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Old 08-26-2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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Harvest Hosts overnight parking

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We recently joined www.harvesthosts.com , $20.00 a year for membership. What a great concept, something that has been going on in Europe for years, and now available here.

We haven't had the opportunity to visit our first Host, but will be doing so when we leave our workkamping spot in Hill City, SD. Our first stop will be in Nebraska, and we are really looking forward to utilizing the program.

We actually were so impressed with it that we told our farmer daughter, in Maryland www.rumblewayfarm.com (shameless recommendation), and she has joined as a host. Right after she did it (first host in Maryland) two vineyards in Maryland signed up also.

Take a look at the site for complete information on the program.
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I know this has had quite a few looks, just curious to see if anyone has joined.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:32 AM   #3
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Hey Mike,

I have not joined yet, but was looking at the site it sounds great! Hope all is well with you and Jan! Are you guys going to be at the MB rally in Oct?
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Hey Al,
We are still travelling, just finishing up 4 months workkamping outside of Hill City, SD. When we leave here on the 8th we will be heading East and stopping at a few of the Harvest Hosts along the way. We will not make it to MB for the rally with iRV2. We will be in Williamsburg, VA, for a Tiffin rally we had signed up for quite awhile ago.

Hope you and Mickey are enjoying life and your travels.

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'We haven't joined I looked at the website and it looks like a great concept. It would be a great way to meet local people in different areas.
The only thing that concerns me is, do you feel obligated to buy products from these folks. I'm sure they don't pressure you but I think I would fell obligated. One can only buy so much wine, cheese, fresh veggies etc.
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Lyle,

I don't think it's like you would be staying at a different one every night, although I guess that might happen. If you look at the maps of their locations, they are spread out. We try not to boondock many nights when we are travelling. One or two nights in a CG, clean tanks then on the road. Then maybe a boondock night, then repeat, until we hit our final destination. Doing it like that spreads them out and gives you plenty of variety. Besides, wine is good for you, drink up!

We have no interest in this group, other than that we are members and our daughter is a host farm. We just think it is a wonderful way to see parts of the country you otherwise might not.
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Good point, We like to do campgrounds every third night then a couple of boondocks, Walmart, Casinos or whatever. We could fit a Harvest Host in every third or 4th day. Like you say I need to learn to drink more wine anyway.
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That sounds like a business advertisement. Shoot, free overnighting when visiting these places is somewhat standard, why pay a third party?
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We have made our first stop at one of the Harvest Hosts locations. We are at Cuthills Vineyards, Pierce, Nebraska. This was Nebraska's first winery and Ed and Holly Swanson, the owners, have made us very welcome. They have provided us with a great level site to park and have no problem with the generator running. We are parked adjacent to the vineyard. We had a great tasting of some of their fine wines, at no charge, and have purchased a few bottles, because we liked them, not had to.

Had it not been for Harvest Hosts we never would have known about the fine people and wines of Nebraska. They were our first stop with the program and we were their first RV to be here. How great is this!
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I visited their site and noticed a host in a neighboring town that I work in from time to time. I zoomed in for directions, and it's a church parking lot. Odd.
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I have noticed several times when "zooming in for directions" you don't always get what you're looking for. The other day I was looking for a campground in Jacobs Lake and wound up in Fredonia. I think that was the hdqs address for it and not the actual location.
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That sounds like a business advertisement. Shoot, free overnighting when visiting these places is somewhat standard, why pay a third party?
It's astounding to me that some folks will spend their entire waking hours duplicating the work that others have already done, just to save a few pennies a day. You join Harvest Hosts (or other similar sites) for the same reason that you buy campground guide books and other reference materials. They've done the research -- they know where these places are -- and you can locate your overnight place in a few minutes rather than spending hours online or hours driving around looking for a place.

Of course, you're always welcome to spend the time to do the research for yourself, if the hundreds or thousands of hours of your time that it takes is worth less than $20.00 to you.

DISCLAIMER: I have no interest in Harvest Hosts, but have considered joining. I do have an interest in another subscription website that provides similar information.
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I have noticed several times when "zooming in for directions" you don't always get what you're looking for.
This is because many websites just let Google or Yahoo create the map & the driving directions without verifying them. Usually they're pretty close, but sometimes they're wrong by many miles.
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This is because many websites just let Google or Yahoo create the map & the driving directions without verifying them. Usually they're pretty close, but sometimes they're wrong by many miles.
I may be wrong...probably am ...but I don't think there's a Harvest Host even close to that area. It pointed me to Olney, IL. If there's one in that area, I'd be really, really surprised.
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