We met the folks from Harvest Hosts a couple years ago, and thought they had a great concept. They contact wineries, farms and other unique locations that are ready, willing, and able to host RVs parking on their property. Then they promote these places to RVers and ask that they become members of Harvest Hosts in order to find out about all the great places to stop. It’s a small yearly fee, currently $40. The RVers get a cool place to stay for a night at no charge, and the Host gets some exposure to their facility and/or product. As lovers of wine, we felt this would be a perfect thing for us, but we just now got around to signing up for a membership. We spoke with Don and Kim, from Harvest Hosts at the Escapade and told them our upcoming route. We looked at the options and figured that Cold Springs Winery, in Idaho might just work out as a perfect night stop.
When we got close, we started looking around. I said, “I’ll bet that’s it up on the hill.” It looked like a little piece of Italy with the tall poplar trees. The description said there would be about a mile of dirt road, but it was well-marked and wide. Not a problem at all.
As we got closer, we passed by lots of vineyards – covering the hill. When we got up the hill, the first building was the tasting room. We found Bill, the owner and he directed us where to park then said to come back to the tasting room to … taste!
Here’s our parking spot!
And, here’s the view of the valley below.
We had a delightful time with Bill chatting, and tasting his wine.
Here’s the thing about wine … we had an even better time as the afternoon went on! It was quite hot – around 100 – but we didn’t care! After our tasting, we had to run the generator in the RV so we could have air conditioning. There are no hookups here. The heat was even too much for our A/C and we basically just napped the rest of the afternoon. It did cool down into the 60s come dark, so sleeping was fine.
I’d say our first stop with Harvest Host was a roaring success! We knew we would enjoy staying at a winery, we figured it would be picturesque, we knew we would enjoy a tasting and probably buy a bottle of wine to keep. But, we didn’t count on liking every wine we tasted so much that we had to buy a whole case!