How Do I Become a Harvest Hosts Member? The Ultimate Guide

We are Harvest Hosts members and frequently mention Harvest Hosts to fellow travelers and encourage them to sign up for a membership, but what actually is Harvest Hosts (HH), and why do we speak so highly of this program to encourage other RVers to sign up and become members?

Simply put? Harvest Hosts members can stay overnight at breweries! Yep, you heard me correctly. Epic overnight adventures at breweries, vineyards, museums, farms, even golf courses, and more! Can you see now why we are Harvest Hosts members?

And if you become a member by clicking on any of the links in this post, you’ll even save $15! That’s like two or three beers!

Are you a business owner and interested in becoming a Harvest Host? Click here to find out more about signing up to become a Host.

The Ultimate Guide to becoming a Harvest Hosts host location

Harvest Hosts Members FAQ’s (frequently asked questions)

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Harvest Hosts Member

The epic overnight at a brewery is definitely a big draw for us, but there’s to more to it than just the overnight. It’s the community that you meet along the way when staying at these beautiful places.

Curious about how to become a member? Keep on scrolling to learn all about how to become a Harvest Hosts member in this ultimate guide to Harvest Hosts membership.

What is Harvest Hosts (HH)?

Harvest Hosts is a membership for RVers (or van-lifers) that provides FREE RV camping at over 4500 breweries, wineries, distilleries, farms, museums, and other unique locations. Even golf courses.

For a small yearly membership fee, Harvest Hosts members can visit and stay at any HH location completely free.

We invite you to become a Harvest Host member, giving you unique and free places for epic overnight adventures. Being a member is a great way to support the businesses you love while connecting with locals and travelers alike.

How many Harvest Hosts sites are there?

All across the U.S., and even into Canada and Mexico, you’ll find thousands of Hosts to welcome you for the night. Hosts on farms, in cities, mountains, lakeside communities, golf courses, and even driveways.

  • Wineries – More than 800
  • Farms – More than 1700
  • Attractions – More than 1300
  • Breweries & Distilleries – Nearly 600
  • Golf Courses – More than 400 (Golf Courses are an add-on to the Classic Membership)
• Boondockers Welcome (private properties) – More than 3000 (This is an add-on fee.)

Harvest Hosts site map - November 2021

Is Harvest Hosts legit?

HH has been in business since 2010 and is currently working with thousands of HH businesses and members. They have been featured in The New York Post, New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today and more. So, yes, HH is legit!

We are also HH members, and have been since we first started traveling in our RV in 2018. It’s one of the travel tools we always have at the ready.

What is camping like when staying at a Harvest Hosts site?

Each Host site has their own specific requirements for where to park and set up camp for the night. These requirements are usually listed on the Hosts detail page on the HH app and website. But generally, upon arrival, you’ll check in and the Host will let you know where to park.

Be prepared for dry camping, meaning you will not be plugged in nor will you have access to water, or any other amenities at the Hosts site, except a parking spot. You need to be in a fully self-contained vehicle, meaning everything you need to camp is available in your RV, including a toilet.
As for power, most Hosts will allow generators; all you have to do is ask.

Many Hosts will have ample space for you to park, as well as roll out your awning, set out camp chairs, and be as comfortable as being in an RV park. (No outdoor cooking is allowed at Harvest Hosts sites.) Although, at a Harvest Hosts site, you might just be more comfortable, because many Hosts – such as farms and wineries, have added space for you to enjoy, without a neighbor parked right next to you.

Keep in mind, though, that not all Hosts sites will have wide open spaces. Some breweries, for example, may just have enough space for a small RV to park overnight, without added greenery. Some may not be as beautiful as the farm below in Wisconsin, but the beauty, instead, lies in the mere fact that you can enjoy a drink or two at a brewery and then walk out to the parking lot, and go to sleep.

Harvest Hosts members camping at Harvest Hosts site Door County Wisconsin

Can I use a generator at Harvest Hosts locations?

It is quite lovely to have electricity, and many hosts allow for use of generators. Just be sure to check with each Host to ensure that the use of generators is allowed. And, just like camping in any location, be respectful of your neighbors, meaning if you have other members parked near you or there are houses or businesses nearby, use your generator sparingly.

What type of vehicles are allowed?

All classes of RV’s are allowed (Class A, Class B, Class C) including motorhomes, fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, toy haulers, camper vans, truck campers, and schoolies. Vehicles towed behind RVs are also allowed at Host locations.

What’s NOT allowed: traditional pop-up campers where the middle and sides of the trailer pop up and out, tents, ground tents, rooftop tents, sleeping in cars, trucks, minivans, or anything similar.

Your RV must be fully self contained and have an interior toilet and built-in holding tanks or bladders for waste water. Porta-potties are allowed as toilets as long as they remain in the vehicles and are not dumped onsite.

Are there bathrooms at Harvest Hosts sites?

While many Harvest Hosts sites have bathrooms on site, they are meant for customers to use while patronizing their business. What this means to you as a HH member is that you may use the bathrooms in a brewery, for example, while you are sitting on their patio or at the bar enjoying a beer or two.

But when it comes time for you to retire to your RV and the business is closed, the bathrooms are no longer an option. This is why you as a HH member must have a self-contained vehicle that includes an indoor toilet. The Host has no obligation to offer you restroom facilities, and you as the member should not be asking for them after hours, either.

How many nights can I stay?

This program is meant to be an overnight program with a maximum stay of 24 hours, making it the perfect option for those traveling to and from other locations.

Some Hosts may offer you the opportunity to stay more than one night, but this is generally not the norm. Harvest Hosts requests that you, as the member, do not ask for multiple nights. Instead, wait for the invitation from the Host. In other words, do not wear out your welcome.

Do I have to make a purchase?

While there is no requirement to make a purchase while staying overnight at a Host location, it is highly recommended to do so. You are, after all, parked in a Hosts parking area free of charge. And one of the reasons, Hosts sign up on Harvest Hosts is to market their product to paying customers, helping them to stay in business.

So, if you love staying for free overnight at breweries, for example, be sure to buy a beer or two, and maybe a six-pack to go. It’s a great thing to support the businesses you love, so sign up to become a Harvest Hosts member today.

What are the requirements of Harvest Hosts members?

As a HH member, you agree to a code of conduct, including knowing that all RVs must be self-contained, you must plan ahead to arrange visits, only stay for 24 hours unless invited by the host to stay longer, patronize the business and be respectful of the property and the Hosts themselves while doing so.

What are the requirements of Harvest Hosts locations?

The Host will provide you with a space to park and the proper communication to get you to the right space. In return, please be respectful of the Hosts property, goods to sell, and the Hosts themselves.

What are the benefits of being a Harvest Hosts member?

Besides the fact that you get to stay overnight at breweries and many other places, there are even more benefits of being a Harvest Hosts member.

And one of them is community. Whether you’re chatting with the Hosts, the locals, or other travelers, meeting the people when staying at Harvest Hosts sites is one of the best benefits of this program.

But if you need some tangible benefits, there are those, too. Harvest Hosts’ partners offer many benefits when you sign up to be a Harvest Hosts member. Benefits such as discounted craft beer at select breweries, discounted tires, lithium batteries, generators, RV mattresses, water filters, RV tech support, outdoor chairs, and so much more.

There are also additional travel benefits offered through companies like CampersCard, CampScanner, Campground Views, Outdoorsy, Good Sam, Escapees, Thousand Trails, Allstays, and even many popular RV magazines and other resources. And speaking of RV resources, the HH map also includes locations for dump stations!

The benefits of being a Harvest Hosts member is seemingly endless, but when you meet people like Paul and Lisa at Choteau Creek Brewing – well, that’s when you know the true benefits of Harvests Hosts. It’s the community!

Choteau Creek Brewing South Dakota Paul and Lisa behind the bar benefits of Harvest Hosts member

How much does it cost to join Harvest Hosts?

With three different membership options available, you’ll find what you need from Harvest Hosts. And the best thing is that by clicking through on our link, you get $15 off the full membership prices as listed below.

The classic level Harvest Hosts membership includes breweries, distilleries, wineries, farms, museums, and other attractions (over 4500 locations) for $99/year.

The next level includes all of the above Harvest Hosts locations, as well as Boondockers Welcome sites, which are private properties that welcome RVers to stay on private farms, driveways, and more. This level gives you over 7500 locations to choose from for $169/year.

The Harvest Hosts all access level gives you all of the properties as mentioned above, along with golf courses. Now you’ve got your choice of over 8300 locations all for only $179/year.

Remember, to receive $15 off the prices above, sign up now by clicking here.

How do I find a Harvest Hosts location?

Once you are a member, you will have access to all the Harvest Hosts sites in your membership level, both on the HH site and the app.

Choose the area of the map you are interested in, and zoom in to see the icons of the types of hosts that available on your plan. When you click on the icon, you’ll be taken to each Hosts detailed page where you’ll find more about their services, hours, RV size limitations, and more. From there, you can check availability and choose dates. HH suggests a 24 hour to 2 week period of contacting the Hosts for reservations.

Complete details of the Host locations are only available to members to prevent possible abuse of the Harvest Hosts program. HH does not want to put their Hosts in the awkward position of having to turn away people who are not in the program. They want to make it as easy as possible on both the Hosts and the members.

But once you are a member, you can even plan your route around Harvest Hosts sites, making for a great community connection all along the way.

I signed up for Harvest Hosts; now what?

Congratulations! You’re now a part of one of the coolest communities on the planet – Harvest Hosts. All you have to do now is open your computer and login or download the Harvest Hosts App and start planning your trip today.

Harvest Hosts members Ken and April cheers sitting at table at Junkyard on 66 Brewery Harvest Hosts New Mexico
Cheers to becoming a Harvest Hosts member! (on location at a HH in New Mexico)

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