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Where cows and corn rule and people are uber friendly.

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I have been a little lax about writing on the blog primarily because we have been arriving later than when we were supposed to arrive and, after a few glasses of wine, I have too tired to write. I will fill you in on what we have experienced after Niagara Falls. I may have mentioned to everyone an online subscription called Harvest Hosts. It is a great idea in that you "boondock" instead of hooking up to water and electric and you stay at wineries, breweries, golf courses, farms, and art collectives/gardens. It costs $100/year and all they ask is that you patronize the host by buying something that they are selling.
Sandy Ridge Vineyards in Norwalk, OH was our first Harvest Host site. Jamie is the owner and asked us to pull in to the very edge of the parking lot overlooking the fields because one other RV (a 44 footer) was staying the night as well on the other side of the parking lot. I went inside to scope out their mercantile and restaurant and found out that we can sit outside and eat and drink until 9 pm. After we set up our camper van and situated Nikita so she could look outside and stay cool in the air-conditioning, we wandered on over to eat and drink until 9 pm.
We had the best time! Allie was our server and she was trying to finish up her last year of nursing school but couldn't because of COVID. She was a doll and spent a lot of time chatting with us conversation starved camper van people. In fact, we were so starved of conversation outside of ourselves, we gleefully started up a conversation with the couple next to us and talked until 8:30 pm. A charcuterie plate, grilled salmon, and two bottles of wine later, we bought three more bottles of wine and headed back to our camper van to call it a night.
I will add that those rude camper people in their huge 44-foot camper van did not purchase anything at all. We watched to see if they would but they just hung out inside their big ass RV and left early in the morning. We, however, made up for their lack of purchases. :) So, if you are ever in Norwalk, Ohio, I highly recommend visiting this winery and restaurant.

Posted by Greenarlene 18:00 Archived in USA Tagged sandy winery ridge

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So excited to learn a new term, boondock!! I googled it and learned all about this facet of RV travel. So many new things. Thanks for the updates.

I just love you!!!! Arlene ????

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