Island Policies

Please visit this webpage to see our island policies for conferences. Island Policies

Getting to the Dock

So you’ve registered for your stay on Star or booked your day trip –  and now it’s time to figure out how to get to the dock in Portsmouth! Your GPS is great, and here are our suggestions for traveling to the Portsmouth, NH area and hopping aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton or M/V Challenger… Read more >

Rowboats

Row around Gosport Harbor in one of Star Island’s classic wooden rowboats. Each boat comfortably sits three adults, or one adult and 3-4 youth. Life jackets are required and are available at the boathouse at the end of pier. Lifeguards on the dock will assist with sending you off on an afternoon outing and tying… Read more >

Softball

Each week guests and staff play each other in an all-island softball game. People of all ages and skill populate the batting order, while others cheer from the front porch and along the foul lines. Guests often volunteer to announce the games or play music during inning changes. When softball is on the schedule, everyone’s… Read more >

Tennis

Star Island’s charismatic courts are available to anyone for a game of tennis. Many of the week-long family programs organize a tennis tournament. Friends and family gather on the board walk in front of Cottage B to sit in rocking chairs and cheer on players. Tennis racquets and balls can be found in the sports… Read more >

Frisbee And Frisbee Golf

The expansive front lawn provides ample space for an afternoon of frisbee. Visit the sports closet off the back porch of the Oceanic Hotel for discs, or visit the Front Desk for assistance. Please be mindful of other guests while playing. Star Island’s beautiful terrain and structures create challenging obstacles for individuals and teams for… Read more >

Running

The perimeter road’s varying terrain provides a moderately challenging course for runners. Whether you take an early morning jog as the sun rises, or an afternoon run through front lawn games, the perimeter road engages you beyond just the physical. Terrain can be rocky, and sometimes muddy in parts during June, so please only run… Read more >

Fishing

The Isles of Shoals were once known for the tremendous schools of fish, especially cod, that drew many sailors to the region and supported Gosport Village. While the fish stocks are not what they used to be, fishing on Star Island is still an option. Bring your own saltwater fishing gear, or visit the Marine… Read more >

Swimming

The salty Atlantic Ocean provides brisk water for swimming. Anyone is welcome to dip their toes in the water along the pier between the dock and the shore. Lifeguards are on duty when swimming is allowed, which is generally 9 am to 5 pm for most of the summer, and with shorter hours in September… Read more >

Vaughn Cottage Museum & Library

Guests are welcomed and encouraged to explore the Vaughn Cottage Museum and Library. Exhibits in the museum focus on life at the Isles of Shoals from early history to the Grand Hotel Era and up to the modern use as a religious and educational retreat center. Artifacts often displayed include the pottery and works of Celia Thaxter,… Read more >