Ever stayed at a hostel and felt that sense of community and camaraderie? Mother and daughter, Jamie Renaud and Kim Hester absolutely loved their hostel experiences while they were hiking the Appalachian Trail, and now get to share that love (and their rooms) with all sorts of hikers and adventure seekers in Maine. They talk about how they got to follow their passions and some of what it takes to operate their service-based businesses to such a niche community.
If you find yourselves on trail up in Maine, or you want to be, then you should definitely stop in and visit Kim, Jaime and their families at Shaw’s Hiker Hostel in Monson and The Appalachian Trail Lodge in Millinocket.
(Originally recorded in May, 2019)