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Star Island

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About

Star Island is one of the nine Isles of Shoals located seven miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. All are welcome to explore the island for a day, enjoy a meal, spend the night, or attend a conference. Star is owned and operated by the nonprofit Star Island Corporation.

Star has a storied history: in the 1600’s it was the busiest fishing port on the East coast. In the 1800’s, artists, writers and intellectuals flocked to the Oceanic Hotel - one of the last of the original Grand Hotels. For the last 100 years, Star Island has offered an all-inclusive summer camp experience for families and hosted a wide variety of themed conferences and personal retreats.

Whether you find yourself mesmerized by the sunset in a rocking chair on the porch, exploring Gosport Harbor in a kayak, or learning about our innovative environmental programs, Star Island is unforgettable.

Visiting The Island

Star Island offers a free tender service for boaters to get to the island from Gosport Harbor. Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour, grab a bite to eat at the Oceanic snack bar or the Island Grill (on weekends) or use our facilities. Historical and environmental tours are also offered.

Ferry services to Star Island are located in Portsmouth through the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and at Uncle Oscar’s in Rye. Reservations are suggested.

The Oceanic Hotel accommodates conference guests but there are opportunities for individuals and families to spend the night and experience all Star has to offer. Rooms are basic with shared bathrooms in the hotel and more private accommodations in the ancillary motel.

The island is open from June through September. Discover why Star Island gets 5 Star ratings on Trip Advisor, Facebook and Yelp!

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Values

Star Island was founded on the traditions of Unitarian Universalism and the United Church of Christ. We strive to contribute to our world by providing a sacred and meaningful space for a vibrant intergenerational community. Our founders believed in liberal religious traditions, and we carry on with their mission today.

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There’s a lot of History at Star

Fishermen are believed to have stopped here before John Smith arrived in 1614. He mapped the seacoast, naming what is now known as the Isles of Shoals, “Smyth’s Isles.” The Isles of Shoals became the busiest commercial port on this side of the ocean. It dominated the fish market...

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Historic Gosport Regatta

Originally reported by Ryan Alan Sail racing history opened a new chapter with the revival of the Gosport Regatta seven years ago. When racers and spectators gather for this year’s event, they will be part of helping write additional pages in the modern history of the event. The Regatta certainly had a colorful start in July of 1874, when it was organized by John Poor, President of the… Read more >