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Old 11-19-2013, 07:51 PM   #1
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I was turned on to this site by a fellow RVer and think its a great way to meet new folks. It's called " Harvest Hosts"and it allows you to camp at farms, wineries, wildlife rescue areas, and lots of cool places that you cannot normally stay. It's something different and gives you the chance to maybe pick your own breakfast!
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:07 PM   #2
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Thanks for bringing that to our attention. It looks like a great idea. Kinda like a B&B, but you bring your own B&B with you.

Free Camping with Harvest Hosts at Wineries, Farms and Orchards
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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What a great idea!
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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Choose carefully. The hosts expect you to buy from them so at some wineries, for example, your "free" night could get expensive.
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Rosemary, as I was walking toward my computer I was just wondering why people would want strangers to camp on their land. It's a little different when you have a forum like Escape and people contact each other about camping while they travel. This would be total strangers.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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I just read the list of rules and regulations and while they are perfectly reasonable I think they could make me a little uptight.
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These strangers are no different than customers, they are in a business and want you to purchase something from them.
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It is what it is, and one can decide for themselves whether or not it is for them.

I kinda like the idea, as I have no need for hook-ups anyway. Maybe I could fine a nice bottle of wine, pick up some fresh foods, and relax in a setting not wall to wall RVs while stopping overnight. If I buy two bottles of wine instead of spending the money on a campsite, by my calculations I am way ahead.

Of course, you likely won't have much for public facilities to use, but these places are intended for one night stays.

Besides, it sure beats the camping in a Walmart parking lot, no?
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:01 PM   #9
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Everyone has a good point to make and yes they would appreciate if you patronized them in some way. It's a great form of exposure and sometimes I would rather camp in a more rural area with less vehicles and stimulate the economy a little differently!
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It is certainly something to consider. And yes, Jim, it beats Walmart.
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