FIRST TIME VISITOR INFORMATION / REQUIREMENTS
Lost River is a unique experience somewhere between a hotel and camping and tends to come with less creature comforts and more amazing people than your average place.
The Hostel is a 501c3 charitable corporation.
All reservations become non-refundable 1 day prior to scheduled arrival.
You must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult.
You MUST bring a legal photo ID.
No firearms or any other types of weapons are allowed on any part of the Hostel property
There is a 100 yard walk through the woods from the parking lot to the guesthouse
The showerhouse (2 showers and a rooftop bathtub) is shared by all guests and is open April-November. During the winter the traditional restroom facilities in the farmhouse (near the parking lot) will be available for all guests.
There are two compost toilets located near the guesthouse.
There are two fire pits (one near the guesthouse, one near the farmhouse) that you are welcome to use.
We offer a free communal dinner each night. No other meals are provided, though there is a full kitchen available for you to use in the farmhouse. There are also several places to eat/shop nearby.
Before dinner, we hold our daily gratitude circle. Everyone takes a turn saying their name, where they are from that day, and what they are grateful for. It turns every day into a little bit of Thanksgiving!
The maximum group size for online reservations is 5 people, not just for your reservation but for your whole group. If you wish to book a larger group, please call us.
Upon arrival you MUST read and sign the agreement form.
Everyone staying at the hostel will be asked to be a part in helping out by doing a small daily chore consisting of something like sweeping/raking, helping to clean the kitchen, working in the gardens, feeding the chickens, etc.
Part of the beauty and expansive nature of this place means that not everything will be of utmost convenience. You will have to walk a little ways when you wish to transport luggage, use the toilet/shower, etc.
No pets – We do not permit you to bring animals of any kind to the Hostel. We have free-range chickens running around. We can help you make arrangements to board your pet locally and would be happy to make recommendations.
September is dog month! We put the chickens away and the puppies can come out to play!
You may stay for a maximum of 7 nights.
No food is allowed in the guest house. This helps to prevent wildlife from trying to move in with you. :-)
Bring a flashlight and some outdoor shoes during the rainy season – it makes it easier to find your way around in the dark and saves your new Nike’s from getting ruined. From May to September bring mosquito repellent!
We don’t mind those visiting the hostel having a beer or two or a glass or two of wine; however, any member of our staff reserves the right to ask you to leave if they believe you have had too much to drink. The hostel is not a place to “party”.
The same applies to illegal drugs. Anyone using them will be asked to leave immediately.
The Clay Lagoon is the only clothing optional spot on the property. You can always wear a suit if you please - just don’t be surprised if you see some bare butts basking in the sunshine on the dock!
We do not encourage those who visit the Hostel to bring young children unless they are constantly under supervision. We have no liability insurance, and there are too many ways for kids to get hurt unsupervised. In the past, some guests have felt that they can turn their children loose to run as they please. This usually means that a member of our staff has to watch over them – we do not provide this service. If you do bring a child, you will have to sign a special liability form releasing the hostel from any injuries that may happen to them. With this being said, we love the enthusiasm and vibrancy that children bring to the hostel and would love to see their smiling faces!
The main floor of the farmhouse is a cell phone/laptop free zone. We take joy and pride in having a space that is founded on human interaction and hope you’ll enjoy it too! We know you’ll need to use your phone on occasion - just take it outside or into your room.
Now that all that's out of the way - we hope you enjoy your first trip to the Hostel!