New Hampshire
The Star Island Experience
Learn the story of Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast. Take seaside art classes, visit historic sites and discover the magic of this idyllic place.
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Program No. 21155RJ
7 days
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At a Glance

Nestled among the Isles of Shoals of New Hampshire, Star Island is testament to the old ways of living. Experience this special environment – listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places – during naturalist-led walks, seaside art classes and quiet moments spent rocking on the porch with spectacular ocean views. Custom-tailor your own program by picking and choosing from events taking place on the island, perhaps a lecture on lighthouses or shipwrecks and a workshop on seaweed pressing. Learn about the fishing and resort communities that once gathered on the Shoals, as you settle into the gentle rhythm of island life.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking distance between buildings during the program can be up to a quarter-mile over broad walks, paths, uneven ground and rocky terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend your days surrounded by the sea and stroll where artist Childe Hassam, resident poet Celia Thaxter and writer Nathaniel Hawthorne once created their works.
  • Join the curator of Vaughn Cottage for a historic look at Star Island, followed by a behind-the-scenes look into the utilities that keep the island running today.
  • With an island naturalist, explore the island flora and learn about the edible and medicinal plants growing at the Isles of Shoals.

General Notes

Please Note: The length of the program and the itinerary differ for different program dates. Access to this remarkable island is by boat only. Built in the grand hotel era of the 1800s, the Oceanic House and adjacent cottages provide modest, character-laden lodging for those who appreciate experiencing the authentic past. Classes and dining take place in stone cottages and the historic wooden hotel. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Linda Leehman
Linda Leehman leads the Star Island Experience program at the Isles of Shoals. Linda very much enjoys interacting with people, as evidenced by her former role as the Volunteer Coordinator on Star Island and her decade spent videotaping noted literary, political, and art personalities of Vermont for Public Access Television. Her lifelong love of books and learning led her to manage several bookstores during her career.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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