You’ve just arrived at the RV park you reserved months ago. Your camper is crowded with antsy kids and a dog who has been indoors for about an hour too long.
It’s late and you’re tired from the 400 miles you just drove. You pull in to the campground, only to find out that reception is closed. But alas, they left you a key with your site number and information.
You pull the rig around, and it appears that another camper is parked in your spot. You grab the written instructions to ensure you haven’t missed anything. Reserved: Site 13. You peer up at the number on the space – number 13.
You take another look at the documentation for an after-hours phone number, none listed. Taking a quick glance for another available spot, you are disheartened to find a completely full camp.
You pull out your apps and find the nearest Walmart parking lot that accepts overnight campers. You drive another 15 miles in the wrong direction just to park for the night.
After leveling the rig and putting out the slide you head into Walmart to let the manager know that you’re parked at their facility for the evening, only to spot the bright light that seems to be shining directly in your bedroom window.
This brings you to a crossroads – either let the light shine through your thin window shades and disrupt your already meager night’s sleep or pull in the slide and find a new place to park in the lot.
You opt for the former and continue inside to find the nearest Walmart employee.
After you’re settled in, you head to bed. It’s a rough night’s sleep with the light shining through the window, and you’re woken up early. Too early. There are cars flooding into the parking lot – turns out it’s game day for the local college, and people are heading to Walmart to pick up their last minute supplies before the game starts.
Up before dawn, you attempt to give the campground a call to find out if they’ve given up your spot. No answer.
Not wanting to forfeit the plans you worked so diligently to craft for the long holiday weekend, you scramble to find another site close enough to avoid another day wasted.
Sound like a stressful start to a vacation? We agree.
Now imagine this scenario instead.
You chat with friendly hosts on the phone, not an automated service, and make arrangements to stay at their location for the next weekend.
You arrive at a sprawling vineyard mid-afternoon after a long drive.
The hosts greet you with a smile and give a quick history of their property. You tour the area and a tasting follows.
You and your partner purchase some of your favorite bottles of wine and head back to your camper.
While dinner is in your tiny oven, you both sit in fold out chairs on your patio and watch the sun fall over the greenery.
Deep hues of red and orange fill the sky as a cloud cover slowly creeps in. Once the sun is fully hidden, you head back in to eat your delicious meal and enjoy the bottle of wine you just purchased.
You drift off for a well-deserved nights sleep.
You’re awakened to the natural light creeping through your windows.
It’s a crisp day with a soft breeze gently brushing the outside of your home-on-wheels.
You get up to make a pot of coffee, careful not to disturb your adventure partner sleeping soundly. You grab mugs from the cupboards and add the cream and sugar.
With coffee ready, and your partner now awake, you take your cups and head to the door for a gorgeous view of the vast vineyard.
For as far as the eye can see just outside your RV door, there are rows of plump red grapes growing, getting ready to be harvested.
You enjoy a walk around the length of one row of vined grapes and come back to your rig to arrange breakfast and begin packing up the camper.
Can you picture it?
Now imagine the price of parking your RV at a gorgeous location like this one.
You may be thinking it costs an exorbitant rate to camp here for the night, to which you opt for the crowded campground like the first scenario.
On the contrary, what if we told you that this one-of-a-kind location for you and your adventure crew is the very high price of…
Vineyards, farms, breweries, even museums are just some of the locations that are free to stay when you’re part of the Harvest Host community.
Ditch the loud neighbors that come with RV parks, and boondock where it counts – and we don’t mean another Walmart.
We’re so excited about this new way of camping, we want to offer our readers an exclusive 20% discount on a Harvest Host membership when using the code: WSW20.
Romantic getaways, solo adventures, or family vacations are perfect for the variety of hosts this program offers. Take a few photos during your adventure and send them our way – we might feature you on our Instagram!
Experiences may vary. Harvest Hosts is a valued partner of Wholesale Warranties.