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First licensed in 1947 by American Youth Hostels (now Hostelling International-USA), Friendly Crossways also provides inexpensive accommodations for individual travelers on a budget. Overnight rates include use of the kitchen which is fully equipped with two stoves, ovens, sinks and refrigerators, and pots, pans and tableware to serve 70. Blankets, pillows, hand-made quilts and sheets are included in the overnight rate. Towels available upon request. Sleeping bags are not allowed in hostel for health and sanitation reasons. Free coffee and tea. Free pick-up from the commuter rail train stop (Littleton/495 stop) with 24 hour notice. Free wifi. Rec room with ping-pong table(seasonal). Common room. 13 private bedrooms with one to four beds and two dorms. The hostel facility is situated on four acres of lawn with a seasonal volleyball set up, surrounded by 40 acres of gardens, woods and corn fields. There is free parking on and near the facility. Hostel is wheel chair accessible. This is a non-smoking facility, and Sustainable Living Center (we conserve, compost, reuse or recycle EVERYTHING) For groups, we have large meeting spaces include the 24×50 dining hall with banquet seating for 70, with a fireplace; and a 24’x36′ conference room furnished with comfortable couches and overstuffed chairs.
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We provide a range of rates for our nonprofit clients.A completely DIY retreat individual or group who use our fabulous kitchen, stay in the dorms, bring their own linens and towels and do the final cleaning will pay $39/person/24 hours. Groups that use all our optional meals/snacks/linen rental/cleaning services and stay in double occupancy lodging can pay up to $110/person/24 hours.
We are willing to provide lodging in return for appropriate labor. We have found that when we have a specific need, someone with the skills to meet that need will come along. And we can meet that person's lodging needs. What blesses one blesses all.
Environment: Rural, Woods
Gay Friendly: Yes!
Special Needs: Wheelchair Access
Restrictions: No Drugs, No Smoking
We were green before green was in. Friendly Crossways was accredited as a Sustainable Living Center by Hostelling International in 1982.We feed folks using produce, fruit and honey from our backyard gardens and hives. We use low flow toilets and shower heads, compact fluorescent bulbs, and energy efficient appliances.In mid-2012 we're installing a 5kW solar electricity generating system. Oh, and we also compost and recycle.
Language: English, French
Room Types: B&B, Dorm
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Some or all housing is single sex only.
Children OK: Yes!
Food: Organic / Locally Grown, Restricted Diet Options, Vegetarian or Vegan Options
Meal Availability: Kitchen - Shared, Provided - Some Meals
Reservation Criteria: We welcome individual retreat guests, especially Sunday through Thursday nights. If you'd like to stay on a Friday or Saturday night we usually can't confirm those dates until three weeks or less in advance.
Retreat Contact: Mary Turner
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Friendly Crossways Retreat Center
247 Littleton County RoadHarvard, MA 01451United States
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