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    What do folks know about the Yellow Deli Hiker Hostel in Rutland, VT? Is it a good place to stay? Friendly hosts? Tasty food? Any reasons why I shouldn't stay there once they open up again? It'd be great to hear people's thoughts.

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    Other than the fact it’s run by a cult, no problems. I hear the food is amazing. Google “Twelve Tribes.”


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    I've interacted with them in four different years, and always been very comfortable with their treatment of people, the cleanliness of the hostel and deli, and the loving spirit they exude. They are definitely not a party spot, but are conveniently located about a block from a large Walmart, next door to the bus station, and with most other town services within a few blocks. One thing to consider is taking the bus out of town to go further north on the AT, and hiking back south. You can do some great slackpacking from this hostel. Getting rides back into Rutland from the trail was very easy.
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    nevermind my response does not matter

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    not sure if this is a troll thread or what........post number one asking about a cult.....

    but yeah, google 12 tribes and you'll see what they are all about....

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    Stayed there in 2016! As was mentioned; clean, good food, decent people. Be aware that they close the restaurant at 3:00 PM on Friday to get ready for the Sabbath dinner; and hikers are invited to share the meal. I believe that they charge for the hostel by donation; and you can get in after 3:00 PM on Friday.

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    Been their twice over the past 2 years. Excellent facility, staff, resupply and restaurant options. "Talks Too Much" great shuttle provider. Call the hostel for the phone #.
    Oh, and their food is fantastic. Also free hiker breakfast in the morning that's excellent.

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    I've stayed there and visited one of their other locations in NY. The Hostel itself is excellent, it is as far as I've seen 'by mandatory donation', though it was only $10 so no biggie. They asked me if I was willing to do a work for stay to help them paint. Given that I got in from a long hike and still needed to resupply and it was only $10, I decided that the $10 was the better option then my time - they agreed.

    As for their cult like status, the hard division of genders roles within their organization was a bit uncomfortable to see, also the hostel is also divided by gender, though others are also (NOC comes to mind). Besides that it's more like they are willing to talk only if you are about beliefs but they don't push it, but as I observed try to impress by their actions, and not try to convert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkoltonuk View Post
    Been their twice over the past 2 years. Excellent facility, staff, resupply and restaurant options. "Talks Too Much" great shuttle provider. Call the hostel for the phone #.
    Oh, and their food is fantastic. Also free hiker breakfast in the morning that's excellent.
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    Their phone: (802) 683-9378


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    You will be welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. The hostel and deli is owned and operated by a community known as "The Twelve Tribes" They are a a part of a global community who have dedicated their lives to following what they understand about the life of Jesus, or as they refer to Yahshua, the Hebrew name of Jesus.
    The hostel and the delis are some of the many ways in which the Twelve Tribes devotees evangelize, hoping to attract people into the life in community and become disciples of Yashuah. You will not be told this upon your initial visit, if at all, and they will not be pushy or approach you with any religious or doctrinal dogma. To the contrary, I would say that you will be given the opportunity to completely enjoy the hospitality and good decent people you will meet.

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    You'll be safe and treated well in the hostel. Should you join the cult itself, expect all the bad things you've ever heard about the cult. There are haves and have nots, predators and prey. It's what cults do.

    So, strictly from a hiking viewpoint, perfectly safe to stay if you aren't prone towards getting suckered into cults. Everyone has to decide this for themself.

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