This Island Retreat In New Hampshire Is One Of A Kind And You Need To Visit
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If you’ve spent much time on the ocean off the Seacoast, you’ve probably seen the Isles of Shoals. But did you know about the incredibly unique retreat on Star Island? This old-fashioned hotel is like nothing you’ll find anywhere else.
Star Island, seven miles off the coast of Portsmouth, is one of the nine Isles of Shoals and the only one that offers a place for visitors to stay overnight.
The island, which has hosted family camps, retreats, and more for the past century, is only accessible by boat - either a ferry out of Portsmouth or your own.
The island, and its Oceanic Hotel, is owned by the nonprofit Star Island Corporation, which is loosely affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association - but you don't need to be religious to go there.
Throughout the summer, the hotel hosts conferences on a wide range of themes, from writers' and artists' retreats to spirituality and meditation workshops. Individuals not associated with a formal program can also stay as part of a "personal retreat" for a night or more in the hotel.
With basic, rustic lodging (there's wifi in one area, but don't count on Instagramming throughout the property!) this truly is a place to get away from it all.
Hearty meals are served in the dining hall, where you're sure to meet all sorts of interesting people.
You never know what kind of friends you'll make at Star Island! It's a perfect base for swimming, hiking, rowing, and more.
Of course, nothing beats sitting in an Adirondack chair and watching the sun sink over the horizon.
Whether you travel to Star Island as part of a formal program or as a solo getaway, you're sure to come back renewed and refreshed.
In addition to formal programs and overnight stays, Star Island is open to day visitors who arrive on the ferry. Explore, take a swim, or have lunch in the dining hall.
To learn more about Star Island’s programming and opportunities to stay on the island, visit the organization’s
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