Some people go shopping on Black Friday – we decided to pack up and go camping! We found a Harvest Host close to home (but still far enough away) to set out on a weekend adventure.
Eagle Haven boasts they have a winery, orchard & Christmas trees which was our main draw. We didn’t find the Christmas Trees, but our tasting experience was superb and Darrel and crew were very friendly!
The camping area was a large open meadow next to the orchard and was very peaceful. It was a clear, cold night and the starry sky was just amazing.
Unfortunately due to the weather (18 degrees F) and no hook-ups we had to cut our trip short, but a quick e-mail to Darrell telling him we’d be back was returned promptly with a warm welcome to return.
I can’t wait to go back and experience one of their summer concerts and a warmer night when I can get out with my camera and explore.
If you’d like to give up your parking lot camping, I’d highly recommend giving Harvest Hosts a try. Through the end of the year when you use my link you’ll receive 20% off the already reasonable joining fee and I’ll get a referral credit too!
As I mentioned in my previous post we recently joined Harvest Hosts. Harvest Hosts is a membership program that provides access to a network of wineries, farms, breweries, museums and other unique attractions that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight.
Our first adventure was an overnight stay at Rio Vista Winery located north of Chelan, Washington on the Columbia River, with close friends.
Rio Vista has beautiful grounds and a magnificent view of the Columbia River and even a sandy beach that you can walk to.
The camping area is outside the winery grounds along a working railroad and gravel road. It’s unfortunate that it’s not a more maintained area – it was basically weeds & dirt and not real level. We saw another guest (in a motorhome) be placed in the overflow parking which is a hillside and I don’t think it would have worked for us in a travel trailer.
Entrance to winery
Camping area for Rio Vista Winery, Chelan, WA
Winery dog made himself right at home.
The Winery Dogs (we met three of them) were extremely friendly – one wanted to play ball and the other two just wanted to be friends.
Our interaction with the host was a bit disappointing. When we arrived she was in the middle of a tasting and it was about 20 minutes before we were acknowledged. Once she was finished she checked us in and gave us instructions on where to park (right where we had pulled up) she did tell us we could pull into the parking lot after the winery closed and needed to be gone first thing in the morning.
We went back to our trailers, gathered our husbands and went back for a tasting. The experience was interrupted by a telephone call from her son and then her husband and we didn’t learn much about the winery. We ordered a smoked salmon & cheddar plate and our friends ordered the salami & cheddar plate and bought several bottles of their wine which we enjoyed on the winery deck overlooking the river.
That night we were serenaded by a group of coyotes and then unfortunately was startled awake at 3:30 am by the garbage truck.
Overall I’d probably give our stay an 8 out of 10 – I’d like to visit again just for the view and everyone deserves a second chance.
Wow, has it really been over three years since I clicked on “add new post” for my blog…crazy! Well, life has not stood still that is for sure.
At the beginning of 2019 I mulled over my word of the year and settled on ADVENTURE and what an adventure it has been.
On February 21, we took delivery of a brand new 27 foot Keystone Cougar travel trailer. Soon after we were camping with friends and making memories to last a lifetime.
I’m revamping my blog to share some of those adventures. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey.