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    Default Grace lutheran church hostel in waynesboro, Va

    Hostel just opened today for the season and i am the lucky one to be their first guest, and so far i am amazed about the hospitality that they offer here. if your planning to spend the night in this town i recomend checking this place out! There is a lot of nice people that run this place and there are a lot of ammenities that they offer here!

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    Waynesboro is a great town and the outfitter is top notch.







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    there are a trio of 'friendly' winos that hang around the ymca campsite...willie and the boys- they 'live' somewhere further down the river, 'got a cot and lanterns and everything'...don't leave your camp unattended and the staff at the y appreciate being told when these guys are hanging around.

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    i agree, the outfitter is amazing and has everything you could possibly need, its a nice town with everything you need in it. lots of trail angels here to that will give you rides all over town.

    when you get off the trail at rockfish gap, look for the tourism office on the other side of the road, and they will call one of the trail angels to come and pick you up. its amazing the whole system that they've got set up.

    i wish i had zero-ed here and not at daleville

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmb658 View Post
    Hostel just opened today for the season and i am the lucky one to be their first guest, and so far i am amazed about the hospitality that they offer here. if your planning to spend the night in this town i recomend checking this place out! There is a lot of nice people that run this place and there are a lot of ammenities that they offer here!

    -Pusher
    Do you have a phone number for the place? Address? thanks
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    Don't forget AYCE pancakes at Weazies!
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    are there check in/check out times? other rules and regs that have to be followed? an alterior motive? whenever i hear the words church and hostel in the same sentence im a little leary. often times hospitality is paired with an agenda. i compare it to a timeshare presentation. you can go get your gift so long as you spend time with someone pretending to be your friend as he attempts to sell you a bag of goods. im not saying im chuch hostels are bad. on the contrary. the pearisburg hostel is wonderful and they practice thier faith rather than pushing their faith. offering comfort and hospitality without pressuring hikers into religious conversations. i dont like feeling as though ive offended my host if i dont convert on the spot after ive paid the fee or made an appropriate donation and have followed all the rules (no alcohol, etc...).

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    S#!T, I need to send off some DVD's to them. They were top shelf to me and, well, everyone.
    I was there last year when they closed. I've been trying to get them in the magazine "The Luteran", with a story on there great renewal hostel for thru- hikers, to no avail.
    I thought I had some pull with them nordic types in Minneapolis. If you can tell them hi for me ' Tortuga' and I will be sending them a thank you package ............ this week.

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    Talking about your faith is much the same as talking about your favorite sport and team. If folks don't want to listen, they won't hang around. Political correctness is neither political nor necessarily correct. If you don't want to hear about God or Jesus, don't stay at a church hostel. If someone is too pushy, tell them it turns you off. Maybe they'll learn something.
    As I live, declares the Lord God, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn back from his way and live. Ezekiel 33:11

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    Default If what I heard about this hostel in 2006 was true...

    And remains so, they don't let you in the place between 8-5 so they can run a daycare. You have to get up early. Also, you can't access your stuff, so no taking your clothes with you to a laundromat, washing them, dropping them back off, and going on about your town day.

    Note that I did not stay there, just heard that that was how they were. I was fortunate enough that a Trail Angel (Darwin Again) offered me lodging for my time in that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound View Post
    the pearisburg hostel is wonderful and they practice thier faith rather than pushing their faith. offering comfort and hospitality without pressuring hikers into religious conversations.
    That place is pretty much run by one man unless you count his little dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhound View Post
    are there check in/check out times? other rules and regs that have to be followed? an alterior motive? whenever i hear the words church and hostel in the same sentence im a little leary. often times hospitality is paired with an agenda. i compare it to a timeshare presentation. you can go get your gift so long as you spend time with someone pretending to be your friend as he attempts to sell you a bag of goods. im not saying im chuch hostels are bad. on the contrary. the pearisburg hostel is wonderful and they practice thier faith rather than pushing their faith. offering comfort and hospitality without pressuring hikers into religious conversations. i dont like feeling as though ive offended my host if i dont convert on the spot after ive paid the fee or made an appropriate donation and have followed all the rules (no alcohol, etc...).
    Yes there are rules.. No fees, but do accept donations. It opens about 4:00 pm as I recall and you need to be out in the morning. It is run by volunteers who do have a life besides cleaning up after you. There is no "alterior motive" other than caring for strangers in the spirit of the Good Samaritan. I stayed twice in 2005 and would stay again anytime I can.

    It is down by the YMCA and across from the library. Easy to find behind the grocery store and Chinese AYCE...

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    There were more church hostels around when I thru'd than there are today, and I was never, not once, prosetylized when I was a guest at a church hostel.

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    Wow, lighten up, folks.

    There's no "hidden agenda" in Waynesboro. These are really wonderful folks, doing wonderful things for hikers, and they have no ulterior motives whatsoever.

    And yeah, there are check in/out times and other rules and regulations at this hostel, as well there should be. So what?

    Why this would trouble anyone amazes me.

    Folks who are bothered by rules and regulations at hostels, especially church ones, probably shouldn't stay there.

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    Default that's what I meant...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tarlin View Post
    Wow, lighten up, folks.

    There's no "hidden agenda" in Waynesboro. These are really wonderful folks, doing wonderful things for hikers, and they have no ulterior motives whatsoever.

    And yeah, there are check in/out times and other rules and regulations at this hostel, as well there should be. So what?

    Why this would trouble anyone amazes me.

    Folks who are bothered by rules and regulations at hostels, especially church ones, probably shouldn't stay there.
    My point exactly Jack!

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    I'm there right now. The hours are in by 5 pm and out by 9 am. The folks are super nice. I have an injury and will likely be here 2-3 days, and I'm glad. Yes, leaving during the day is a pain, but food and a very good public library are nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnesotasmith View Post
    Note that I did not stay there, just heard that that was how they were.
    Therefore, as usual, you are talking about something you know nothing about.

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    I stayed there this year and they were flat out, one of the best places I've ever been to on the AT. They could have not been more friendly and helpful.

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    Default You're incorrect again, BJ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jay View Post
    Therefore, as usual, you are talking about something you know nothing about.
    Not everyone has to personally experience something to get the most basic idea about it. I don't have to walk to a distant off-trail water source that another hiker coming the other way has passed on to me is dry to figure out that taking the time to walk to it is a poor use of my time. Neither do I have to experience staying at a particular hostel with hours more limited than I care for to know that I'd be inconvenienced if I stayed there. This is what schools, textbooks, and how-to books are based on. I for one am capable of learning useful information from talking to other people. It's a useful capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Tarlin View Post
    Wow, lighten up, folks.

    There's no "hidden agenda" in Waynesboro. These are really wonderful folks, doing wonderful things for hikers, and they have no ulterior motives whatsoever.

    And yeah, there are check in/out times and other rules and regulations at this hostel, as well there should be. So what?

    Why this would trouble anyone amazes me.

    Folks who are bothered by rules and regulations at hostels, especially church ones, probably shouldn't stay there.
    I agree w/JT. Would be nice if some folks would just accept the generosity of these people, instead of questioning their agenda. I might bet that these would be the ones who would not be making a modest donation to help them defer their expenses. There are always just "takers" and not "givers".

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