Personal Retreats

Personal Retreat Registration Starts April 1

How to register | Availability calendar |
Room and board rates | Boats and parking
Visitors who wish to spend an overnight visit on Star Island without signing up for a program are welcome to enjoy a Personal Retreat. This is a perfect way for new visitors to “test the waters” and become familiar with Star Island, or for seasoned guests to spend a weekend in the rejuvenating and uplifting embrace of island life.

All the rush and fuss of mainland life is left behind when you arrive on Star Island. Enter the Oceanic Hotel and step back in time to a simpler, less hectic era. Rooms are simply furnished and meals are hearty and served family-style. You might swim, play tennis, rent a row boat, hike around the island, visit the marine lab, or choose your favorite rocking chair on the porch and watch boats sail into Gosport Harbor. There are plenty of fun activities to do and locations to visit on Star Island.

See a map of Star Island.

The day begins with coffee service on the porch before breakfast. If you get hungry between meals, sandwiches and snacks are available at the snack bar. Generally rooms do not have private baths and showers are available every other day — Sustainable Star practices. Special accommodations are available for the mobility impaired.

Our season runs from mid-June to mid-September.

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How to register for a personal retreat

Three Simple Steps

  1. Look at the calendar below to see when a room may be available
  2. Click on the date(s) you are interested in which will bring you to our online registration form.
  3. Upon receipt of your information, our staff will contact you at the email address you provide in your registration with an acknowledgement of your application and to ask any questions should the need arise. If you have any additional questions in the meantime, please email hidden; JavaScript is required for assistance.

Register Starting April 1

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Retreat Availability Calendar

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Room and Board Rates

Regular Season

Star Island 2014 Personal Retreat Rates

September Season
Star Island 2014 September Personal Retreat Rates

Room and board rates are per person and include all meals. Adult rates are determined by room type (see accommodations page for details) and youth rates are based on age.

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Boats and parking

Personal Retreaters must make boating reservations through The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company (ISSCO) or through Island Cruises, Inc. ISSCO operates the M/V Thomas Laighton that leaves from their dock on Market Street in Portsmouth. Island Cruises, Inc. operates the M/V Uncle Oscar that leaves from the dock at Rye Harbor in Rye. Both companies accept reservations, and you are strongly encouraged to purchase your ticket in advance of your scheduled night(s) on the island.

Regardless of which vessel you choose, please make plans to arrive early at the dock (at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time). This will allow you ample time to park and board the vessel. Please see the attendant on duty for parking.

Directions to the dock in Portsmouth.

Directions to the dock in Rye.

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Star Island is one of the rocky, wind-swept Isles of Shoals, located off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. For over 100 years, summers here have provided individuals and families with a welcome respite from their busy mainland lives.

Star Island Corporation is a nonprofit organization which maintains the island and its facilities and provides hospitality services for visitors.

Contact Star Island

Phone: (603) 430-6272
Fax: (603) 430-6270
Island Phone: (603) 601-0832
Staff Email Address List

Star Island Corporation
Morton-Benedict House
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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