I rarely have solid plans when I go camping, which is probably a bad way to camp. But it also allowed me to create some of the best camping memories I’ve ever had, like the one I’m about to tell you about.
In New Hampshire (and I suspect other surrounding states), many campgrounds are first come, first served so they don’t get booked up with no-shows.
Last weekend I went up to the White Mountains later than usual on a Friday. All first-come, first-served campsites have been reserved. Every site that took bookings, you guessed it, booked.
I did another Google search as it was dark and approaching 9pm.
The Barn Door Hostel came up in my search, and I’m so glad it did. This is now one of my favorite campsites, if not my number 1.
Located in Rumney, NH, the Barn Door Hostel offers a variety of ways to stay – on the cheap. Since we were arriving late, we had only one option: the lower campground.
I was thrilled to learn that it was only $11 to stay on the grounds and it would be one of New Hampshire’s best stargazing experiences.
And it was.
The Barn Door Hostel and Lower Campground was exactly as described. A large, well-maintained grassy area open to campers. There were 12 communal fire pits and 12 communal picnic tables. The stars at night were just amazing.
The property was amazing, the amenities were more than we expected, and the people are the reason we will be back. When we arrived, again around 9 p.m., two employees delivered a wheelbarrow full of firewood to my tent site.
On site there were three outbuildings, an outdoor shower, horseshoes to play with, a loose line to practice on, a badminton net, water jugs to refill your bottles, and more.
There was a stream right next to the pitch that had a sign clarifying the type of activities that took place after dark…clothing optional, of course.
Let’s say that after a long day of hiking or climbing… once in Rome! This is the stream bath.
All in all, it was a truly amazing place to stay. My favorite part was over a few hours. After a dip in the creek and cooking dinner over the fire, I noticed the community around me. Campers would mingle and tell stories of climbing or hiking during the day. Drinks were handed out and friendships were formed over loud laughter and conversation. Come 10pm – nothing. The whole field, full of people and dogs, fell silent. Respect for each other and nature came full circle as the field of people simultaneously enjoyed the stars above our heads.
Although silent, I felt very connected. To myself, my partner and everyone on the pitch.
Can’t recommend camping here enough and will definitely be back.
The Barn Door Hostel is perfect for last-minute plans, as the grounds can accommodate up to 70 people and will likely have vacancies. For this same reason, the location is also perfect for large groups. Claim a ring of fire and a picnic table with 5, 10, 15 friends.
The Inn is also perfect for those traveling to New Hampshire. You can stay in a bed, away from the pitch, and get a good night’s sleep. I would dare to say that this place is even ideal for families. If you want to be somewhere safe with tons of amenities, games, a creek, and trails nearby, Barn Door Hostel is for you.
Below are all the ways to stay at the Barn Door Hostel.
1. The Lower Campground – $11.
2. Glamping tent – Up to four people in a roomy pre-made tent – $115.
3. Baker eight – eight bunk beds in one room – $30 per bed.
4. Pemi ten – ten bunk beds in one room – $30 per bed.
5. Brook Bunk – one bedroom with a bunk bed – $75.
6. Barn Door Bus – a glamping stay with hard walls, floor, ceiling. An old bus turned into a house – $125.
7. BlackJack Boulder Pad – a wooden structure to support a tent, so you’re off the ground – $30.
8. Lake Loft – hanging space for hammock only – $22.
Some of the bunk beds are said to be in this building:
To book in advance or find out more, click here to see their website.
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