The holidays are a time for spreading good cheer and spending time with family and friends. But if you’re traveling, it can sometimes feel like you’re losing out on that sense of togetherness. Not when you stay at HI USA hostels though, where strangers become friends and where the ice can be broken by something as simple and magical as sharing a meal together. At these hostels with fully equipped kitchens and common areas made for mixing and mingling, it’s easy to get into the spirit of the season by gathering a gang and preparing a hearty dinner to be enjoyed over good conversation.
‘Tis the season for bright orange pumpkins, ghoulish goings on and folks all over America dressing up in kooky costumes – it’s Halloween! This quintessentially American holiday, which is officially on October 31, is probably the most festive of them all, and to help our guests get into the spooky spirit, HI USA hostels have a number of fun things going on for young and old. Whether you’re a first-time Halloweener, or you’ve been trick-or-treating since you were knee high to a zombie’s eye, you can count on having a good time with fellow adventurers all over Northern California.
Part of the magic of staying at a HI USA hostel is that you get to do and see things in a new city that go above and beyond the typical tourist experience. Whether it’s on a walking tour that takes you through the underrated streets of a local neighborhood, or from the seat of a bicycle across the city, you get to see a new perspective of a beloved place.
The first thing Marc Edwards did when he arrived at HI Sacramento hostel to start as General Manager was rearrange the tables spread around the hostel’s dining room so they were together as a long, single communal dining table. Today, Marc is still devoted to making the old Victorian mansion feel like home for guests, and a place for locals to be part of the travel community, with events like the monthly Bike-In Movie.
Oh, food! Sure, the main reason we eat is for fuel for our bodies, but the reason we enjoy eating is because, well, good food tastes so good! One of the many delights of travel is that you get to indulge in the new scents and flavors of different cities and discover a new favorite thing to stuff your face with.