With leaving a day early from Lake Pleasant, we needed to find a place to spend the night before arriving at our next location up in Prescott Valley. No better time than the present to try out a Harvest Host location in Dewey, AZ!
For those of you who are not familiar with the Harvest Host program, it is a network of over 740 wineries, farms and breweries where RV'ers can stay overnight for FREE. It is a great option for a night as you transition to your next destination and sometimes they become destinations themselves! As of early 2019, they now include golf courses. If golf isn't your thing, you can still choose the classic membership, which is what we have, and save a couple bucks. Although, the added golf course membership grants you access to their restaurants and spas. If you want to check it out, click here for a 15% discount.
Mortimer Farms in Dewey, AZ had several great reviews on Harvest Host so we decided to take the leap. We called them and they said come on in and to stop by the store and register when you get here. When we arrived, we checked in at the store, which was a simple process of providing your contact information should they need to contact you during your stay. The very large side gravel parking lot can handle several RV's. When we arrived at 1pm, there was already and RV parked in the lot. We were the only two there for the evening. The side parking lot is near the road so we parked as far away from the road as we could which led us to discovering Pedro. We parked right next to a fenced in area and soon we noticed a collection of animals gathering to watch us. Actually I think they were looking for a hand out. One of those was Pedro the burro. He turned out to be Rick's favorite and I think Pedro took a looking to Rick as well.
After we set up and said hello to the animals, which included goats, baby heifers and sheep, we went back to the store to explore. They have alot of great items such as fresh produce and meat, all from the farm. They also have alot of jarred items and wine for sale as well. A nice surprise was the little bakery/deli they had where you could order deli sandwiches or grab a breakfast burrito or bakery for breakfast. We ended up buying some steaks and queso dip. We then spent a good bit of time talking with the cashier about the full time RV lifestyle. She was very curious about making it work for her and her boyfriend and I think our story gave her some confidence in taking the leap. The store was really cute and the grounds had alot to see and do. We browsed through their gardens they were planting, visited the chickens and took a nice stroll through the farm which included strawberry fields, areas to have fall harvest festivals and a large area for kids to play and learn about living on a farm.
We went back to the rig and settled in for the evening. We had a nice time watching the animals and stars and then called it a night. Even with a bit of road noise, we still slept well. In the morning we went over to the store for some breakfast. We each had a burrito, which is cooked fresh for you with farm fresh eggs and meat and veggies. The homemade salsa was also really tasty. We splurged and also split a homemade blueberry scone. Yummy!!!
We really enjoyed our time at Mortimer Farms! They were very accommodating and offered us another night if we wanted to stay. We will certainly be back if through the area again. Fall would be great to take advantage of all the produce they grow.
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