The legacy of hostelling in Northern California is thriving in Point Reyes, the location of HI-USA Golden Gate Council's oldest hostel. Opened in 1972 as the Laguna Ranch Hostel, the Point Reyes Hostel is proud to celebrate 40 years of welcoming visitors to the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Join us in commemorating this milestone and become a part of Point Reyes Hostel history. On Sunday, November 4, from 12-3 p.m., we're hosting a lunch and open house, with beer from West Marin's own Lagunitas brewery and wine from Point Reyes Vineyards. Hostel staff will provide musical entertainment, and we'll share memories from former hostel managers and staff. After the party, anyone who wants to continue the festivities can join us for a two-mile hike and a bonfire on Limantour Beach.
The Point Reyes Hostel holds a special place in the history of the Golden Gate Council -- it was the Council's first permanent, year-round hostel, and it represents the collective efforts of many dedicated volunteers. After the Council took possession of the old ranch buildings from the National Park Service, volunteers spent 18 months clearing weeds, landscaping, painting, putting up bunk beds, renovating the kitchen and bathrooms, and turning the horse barn into a bunkhouse.
The ranch was successfully converted into a beautiful hostel that hosted 900 guests during its first year of operation! Today, 40 years later, the Point Reyes Hostel is visited annually by 10,000 travelers from all over the country and the world. Help us ring in our anniversary as we celebrate our past and commit to many more years of hostelling in Point Reyes.
The 40th anniversary party is free and open to the public; please RSVP by November 1, by calling (415) 575-1500. If you can't attend the event, check out our video tour which includes the hostel's new building, built to LEED Silver standards.
November 4, 2012 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, followed by a hike and a bonfire from 3:30 pm onwards.
Please RSVP by November 1, by calling (415) 575-1500.
Make a weekend of it, and stay overnight at the Point Reyes Hostel, happily hosting travelers in a peaceful, natural setting for 40 years.