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NH Outside: Star Island offers a sense of community in a pristine setting

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Star Island

A fter falling asleep to the rhythmic sound of a lighthouse foghorn and waves crashing on the rocky shoreline, I almost couldn’t wake up the next morning.

But in the gentle darkness of the pre-dawn hours, I rose from my warm bed, slipped down to the water and watched the sunrise from the eastern shore of Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals 7 miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine.

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Ghost walk

Conference attendee Jen Cook leads a group on a ghost walk around the hotel, sharing Star Island ghost stories she’s been collecting since she was 15 years old.

Rutledge Marine Lab

In the Rutledge Marine Lab on Star Island, assistant naturalist Jane Curran holds up a moon snail in a touch tank as it unfurls from its shell.

Art barn

This pond and the art barn sit tucked away on the eastern side of Star Island, a great spot for bird watching in the early morning.

Oceanic Hotel

Guests can book overnight accommodations in the iconic Oceanic Hotel on Star Island. Personal retreats start at $218 per person per night, including three meals.

NH Outside appears in the Union Leader on alternating Fridays. Contact Jill Armstrong at