What is the policy of the Hostel regarding Covid-19? Its protocol?
The safety, health, and well-being of everyone is, and will remain, our top priority. Our Lodge and Hostel has always had a reputation for its high standard of cleanliness, which helps prevent the spread of illness.
As ours is a mostly shared-space environment, if a guest appears visibly sick at check-in, we reserve the right to seek their reschedule. If a guest starts to feel sick or becomes symptomatic during their stay with us, we would direct the guest to contact the nearest clinic or medical facility. We would also move the guest to a private room, if available, and facilitate their self-isolation. In addition to this, we have put in place:
The public health situation changes daily, and we would suggest individuals remain informed and seek out guidance put out by relevant local, state, and federal offices; and, of course, and perhaps most important, education and the application of common-sense practices.
We understand any need to alter or cancel travel plans. As of this time, we will honor any likewise cancellation for an extant reservation, extended if or as needed according to the public health situation, without penalty.
As of March 11th, 2021, "If you are visiting New Hampshire from out-of-state, you are no longer required to quarantine once you arrive in state; or prior to traveling here. The new guidance, effective March 11, 2021, still recommends traveler’s quarantine, but the requirement has been lifted. Complete details on what out of state visitors need to know can be found HERE."
In addition, on Thursday, April 15, 2021, the Governor announced the end of the statewide mask mandate on April 16th, and that COVID-19 restrictions are set to be lifted as of May 7th. Although the restrictions will be changed to best practice guidelines after May 7th, we will be adhering to the Covid-19 lodging guidelines of New Hampshire's Reopening Guidance, which can be found HERE.
Keep Calm and Carry On.
Does the Hostel allow day/overnight parking?
YES! This is free for in-house guests; otherwise, it's $20/day. (Long term parking is anything more than seven days and is $10/day.) We collect payment in full on the day of arrival. (We will tag and hold onto your keys!) There is free but unsecured parking at the Rattle River Trailhead parking lot, which is located about 500 ft east of the Hostel on U.S. 2.
Parking is first come, first serve!
Does the Hostel accept mail drops?
YES! This is free for guest and non-guest alike!
Typically individuals will mail their package sometimes several weeks in advance of their expected arrival date. We do ask senders to please follow our mailing instructions. We will hold any package unless with otherwise instruction from the sender. In addition, the sender would be responsible for any associated shipping costs.
Label your package:
Your [Legal] Name
Hold for A.T. Hiker, ETA: [MM/DD]
c/o Rattle River Lodge & Hostel
592 State Route 2
Shelburne, NH 03581
[Also, please write your last name in LARGE CAPITAL LETTERS on one side of the box.]
We keep all packages behind locked door, accessible only to staff. Here to pick up a package? Don't forget positive ID!
What is the maximum number of nights guests can otherwise stay at the Hostel?
Three. We want guests to relax for the duration of their stay but not stop a hiker's hike.
Does the Hostel offer food drops?
YES! We essentially regard a food drop as a shuttle. A food drop, like a slackpack, allows for reduced pack weight. (This might also be an option in the event of closures or for those with special dietary needs.) First, contact us to ask about rates and availability. Next, either have your drop delivered to our Hostel or order online through Walmart of Gorham (c/o Rattle River Lodge and Hostel). Last, we bring your drop in person to you! (Don't forget—because we conduct all food drops in person, be safe and allow yourself enough time to reach us; otherwise, there may be an additional fee!)
Does the Hostel offer slackpacks?
YES! Our Wildcat slackpack, for example, is one of the most popular slackpacks on the A.T. (Click HERE for more information about slackpacks.)
Does the Hostel offer a Mount Washington slackpack?
YES! We recommend this slackpack for individuals concerned for their knees—the northbound descent of Mount Madison with a full pack can be brutal on the knees. The Mt. Washington Auto Road offers shuttles up and down the mountain. Take the Auto Road shuttle to the base of the mountain, call us from the base, and we will pick you up ($5). (The Auto Road will return you to the summit of Mt. Washington the next day with the same shuttle ticket.) (Click HERE for Auto Road dates / hours of operation. Click HERE for more information about slackpacks.)
I'm looking to do my own slackpack, but I don't see it on your website. What are my options? Can I still do it?
YES! Between our maps, guidebooks, and experienced staff, if there's a trailhead, we can find a way to arrange drop offs and pickups. There are over 1,200 miles (1,935 km) of trail in the White Mountains so let's take a look! Between our shuttles, slackpacks, food drops, and more, we can find a way for you to accomplish your hiking goals. Contact us with your questions!
Can you give me a good piece of advice about slackpacks?
Be sure to have the essentials: water, food, phone, maps, appropriate clothing for the weather, and a plan.
Does the Hostel have an AT passport stamp?
YES! We stamp AT passports.
What businesses in Gorham are friendly to hikers?
Can I reserve the Hostel for an education seminar? Training classes? A conference? Or just in general?
YES! Our Lodge is an ideal setting for an exchange or presentation of ideas—quiet, affordable, spacious, and comfortable. It is also perfect for family reunions, vacations, or weekend adventures! (Interested in reserving only the Cottage? We can do that too!) Contact us to ask about rates and availability.
I work at a ski resort. Do you offer month-to-month, seasonal housing options for employees of Wildcat Mountain Ski Area or Sunday River Ski Resort?
YES! Contact us to ask about rates and availability.
I am enrolled at White Mountains Community College. Do you offer long-term housing options?
YES! We also offer length of stay discounts. Contact us to ask about rates and availability.
What is the Hostel policy on drones?
Out of concerns for the safety of our guests, employees, and property we do not allow the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or aerial drones including recreational users, hobbyists, media and journalists, etc.
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