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Personal Retreats

Personal Retreat Registration Now Open

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

Rates will be updated by the end of January.

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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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Our Mission

Our mission since 1915 is to hold and maintain Star Island and such other property as the Corporation may hold or acquire, as a center for religious, education, and kindred purposes consistent with the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create on Star Island an environment that frees all who come to renew spiritually, explore matters of consequence, and gain knowledge about the world as it might ideally be.

Contact Star Island

Phone: (603) 430-6272
Fax: (603) 430-6270
Island Phone: (603) 601-0832
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Star Island Corporation
Morton-Benedict House
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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