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    Default New hiker accommodations in Manchester, VT

    Attention: Long Trail and AT hikers!!!

    My wife and I are opening our home in Manchester Center, VT to hikers this season starting July 21st thru the end of August. Every summer our town hosts a six week long horse show and motel accommodations are impossible to find.

    We have two extra bedrooms and can handle four hikers each evening. Call for reservations. We will pick you up at the local McDonalds and return you to the trailhead in the morning.

    Any suggestions are appreciated. We want to make it a great experience for the hiker and ourselves!!!

    Below is our ad we are posting at the local outfitters:


    Manchester Ctr, VT Green Mountain House

    Reservations required (330) 388-6478 or (802) 768-8088

    Private residence 1 mile south of Post Office. Our home is open July 21st thru the end of August. We offer hikers a bed, shower with towel, laundry, high speed internet & long distance phone calls. Not a party place, no alcohol, no drugs. Shuttles from town & back to the trail in the morning.

    Jeff & Regina Taussig
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    price?......

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    Default Nice to hear about this...

    What do you charge? (If nothing, I'd want to leave you with a donation or do some work for you.) Would you be willing to accept maildrops?

    This part of the Trail can definitely use more hiker-appropriate lodging, so this is really nice to hear about. Thank you for offering to help out hikers.

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    That's really nice. I remember Manchester as being a really expensive town stop.
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    In response to Lone Wolf's question, we are not a business and will not be charging for our services. However, donations are gladfully accepted.

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    what is the suggested donation?

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    I am open to your "suggestion" !!

    Really, would like Whiteblaze input on what a fair suggested donation would be. Keep in mind I am not offering meals or any other food prep. My major expense would be the 5 mile shuttle back up the mountain.

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    $20 minimum per person

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    $20 minimum per person
    sounds fair.

    you don't want to get involved with food and hikers. there is no way to break even there....
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    You sound like you're doing things right.

    I wouldn't deal with food at all. HH is right. Too expensive and a headache. Keep a pile of take-out and delivery menu's for them. Maybe do the occasional meal/BBQ if you get a good group.

    Keeping alcohol and drugs out of the picture is a great idea. Keeps out the rifraf.

    Do you have a maximum number of nights for staying? Might be a good idea, unless you want injured and sick people using your house as an infirmary.

    Good luck, sounds like a great experience!
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    "Not a party place, no alcohol, no drugs."

    I like this policy. Most new hostel operators should have this policy right from the start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warren doyle View Post
    "Not a party place, no alcohol, no drugs."

    I like this policy. Most new hostel operators should have this policy right from the start.
    and no smoking on the property also

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    Quote Originally Posted by warren doyle View Post
    "Not a party place, no alcohol, no drugs."

    I like this policy. Most new hostel operators should have this policy right from the start.
    Dogs welcome or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peaks View Post
    Dogs welcome or not?
    doesn't say in the initial post but i wouldn't allow them personally if'n i was taking in folks

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    Thanks for all the great advice.

    I was thinking dogs and smoking OUTSIDE only.

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    Jeff & Regina, Thanks for this great service. I'm section hiking south from Rt 4 next week and hope to be at Manchester around Friday. I'd forgotten about the horse show, so I may be giving you a call.

    Thanks again,

    Cosmo

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    Wow, great news. I'll be section hiking the AT in Vermont in August. I may give you a call.

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    My wife and I had a great first week of operation. Every single hiker was courteous and clean....must have all been Boy (and Girl) Scouts.

    Most memorable hiker thus far was Grits. He wouldn't tell me how many times he has hiked the AT, but he really has his act together !!

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    Default Thanks for taking hikers in...

    Will you be allowing hikers to use the kitchen facilities? If so make sure they clean up after themselves immediately after.

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    Wow, what you're doing is great!! I've already told several Southbounders about this (I'm in Hanover). I sugest that if you haven't done so already, let the folks at Eastern Mountain Sports and The Mountain Goat know what you're doing and where you're located; you might also a consider a small sign on the bulletin board at the laundromat. The more the word gets out, the more people you'll get. Thanx again!

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