Birch Bay hostel back in business
The Birch Bay hostel is back is business. The hostel is now a new non-profit called the Birch Bay hostel and is being managed by the Birch Bay lions club, still owned by Whatcom county parks and recreation. Whatcom county council approved a lease agreement between the two organizations at Tuesday evening�s council meeting.
Kathy Berg, chairman of the Birch Bay Hostel board, said the hostel is set to open for the season at the end of next month, but will be open this weekend to serve people attending the Brant Festival.
�The Birch Bay Hostel will be open for low cost lodging for individuals and small group travelers for the Brant Festival,� Berg said.
The Hostel, she stated, will be open daily for the summer season starting May 1. After September 30, the hostel will be open the rest of the year by reservation.
�The hostel can sleep 44,� Berg said, and noted that each two of 14 sleeping rooms share a bath and guests share a common kitchen, dining and lounge area.
The overnight fee is $17, and there are discounts for cyclists, families and groups of five or more traveling together.
Wayne Maschger will continue as the resident hostel manager., Members of the hostel board include: Patrick Alesse, vice-chair/director of marketing; Joan Bennett, secretary; Dick Berg, treasurer; Anne Fournier; Adele Cameron; and Ken Trupp, office manager. The hostel board has initiated affiliation as an independent hostel licensed with Hosteling International, Berg said.
The hostel is located in Bay Horizon Park in Birch Bay, the former home of the Blaine Air Force radar and communications station. The hostel can be reached at its 20-year-old number of 371-2180.
Maschger could not be reached as of press time.