If anyone has the inside scoop on what to do with kids near the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, it's Janice Pratt -- she and her family live there! Janice and her husband, hostel manager Christopher Bauman, run the place (with a little extra "help" here and there from their two daughters, ages 6 and 9).
San Francisco has long been considered the crown jewel of the Bay Area for tourists, but 25 miles to the south the sleepy coastal town of Montara is an exquisite destination, and the journey to get there is equally breathtaking.
Whether you're looking for an easy Sunday stroll or a rugged mountain path to explore, California State Parks' new online guide to hiking trails will have you strapping on your boots and making tracks across the shorelines and summits that grace the Golden State.
It seems the Point Montara Lighthouse has been hiding a secret identity for almost 80 years. Thought to be a California creation by historians and locals alike, a recent discovery unearthed the lighthouse's long-lost past… as the Mayo's Beach Lighthouse in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.