Planning Full-Time RV Travel comes with its own set of challenges. Throw in a global pandemic, and it can be even more challenging!
We were en-route to Virginia Beach when the news of Covid-19 started to come out. At that point, nobody knew the severity, if things were going to close, etc. We figured we'd stick with our current plans and see how things developed and adjust accordingly.
Little did we know that we had some other adjustments to make first!
First Landing – No Landing
We had 2 weeks booked on a water-side site in First Landing, and we were really looking forward to it! We had such a great time there 2 years prior when we stayed on the first-come-first-serve side and got lucky with site 7.
We had never taken the rig on that side of the campground before and knew it was tight but doable. It was. Barely! The 1.5-mile loop was a one-hour white knuckle adventure! We got to our site and attempted to back in, but a jeep on the opposite side of the road prevented us from getting the truck out wide enough to get a workable angle. They were not at their site, so could not move it for us.
By this time, traffic was backing up on the one-way road and we had to make a call to bail. We worked our way out of the camping area and vowed to never try this again. It's just too tight for 61ft of rig!
Luckily, Tara had already called and booked an RV park not too far away and we decided to book a week there while we waited for more news on COVID.
As we all know at this point, the Covid-19 news was not good and it was looking like it might be a while before we could travel again. With that in mind, we decided to head to NC to be near Chad's parents. That's a 2-day drive for us, so we decided to try a Harvest Host on the way.
Hinnant Family Vineyards
We arrived at Hinnant Family Vineyards a bit late, so we didn't have time to do a tasting or really see the winery. But, everyone there was very nice and got us in the right spot to park before they headed out. It was, however, a very peaceful spot for an over-night.
COVID Stay-At-Home Orders
We spent the next few months near family in North Carolina, then in Ohio, mostly staying at home (our RV) per guidelines at the time. As you might have seen, it was a good time to catch up on projects around the RV!
Deer's Leap Winery – On The Road Again!
After scrapping our plans for any highly-populated areas in the Northeast, we were finally on the road again to visit the finger lakes area (upstate New York) and stay away from the COVID!
On the way there, we stayed at Deer's Leap Winery (www.deersleapwine.com/). This location is a winery and restaurant, which is always a huge plus after a travel day. Walk out our door and we don't have to cook! 😀
The patio was pet friendly, so Daisy also got to enjoy getting out of the RV. 🐶 They were also following all of the new COVID protocols, which is reassuring.
Very nice Harvest Host location with easy in and out and only about 1/2 mile from the interstate.
Hummingbird Hills Winery
This place is the quintessential Harvest Host! Super nice hosts with a very beautiful location! They are also following COVID protocols, so we felt comfortable doing a small tasting of fourteen wines! 😳 🍷
This location is about 15-20 minutes off the main highway, but the diversion is well worth it! Be sure to get outside at night and check out the fireflies!
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