Summer is officially over: you’ve spent the months liking and sharing on Facebook, hitting reply-all and taking endless calls, and now you’re gearing up for winter festivities and the kind of chaos that the holidays bring. But before you go back to the office or enter another season of heavy social media activity, what about a mini escape to unplug, unwind and recharge your own battery while giving your overworked iPhone a break too? Our suggestion: The secluded hills and beaches of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Point Reyes Station
An escape to the middle of nowhere always sounds great. Until, that is, you get there and suddenly realize: there's nothing to do. Of course, if you're lucky - or if you've planned your getaway just right - you end up in a place where "middle of nowhere" meets "plenty to do." A place like Point Reyes National Seashore.
Being in the hostelling business, we’ve heard all manner of travel philosophies over the years. Every traveler, it seems, has his or her own reasons for staying in a hostel: some like the social aspect; others love having kitchens on site; still others like to keep costs low so they can stay on the road longer. But there’s another kind of hosteller, too: the savvy traveler who wants to save on accommodation while splurging on activities.
From oysters to organic, Point Reyes has established itself as a must-visit destination for food lovers. The population of Point Reyes Station may be just 848, but these locals know how to impress the thousands of out-of-towners who flock to this tiny gastronomic heaven.
Whenever I drive north across San Francisco's most iconic landmark, I always chance a quick peek over my shoulder to glimpse the misty city skyline, perfect as a postcard in any weather. I love San Francisco and its urban splendor, but once I hit the familiar "Marin County" sign, the point that separates the city from its suburban neighbor (my home turf) everything looks different. On the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge, the traffic is lighter, the fog melts away, and the temperature rises as the sun comes out from behind the clouds.