I'm adding more to the Where to Open a Hostel Wiki page and realized that there are no hostels in the largest city in Maine: Portland.
Here is a list of hostels in Maine that I found online -- It looks like there are only 5:
- Bar Harbor HI Hostel - the only hostel in Maine that is listed on Hostelworld, though it has 98% rating. Near Acadia National Park. Their home page says, "When our hostel opened, six other hostels existed in Maine, in towns like Monson, Carmel, and Portland. Currently we are the only HI-AYH hostel remaining in the state." That text might be outdated because it looks like there is one other HI hostel in Bethel.
- Andover Guest House - not sure if they are out of business because the site is offline: andoverguesthouse.com
- Snowboarding House HI Hostel, Bethel, Maine - selling beds on Hostelbookers, but I didn't see them on Hostelworld.
- The Cabin in Maine Hostel - East Andover
- The Historic Wood-Foote Hostel, Wiscasset, Maine (I couldn't find a Web site)
Maine is a large state that has one of the largest uninhabited regions in the USA. Mountains, lakes, canoing, sailing, snowshoeing, skiing, and wildlife including some of the largest moose in the world. It's a few hours from Boston and very popular in the summer.
Thoreau made an expedition to Maine in the 1800s and wrote The Maine Woods about it.
- Acadia National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the USA (2,000,000 per year).
- 281 miles of the Applachian Trail goes through Maine.
- Bangor is remote, but it has a university and is a gateway to the North Woods.
- Baxter State Park region is popular.
UPDATE, 13 June 2011: http://www.hostelmanagement.com/forums/portland-maines-first-hostel-could-be-open-by-late-summer-2011.html