Harvest Hosts is a fabulous site to join, that gives you listings of farms, wineries, museums, and other cool partner sites to boondock your RV free for the night. The site has listings by state, by map, and a downloadable master list of all it's partners, available for members. For those of you who are new to RVing, boon docking is a term that means dry camping, or camping without hookups. If you have a self-contained RV, this is a site for you to check out. The cost of membership is $44 per year and in our opinion, well worth it. The stay overnight is free, but you are asked to support the local business where you are staying by purchasing a wine tasting, produce, cheese, or any other local product that they sell. Many of the locations will even give you a tour or let you volunteer to help out if you want to learn more about their business.
We purchased our membership the day after we picked up the DragonWagon from the dealership. The first night we spent out camping in the new RV, on our way to Sequoia National Park, was at a Harvest Host site. The website's easy-to-use map helped us find a winery that was on the road to our destination, and we called ahead to reserve a spot at The Vista Ranch and Cellars.
We were prepared for boon docking that night, but were pleasantly surprised to find an RV site with 50amp electricity and water hookups, although most locations will not have that available. We arrived as the sun was going down and were greeted warmly by one of the hostesses and shown where to park our rig. After backing into our spot and letting the dogs out to stretch, we hurried over to the nearby outdoor patio for the last hour of live folk music and to order a pizza for dinner. We were lucky enough to arrive on a night where they were making wood fired pizza's and had one of the best pizzas we have ever eaten! Our pizza had prosciutto, blue cheese, and sliced fresh figs from their fig trees. We also had some fresh fruit and corn on the cob, along with a bottle of wine from their winery.
When the music ended, we headed back to our camper by flashlight and set up for the night. We had a relaxing, quiet evening, and turned out to be the only Harvest Host visitors that night. We were told to take our time leaving in the morning, and took advantage of their large RV lot to practice backing up before getting back on the road. We thanked the employees in the morning for a wonderful stay and purchased another bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner at the next campground. There are several other harvest host sites just a few hours away, so we will be trying out some other destinations very soon in the mild California climate this fall and winter and will definitely use this membership while traveling across the states in the spring and summer. Use the link below to learn more about Harvest Hosts and set up your membership, and let them know your heard about them from DragonWagon RV.