We found out about this great association called Harvest Hosts. For $40 a year, you can be a member, and it gives you access to wineries, farms, and events across the country that offer RV’ers a free place to stay for the night. It’s usually just a flat place to park, no hookups, but it sure beats a Walmart parking lot.
We tried out our new membership at a place called Windmill Farms, south of Arroyo Grande on Highway 101. We just called ahead and they promised space for us. We had to arrive before they closed the gates at 6:00.
We liked the place immediately. A fun, whimsical place with a garden store, gift store, produce store and small eatery. There were lots of animals on the grounds: goats, sheep, chickens, burros, and a miniature horse.
When we arrived, a young man directed us to a flat, gravel area where we could park, level, and open up the slides. We purchased some fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, and bread at their store, and walked around checking the place out.
It’s kind of strange to just pull in and have the place to ourselves. Very trusting of them. There was a gate that we were told we could open and close if we wanted to go out after hours, but we were happy to just set up Bessie, cook a good stir-fry, and call it an early night.
In the morning, we enjoyed their farm fresh eggs for breakfast, and thanked them for their hospitality, and went on our way. This is definitely something we would do again!