In the heart of Northern California, tucked between the rocky coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and the towering peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, lies the California wine country. Here, the combination of fertile soils, unique climate and varied terrain converge to create the perfect atmosphere for winemaking. In fact, eighty-one percent of US wines come from this abundant region of California, which also happens to be the fourth leading producer of wine worldwide.
The lush rolling hills, breathtaking sunsets, and welcoming wineries make this area a popular destination for wine-loving travelers from all over the world. And since California is such a popular destination for RV trips and vacations, there are plenty of places to park your home on wheels while you spend your days exploring wine country and sampling varietals. Here, we have compiled a list of the best places to stay in your RV on your next trip to California wine country.
1. Calistoga RV Park (Calistoga, CA)
Calistoga is a unique area located along the north side of wine country. With close proximity to the Palisades Range and numerous hot springs resorts, it offers something for everyone. Calistoga RV Park is located just four blocks from downtown Calistoga and is open year round. This campground offers both full and partial hookup sites and is located beside a nine-hole golf course.
2. Consumnes River Farm (Thornton, CA)
East of Calistoga lies the fertile area of Lodi, CA. Just outside of Lodi is Consumnes River Farm, where Harvest Host members can stay year round for free. Here, a variety of wines, olive oils, and vinegars are produced and bottled on site. Guests are invited to stay in a designated, shaded area nearby the tasting room.
3. Skyline Wilderness Park (Napa, CA)
Skyline Wilderness Park lies nestled at the foothills of Napa Valley. Here, a network of trails are open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians seven days a week. At the campground, full and partial hookups sites are offered by reservation or walk-up. This park is just minutes from some of the most popular wineries of Napa, so it’s a perfect choice for those who want to experience the most popular region of California wine country.
4. Handley Cellars Winery (Philo, CA)
Handley Cellars Winery is a great stop for those headed to the northern beaches or the Redwoods. Located in Philo, California, this solar-powered winery features a tasting room and tours by appointment. In order to stay, one must be a member of Harvest Hosts. Members are invited to park for free at the top of a hill, overlooking the vineyards and the gorgeous landscape.
5. Sonoma County Fairgrounds RV Park (Santa Rosa, CA)
When the yearly fair is not in session, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds are used as a full-hookups campground. Just minutes from many popular wineries, hiking and biking trails, and Lake Sonoma, the fairgrounds are the perfect accommodations for a visit to Santa Rosa. Various discount clubs are accepted, and 30 and 50-amp electric are both offered.
6. Six Sigma Ranch & Winery (Lower Lake, CA)
This beautiful Harvest Host location has four sites available to members year-round. The tasting room is a former stage shop, and features a variety of incredible wines and local foods. The large property is complete with sheep, cows, vineyards, and gorgeous views in every direction. Guided tours are available and hiking is also permitted.
7. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park (Calistoga, CA)
Located just north of Napa, this California state park has a beautiful campground for RV sites and tent campers. There are no hookups, but a dump station and water fill area are available. Yurts and cabins are also available for rent. There are over ten miles of hikeable trails, complete with coastal redwoods, Douglas fir trees, and a variety of wildlife. This is the perfect place to stay for those who are looking to visit wineries and experience nature.
8. Julietta Winery (Clarksburg, CA)
Julietta Winery is a fabulous overnight stop just outside of Sacramento. Different events throughout the year showcase live music and food at this beautiful Harvest Host location. There is also a tasting room with a variety of delicious wines produced on-site. The hosts are friendly and the setting is scenic, making this a perfect overnight stop for Harvest Host members.
In the past decade, the RV industry has grown like never before. From lush forests to rocky coastlines to soaring mountains, California truly has it all. Because of its diverse and plentiful landscapes, the state of California is one of the most popular RVing states in the US. On your next RV trip to California, consider a stay at one of these lovely places for a wine country experience you are sure to never forget.
Harvest Hosts is a unique membership club that offers overnight accommodations for self-contained RVs at 700+ locations across North America. These include farms, wineries, museums, breweries, distilleries, and other exciting attractions. For the $79 price of a yearly membership, members have access to all of these locations for free overnight stays, in exchange for supporting the local business. Join Harvest Hosts today to begin creating fun memories at diverse locations all over the US!
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