Harvest Hosts is a unique membership program that allows members to stay at various off-the-beaten path locations all over North America. These 5003+ locations include stops such as farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries, golf courses, museums, and many other types of attractions. These off-the-beaten-path experiences provide the special experiences that many RVers set out to find when they buy an RV in the first place.
Once travelers join Harvest Hosts as members, they gain access to an entire online database that lists each individual host location on its own profile page. Through the use of the search feature, members can sort locations by type, place, and route, while also filtering to include their specific preferences. Then, they can gather a list of Host locations, creating saved trips for future use. Continue on to learn all about the saved trip feature and how to use it to make the most of your Harvest Hosts membership.
Start by Creating a Favorites List
Start a Regional Search
The Harvest Hosts saved trip feature allows members to save a series of host locations to a certain list for future use. For instance, let’s say that you were planning an autumn road trip through the Northeastern portion of the country. Perhaps you planned the dates out and knew of the general places you wanted to camp, but were not yet sure of the exact locations. You could then use the Harvest Hosts map search feature to choose the locations where you want to camp.
Begin by first selecting “find hosts” at the top of the web page. Don’t forget to set your preferences for host type, permitted RV size, and pet-friendliness. Then, you would need to use the “region” search feature, selecting the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont for a full list of New England locations. (Please reference the last post where we discussed the various features of the map search.)
Favorite the Hosts that Pique your Interest
Once you have searched for locations in the Northeast using the above list, you can begin to narrow down the choices by favoriting the ones in which you are interested. You can favorite a host by first hovering over the icon for the host profile, then clicking the small heart icon along the bottom center listing, where it says “add to favorite”. This will allow you to organize hosts into a category to further review them and read about them, without yet adding them to a planned trip.
Once you have created a “favorites” list, you can find your list by selecting the tab above the map that reads “Your Lists.” Then, simply select the “Saved Hosts” choice to find all your favorites.
Then, take all the time you need to read through descriptions of each host. Read the reviews, look at the photos, and really decide which hosts seem like the best fit for your road trip. Feel free to use the “sort” and “filter” functions to organize the hosts.
You can then deselect any hosts which you have decided not to visit by clicking the red heart icon in the top-left corner of each thumbnail. Now that you have a more succinct list, you are ready to create your saved trip.
Create a Saved Trip
Once you know which hosts you would like to visit, it’s time to add them to your trip. You can do this from the “Saved Hosts” page or from the map search page. Simply hover over the RV icon beside the heart icon, and click “add to trip.”
A small window will appear, prompting you to add a trip name. Give your trip a name, and click “create.” Select your newly made trip, and your first host has now been added to your trip. You can then continue adding hosts to your trip, until all the places you want to stay have been added.
Review your Trip
Once you are ready to take a look at your newly created saved trip, hover over the “your lists” tab again, this time selecting “saved trips” instead of “saved hosts.” This will take you to a page with a thumbnail image of your trip. This page will also house any future saved trips you create.
Then, select your trip to fully view all your stops and your route. The stops will already be automatically optimized, as shown below.
You can then drag the titles along the left side to order them however you would prefer. Once your stops are in the order you would like them, your saved trip is complete!
Now that you have completed the ordering and saving of your future trip, it’s time to make some reservations. Go to the host profile page for each of your stops, and call each location to make a reservation. Be sure to let the host know what day you plan to visit and what time you plan to arrive. Then, ask if there are any special parking directions that the host would like you to remember. Be sure to write down the information you have gathered so that you do not forget anything. Once your reservations have been made and your trip information has been gathered, it’s time to pack for your trip!
Creating saved trips is an excellent way to plan for future Harvest Hosts road trips. It may seem like a lot to learn at first, but creating these trips is quite simple once you get the hang of it. Consider creating a few test trips to practice with the feature. Pretty soon you’ll be a saved-trip-creating pro!
Do you now understand how to create a saved trip? What future trips do you plan to create? What Harvest Hosts road trips interest you? Feel free to share your ideas or ask any further questions in the comments below!
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