Down California’s long and populated coastline, it seemed like a daunting task to find free places to camp. So joining a club like Harvest Hosts seemed like a good idea for two reasons: you have access to places to park your RV, and those places are mostly wineries (or “vineyards”, they call them in the old country). Edd signed us up while we were at Remy’s.
This wasn’t a free endeavor. Harvest Hosts costs $40 annually to join. And we were aware that we’d probably purchase a bottle of something wherever we went. But if you plan to visit the vineyards anyway, why not enjoy yourself and stay over?
One disappointment was that the membership does not include any winery in Sonoma or Napa, the most famous wine-producing regions in the state. But of course there’s other good stuff out there!
The first evening we stayed at Six Sigma Winery. They were very kind to us in that they let us have a wine tasting even though we arrived five minutes to closing time (we stopped twice to let the transmission cool down). They even had an informational packet made up for RVers who stay overnight. Luckily, another young couple arrived late too! We did a tasting together.
It was a hot and sticky day, so Edd and I bought a bottle of white. We drank it as we sat on the covered veranda and played board games.
We were both a little hungover the next day. But we went into town, worked out and showered at Planet Fitness, and were at Harmony Wynelands winery the next evening, ready for more!
The winery was just ok, but the night ended up being kind of special for us. The man from the RV next to ours walked over and invited us to join him and his wife for a drink. It was the first time we hung out in another travel home!
Their names were Paul and Kay. They were both maybe in their 60s and have been full-time RVers since 2004. They retired from the Air Force and can stay on any military base! We chatted for a while about our respective travels. It was nice to have company.
The next place was the one Edd was most looking forward to, a cidery called Indigeny Reserve. It ended up being our favorite.
Our wine tasting host, Nancy, was really friendly. Then the owner, Jay, popped in and gave us a tour around! He was a pretty funny guy. Edd had a few questions to ask him, having experimented during two years in Saudi distilling our own hooch!
We liked our few nights at the vineyards and orchards. Harvest Hosts will most likely bring you to smaller or lesser-known producers. That probably also means a more intimate experience for the visitor! The most exciting thing is that our tiny fridge can’t hold any more booze! Bring on the forest!