I met Allison Coltrane, owner of OPEN ARMS Hostel and Inn in Luray VA, a couple of days ago. She’s wonderful, and the hostel is warm and inviting. She shuttles hikers to and from Shenandoah National Park, and has the AT ink stamps (yeah!). Contact her at (540) 244 5652 for shuttles. Her e-mail is OpenArmsLuray@gmail.com
I started Patriot Travel Services, LLC in June 2018 after giving “Onion” a ride to Mountain Home B&B in Front Royal. We crossed paths at Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park and I offered her a ride to the visitors center so she could call a shuttle service. However, the electricity was out at the Byrd Visitor Center and the surrounding area. I was going to pass through Front Royal anyway on the way home so I gave her a ride to the hostel.
A couple of days later I stopped at Mountain Home B&B to see if “Onion” needed a ride back to the park, There I met Lisa after she stepped on a big black snake laying in the drive way. Anyway, Lisa told me she had shuttled “Onion” and two other hikers to the park earlier that morning. She mentioned they needed “shuttlers” to take AT hikers to and from sites along the trail. We exchanged contact info and I asked her to call me when they needed help shuttling hikers.
I thought about what Lisa said, and a few days later I submitted my on-line application to establish Patriot Travel Services, LLC. So, I’m grateful for meeting “Onion” and for Lisa’s inspiration.
PS: “Onion” is Abby’s trail-name while she through hikes the AT this summer.
PSS: No snakes or other animals were injured.