So, returning back briefly to my afternoon at Hardwick Winery…
In addition to a B&B, Hardwick is also a participating member in Harvest Hosts, a program I was introduced to for the first time that afternoon.
Harvest Hosts pairs RVers with local farms and wineries. The farms and wineries allow self-contained RVers (i.e. no plumbing or electrical hookups required) to stay for up to 24 hours on their property free of charge. The RVers avoid camping fees, and the farms and wineries get increased traffic and exposure.
The network of host sites is extensive with sites in most states in the continental US as well as Eastern and Western Canada and the Baja peninsula. For a full list of host sites and details interested RVers need to become program members (there’s a $30 annual fee to become a program member), but the maps available on the public website show easily more than 100 hosts.
Personally I think the idea is brilliant. I only wish I had an RV – and the summer off work – I’d be out there right now exploring America one winery at a time.