A Sleepover With Fine Food at Ludlow Hostel
By JULIA CLANCY
- COURTESY OF LINDSAY SELIN
- Justin Hyjek and Eliza Greene
The river burbling from Lake Rescue runs south toward Okemo Mountain Resort, then arcs behind Ludlow’s Main Street. On the edge of that river stands a hostel, though you might not be able to tell from the outside. The pale yellow Victorian with deep-green shutters looks more like someone’s family home or a classic Vermont bed-and-breakfast than it does like a budget sleeping stop.
While hostels vary across the world, all build on the same basic model: travelers sharing low-cost housing. “Housing” typically means a bunk with clean sheets in a dormitory-style room plus free breakfast — which could be a full spread and coffee or a package of Weetabix and warm orange juice. Always integral to the hostel format, however, is the sense that you could not be anywhere but here — whether “here” is the side of a mountain in South America, the backstreet dregs of Prague or the banks of a shallow river in Ludlow.