I was lucky enough to stay at the Woods Hole hostel during my Appalachian Trail section-hike this summer. The place is run by Neville & her husband Michael and they offer two types of accommodations...the main house and a bunkhouse. During my one-night stay, I noted no discrimination by the owners toward those persons staying in the bunkhouse.
Woods Hole hostel is as self-sustaining as possible with Neville & Michael growing or raising most of the food served there. The atmosphere definitely reminds one of a 60s hippie commune...fresh-baked bread and wholesome food. Neville requested (but did not demand) that we all pitch in and help with the meal clean-up. Before serving, we all joined hands and told the group where we were from and what we were thankful for.
When I left the next morning, Neville was very professional about settling the charges. The owners even maintain a jar where you can donate for others who might not be able to afford to stay there. Please realize that Woods Hole is a business and does not operate on "donations" like some other hostels along the AT.
I enjoyed my experience at Woods Hole so much that I will be returning later this year with my wife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Woods Hole is an 1880's chestnut log cabin with adjacent log bunkhouse in the Southwest corner of Virginia. Established in 1986, the hostel offers two private rooms, rustic bunkhouse, massage therapy, yoga, and family style meals. Woods Hole is located 1/2 mile off the Appalachian Trail and 45 minutes from I77 or I81. Find your way back to nature with Woods Hole Hostel & Mountain Retreat. ... more less