Frequently Asked Questions
As a prospective member of Harvest Hosts, we know you are excited about this unique RV experience and that you may have a question or two. We hope these will answer your inquiries. Just click on the question to read the answer.
- How much is membership and how long does membership last?
- What do I get when I join?
- What kind of vehicles are allowed?
- How do I know if my RV is "self-contained"?
- What is included in the "Host Directory"?
- Where can I view the general locations of the Hosts?
- What types of farms and businesses are included as Hosts?
- Before joining, can I see a list of Hosts in the area where I am planning to travel?
- Must I buy something from the Host where I spend the night?
- If I don't drink wine, can I still stay at a winery?
- I will be traveling with a friend in a second vehicle, do they need to be a member of Harvest Hosts?
- Do I have to agree to a Code of Conduct?
- I'm on the road or leaving soon, how do I get my membership card?
- Do I have to work?
- Can I volunteer?
- Can I just show up or do I have to make a reservation?
- What do I do when I arrive?
- Do I receive a printed Host Directory?
- What is the percentage of farms to wineries?
- Do the Hosts offer electricity, water or sewer hook-ups?
- Can I use a generator?
- What are the parking areas like?
- Can I use leveling devices to level my RV?
- Are my pets allowed on the Hosts' property?
- Can I arrive after business hours?
- Can I stay longer than 24 hours?
- I have a very large RV, will I be able to find a spot to park?
- Do you have a Forum to post and read about Host visits by other members?
- What do Hosts get out of the program?
- Take a look at photos submitted by members of their Host visits.
How much is membership
and how long does membership last?
Membership is $40.00/year, and it lasts for 12 months from the date you join.
What do I get when I join?
Harvest Hosts is an online program. When you join you receive a username and password that gives you unlimited access to the Members website where you will find the:
- Host Directory - downloadable/printable listings that include the size and number of vehicles accepted at each Host along with contact information, GPS coordinates, business hours and type of operation.
- Maps - detailed and interactive
- Host Locator - finds Hosts within 100 miles of any location
- Forum - share information with other members
- Member Photo Page
- Monthly Newsletter Updates
- Monthly New Hosts Updates
What kind of
vehicles are allowed?
Self-contained motorhomes (class A, B and C), fifth-wheels, travel trailers and truck campers. Sorry, but tent-type/canvas RVs or trailers are not allowed.
How do I know if my RV is
Self-contained means that your RV must have a toilet (porta-potties are OK but must be dumped elsewhere) and built-in holding tanks for waste water. You must be able to supply your own electricity and water.
What information is
included in the
The Host Directory is divided into six (6) US regions and three (3) Canadian regions for easy downloading and/or printing. Each regional directory has state or province maps and Host listings that include the size and number of vehicles accepted at each Host along with contact information, GPS coordinates, business hours and type of operation. View a sample Host Directory listing.
What types of farms and
businesses are included as Hosts?
Wildlife rescue facilities
Open air museums
Exotic animal parks
Breweries and distilleries
Types of Farms:
Flower & herb gardens
Corn farms with fall corn mazes
Sugarhouses, maple sugar farms
Alpaca, Buffalo and Yak ranches
Farm markets w/fresh vegetables
Creameries – fresh cheeses & ice-cream
Can I see a list of Hosts in the area where I am planning
We understand that some of you would like to see the list of Hosts before joining, but we know you will understand why the Hosts do not want to have their information posted on the public portion of the website. However if you have a specific question regarding an area, we will be happy to answer it. Please email or call us at 928-277-1661.
Do I have to buy something from the Host where I spend the
We request that you make a purchase to show your appreciation to your Host. You'll enjoy buying locally grown or produced products right from the source and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping a small business to grow and thrive. If you don't see anything for yourself, please consider purchasing a gift for a loved one or friend.
If I don't drink wine, can I
still stay at a winery?
You may want to consider not visiting wineries if you don’t drink wine. That said, most wineries have gift shops with lots of interesting items and local products available for purchase to show your appreciation for the overnight stop.
I will be traveling with a friend in a second vehicle, do
they need to be a member of Harvest Hosts?
Yes, all overnight visitors in their own vehicle must be Harvest Hosts members.
I'm on the road or leaving soon, how do I get my membership card?No problem, you'll be able to print your Membership Card and a Vehicle Badge right from the Members' website .
Do I have to work
at the winery or farm?
Not at all. Hosts are offering you an overnight stay as an opportunity to meet new customers and have fun, new experiences.
Can I volunteer?
Absolutely! Most of the Hosts are small "mom & pop" operations and would gladly welcome some extra help. If you are interested, ask when calling to schedule your visit.
Do I have to make a
reservation or can I just show up?
The Hosts appreciate advance notice and we request that you try to call 24 hours ahead. This is so they can make sure a parking space is available and ready for your visit. Also, by calling ahead, you can make sure that the Host (1) is open and can accomodate you, (2) can tell you if there is a special entrance and (3) can be specific about where you should park when you arrive.
What do I do when I arrive?
After you have arrived, please introduce yourself to your Host and present your Harvest Hosts Membership Card. Then enjoy your Host's hospitality - taste some wine, sample some products, make a purchase, take a tour or order a meal!
Will I receive a printed
To keep membership cost down, the Host Directory is available for free as a download in PDF format. You can print pages as you need them or you can save the Directory to your computer or smart phone to have available whenever you want to find a Host. Should you desire one, a printed copy of the Host Directory is available from our publisher for an additional fee.
Do the Hosts offer electricity, water or sewer
A small number of the Hosts do offer electricity or water. But the Hosts are, first and foremost, farms and are not likely to provide the services that you would find at a campground.
Can I use a generator?
Yes, but please be courteous and ask beforehand so that the Host can park you where no one will be disturbed by the sound of the generator.
What are the parking areas
The parking surface might be concrete, asphalt, gravel, grass or dirt. You may be in the Host's parking lot or right in the fields, orchards or vineyards.
Can I use leveling devices
to level my RV?
Yes, but please use jack pads on asphalt as heavy weight can cause damage.
Are my pets allowed on the Hosts'
Nearly all of the Hosts permit pets on a leash on their property. Please note that farm dogs may be present, so if a pet is accompanying you, please check with your Host before bringing them out. Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pets. Pets may only be allowed in parking areas.
Can I arrive after business
Out of consideration for your Host's hospitality, please arrive during the Host's normal business hours. Arrive early enough in the day so that you can enjoy meeting your Host and learning about their lifestyle. Enjoy the opportunity to buy locally grown or produced items directly from the source and know that you have contributed to the local economy.
Can I stay longer than 24 hours?
Harvest Hosts is set up as an overnight program with stays of a maximum of 24 hours. However, if you are enjoying your visit and you've supported your Hosts with a purchase or you would like to volunteer around the farm or winery, ask if you can stay longer. The decision is up to your Host.
I have a very large RV, will I be able to find a spot to
Approximately 80 percent of the Hosts are able to accommodate any length RV. Vehicle size accepted is shown on each Host's directory listing.
Do you have a Forum where I can post and read
about Host visits by other members?
Yes, all members are encouraged to post trip reports about their experiences and to upload photos of their visits to the Harvest Hosts forum. We will also post your photos on the website!
What do the Hosts get out of the
The Hosts are inviting you to their properties to introduce you to their way of life. They are very proud of what they do and of what they produce. They hope that you will appreciate what they have created and will make a purchase either for yourself or as a gift for a friend.
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