Frequently Asked Questions

As a member you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Code of Conduct. You agree you will not hold Harvest Hosts or any Host location, or any of their staff members responsible for any damage or harm to you, your family or guests, your pets or your vehicles and you acknowledge that you have liability insurance that covers you, your vehicle(s), your family and any guests.

*Please note: Icons denoting length of vehicle includes any trailer or towed vehicle. If you are comfortable disconnecting your tow, then you are welcome to classify your vehicle by the length of only the RV.

  1. What do I get as a member?
  2. Are there vehicle size restrictions?
  3. Do the Hosts offer electricity, water or sewer hook-ups?
  4. Can I use a generator?
  5. Are Hosts open all year?
  6. Can I arrive unannounced?
  7. Can I arrive after business hours?
  8. How far ahead should I call the Hosts?
  9. How long can I stay?
  10. Must I buy something from the Host?
  11. How much should I spend at a Host?
  12. Are pets allowed?
  13. If I don’t drink wine, can I still stay at a winery?
  14. I will be traveling with a friend in a second vehicle, do they need to be a member of Harvest Hosts?
  15. I’m on the road or leaving soon, how do I get my membership card?
  16. Can I volunteer?
  17. Is there a printed Host Directory?
  18. What are the parking areas like?
  19. Can I use leveling devices?
  20. What do the Hosts get out of the program?
  21. Email and Telephone Support

What do I get as a member?

Harvest Hosts is an online program. A username and password give you access to the Members website where you can:

  • Download your Harvest Hosts membership card and vehicle badge;
  • Download the Harvest Hosts App;
  • Customize Host Lists;
  • Search the interactive Map of Host locations;
  • Prepare custom trip routing;
  • Upload and read comments, reviews and photos directly on the Host pages.

Are there vehicle size restrictions?

Approximately 80% of the Hosts can accept vehicles of any length. Icons are used on the Host listing to indicate the vehicle length accepted at each Host. The Class A (coach) icon denotes vehicles of all lengths; a Class C icon denotes up to 44 ft in total length; and a Class B (van) icon denotes up to 29 ft in total length. These lengths INCLUDE any trailer or towed vehicle. If you are comfortable with disconnecting your tow, then you can classify your vehicle by the length of only the RV.

Do the Hosts offer electricity, water or sewer hook-ups?

The Hosts are, first and foremost, wineries/farms/museums and do not provide the services that you would find at a campground. However, a small number of the Hosts do offer electricity or water. This will be called out on the Host page.

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 it. If you are parked near the Host’s neighbors or other HH Members, please use your generator sparingly.

Are Hosts open all year?

As a general rule of thumb, the wineries/distilleries/breweries are open year round and the farms are seasonal. The museums/attractions in the north are typically closed in the winter and the ones in the south are open year round. Obviously, those are not hard and fast rules, just a general observation. Be sure to check with the Host if you have a question.

Can I arrive unannounced?

Do not show up without calling first! By calling ahead, you can ensure that the Host (1) is open and can accommodate you, (2) can tell you if there is a special entrance and (3) can be specific about where you should park when you arrive. Be sure to ask for the contact person listed in the Host Directory; new employees may not always be up-to-date.

Can I arrive after business hours?

Not only do you need to call ahead to arrange your visit, you must arrive during business hours.  Interacting with the Hosts as well as supporting them with a purchase is an integral part of Harvest Hosts.  Make your stop your destination, arrive early enough to enjoy your visit and make new friends.

How far ahead should I call the Hosts?

We understand that many RVers travel with only loosely laid out plans so that they have the flexibility to change their routes or stay longer in places that they’ve found. With this in mind, we have designed Harvest Hosts so that you need only to provide the Hosts with as little as 24 hours notice that you’d like to visit.

If you like to plan out your trip and stick to an itinerary, we recommend calling the Host and asking if you can set a date to visit no more than 2 weeks in advance. As the Hosts are not campgrounds, they do not have reservation systems and are unable to “reserve” dates months in advance. Once you have arranged a visit, please call to confirm on the day you will arrive.

Likewise, if you change your plans, please let the Hosts know so that they are not waiting for you to arrive as scheduled.

How long can I stay?

Harvest Hosts is set up as an overnight program with stays of a maximum of 24 hours. At your Host’s discretion he/she may invite you to stay an additional night but we discourage multiple night stays as to not “wear out our welcome”.

Must I buy something from the Host?

Please make a purchase to show your appreciation to your Host.  This is their only compensation for allowing you to park overnight.  You’ll enjoy buying local products and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping a small business grow and thrive.  If you don’t see anything for yourself, please consider purchasing a gift for a loved one or friend.

How much should I spend at a Host?

When considering how much to spend at a Host, please consider how much money you are saving by not being in a campground. Please support your Host as a thank you for a free night’s stopover.  We suggest spending a minimum of $20 in support of your Host.

Are pets allowed?

Nearly all of the Hosts permit pets on a leash at your vehicle, but pets may only be allowed in the parking area.  Please note that farm dogs may be present, so if a pet is accompanying you, please check with your Host before bringing them out.  Respect that you are on private property and do not allow your pets to run free. Your pet may be friendly but other animals may see it as a threat and react accordingly.  Be sure to be a responsible pet owner and clean up after them.

If I don’t drink wine, can I still stay at a winery?

Most wineries have gift shops with lots of interesting items and local products available for purchase.  If this makes you uncomfortable, there are hundreds of non-alcohol venues for you to visit.  If you choose to stop at a winery or brewery, make a purchase to give away as a gift later in your travels.

I will be traveling with a friend in a second vehicle, do they need to be a member of Harvest Hosts?

Yes, overnight visitors in their own vehicles 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 right from the Members’ website. No printer? No problem. Email yourself the card as an attachment and save it to your phone, tablet or computer.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! Most of the Hosts are small operations and often welcome extra help. If you are interested, ask when calling.

Is there a printed Host Directory?

No, a printed directory is not available.  You will find all the Hosts’ information on the website or the app.

What are the parking areas like?

The parking surface might be concrete, asphalt, gravel, grass or dirt.  You may be in the Host’s parking lot or right in the field, orchard or vineyard.

Can I use leveling devices?

Yes, but please be considerate and use jack pads on asphalt as heavy weight can cause damage.

What do the Hosts get out of the program?

The Hosts are inviting you to their properties to introduce you to their way of life and 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.  Show your support as a thank you for a free night’s stopover.

Email and Telephone Support

Can’t find the answer to your question? Feel free to contact us, we are always ready to assist.