An RVers' Home on the Road
When Joel Holland bought Harvest Hosts in 2018, the company had 6,000 members and 600 hosts across America. Members pay $99 annually for unlimited access to park their RVs overnight at more than 2,000 wineries, breweries, farms, golf courses, distilleries, and museums. “There’s no additional fee,” Holland says, “other than we encourage our members to take the money they’re saving from a traditional campground and support the local business."
As of April 2021, Harvest Hosts had grown to 170,000 members and was adding 5,000 a week. The hosts get a business infusion with no commission due to HH: Holland says members spend an average of about $13,000 per year at each host business, for an expected total of $40 million this year. The equation has worked especially well during the pandemic. “We’ve gotten so many heartwarming stories from small businesses, saying, like, we were going to shut down the winery, but your members kept showing up,” he says.
HH has expanded its host network during the pandemic at more than three times the pre-pandemic pace. Holland hopes to add 2,000 new hosts this year. To book the only host in Eagle County—Stoneyard Distillery in Dotsero, which crafts spirits from beet sugar (similar to rum) and sells tours and gifts—members can call Brittany Vogelman at 970-456-1926.