Feature on VT State Homes!

Homestyle Hostel Finds the Magic in Social Interaction

By Elisha Neubauer

To call the origin story of the Homestyle Hostel interesting would be an understatement. The seeds for the small Ludlow-based business were sown during a trip taken by its current owners, Eliza Greene and Justin Hyjek. In 2014, the pair took a backpacking trip through South America, trading work for food and shelter in hostels across the continent. The trip was life-altering, giving the couple a new way to look at life, and they decided they wanted to share their experience with others.

“We decided that our hometown ski resort needed a hostel,” Greene said. While still in Colombia, the pair began searching the Ludlow real estate market online. When they got back to the states, they already had a list of houses to look at. It wasn’t long after making their list that they settled on the perfect location. Within six months of being back in the US, the pair opened the doors to the Homestyle Hostel.

The hostel was launched as an accommodation and cocktail bar. Originally, the couple hadn’t planned on serving food, but demand was high and before long the pair opted to give their customers what they wanted.

“We gave in to the overwhelming amount of requests for food and began operating a small restaurant out of our home-like kitchen,” Greene said. Today, the kitchen is manned by Homestyle Hostel’s in-house chef and is still available to guests during the off-hours time.

One of the big draws to the Ludlow hostel is the building itself. The hostel is operated from a beautiful 200-year-old house with nine bedrooms available. In prime condition, the house still contains much of the original woodworking and similar pieces.

“The hostel exudes the feeling of being at home [or at a friend’s],” Greene said.

According to Greene, they see many regulars for both lodging and the food. This sense of familiarity causes the atmosphere of the Homestyle Hostel to be very comfortable, warm, and upbeat.

For those who have yet to utilize a hostel during travels, here is what you might expect. Hostels are a socialized experience, unlike a common hotel. They encourage bonding, interaction, and sharing between patrons. A hostel, like Homestyle Hostel, presents multiple common room areas that are designed to create chances for contact between guests and staff.

“All of our common spaces provide venues for interaction with other guests,” Greene said. “Our vision was to create a sense of community at our hostel through the culture of cooking and eating together, and that is generally where the magic happens.”

Click here to view the Vermont State Homes Website. Thanks to Elisha for this sweet write-up!

We Bought a Hotel!

In February the hotel across the street from us (The All Seasons) went up for auction and we were the lucky bidders! We have started gutting the rooms and we are getting together a concept for the 8,000+ square foot space. The hotel is large, pink, and outdated… photos and updates to come!

Mud Season Closure

We will close for Mud Season from April 16th – May 24th, re-opening on May 25th with regular bar/dinner service hours Thursday – Sunday and lodging 24/7.



From Feb. 16th – 26th open daily at 4pm, with the exception of being



Thursday, Feb. 16         5:30-9pm

Friday, Feb. 17               5:30-9pm

Saturday, Feb. 18           5:30-9pm

Sunday, Feb. 19              5:30-9pm

Monday, Feb. 20            5:30-9pm

Tuesday & Wednesday  CLOSED

Open again regularly Thursday-Sunday 5:30-9pm



We seat on a first-come, first-served basis, so come on in if you’d like to have dinner! If we can’t seat you right away, we will put your name on our wait list. We take reservations for our tables that accommodate over 5 people, and save the rest of our tables (which accommodate 4 or less people) for walk-ins. We are a tiny restaurant with just ten tables, so we avoid taking too many reservations in order to keep this a neighborhood restaurant that is accessible to everyone.


The bar and restaurant will be closed this Superbowl Sunday.  We will serve dinner Thursday-Saturday 5:30-9pm this week, and we will continue to be open for lodging as per usual! Thanks for checking our website!





Zero Gravity Beer Dinner

On Wednesday, January 25th @ 6pm, we’re teaming up with Zero Gravity to bring you a badass night of food and beer pairings. This is a special event on a night that we are generally not open, so you will need to purchase your tickets ahead of time to reserve a seat in this intimate setting. Our head chef, along with the head brew master of Zero Gravity Beer (Burlington, VT), will provide an educational evening of eating and drinking, featuring a four course prix fixe menu paired with four brewery only and limited release beers. Tickets are $65 (tax included, gratuity NOT) and can be purchased in person at the hostel or over the phone. (802) 975-0030.
GAME NIGHT FANS –– this night is not a night to be missed. After dinner, around 8pm, we will open to the public with these four killer beers and incorporate them into your game night events.



*Our bar opens at 4pm for cocktails, beer and wine. We begin serving food at 5:30pm*

** We take four reservations per night for parties of 5 or more. We reserve the rest of our tables for walk-ins, and seat on a first-come, first-served basis, so please come on in and join us! If we cannot seat you immediately, we encourage you to grab cocktails in our lounge and enjoy the wait. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!**

SUNDAY (12.25.16) – Closed

MONDAY (12.26.16) – Closed

TUESDAY (12.27.16) – Open

WEDNESDAY (12.28.16) – Open

THURSDAY (12.29.16) – Open

FRIDAY (12.30.16) – Open

SATURDAY (12.31.16) – Open until 2am & accepting reservations for parties of ALL sizes! Join us NYE for Aprés Ski cocktails from 4-6pm, and again after dinner until 2am!

SUNDAY (01.01.17) – Closed

Beginning January 1st, 2017, we will resume our regular bar and restaurant hours:

Wednesday Game night @ 7pm (bar only, no food)

BAR: Thursday – Sunday 4pm-close

RESTAURANT: Thursday – Sunday 5:30pm-9pm



Hostel Flattery

A Sleepover With Fine Food at Ludlow Hostel