Dove & Owl

About Us

Who are the Haywards? Taylor is in technology and Patty in education. Our work is high-pressured, seemingly around the clock. Yet, Patty loves the outdoors, even likes tent camping. Taylor values researching to find that perfect spot, Bed and Breakfast or Inn – not so much sleeping on the ground. We found a fabulous getaway compromise after renting a camper van.  No dragging things in and out daily or setting up camp site to be rained out, everything is right there with you no matter the weather. It really is the best of all worlds!


Dove & Owl

Cozy Camping Van Experiences

Not long after realizing camping van experiences should be more accessible in New England, we decided to build Dove & Owl Cozy Camping Van Experiences. Can you guess it? Patty is the Dove and Taylor the Owl in our travel service. Our mission is to provide you with a comfortable, safe, and customized camping van experience to explore New England.  Check out our Homing Pigeon service for ideas and personally reviewed locations.

We provide helpful camping information, links, and tips on the group we manage, Facebook Group Curious About Camping Van Experiences. We welcome you to join and share information too. We are seeking to build a community.

Butterbean and Midnight are housed with Luke Malo at VanWorx, 120 Davis St Douglas, MA, a third party location.

Stay in coo-hoots with us!


The Haywards


What Our Customers Say

The common phrases our guests have shared when returning are “joy to drive”, “great experience”, and  “thank you”!

We want to THANK YOU!

Wonderful Experience

My 13-year old son and I took Butterbean to Acadia for a long weekend, and it was a wonderful experience for us. Patty was very responsive and helpful and took time to patiently show us the many features of the van. The van is easy to drive and as we sat in it eating dinner one night we decided we probably wouldn’t change anything at all about the setup if it were ours. A recommended experience with a child – camping made so easy they almost don’t want to leave the cozy van.

Paul W.

Great Hosts!

I just want to thank you for being such great hosts and making sure that Butterbean lived up to our expectations. We will definitely return.



Truly Fabulous

Excellent hosts! Patty and Taylor were fabulous! From booking to picking up to all the many great amenities on Butterbean availability and the ease of returning, etc. What a truly fabulous, comfortable experience!! Would highly recommend!! Thank you again!

Mary & David

Central Massachusetts

Absolute Blast

My wife and I had an absolute blast in Butterbean! We traveled the coast finishing in Acadia Park, which was amazing! Butterbean was perfect  for us.

Aaron & Carli

Beautiful joy

My wife and I traveled down to sunny FL. Butterbean was a beautiful joy to drive…the best and smoothest ride I have had. Butterbean has been a dream and as I promised you, we have taken excellent care of her! Added an additional blessing to Butterbean. Thank you again for trusting us with your baby!

Pastor William

Safe Travels

The beauty of “Butterbean” is that she/he fits under the 9′ height requirements to enter the park. We found ourselves here, at the end of the trip and with a full graywater jug. The van became home on these off-season nights.

Eric & Ali


Great Experience

Great experience with the van and the owners! Description was accurate and the owners were quick to respond! I am 6’1 and could sleep in the bed along with stand up straight inside. Seats were surprisingly comfortable with our long drives. Good storage under bed and in cabinets. Would definitely rent this van again! Was not expecting it to be good on gas but we spent far less than expected!! Took this van in the winter and the heater kept it warm all night. Great all around experience.

Tim from Maine

Five Stars

Very well equipped and thought out cosy van. It was easy to drive and the owners were very helpful throughout

Glynis from England

A Dream

Butterbean is so beautifully thought out and super warm and comfy – it has the best bed I’ve ever experienced in an RV!! Butterbean works like a dream and you are renting from people who truly care about providing a beautiful experience across all aspects. While I’m an experienced Van lifer if you are new to the movement I highly recommend Butterbean and a Taylor and Patty, they will make everything so you have a premium experience. THANK YOU

Adrian from Australia


Butterbean is extremely comfortable, well-equipped and easy to drive. And Patty and Taylor could not possibly be more helpful, welcoming and accommodating as hosts. We drove and camped our way up the coast of Maine, across New Brunswick and around Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Everything functioned beautifully and we enjoyed really great and cozy nights. After we had booked, we learned to our surprise that we were actually their very first rental customer, but I can absolutely tell you that these two Hosts are complete pro’s.

Gary & Meg from New Hampshire

Super Cozy

Ambar & I thoroughly enjoyed Butterbean on our trip to Vermont! We were super cozy and slept very well on the amazing bed. So many beautiful enhancements. Butterbean is a treasure.

Joanne & Ambar


We had an amazing time road tripping part of the East Coast in Butterbean. Our favorite spots were Virginia Beach & Longwood Gardens in PA. We highly recommend visiting both! Thank you for being a part of this unforgettable experience!

Keith & Morgan

Google Review

What Our Customers Say

The common phrases our guests have shared when returning are “joy to drive”, “great experience”, and  “thank you”!

We want to THANK YOU!

Ed Goodreau
Ed Goodreau
August 26, 2022.
Thanks to Patty and Taylor, you were extremely helpful in the process of renting through RV Share. We rented Butterbean, a Ram 2500. We took it From MA to Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia via the CAT. It drove great. Our camping week wasn’t that sunny and it rained a bit. Having the van and the canopy really was perfect. I highly recommend you guys and RV Share Thanks for some great memories Ed and Helen
howard roever
howard roever
August 24, 2022.
I had the great pleasure of renting ‘Midnight’ from D&O for nearly 7 weeks for a cross-country adventure this summer. It took significant planning, and both Patty and Taylor were accommodating and helpful. I had a vision and they helped make it happen = Trip of a Lifetime! Five stars 🌟 all around!
David Chomiak
David Chomiak
August 23, 2022.
Renting a camper van from Patty and Taylor with Dove and Owl was excellent, easy, and wonderful. They were very communicative and wanted to make sure all our needs were met. We took their camper “Butterbean” for a weeklong trip through New Hampshire and Maine. Butterbean was clean, well-stocked, and convenient to travel in. We found the pillows and bed very comfortable, the cooling features (AC and a fan) easy to use, the freshwater tank for the sink easy to change, and all the rest of the amenities just right (i.e. just what we needed but not too much extra to take up space). Included items included plenty of kitchen supplies, camp chairs, window coverings, fluffy towels, a little beach/travel/cooler bag, and even a fun card game designed by Taylor himself. Basically, anything we needed was there. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, Butterbean was very easy to park and drive. We were able to park her in normal parking spots in almost every place we went. Overall, we highly recommend taking a trip in Butterbean and working with Dove and Owl.

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