Personal Retreats

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 guests to “test the waters” and become familiar with Star Island, or for seasoned guests to spend a couple of days.

We will begin taking requests for personal retreats on April 1, 2018
Please be aware that retreat requests take time to process and are approved based availability after conference registrations are finalized. Therefore, please make your request at least two weeks in advance.

These are the dates we have limited availability for personal retreaters in 2018:

  • June 16th – 30th
  • July 14th – 21st
  • July 29th – Aug 11th
  • Aug 25th – Sept 1st
  • Sept 3rd – Sept 7th
  • Sept 10th – Sept 14th

Request a Personal Retreat


Personal Retreat rates include room & board and all meals (tips and tax included!) on the Island. Rooms are simply furnished. Generally, rooms do not have private baths or power outlets. Special accommodations are available for the mobility impaired.

Overnight rates begin at $197 per person per night for double occupancy. Rates decrease with consecutive night stays. We also offer youth rates.

Inquire About Availability

Personal retreat registration will begin in April 2018 for the 2018 summer season.


Meals are served family style in the Oceanic dining room at set times. 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.


Personal Retreats do not include ferry transportation or parking. Please make transportation reservations separately.

Ferry services to Star Island are located in Portsmouth through the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and at Uncle Oscar’s in Rye.

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
315 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-5500

Uncle Oscar – Island Cruises
Rye Harbor State Marina
Rte 1-A Ocean Blvd
PO Box 66
Rye NH, 03870
(603) 964-6446

What to do on the Island

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


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RCook-Caswell and Summer House View Illustration