Star Island Experience Week

August 25, 2018 to September 1, 2018

Voyage out to Star Island in late August for a taste of rustic New England charm in an historic setting welcoming to all people. Discover tidbits of historical facts during a tour around the island. Delight in the company of other guests during evening social hours. Unwind on the expansive front porch with a book in hand. This late summer opportunity is a breath of fresh air before the fall.

The Experience

Star Island Experience Week is about relaxing on an historic island with opportunities to learn and connect with other people. This is the perfect week to leave the mainland behind, turn your cell phone off (or at least to mute), and hop aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton. Pack your bags to prepare for warm, sunny days and cool nights. Rustic, camp-like accommodations await you, with the sounds of waves and a bell buoy marking time throughout the day and night.

Arriving to Star Island is a joy in itself as you’ll enter into a bygone time. The Oceanic Hotel, built in 1875, offers an expansive lobby for guests to learn more about Star Island. Or, find a cozy nook with a newspaper to complete the crossword. The laughter of guests walking up and down the front porch floats through the air as children play on the rolling front lawn.

The Experience Week is about you. And when you register for the Experience Week, you’ll find that you’ve signed up for a yearly tradition.

Register online to attend Experience Week events, or create your own schedule. Attend a silent morning meditation, tour the island with our museum curator to learn about the early fishing village, or take a rowboat for a row around Gosport Harbor. These are just a few examples of how you can engage with others and yourself in Star Island’s beautiful setting.


Full Week: Saturday, August 26 to Saturday, September 2

Sample Daily Schedule
7:00 AM: Silent Meditation
8:00 AM: Breakfast in Dining Hall
9:00 AM: Attend a history talk (topics include the history of map making in New England, the use of plants native to North America, and the importance of cod in the settling of New England, among many others)
11:30 AM: Investigate the Gulf of Maine ecosystem at the island’s marine lab
12:30 PM: Lunch in the Dining Hall
2:00 PM: Learn about Isles of Shoals history at the Vaughn Cottage Museum
3:00 PM: Find a partner for a game of tennis
4:30 PM: Tour Star Island with the museum curator
5:30 PM: Attend social hour in the Stone Village
6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Hall
8:00 PM: Watch a talent show of guests and staff in the lobby
9:00 PM: Stop by the island’s snack bar for a tasty lime rickey while guests play music in the lobby
9:30 PM: Walk up to the Chapel for an evening service lit by candles

Boat Schedule

Saturday, August 25: Depart Portsmouth 2:25 pm.

Saturday, September 1: Depart Star 10:45 a.m.

Program Fee

$100 per person

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

Experience Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $967 $1,315 $1,191 $1,747

Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

Experience Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $448 $640


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