Harvest Hosts Review

This review of Harvest Hosts is a little different from a traditional review. We’ll cover the places we stayed using Harvest Hosts. We absolutely love Harvest Hosts and can’t imagine our travels without it. If you don’t have any RV memberships this is one you should have!

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When we got ready to leave Yellowstone in the fall of 2021 we were making our way to Texas to spend the winter. We try to use our existing memberships to save money in our travels. Currently we have memberships at Thousand Trails, Passport America, and Escapees. So why would we need to add another membership to our arsenal?

The simple answer is because Harvest Hosts has some amazing places for a single night stay when transiting the country.

A Harvest Hosts experience is so much more enjoyable than staying in a Walmart parking lot, overnight parking at a truck stop or boondocking at Cracker Barrel in between full service campsites! Plus, we get to experience whatever our host has to offer and we haven’t been disappointed yet.

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Harvest Hosts has become one of our favorite memberships to use while transiting the country. On our way from Yellowstone to Texas we’ve stayed at five different Harvest Hosts locations. A pinball themed brew pub, an air museum, a dairy farm, an apple orchard, and an alpaca farm. All of them have been wonderful places to stay one night while making our way to our final winter destination. If you’re an RVer this is one of the memberships to definitely have.

The Harvest Host program allows you single overnight stays at local businesses like farms, vineyards, breweries, distilleries, museums, golf clubs, and country clubs. Harvest Hosts suggests a minimum spend of $20 to support the business you stay at to show your appreciation to your host for the hospitality.

What is Harvest Hosts

Harvest Hosts is a membership program that provides access to a network of wineries, farms, breweries, museums and other unique attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight. For a yearly membership fee, Harvest Hosts’ members are invited to stay at hundreds of interesting locations around North America, and experience new opportunities to explore and enjoy the RVing lifestyle. The company’s goal is to provide meaningful experiences for RVers and Hosts alike.

Our Harvest Hosts Stays

Tilt Würks Brewhouse and Casino – Miles City, MT (October 11, 2021)

This was our first Harvest Hosts stay. A small farming town in Eastern Montana, Miles City was a good stopping point after our drive from Billings. Tilt Würks Brewhouse and Casino. It’s a Pinball themed brewery and casino. Dinner, drinks, and a free night stay in the parking lot. Our purchase here was dinner and drinks in the bar. The staff was really friendly the food and drinks were great! The only downside to this stay is train tracks back to the parking lot and trains go by quite often.

Fargo Air Museum – Fargo, ND (October 15, 2021)

Our second Harvest Host location was at Fargo Air Museum. One of the slides on our motorhome got stuck when we tried to extend it here so we didn’t enjoy the location as much as we would have if we weren’t stressing out. I did take a quick tour of their museum where they have a nice little collection of vintage aircraft. Our purchase here was a tour through the museum. Staff was friendly.

Stensland Family Farm – Larchwood, IA (October 16, 2021)

Our third Harvest Host location was Stensland Family Farm in Larchwood, Iowa. This is a four generation farm. We met 92 yr old Art and one of his sons Doug who gave us a mini tour of the calf nursery and the milking robots. They have a small store (with awesome ice-cream) at the farm and also some retail locations in Sioux Falls, SD. It was interesting to learn about how the robots milk the cows with no one having to be around. This has been Lisa’s favorite Harvest Hosts stop since she got to feed the calves. Our purchases here was yummy ice cream and a half gallon of milk. Everyone we met from the family were really nice and welcoming. The staff in their shop in Sioux Falls were friendly as well.

 

Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard – Nebraska City, NE (October 23, 2021)

Our fourth Harvest Hosts location was Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard outside Nebraska City, Nebraska. This is a true harvest place, an orchard and vineyard. Lesson learned here, gnats can fly through your screens on your RV. Since it was after apple harvest time there were some rotting apples on the ground. While it was a bit warm outside it wasn’t warm enough for the A/C so we opened the windows. Around the rotting apples were gnats. We ended up with 100’s of them in our motorhome. For days, we were killing them until we finally figured out to suck them up in the vacuum. Our purchases here was wine tasting, some hard cider, tequila jelly and strawberry margarita mix. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Even though we aren’t wine drinkers much we had a good time sampling their selections and even liked a couple.

TX-Ture Farm – Aubrey, TX (December 27, 2021)

Our fifth Harvest Host location was TX-Ture Farm “Texture” in Aubrey, Texas. We chose this location kind of last minute. We had been staying about an hour and a half North of there at Lake Texoma Thousand Trails where we had our slide issues fixed. Once the slide issues were fixed we scheduled to have a washer and dryer installed in our motorhome. We got the washer and dryer installed at Camping World in Denton, TX. Not knowing how long the install would take we didn’t want to travel too far and put us getting in after dark. So we chose TX-Ture Farm only about 25 minutes from Denton. Farms are Lisa’s favorites so this one was right up her alley. TX-Ture Farm is a small family farm that is Growing for the Senses. They produce memorable experiences and natural handcrafted products from the farm’s alpacas, lavender, honey, gourds, and Christmas trees. Our purchases here were an alpaca toy and a hat. The owners Russell and Annamiek along with their sons, Sean and Chris were very welcoming and friendly. Chris gave us a tour and introduced us to the alpacas. We got to feed them and ask questions Chris is a true expert about the animals.

Conclusion

Harvest Hosts has quickly become one of our favorite RV memberships. The variety of places you can stay definitely bumps them to the top of our list for overnights along the way to our final destinations. With the very reasonably priced membership and a bit of money for a souvenir or meal at each stop it comes in way cheaper than staying at an actual campground for one night. The membership fee pays for itself after staying at 2-3 hosts.

We look forward to seeing many more interesting places in our travels using Harvest Hosts.

Are you members of Harvest Hosts? What have been your favorite places to stay? We’re always looking for neat out-of-the-way places to put on our list of must sees. Thank you for reading our article. If you have any comments or questions we’d love to hear from you below.

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Harvest Hosts Review”

  1. This seems like a pretty interesting program. It is a smart initiative and I give props to whoever who thought about this idea. I am not really much of a drinker so I don’t think that this is meant for me but I have friends and family who love drinking so I will be sure to share this article with them 

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    • Thanks for your comments Aubin. Harvest Hosts is more than wineries and brew pubs. Our favorites have been the farms we’ve stayed at. 

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  2. This is a really fascinating page, from the idea of visiting these places while moving around in Recreational Vehicles to the way all these images on the page were captured, so amazing and full of adventures. This is a lifetime experience I would never want to miss. All the wine tasting, travelling from place to place while discovering and exploring is the type of lifestyle i have been longing to live. Truly Amazing!

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    • Thank you for your comments Paul. It is a great lifestyle. While we don’t stay at Harvest Hosts all the time. We do like to stop and spend a night while traveling cross country. It beats staying in a truck stop or Walmart parking lot for sure. 

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  3. I think that Harvest Hosts are worth the investment. I’ve seen glimpses of these on the road during vacation. My father is a truck driver, so I found this concept appealing because I wonder how much he knows about this experience. In my opinion, Harvest Hosts are a dream come true and fulfilling, R&R-based vacation.

    Where did you learn about Harvest Hosts? Are there any ways to rent or purchase land associated with these areas? Does the price vary during the holidays or off-seasons? Are there any perks to making Harvest Host feel sweeter than home?

    Thanks for the excellent article!! I will be on the lookout for these options the next time I yearn for an adventure or find myself ready to cool down during an evening drive.

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    • Thank you for your comments. Harvest Hosts is well worth the $99 investment and even better with the 15% off link I provided. With the membership, members can visit and stay overnight at any of their 2566+ stunning locations without any camping fees!

      We first found out about Harvest Hosts from a fellow RVer. They highly recommended it as we do now. There are no ways to rent or purchase land associated with these areas, although you could buy or have a piece a property and sign up to be a host with Harvest Hosts. They are adding new hosts every month.

      The price to stay at a host site is free once you’re a member there is no difference between holidays or seasons.

      Thanks again for reading our article.

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  4. I have to share this with my parents. Too many times they’ve had to park their RV in a Walmart overnight when traveling back and forth from my house to theirs (we live 19 hours apart). It’s perfect that they accommodate one night stays, as that gives my parents a way to break up the driving. I love that they can also get an experience out of it. I’m kind of jealous that I don’t have an RV now.

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    • Thank you for your comment Alicia! Definitely share this with your parents. It is a great program. If they add Boondockers Welcome which is a sister program that Harvest Hosts recently bought it nearly doubles the places to stay. I think the add on is like $45. We haven’t done it yet as Harvest Hosts has been adequate for our use so far. Staying at a Walmart always seemed a bit shady to me, that’s why we looked into Harvest Hosts to begin with.

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