One of the more "upscale" places to spend a night at on the AT is in a Hostel near (or slightly near) the trail. For $25 or so one can get a roof over your head, a bunk bed to sleep on, sometimes a shower (hot shower were optional!) and depending on the hostel, a dinner and many times breakfast. These are welcomed breaks from sleeping on the ground or the wood floor of a shelter....but the "uniqueness" of these establishments (and the people that run them and/or the hikers that stay there) was also a key allure, as you will see on this page:
BEAR GARDEN HIKER HOSTEL
Owned and operated by retired school teachers Bob and Roberta from Michigan (they even knew where Swartz Creek was: home of the dragons!)
Owned and operated by "Mongo", former thru hiker. Very cool place. An old church probably from the 50's turned into a hostel. Mongo was out hiking but he had some very good friends that helped him and us out (Mariette and Valerie). At night I swear we could hear the ghosts of the church choir singing.
Woods Hole Hostel
A great hostel that happen to be an organic farm.Stayed one night for a good night sleep and great breakfast!
4 Pines Hostel
This hostel, a converted garage, was a key stop off spot for many including MacGyver and I to pick up food re-supply, and the outside surrounding evironment is impressive with wide open great views and a pleasant surrounding feel. The inside........certainly a "unique" lived in look and feel.
Stayed at Stanimals in Glasgow, VA and what a treat. The Manager, Charlie (trail name "Pilgrim" is a 2019 thru hiker, a Navy veteran and a great host, shuttle driver, specializing in his great breakfasts AND desserts! Those of you hiking thru Glasgow needing a place to stay, try Stanimals.
This is Charlie ("Pilgrim"). One other story about Charlie. MacGyver was having real problems with his backpack and had ordered some parts to be sent to Stanimals for him to pick them up. Well, Charlie had heard that we were staying at a shelter some miles away the previous night (and thought the parts may be important)....so he drove and hiked out there to deliver the parts! at 9:00pm at night. Now that is going the extra mile....literally!
27.09 | 17:20
Hi Possum! MacGyver and I finished up on Sept.7th with 351 miles in this year. False alarm on MacGyver taking ill. He was dehydrated but recovered in about 2 days. Was great to meet you this year!
27.09 | 17:16
Hey Pinnacle! Great to meet and hike with you also! And great advice on the next section we did. Thanks!
06.09 | 16:10
Great meeting you and your Brother at Eagles nest.
06.09 | 16:07
It was great meeting you and brother at Eagles nest