Personal Retreat Registration Now Open
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.
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.
How to register for a personal retreat
Three Simple Steps
- Look at the calendar below to see when a room may be available
- Click on the date(s) you are interested in which will bring you to our online registration form.
Retreat Availability Calendar
Room and Board 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.
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.