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Welcome to 'Almost Heaven'


Many people don't know much about the Deaf community or Deaf people. Maybe you know the ABCs in sign language, or have seen Nyle DiMarco somewhere, or watched one of the recent movies with Deaf characters. However, let's be honest here. Unless you have really had first-hand experience with a Deaf person, your reaction is one of pity, to say, "Oh I'm so sorry!" Many hearing people cannot fathom what it must be like to live in a world without sound. We're here to tell you it's really kind of cool. We have something called Deaf Gain, which means that our visual perception among other senses is enhanced. Maybe it's time the world stopped seeing us as people to be helped, people to feel sorry for, and started realizing how awesome we really are. Lost River Vacations is just one of many efforts to reframe the Deaf community, and to expose the larger world to our phenomenal talent. Lost River Vacations is 100% Deaf-Owned. All of our homes are built by Deaf craftspeople. Our website and logo were built by Deaf designers. The artwork on our walls was created by Deaf people. The photographs and videos on this site were taken by Deaf people. We are Deaf.
Below, find the profiles of the three owners of Lost River Vacations. All three are already owners of their own businesses, and are strong believers in entrepreneurship and community empowerment through investing in our community. The three owners are Gallaudet University Alumnae and are proud to be both Deaf and American Sign Language users.

Jane Jonas

Leadership & Operations
Hometown: Berkeley, CA Interests: Literature, Dogs, the Outdoors, Jigsaw & Crossword Puzzles, Technology, Lattes and Gourmet Food. Owner: Eyeth Studios.

Shawn Harrington

Finance & Construction
Hometown: Frederick, MD Interests: Renovations, Outdoor Adventures, Cats, Coffee, Computer Games and Sports. Co-Owner: NSH Properties.

Andrew St. Cyr

General Assistance
Hometown: New Orleans, LA Interests: Hiking, Canoeing, Filmmaking, his dog Mani, and being a super-fan for the Washington Caps. Co-Owner: PhenomWorks Productions.

About Lost River

What to do and see in this small town?

Lost River Guesthouse
Don’t miss the weekend lunches on the patio, and bring your suit for a dip in their luxurious pool!
Trout Pond
We love the hike around the pond and letting our dogs swim. There’s a sandy beach for your kids, and fishing as well as paddleboats allowed (bring your own)
Lost River State Park
Lots of hiking trails: be sure and do the Cranny Crow hike! Beautiful swimming pool and outdoor athletic facilities and playground as well as horseback riding!
Lost River Trading Post
Get a photo with the orange cow in front of this Wardensville landmark. They have great pastries and lovely antiques and artwork that’s fun to browse. They’re dog-friendly too!
Lost River Farmers Market
Get some local baked goods at the market, they also sell produce, honey, and other local tidbits.