are a unique experience in lodging. Here are the important things
you should know.
Rates: Generally, dorm $25 per person each night, $30 private.
Kids under 14 stay for $15. Please see our hostel pictures and room rates page.
Email >firstname.lastname@example.org< to make a reservation, or call 207-348-2308.
- Advanced reservations require full payment. You can send us a check or pay online with a card. Our cancellation policy: Full refund, minus a $10 booking fee, if you cancel up to seven days before the reservation date. No refund after that.
call or email to confirm the day before or morning of your arrival day. We will want to know what time you intend to arrive, if you will be here for dinner, and if you need a suggestion for what food to bring (see below about the dinner).
state law requires a valid photo ID at check in.
will be required to sign a waiver releasing the Hostel from all
liability upon check in.
in is from 4:30 to 9:00 pm, please call if you will arrive later or earlier.
arriving by 6:30 or 7:00 pm and joining us for a communal dinner (see below)
- We provide clean bedsheets, pillows, pillowcases and blankets. Due to the risk of bedbugs, we can not allow sleeping bags to be used.
is a limit of five nights stay, requests for longer visits may be considered by the manager.
is expected to keep things clean, including making beds, sweeping
the floor, doing dishes, fetching water etc.
don´t mind if you have a beer or a glass of wine, but we do not allow
intoxication. If you have too much to drink at the Hostel you will
be asked to leave.
though we love pets, you can not bring them to the Hostel.
be respectful and quiet in the bed rooms.
instruments are most welcome, but cellphones, laptops and tablets
are discouraged around staff and other guests. We are here to get away from all that.
6:30 or 7:00 each evening, the Deer Isle Hostel hosts a free (and
optional) communal dinner. This is usually one of the highlights of the day, when we all can sit down together, perhaps by the outdoor fire, and share a meal. The food is healthy and generally vegetarian friendly. Most dietary needs can be accommodated, such as gluten, lactose or other allergies. Just let us know in advance and we'll do all we can so no one leaves the table hungry.
Guests are expected to participate in the dinners by
bringing food and/or by cooking or cleaning. The Hostel offers what's available from the garden and the main staples like rice,
to bring? The best thing to do is to ask when you call to confirm your reservation. Usually there's a plan for dinner one or two nights ahead of time and your contribution can be a part of the puzzle! If you want to surprise us, or can't get a hold of anyone to ask, either go general; bring fruit yogurt, dessert, wine, bread or cheese, perhaps honey, olive oil, nuts or grains.
most important aspects of our Hostel are respect and stewardship for
the environment. We attempt to practice a very high standard of
sustainability and try to quietly encourage others to do the same. The Hostel operates
in the balance of comfort and alternative systems. We think you will
find the place enjoyable and relaxing, however, some of the ways we
do things here may be unfamiliar to you. Your stay at the Hostel is a chance to experience this style of living and see what
parts of it appeal to you. Maybe you will discover something
practical to take along.
Hostel operates off the grid with solar electricity. We have
electric lights, but no refrigeration.
use the cellar to keep food cool, which works well with most things. Dairy
products keep a couple days at best. You are welcome to bring your own cooler with ice.
- Water for drinking and doing dishes is hand pumped and carried to the Hostel building. A ceramic water dispenser in the kitchen holds the delicious drinking water!
have a communal kitchen for your use with cooking gear and a gas
provide bed linens and blankets and request that you do not bring your own. Sleeping bags strictly forbidden. This provides protection against bedbugs. We provide towels, but prefer if you bring your own.
have a nice, odor free outhouse using the sawdust
composting toilet method designed by Joseph Jenkins in his Humanure
shower house is closed in, but open to the sky. The shower has hot running water, heated through a coil in a plant-based compost pile. It's deluxe! Check out the video!
is no heating in the hostel yet and that's a major reason we close
in the fall. If it´s cold we'll invite you to the staff house
to enjoy the wood stove.