If you’re a fan of being out on the open road, chasing sunsets with a map and zero fixed plans and staying at out-of-the-box campsites, listen up—the Airbnb of RV’ing has arrived.
Harvest Hosts is a travel network of more than 600 unique hosts including wineries, breweries, farms and museums that you can have access to when you join for only $49 a year. That’s basically less than you would ever spend on a hotel, motel or even just a one-night camping ground fee.
Intrigued by the idea of spending an evening under the stars outside a Cave Vineyard in the middle of Missouri? Totally possible. Owner Marty Strussion will let you park outside his natural cave wine cellar and sample cheese and wines made from grapes grown just a few feet away while Instagramming the vineyard views.
Ever considered an overnight with a few new friends…alligators? At Alan Adams’s Gulf Coast Gator Ranch you can visit some of the most beautiful swamplands in South Mississippi, take an airboat ride, feed gators up close and tour 105 acres that border the Grand Bay Estuary in Moss Point/Pascagoula.
If you’re a fan of ghost stories before bedtime, be prepared to get your spook on, sleeping next to Josh Villemarette’s SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City. Hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all over the world are exhibited here, and the museum is the only one of its kind in America. (Not surprisingly.)
For a foodie fix, post up at the China Date Ranch in Tecopa, California, where host Brian Brown’s special location is set on an oasis near Death Valley. Stock up on several varieties of dates and baked goods for the RV before sightseeing: This area is home to nearby historical buildings, plenty of wildlife and hiking trails and the Old Spanish Trail.
So what’s the catch you might ask? For living your best life and being put up at all these quickly cool spots for such a small fee? In exchange for inviting self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight, the hosts simply ask the members to support them in exchange for their stay by making a purchase in their gift shops, buying some wine or local produce or even volunteering their time to help with farm work.
This brings a whole new meaning to Winnebago Man.