember right.
4. Although their site and reservation system is better, it's still unwieldy, and I've been surprised a couple of times when calling places only to find they either don't welcome HH folks, or their restrictions or hours make it difficult to book.

We don't have anything bad to say about HH, but for us it ended up not being worth the membership.

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-16-2021, 06:43 PM   #5
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We like Harvest Hosts. It's a bit expensive. But it pays for itself with 3 to 5 nights of camping.
They don't always have suitable locations where we're going. But over the summer, we usually stay with them for about 10 nights.
What I really like the most about Harvest Hosts is the camping spots. They're often off the beaten path. There are not very many people camping near you. (I think the closest to other campers we've ever been would be 2 to 300 yards away. Great privacy. And the views and learning about the businesses is priceless.
If you are a golfer - I would highly recommend Harvest Hosts. They have 428 courses. It's a great experience. Park the rig where they tell me. Go for a round (no discounts). Have a nice dinner at the club house. And then retire to lawn chairs over looking a golf course with post dinner drinks in hand.
What we don't like. It's boondocking - no hookups. There are usually no firepits or picnic tables or any of those kinds of services.
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Old 09-16-2021, 07:29 PM   #6
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Golfer?

Yukongrant makes a good point.

If we were golfers HH would be a lot more appealing. It's more expensive, but you get a wider range of places to overnight, and it lines up well with that passion to spoil a good walk.

I like golf, but the feeling is not reciprocal.
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Yukongrant makes a good point.

I like golf, but the feeling is not reciprocal.
I like golf too - but they play way too many commercials. Most of my real golfing friends won't golf with me. Seems I have a bad attitude and an even worse swing.
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Swing?
I thought you drank a beer then throw the ball, use club as walking stick.
Heck, no wonder I stink at golf.
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Old 09-17-2021, 03:49 PM   #9
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Is there a (not sure of the word) rule or implied hint that if we use Harvest Host that we will do the tours, use the restaurant etc.... if we stay the night.

I love the boondocking aspect but have zero interest in wine, golf, etc....
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There are no rules that say you have to do anything. But Harvest Hosts do encourage visitors to spend money with their hosts. Not required but highly encouraged. (We usually do.)
Just an FYI:
There are 657 wineries
755 farms (these are our favorites.)
549 attractions
428 golf courses
350 breweries
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Old 09-17-2021, 04:01 PM   #11
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Very good, it may be worth a good look.

Thank you all for spreading the awarness of this resource.
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I thought you drank a beer then throw the ball, use club as walking stick.
Heck, no wonder I stink at golf.
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Is there a (not sure of the word) rule or implied hint that if we use Harvest Host that we will do the tours, use the restaurant etc.... if we stay the night.

I love the boondocking aspect but have zero interest in wine, golf, etc....
We stayed at a HH participating winery in March but as PPA campers at $10 a night, not HH members. They had about a dozen RV sites with water and electric (they were still putting in sewer). They weren't doing tours but we had free run of the grounds. They did have an evening wine tasting, my wife participated, I did not as I don't drink alcohol any longer, but I did attend. They had fruit, cheese and crackers and probably a dozen different wines offered to taste in good size samples. Cost to participate was $5 and, of course, all the tasted wines were available for purchase, at very reasonable prices I might add. Most campers attended the event but a few did not.

I thought it was a great economical, no-pressure, camping experience and we will return if traveling through the area again.
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OK! This is making HH sound well worth looking into.
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Our harvest host experience in words and pictures.

We stayed at 4 golf courses an alpaca farm, a couple of brewery/winery, an antique mall near detroit,
That lake dkoldman and I discussed a bit was at a pumpkin farm, I think we paid for only four, maybe five nights out of 29 and none of those were koa type places, they were municipal type places.
Its worth every penny of the hh+golf.
We don't golf.
We do enjoy the clubhouse though.
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Scubawise, thank you your original posting.

I had no knowledge of HH untilyour post.
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Most expensive ever

We use a combination of state parks, BLM land, Boondockers, and HH.

Our last stay at HH was the most expensive night we’ve ever had. It was a wonderful day, a beautiful shady lawn, with nice tables, good things to eat and flights of wine. When we left, I was a bit worried about weight with all the extra bottles in the back.

Absolutely loved it, and we had wine to share at all the upcoming stays.

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You often spend more than you would staying at a FHU campground.
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Old 09-26-2021, 01:44 AM   #19
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Welcome to Harvest Hosts

RV Camping at 2314+ Wineries, Breweries, Farms & Attractions That Invite RVers to Stay Overnight!

Is $99 worth it. We will traveling this winter to Tennessee, South North Carolina, New Mexico, Arizona
I use boondockerswelcome.com. It is free to me because I host.

They sold out to Harvest Hosts, who take over the website in October. Will see how that goes.

So for us boondockerswelcome.com has been great. We enjoy our guests and each time we have used it was good.
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You often spend more than you would staying at a FHU campground.
What is FHU?
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