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[at-l] Re: [at-l]Mother Hen
Yup, RD got it right. It was not a "hostel" it was more like an open
house. There were signs on the trail and elsewhere advertising
"Margaritas and a good time at Mother Hen's" which might have been
interpreted in the worst possible way by the community.
There are three B&B's in BS which really aren't much help to hikers, but
as Sly said, Molly Garman (Garmanhaus) will let you tent in the yard for
Here are the B&B's:
The Garmanhaus Boiling Springs, PA Phone #: (717) 258-3980
Gelinas Manor http://www.travelguides.com/inns/full/PA/27416.html
Highland House - 108 Bucher Hl Boiling Springs, PA (717) 258-3744
THE YELLOW BREECHES HOUSE http://www.pa.net/flyfish/
Also there is a convenience store across from the BS Tavern with a small
yard in the rear. They let the Family '98 - Suches and the kids, I
don't recall all the trail names at the moment, sleep there for free.
This is a noisy place to stay but there aren't many options in BS.
Arthur Gaudet wrote:
> Last year many, many hikers stayed with Mother Hen. It sounded too
> hectic for me so I passed it by and slept in the woods. The
> arrangement was very flexible, she sometimes let hikers use her van
> to shuttle other hiker's. I saw a nice long article about her on
> posted on the outside wall of the ATC office in Boiling Springs. She
> has a disabled child and liked having all the hikers coming and
> helping out with the kid (I think she has several). She made
> breakfast often for the hikers, and asked very little in return.
> I also saw a reference to Mother Hen's place in 1999 so she was open
> then also. The house was described to me as being "in town, with a
> small yard". The washer/dryer was going constantly. Hikers sometimes
> making their own meals. Since it wasn't set up as a hostel I'm sure
> it was a bunch of hikers setting up whereever they could. I can
> easily see the neighbors complaining.... Too bad though. --RD