The Hostel@Acorn by the Sea began as a simple ice house to store ice harvested from nearby Walker Pond in the winter. The ice was packed in saw dust and shipped all over the world. And, it was used to make ice cream in the summer here. Later, summer vacationers entertained themselves in the icehouse turned casino. They were the "Rusticators" who came from Boston, New York, Philadelphia and beyond seeking just this kind of natural, coastal retreat in the summers at the turn-of-the Century. You will become part of our story when you check-in at the Oakland House hotel office (circa 1889). The hostel is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

The Hostel@Acorn offers 6 private rooms with either twin-, full-, or queen-sized beds or a combination of beds. There is a communal kitchen for fixing your own meals and indoor bathrooms with a hot shower and historic claw foot tub like your great-grandmother used to have. There is a common living/dining room and a third floor library. We have "country WiFi for your email too.
Woodland Character Identity Room Name Rooms Are All With Shared Bath Type of Bed(s) Rate
Bear Cave Private, Sleeps 1 1 twin bed $50*/room
Wren's Nest Private, Sleeps 2 1 Full bed $65*/room
Fisher Cat's Den Private, Sleeps 2 1 Full bed $75*/room
Eagle Aerie Private, Sleeps 2 2 twin beds $75*/room
Banditry of Chickadees Private, Sleeps up to 3 1 Queen Bed + 1 Twin Bed $95*/room
Romp of Otters Private, Sleeps 2 1 Queen Bed $75*/room
* Plus State Lodging Tax of 9%

Beds all made up with clean mattress protector, pillow and pillow case, sheets, blanket and spread or quilt for your arrival. Clean towels await you in your room. You get to make your own bed every day, wash your own dishes and clean up after yourself. No sleeping bags or your own linens allowed due to our bed bug "not here thanks" policy.

Age requirement: 18 and up

Communal Kitchen Facilities are available: The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, toaster, coffee maker, tea pot, microwave oven, gas range with oven and four burners, and other essentials with meals self-catered and communal in nature. Each "bed" has a small designated food storage space in the kitchen.

Communal Spaces: There is a third floor "library" with lots of books, a game table and easy chairs that are great for settling down with a good book. There is a first floor living room with wood burning fireplace, dining table, chairs and seating. You will find plenty of travel information and other reading materials and books.

Bathrooms: There are two bathrooms, one on the first floor with tub and shower, sink, hair drier, and toilet; one on the third floor with old-fashioned claw-footed tub (no shower), sink, hair drier and toilet.

Book a bed or room: Email us at [email protected]. Phone us at 207-359-8521 or book it online with a credit card.

The Acorn Hostel website was developed by Sally Littlefield, Heather Wren, & Bryan Whitehead © 2015-2017. All rights reserved. Photos © by Sally M. Littlefield except as credited © 2000-2017.