Maine Appalachian Trail Hike Day 14: Shaw’s Legendary Hostel

Upon deciding to push on to Monson yesterday for an extra night of providing stimulus to the town economy, we immediately called Shaw’s to see if they had any availability. Not only did they have room for us, but Dawn, one of the co-proprietors, offered to pick us up at the trailhead.

Shaw’s is one of the most well known, if not the most famous, hostel on the Appalachian Trail. It was originally a state-run home for the mentally ill, but switched to a hostel in the seventies when state funding dried up and the original owner noticed an influx of hikers coming in to town off the trail.

There’s a sign on the door informing hikers that if no one is here to come on in, pick a bed and take a shower, which gives you an idea for they type of atmosphere. Shaw’s is perhaps best known for their breakfast, and this morning we learned why. At Shaw’s you order by giving them a number. I said “two,” and in return I got two blueberry pancakes, two eggs (any style), two slices of bacon and two sausage links. You can order as many times as you like. Tomorrow I might push my stomach walls a bit and order a three. We’ll see.

On the trail a rest day is referred to as “taking a zero,” as in zero miles hiked. Today Brad and I took a four, going back to the trail to do what we skipped yesterday by taking a shortcut trail to town. When we were done Dawn came and picked us up. She brought with her a Coke for each of us, and then for a nominal fee drove us to Greenville so that I could get some new sandals. I wasn’t able to find any Crocs in my size, but I’m grateful to at least have an alternative footwear. Hopefully this time I can hold onto the pair.

Needless to say the hospitality here is excellent, and any hiker coming through should seriously consider staying at Shaw’s.

Tonight I’m looking forward to trying the BBQ restaurant in town. I was skeptical at the sound of this at first, but I have only heard good things. The restaurant is only open Thursday through Sunday, and the sign out front says that they are open until ten or whenever they run out of food. Should be interesting.

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4 responses to Maine Appalachian Trail Hike Day 14: Shaw’s Legendary Hostel
  1. Debra Swan says:

    This is Uncle Bruce telling me what to type to ya. (He”s not a typer.) I was in monson on wednesday . I went to Blanchard. If I only knew I could of given you both a ride , chat or five hour engery drink. Sounds a great trip thanks for the up date.
    Love Uncle Bruce
    Love you guys as well Aunt Debbie

  2. Jeff and Mike says:

    Great blog, Daren, I’ve enjoyed reading it between my multiple daily naps. Can’t wait to get out there and finish up the daunting final 100 miles. Good luck on the final leg of the trip. Tell Pierre I said hello!

  3. Sunshine Bumpers says:

    My buddy and I had been just talking over this article, she is normally endeavouring to prove me completely wrong! I will show her this post and rub it in a little!

  4. Maggie & Joe says:

    Hey Daren! Sounds like you guys are still plugging away and i’m glad to hear that Brad had “walker and Texas ranger” with him when you encountered the bear… my god i just about cried laughing at that. Stay safe and keep the pictures coming! Joe says your goal is to have a grizzly adam’s beard by the time you get back. ūüôā
    -Mags and Joe

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