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Pigeon Point Bucket List: Candelabra Tree Trail

Butano State Park

Whether you’ve just come from San Francisco up the coast, or across the world, as soon as you arrive at HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse you’ll know that this is somewhere you’ll have to visit again. This home-away-from-hostel is a beachy haven in the summer time, and a cozy base for exploring the area’s winter wildlife in the cooler months.

5 Reasons to Visit Monterey this Winter

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When most people think of Monterey, they probably see the central California town as a summer destination because of its pretty beaches along the bright, blue Pacific, and scenic hills ripe for hiking. But one of the best kept secrets of this area is actually the winter. This is when nature tends to show off and any humans lucky enough to be here get to experience wild California. Book a stay at HI Monterey today for a winter escape that’s a little different from the ordinary. 

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4 San Francisco Foods to Warm You Up This Winter


No matter what time of the year you’re visiting, San Francisco is an excellent city if your travel is generally motivated by your taste buds. In the winter time when it’s cold, but not too cold to explore the diverse neighborhoods packed within just 49 square miles, you’ll easily find delicious options to warm you up from the inside. There are dishes from all over the world to reflect the international communities that have come to call this place home.

3 Day Trips You Should Take When You Stay at HI Marin Headlands

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When you stay at HI Marin Headlands hostel you have access to all the best things there are to experience in the Bay Area: San Francisco is just a ferry ride away, there’s a beach a short hike from your bed, and you’re surrounded by beautiful nature in the form of trees and rolling hills. While you don’t have to go far to get a lot, there are also some great day trips you should try take to get off-the-beaten path. 


Here’s Where to Keep Cozy in San Francisco This Winter

where to keep cozy in san francisco this winter

Hello winter! Here in San Francisco the colder months mean rainy weather between sunny (but still chilly) days, though none of that deters locals and travelers from getting out to enjoy what the city has to offer. The secret is to bundle up and make your way to somewhere cozy, be it a solo mission to a coffee shop where you can curl up with a book and people watch, or a group hang out at a dimly lit bar where you can sip on a warming drink over good conversation.

6 of Our Favorite Sacramento Holiday Events and Traditions

We might be a little biased here, but we can’t think of a better place to spend cozy Christmas holidays than at HI Sacramento hostel. The beautiful old Victorian house looks like a dream when it’s decorated with tinsel and lights, the hostel has activities and treats to make it homey, and the city of Sacramento becomes a wonderland full of fun seasonal activities. 

Take a look at our favorite things to do in Sacramento during the holidays: 

Going to see the Christmas lights in the Fab 40s