Facilities + Communal dinner

Communal Dinner

At 6:30 each evening, the Deer Isle Hostel hosts a free (and optional) communal dinner for those staying with us. This is usually one of the highlights of the day, when we all can sit down together, perhaps by the outdoor firAliKaukas-2015-2796e, and share a meal. The food is healthy and generally vegetarian friendly. Most dietary needs can be accommodated, such as gluten, lactose or other allergies. Just let us know in advance and we’ll do all we can so no one leaves the table hungry.
Guests wishing to participate in the dinners are expected to bring food or a monetary contribution ($7-10). Help with dinner preparation is appreciated. The Hostel offers what’s available from the garden and the main staples like rice, beans, etc.
What to bring? The best thing to do is to ask when you call
to confirm your reservation. Usually there’s a plan for dinner one or two nights ahead of time and your contribution can be a part of the puzzle! If you want to surprise us, or can’t get a hold of anyone to ask, either go general; bring fruit, yogurt, dessert, wine, bread or cheese or consider something for the kitchen, perhaps honey, olive oil, nuts or grains.
If we have what we need for the meal, you may be asked to leave a cash donation of $7-10/person.

There are two grocery stores on the Island. The Galley is located on Rt 15 as you’re coming onto the island, about 4 miles after the bridge, on your right side down a ways from the road. The Burnt Cove Market is closer to Stonington, on 15A. It’s bigger than The Galley and have somewhat better supply of fresh produce, cheese and dairy. But, if you’re looking for something but the basics, or wish to go
local and/or organic consider stocking up at the Co-op in Blue Hill or in Belfast on your way here. For Farmers Market info, see Deer Isle and Beyond.


The Hostel operates in the balance of comfort and alternative systems. We think you will find the place enjoyable and relaxing even though some of the ways we do things here may be unfamiliar to you.

– The Hostel operates off the grid with solar electricity. We have electric lights, but no refrigeration. You can charge electric devices here, but not use a hair dryer.

– We use the cellar to keep food cool, which works well with most things. Dairy products keep a couple days at best. You are welcome to bring your own cooler with ice.

– Water for drinking and doing dishes is hand pumped and carried to the Hostel building.
A ceramic water dispenser in the kitchen holds the delicious drinking water!

– We have a nice, odor free outhouse using the sawdust composting toilet method designed by Joseph Jenkins in his Humanure Handbook. It’s located a few steps behind the Hostel with night lights outside, electric lights inside, soap and water for hand washing, a mirror and fresh flowers.

– The shower house is closed in, but open to the sky. The shower has hot running water, heated through a
coil in a plant-based compost pile. We use a 2 gallon watering can as a shower head. It’s deluxe! Check out the video!