Who doesn't need wine, fruits, and vegetables – well if you're not a wine drinker than you're in luck – you can still go RV
boondocking at vineyards and farms through Harvest Hosts. Winery RV camping is so much fun – tasting delicious wines, meeting incredible people and owners of the vineyards, and you get to park your RV at some breathtaking views.
At Kramer Vineyards, I ended up buying 2 lbs of roasted coffee beans from the owner who roasted himself, instead of purchasing wine.
I love me some good coffee and let me tell you, these roasted coffee beans are yummy. I just grind up the dark roasted beans in my coffee grinder and then make an espresso with the joy of my life, my new Aeropress espresso maker. I'm telling you, that little “must-have” espresso/coffee maker is better than my $600 set-up I had when I owned a “sticks-and-bricks” house.
Winery RV Camping & Community
During this trip to the three different vineyards, or wineries as I kept calling it, I met some incredible people along the way from the owners of the vineyards to other full time RV boondocking travelers.
When I first started thinking about RVing full time, I had wondered about life on the road and if I'd feel lonely. It's quite the opposite actually. There seems to be so much community in the RV world and everyone is so HAPPY! We talk about how we started down this road and what's ahead. We check out each others RV and learn little tips and tricks from others.
So many are willing to help and give you tips along the way. I even had a couple of men inspect my vehicle and make sure everything was top notch. There is definitely a sense of community in this RV life. In fact I feel more social than I ever have in a neighborhood.
I'm definitely going to keep winery rv camping as one of my go-to places as I travel around North America on my road trips.
RV Boondocking at Vineyards
During my first experience in RV boondocking at Plum Hill Vineyards in Gaston, Oregon, I met a full time RVing couple who were also boondocking their way around the nation. We drank wine and chatted with RJ and Juanita, the owners, and just relaxed. I think this is the first time in years that I've ever felt truly relaxed with the stress of my job over the years.
Shannon, a young winemaker, created her first bottle called White Blyss, and I was the first person to purchase! She even signed my bottle for me. If you're in town, go visit them and prepare to be amazed.
As I was about to get settled in for the night and cook some dinner, I had this amazing feeling of freedom and happiness. It finally hit me that I was really living out my dream of RVing full time and seeking stories of adventure and beauty. My eyes filled with tears at how happy I was and this was only my second night. I knew in that moment I had made the best decision to pursue this dream.
The next day, I headed to Kramer Vineyards, also in Gaston, Oregon, for some more RV boondocking glory overlooking a valley of grape vines.
That's the word that comes to mind when I hear the birds singing, the sun shining, being in nature and walking around, and then hearing silence as you fall asleep.
What I feel when I think about my experience so far.
Their wine is incredible and they even catered to my vegan diet with a plate of hummus and vegan pita bread. They even warmed the bread for me which was a delight with the hummus!
Next we're driving further South to Emerson Vineyards in Monmouth, Oregon in the Willamette Valley for MORE RV boondocking, wine tasting, and meeting new people. Shew…Tom, the owner, was pouring some large “tastes” of wine. I think I actually was wayyyyy…. past tipsy. I might need to curb the wine tasting to once a week. It's been three days in a row!
Update on Lily
Lily was still scratching for about three more days, but the allergy meds seemed to have worked and she's doing much better now. I guess it was just the vegetation around the area she had a reaction to while walking.
Now we have a whole bottle of these allergy pills in case she gets into something that causes a reaction. I hate giving her meds, but if she needs I have to make sure she's okay. She's such a trooper and she's loving this adventure as well.
Overnights & Places Visited
Dates: May 7-May 9, 2017
RV Accessibility: Probably no more than 35 feet, except at Emerson Vineyards
Cell Phone Signal Strength with Verizon: Strong
Requirements: HarvetHosts.com annual membership
City/State: Gaston and Monmouth, Oregon
Video/Audio Equipment Used
Sony A6000 Camera – For most still images and vlogging
Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video
Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.