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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21155RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Nestled among the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire, Star Island is testament to days gone by. Experience this special environment – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – with this unique opportunity to custom-tailor your own program. Choose among naturalist-led walks, seaside art workshops and quiet moments spent rocking on the porch with spectacular views. Take advantage of a multitude of island activities with lectures and events happening throughout the day. Do as much or as little as you like – the opportunities are yours for the choosing. Step into the past and learn about the fishing and Victorian-era resort communities that once gathered on the Isles, 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, strolling where artist Childe Hassam, resident poet Celia Thaxter and writer Nathaniel Hawthorne created some of their works.
  • Join the curator of the Vaughn Cottage museum for a historic look at Star Island, followed by a behind-the-scenes look into the sustainability-oriented utilities that run the island today.
  • Explore the island with a naturalist, learning about the botany, birds and geology that make Star Island such a remarkable place.

General Notes

The length of the program and the itinerary differ for different program dates. Access to this remarkable island is by boat only. 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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