Are you ready for a road trip and a unique travel experience?
Harvest Hosts is a membership program that offers RVers access to a network of more than 1,800 wineries, farms, breweries, museums and other unique attractions where they can stay and play overnight. RV Guests can also experience memorable visits to historical museums, aerospace and automobile museums, botanical gardens, distilleries, cideries, and other exciting attractions, while enjoying convenient overnight stays with no camping fees. Due to the boom in RV travel, despite the clear COVID challenges, some small businesses that rely on tourism are actually seeing growth this year as more and more people take to the road.
Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts, talks with ConciergeQ about RV travel and more.
ConciergeQ: How did the idea for Harvest Hosts first happen?
Joel Holland: Harvest Hosts was founded by a husband and wife duo 10 years ago as a way to connect RVers with unique experiences off the beaten path. I am an avid RVer with a background in tech entrepreneurship, and the access to unique overnight experiences that Harvest Hosts provided was a game changer for my wife, Mary Ashley, and me. Because I loved its mission, I purchased the company in 2018 and since then, we have tripled the number of host locations -- we now provide access to more than 1,800 wineries, farms, breweries, museums and other unique attractions all over North America.
CQ: What are a few truly unique sites available on Harvest Hosts?
JH: We have an incredible variety of unique Host locations on Harvest Hosts. Some of the most unique places to visit include these:
Skeletons: Museum of Osteology - Located in Oklahoma City, this is the only museum of its kind in the United States and has hundreds of skulls and skeletons from across the globe. Staying here gives great access to the museum for an experience you can’t replicate elsewhere.
Cave Without a Name - Just north of Boerne, Texas, this is a living cavern and National Natural Landmark, which people say is the most beautiful in the state of Texas. Since it’s cold out in a lot of the country now, this is an excellent go-to given the temperature stays at around 66 degrees all year. There are a lot of fascinating formations in this cave that are great for nature enthusiasts to enjoy.
Southern Trichome Hemp Farm - In Selma, North Carolina, this craft cannabis farm is family-owned and operated and specializes in chemical-free farming methods. Visitors can also take private yoga classes - which is perfect for the pandemic - and ride bareback on the farm’s now-retired World Champion National Show Horse.
CQ: What should a traveler know about Harvest Hosts?
JH: With over 1,800 locations, we have extremely unique Hosts all over North America. But don’t just pick on that is closest to your route or major highway--some of our best locations are hidden gems a little off the beaten path!
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