Monday, July 23, 2018

Star of the Sea Youth Hostel of Nantucket

If you don't want to pay a kings ransom to stay on Nantucket island, your best bet is the Star of the Sea Youth Hostel (31 Western Avenue Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554 ), just a short walk from Surfside Beach. Glen Weimer let me stay with in in his rental cottage. I walked over after relaxing on the beach After doing a sketch and relaxing on the beach, I decided to walk over and see how the other half lives.

The Life Saving Station at Surfside, the first of its kind built on Nantucket Island, was originally constructed in 1874 in a Carpenter Gothic style with Stick Style embellishments. It was enlarged in 1884 with addition of east and west wings and an enclosed cupola. The first rescue was on March 9, 1877 when the entire crew of the W.F. Marshall was brought safely ashore. The incidence of shipwrecks off Surf side diminished toward the end of the 19th century and in 1921 the Coast Guard abandoned the station. During World War Two the station was used again by the Coast Guard as an outpost for beach patrol. In 1963 the property was purchased by American Youth Hostels Inc. and has since been used as the Star of the Sea Youth Hostel. 

The hostel is a quaint barn like structure with a steep pitched roof, and huge orange doors that open out towards the beach. Dunes and a home hide a direct view of the beach across the street, but it is a very short walk over the dunes. A large group of kids in bright yellow jerseys were getting ready for a bike ride. Each bike had a triangular orange flag. Other guests relaxed around the picnic tables planning their day. This is a summer-only hostel open from May 18 - October 15, 2018

The Nantucket hostel is a little slice of paradise. They have everything you need to settle in for a little rest and relaxation. Chairs or boogie boards are available so guests can hit the beach or rent a bike and cycle around the island on one of the many bike paths.

Guests come from around the world so you never know who you might meet during the free breakfast. At the end of the day you can grill up a tasty feast and trade stories from your adventures as the sun sets over the island. There is a female dorm and a male dorm and a stay is about $42 for the night.
  • Incredible beach side location
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Fully equipped, shared guest kitchen
  • Access to chairs and boogie boards

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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