Exploring Harvest Hosts Near the Florida Panhandle
How do white beaches, emerald waters, and reasonable temperatures year-round sound? We aren’t describing paradise- we’re visiting the Florida Panhandle! Previously we’ve visited the Texas Gulf, and even Northern Florida, but we can’t just leave out the Panhandle! Technically we’ll be exploring the panhandle and the areas in the couple states surrounding it. In order to take advantage of all the stops on our list, you’ll need to have the upgraded Harvest Hosts golf membership. Who doesn’t like playing golf with the sea breeze blowing your far-off flagstick? So dust off your RV keys, buckle up, and let’s explore some Harvest Hosts locations!
1. St. James Bay Golf Club: Carrabelle, Florida
Nestled in the North Florida pines and wetlands is an 18-hole Championship golf course. St. James Bay Golf Club not only offers a manicured green, but is also contains the area’s only health and fitness facility. Some amenities include a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a workout facility. If you need to unwind from your travels, head over to the spa for a facial.
If you need to borrow an extra set of clubs, there is a day-use pass that includes rental clubs for the driving range and access to all the amenities. You can also grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant, The Crooked River Grill. Visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, or even a lunch buffet. This Harvest Hosts location has two reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs less than twenty-nine feet in length. Please note that all RVers must book a tee time and play a round of golf in order to stay here.
2. Stonebrook Golf Club: Pace, Florida
This beautiful golf club broke ground in 1989. Stonebrook Golf Club’s course is suitable for all skill levels, but may test even some skilled golfers. Guests are treated to waterfront views, a practice facility, a clubhouse, and even a grill. The Grill at Stonebrook offers a full breakfast and lunch. Visitors can enjoy Happy Hour daily after 2pm, and all day on Mondays and Wednesdays. This Host has three pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size. If you’ll be staying nearby for a while, consider purchasing their membership which includes access to three additional sister courses in the area.
3. Mobile International Speedway: Irvington, Alabama
Not too far from the Florida panhandle, you’ll find coastal Alabama. Be sure to plan your visit March through June to take advantage of this Harvest Host location, but book quickly before the opportunity zooms by! The Mobile International Speedway first opened in 1965. It held numerous stock car races, Supermodified races, and more, which attracted drivers from all over. Now, Harvest Hosts members have the opportunity to stay here. Don’t forget to swing by the gift shop or concession stand. This location has five pet-friendly spaces set aside for Harvest Hosts members with RVs less than twenty-nine feet in length.
4. Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum and Veterans Archive: Hammond, Louisiana
Continuing West from the panhandle, you’ll eventually cross into Louisiana. This beautiful museum strives to protect, educate, and preserve African American heritage. The Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum and Veterans Archive showcases the life and work of African Americans through artwork, artifacts, and exhibits. There is a small fee to enter and there is merchandise available for purchase. Because the entrance fee is so nominal, consider making an additional donation in exchange for overnight parking. This Harvest Hosts location has four reservable, pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size.
5. John Schneider’s Place: Holden, Louisiana
Former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider has previously opened up his large property for concerts, filmmaking, and other events. More recently, the Schneider family began welcoming RVers through Harvest Hosts. John Schneider’s Place is over 100 acres in size and has a large swimming pool, a catch-and-release pond, ATV trails, WiFi, a museum, and a gift shop. Full hookups are available for an additional cost. Lucky visitors may even get to meet John Schneider himself if he isn’t busy with other projects. Members have access to five reservable, pet-friendly spaces for any size RV. Please be aware that there are dogs on the property, so be sure your own pets won’t mind this, and keep them on leash.
6. The Rig Museum at IPME: Morgan City, Louisiana
Take your rig to visit an oil rig museum! The International Petroleum Museum and Expedition educates the public about the significance of the offshore oil and gas industry. The oil industry has not only impacted the local area but also the nation and the world. Here visitors can learn about the pioneering men and women that made the oil industry what it is today. This Host has four pet-friendly, reservable spaces for RVs of any size.
7. Bayou Teche Brewing- Arnaudville, Louisiana
Bayou Teche Brewing allows visitors to unwind with some craft beer that was created to complement the cajun and creole lifestyle. With brews named “Swamp Thing”, “Cocodrie”, “Ragin’ Cajun”, and “Cinco De Bayou” you can take some of Louisiana home with you! Visitors can enjoy live music and other events every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Don’t forget to grab a slice at the Cajun Saucer Pizza to enjoy with your beers. This pet-friendly Harvest Hosts location has four reservable spaces for any size RV.
Harvest Hosts locations aren’t just an in-between night’s stay, they are memories in the making. Many businesses are off-the-beaten-path and are incredibly unique, providing travelers of all varieties with new experiences. As always, be sure to patronize your Host anytime you stay. Be sure to add some of these locations to your list if you find yourself cruising along the Florida panhandle and the Gulf of Mexico. Not a member yet? Join here to check out the fun for yourself!
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