The Delmarva Peninsula, also known simply as Delmarva, is the largest peninsula on the East Coast. This body of land encompasses the entire state of Delaware (Del), Eastern Maryland (mar), and part of Virginia (va). The land itself covers nearly 6,000 square miles and borders the Chesapeake Bay, the Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Within the peninsula, Assateague Island National Seashore can be found, which is home to gorgeous wild horses and other varieties of wildlife. This is one of just many discoveries waiting for you in Delmarva. On your way there or to the beach, where better to stay than a Harvest Hosts location? Buckle up, grab your sunscreen, and let’s check out some of the many Harvest Hosts locations found on the Delmarva Peninsula.
1. Furnace Town Living Heritage Village – Snow Hill, MD
This historic iron furnace was a bustling workplace back in 1850, but is now a piece of history. In the 1960s, the local historical society purchased the land and began restoring it. Officially opening in 1982, today the restored village offers self-guided tours of the property. The best way to patron this Host is by making a purchase in the gift shop or making a direct donation. This Harvest Hosts location offers two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
2. T.S. Smith and Sons Farm – Bridgeville, DE
The property was first purchased in 1907 by the Smith family with what started as a 60-acre farm. Today, the farm remains in the same family but has grown to over 800 acres in size. T.S. Smith Farm is one of the oldest farms in the county and the oldest apple, peach, and nectarine farm in the area. They grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, and their farm store is well-stocked with ready-to-eat goods. They offer four reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
3. Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery – Vienna, MD
The Layton family began placing their agricultural roots in 1948, and, two generations later, the farm began the breakthrough process of becoming a winery. From planting the first grapes to producing award-winning wines, family remains at the heart of every step the Laytons take. Today, they produce over twenty varieties of wine to cater to any taste. This Harvest Hosts location offers three reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
4. Ocean Odyssey Crab House and Restaurant – Cambridge, MD
What better way to experience Maryland than by one of its staple foods: blue crabs. This local dive began as a crab-picking business in 1947. In 1946, the Todd family business evolved into a roadside deli and eventually a full-fledged restaurant. Today, they serve a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood by the pound, and more. Visitors new to Maryland seafood should try the cream of crab soup as a scrumptious starter. This Harvest Hosts location offers two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
5. Hill Hounds Animal Rescue and Sanctuary – Greensboro, MD
Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged by this next Harvest Hosts location. Hill Hounds Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue for “less adoptable” pets (is there such a thing?). Some of their animals are disabled, less friendly, have health issues, or are elderly, which hurts their chances of being adopted out. The sanctuary strives to relieve the local shelters of these pets and provide them with a comfortable, loving home until they are adopted out to their forever family. The best way to support this Harvest Hosts location is by making a purchase from their shop or by making a donation. They offer one reservable, pet-friendly space for an RV under twenty-nine feet in length.
6. Cult Classic Brewing – Stevensville, MD
Get ready to visit one of the longest bars in Maryland! Brothers Jesse and Brooks have fifteen beers on tap, with everything from German-style lagers to IPAs and stouts, as well as pizza and pub-fare. They are located nearby Annapolis, Maryland, and often feature live msic at different times throughout the year. This Harvest Hosts location offers two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs under twenty-nine feet in length.
7. Chateau Bu-De – Chesapeake City, MD
Couple Brenda and Warren Dedrick opened their winery mainly due to their love of fine wine and cheeses. They both take every aspect of the winemaking process very seriously, down to the weights, temperatures, and even the treatment of the grapes. They offer a variety of light fares and produce around fifteen varieties of wine. With ten reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size available, this location will be hard to miss!
8. Broken Spoke Vineyard and Winery – Earleville, MD
First opened in 2017, the Broken Spoke family has one motto: “Take a break; start a conversation.” These very words encompass the Harvest Hosts camping mission as well. What better way to travel and unwind than by making new friends? They currently offer fourteen wines and one cider, with tasting tickets available for those who want to try their drinks. They are located on a thirty-acre farm, home to not only the vineyard and tasting room, but also to ponies, sheep, chickens, goats, pot belly pigs, donkeys and even a pair of peacocks. On Sundays they host an afternoon Farmer’s Market with various vendors and activities available. Broken Spoke Vineyard and Winery offers three reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
9. Midnight Oil Brewing Co – Newark, DE
Midnight Oil Brewing Co is located in an industrial park with ample parking and great beer. They take a modern approach to classic styles, and always have a vast variety of brews to suit every palate. The brewery is open seven days per week and offers live music and events throughout the year, while priding themselves on being family and pet-friendly. They also produce a hard cider, and serve local wine, along with non-alcoholic options for everyone, including house-brewed Kombucha. In addition, they serve some light cheese and crackers plates and feature local food trucks almost daily. This Harvest Hosts location offers ten reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
10. Maryland Beer Company – Elkton, MD
A small-batch craft brewery, Maryland Beer Company has at least sixteen beers on tap daily. They also serve a variety of cocktails and offer a variety of snack and appetizer fares. They are a dog-friendly location and have food available, as well. This Harvest Hosts location offers four reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
11. Great Hope Golf Course – Westover, MD
In order to stay at this Harvest Hosts location, members must have the upgraded golf plan. First opened in 1996, Great Hope was designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan. The course boasts a challenging layout and is best for the avid golfer. They also have an on-site bar and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Great Hope Golf Course offers four reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
12. Blue Crab Bay Co. Gourmet Gifts – Melfa, VA
This unique Host location is a wonderful place to pick up gifts or souvenirs for loved ones. They sell a variety of seafood-inspired products and gourmet snacks in a private, wooded industrial park near stores & restaurants. Visitors can expect to find hard-to-find condiments, spice blends and seasonings, mugs, stoneware, mixers, local wines, and other coastal-inspired gifts. This Harvest Hosts location offers two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs under forty-four feet in length.
Many visitors to the northeast have never heard of the Delmarva Peninsula, but this area is not to be missed. With such a wide selection of Harvest Hosts locations and things to do, who would want to skip this coastal paradise? Just a reminder to all members: always contact your potential Host before you visit, support your Host with a purchase, and be kind and considerate!
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