When German schoolteacher Richard Schirrmann took his first group of students on a trip to the countryside in 1909, it's unlikely that he knew he was starting a movement.
The Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA has been welcoming the world to Northern California for 50 years, and now its time to celebrate!
San Francisco was a busy place in 1958. The Giants had just moved from the "Big Apple" to the "City by the Bay," Alfred Hitchcock's film noir Vertigo had audiences looking at Mission Dolores in a new light, and hostelling came to San Francisco with the founding of the Golden Gate Council of American Youth Hostels.
Celebrate the Golden Anniversary of Golden Gate Hostels with a free, summers-end BBQ at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel. Presented in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA, this community party is the perfect excuse to get away to the coast for an afternoon of free food, live music, and spectacular sights.
Each November, locals and travelers alike gather on the sandy bluffs surrounding the Pigeon Point Lighthouse to take part in a yearly tradition that has been going strong for well over a decade. The annual lighting of the lighthouse's original first-order Fresnel lens draws thousands of people out to Pigeon Point to commemorate the anniversary of the first lighting 135 years ago. The celebration, instituted by Hostelling International, has become so popular that the California State Parks department now acts as master of ceremonies by inviting the U.S. Coast Guard to fire up the lights, and local community and environmental organizations also come down to take part in the festivities.