Some San Francisco kids have never been out of their inner-city neighborhoods, let alone on a beach. This summer, a pilot partnership between the City of San Francisco's Latchkey Program and the Hostel Adventure Program of HI-USA Golden Gate Council brought 200 urban youth out of the noise and concrete of the city to the rolling hills and dramatic coastline of the Marin Headlands for a day of environmental education.
The Travelers' Tales series of anthologies is seeking submissions for upcoming titles. The publisher is looking for personal, nonfiction stories and anecdotes--funny, illuminating, adventurous, frightening, or grim. Stories should "reflect that unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result." Stories that have already been published, including book excerpts, are welcome, and Travelers' Tales does not restrict the authors' rights in any way to have their stories reprinted elsewhere. Authors of accepted essays receive a $100 honorarium plus a copy of the book.
"One of the finest hostels in the country" according to Frommer's, the Sacramento Hostel has added a new, beautifully renovated private room to their restored 19th century Victorian mansion. With a warm and airy decor that combines both antique and modern elements, the room has a romantic feel and features a queen-sized bed as well as a small sitting area. It is available for $64 per night, (plus tax and applicable surcharges).
Hostelling International USA members can now travel with a translator in their ear, thanks to a new discount partnership with CyraKnow, the company that uses iPod technology to help new and seasoned travelers learn the nuances of pronunciation and basic phrases for four major languages in a short period of time.
The Cal Expo fairgrounds come alive every summer as the California State Fair becomes a "city within a city" that hosts nearly one million visitors. Folks come from near and far for the memorable delights of this 153-year-old extravaganza that includes exciting exhibits, amazing attractions, live entertainment, and the Magnificent Midway.