Traveling to the Final Four itself, which is March 31-April 3 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, can be a lot smoother than the road than a lot of teams take to get there. Oh sure, airplanes can have their share of headaches and driving in a car for long distances can be a bore but there is another more relaxing option.
For those who travel in an RV, the Road to the Final Four can be an exciting adventure. Do it right and the journey can be almost as much fun as the games themselves.
Harvest Hosts, an RV membership platform for unique overnight stays (memberships are $99/year), offers a unique, free overnight stays for members, one of which is in Houston and another that is close to the Greensboro Coliseum for the first two rounds (March 16-19) with a third in Louisville for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds (March 23-26). So you can literally create your own Road to the Final Four in an RV.
“Host cities see a huge influx of visitors during events like March Madness,” said Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts.”With Harvest Hosts, it allows the small, local businesses to add extra ways to build revenue and provide guests with a safe alternative to enjoy the game – all at no cost to the host businesses.
“It gives travelers a leg up, too; instead of a pricey hotel that spikes during busy times, they can stay at a small business that is the lifeblood of the community and support them with patronage. And once the big event is over, many RVers will continue visiting and supporting these local businesses because they had such a wonderful experience. It helps local communities become travel destinations and not just temporary event stops.”
The Harvest Host locations on the Road to the Final Four are:
• Buffalo Bayou Brewing (Houston (10 miles from NRG Stadium; take an Uber or Lyft to the arena).
• Durty Bull Brewing (Durham, N.C., 55 miles from Greensboro)
• Forest Edge Winery (Louisville, KY 25 miles from KFC Yum! Center)
Louisville Sweet 16 Teams: Alabama vs. San Diego State, 6:30 p.m., Princeton vs. Creighton, 9 p.m.
Astute readers will note that two of these locations are at breweries and one is a winery. Yes, sports fans, you can stay at breweries and wineries. Harvest Hosts also has locations at golf courses and other creative places that are not the traditional RV parks or campgrounds.
It’s up to each location to determine the rules, but many offer free tastings for RVers. And that’s a lot less rocky Road to the Final Four.