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Farms, ranches, wineries and other idyllic agricultural destinations are profiting from the growing opportunity to list private property as a camping destination. Hosts range from around $20 per night to provide a pristine tent site to hundreds of dollars for all the bells and whistles of a glamping (glamping) experience.

A site similar to the popular Airbnb, as well as a few differently structured, caters to outdoor enthusiasts and allows owners to list their products and amenities online. Some charge the host a commission or fee, while others do not. The requirements to become a landlord also vary.

We’ve compiled a list of popular sites/apps we found when we searched for “farm camping,” looked at what they had to offer, drew inspiration from personal experience, and discussed with the sites we had access to why farmers should consider them platform and not other sites.



Go all out at Hipcamp destinations.




Hikamp

Hipcamp has been around since 2013, launched by Northern California native Alyssa Ravasio after she had trouble finding campsites online, and once found, any helpful details could help her get ready for the holidays. Private landowners primarily list campgrounds, glamping sites (we’re talking very much pampered campers), RV spaces and cabins. Users can search for destinations based on listing type, location, views, activities offered, amenities, and price. The site also displays real-time availability, customer reviews and photos, and takes care of bookings. Listings are free, and Hipcamp offers free professional photography in select areas to help homeowners showcase their destinations. Hosts pay Hipcamp a 10% commission, which also includes credit card processing fees, $1 million in landlord liability insurance, and other support services.

Hipcamp’s Michal Rosenoer said: “I would say 50% of Hipcamp’s landlords are farmers and ranchers who use the platform to provide overnight stays on their properties and are able to use the profits made through the platform to support land protection and maintenance their family home.” Senior Manager of Government Affairs. “It’s a proven option for farming communities, and it’s a low-impact, low-cost way to build a secondary income stream through sustainable outdoor recreation.”

About 200 Pennsylvania hosts have collectively made more than $500,000 through Hipcamp in the past 12 months, Rosenoer said.



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When camping on a farm, you never know who will be visiting.




Delt

Launched in 2013 by husband and wife Sarah Smith and Kevin Long as a kind of camping or Yelp, Dyrt started as a simple WordPress site offering crowdsourced reviews of the best spots in the outdoors.

“We don’t charge a commission to the owners,” said company president John Hayden. “It really sets us apart.”

Dyrt’s source of income comes from campers, he said. For $36 a year, the “Dyrt PRO” premium service provides additional features to the free app, such as a downloadable map with information such as where to find free camping on public land and which locations have cell phone service. Plus, Pro members don’t pay a reservation fee.

“That’s enough to support what has been a very successful business for us,” Hayden said. “We know that most of these private landowners are already financially stretched. So we want to work with them as much as we can, not see them as clients.”

Through the Dyrt app, potential guests can search and book available campgrounds by location, amenities offered and prices, and view user-generated photos and reviews.



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Harvest Hosts combines independent camping with an agricultural destination.




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Harvests Hosts in Vail, Colorado leans toward a more upscale crowd—the RV crowd.

We are fully focused on the RV market,” said Wes Clark, the company’s chief of staff. “All of our members are self-sufficient RV enthusiasts, which means they have their own bathrooms, they have their own toilets, they have their own kitchens …all you need to provide is a place to park. “

Over 225,000 RV owners pay a $99 annual subscription fee to Harvest Hosts for access to thousands of farms, breweries, breweries, wineries, golf courses and other private properties and attractions with recreational vehicles. Other perks include access to information on dump station locations, local cell phone service and weather conditions.

“We tend to be on the older side…a lot of retired couples, people over 55, enjoying the country, enjoying their golden years on the road and taking those once-in-a-lifetime trips…we’re at 4,000 Multiple locations are hosted, including more than 1,500 farms, ranches and agricultural destinations.”

On average, RVer members pay about $50 a night to park at the reception, Clark said.

“And we don’t take a cent. We’re here to support local businesses. We want to pump $40 million into the local economy. We don’t have that. We’re excited to support these communities, many of whom are now serving struggling with these other economic impacts. This could be a huge win for sustaining our business.”

Glamping Center

Yurts, tents, tree houses and domes, oh my! Glamping Hub provides glamping experiences to guests around the world, with approximately 13,000 destinations in North America, followed by approximately 2,500 destinations throughout Europe, as well as hosting locations in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia, South America and more. Hosts don’t charge a listing fee; they pay a 4% commission on confirmed bookings.

The website, app and service were launched in 2013 by David Troya, who developed the concept while earning his MBA in San Francisco and now directs the company in his native Spain. Glamping Hub now also has an office in Colorado. Company officials did not respond to interview requests.

Glamping Hub offers potential owners a range of support services, including partnerships with outdoor shelter manufacturers such as Tent Masters, construction assistance, and financing through income-sharing programs. Prospective landlords must go through a vetting process before releasing their property.



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Guest Leo Sullivan stands in front of a walk-in cooler upgraded to a living space in the small village of Callenville, Ithaca, New York.




Airbnb

Founded in San Francisco in 2008, Airbnb is the granddaddy of all online homestay booking services, and it has also proven to be a successful tool for overnight stays for farmers and other landowners. Our own diverse Airbnb experiences include digging in someone’s Northern California converted garden shed, palatial accommodations in private homes in quiet New Jersey suburbs, and unforgettable nights in walk-in coolers , in a whimsical hamlet in upstate New York transformed from a dairy farm into a cozy crash pad.

Airbnb provides a reservation service, including ratings and reviews (from guests and hosts), and charges hosts 3% of the subtotal of the reservation, including any cleaning fees the host may charge guests. Guests will be charged an additional 14% above the host’s base rate, plus any applicable government or hospitality taxes. Landlords can get up to $1 million in liability coverage.

Airbnb includes a special section for glamping.

Google

When we Google “farm camping”, many individual farm stay opportunities come up. Another option at your fingertips to attract guests is to create your own website and develop it yourself.

Real needs equal real opportunities for farmers

“We’ve had almost the same number for decades – the supply of campgrounds hasn’t grown much,” said John Hayden of The Dyrt. “State parks, national parks, county parks, they’ve been the same for a long time. Now the demand for camping is just exploding. “

In this new strong climate, brought in in part by COVID-19, demand far outstrips supply, he said.

“This leads,” he said, “to a great opportunity for these landowners to host people and host guests on their property and make money from it.”

Campers’ interest in diverse experiences is sparking the imagination and entrepreneurial spirit of landowners, Hayden said.

“And the landowners, they’re all kinds of people. Some people have their own buildings, everything is set up, they can throw their property on a site like ours and people can prescribe them The car is leaving.”

Others may need help with infrastructure or be interested in revenue sharing to enhance the experience, he said.

“As far as landowners are concerned, people can do anything right now. They can do anything from having a nice place to having a nice tree house with two bedrooms. The sky is really the limit and I think glamping really opens up too This is because now landlords can charge a higher price point; instead of $20 for a nice place under a tree…if they put up the right tent or structure there, they can charge $3 to $400 per night , which is real money for people.”

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