Star Island, of the Isles of Shoals off the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire, is truly a remarkable place. Primarily a church conference center, they also hold general conferences at the end of the summer season, and there are rooms to rent for those who just want to come out for a night. One can also simply ride over on the ferry in the morning and depart in the evening, but then you don’t get the “tours”.
Somewhere around 40 acres, this island has trails galore through the greenery–hedges of wild rose plants, sumac, some grasses, and very few trees–there isn’t deep enough soil to sustain trees. The hiking is wonderful, but there is a major caveat: WATCH WHERE YOU WALK! The island is granite, so even the trails are not level, and granite pokes up through the thin soil on a regular basis, lying in wait. Stop, look around, then pay attention to the trail again as you move.
Living conditions are rustic, but very comfortable. Bathrooms are down the hall, and if your visit is a week or more, you may shower on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Short term visitors don’t have that privilege–showers are fed by cistern water, which depends on rain.
We were visiting my sister-law, so we ate with the help down in the basement. The food was great and plentiful!
We enjoyed hiking, and we attended two guided walks: a Low Tide Walk, and a Botany walk, where experts in their fields pointed out the local flora and fauna.
Cell phones have some signal, but there is no TV. There is also no computer wi-fi, except in one room, for a price.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The island is a wonderful place to step out of the mainstream for a while.
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