HI - Point Reyes
Located at the junction of several hiking trails, access to the park's marvels is just a wander away -- from your doorstep, take the Laguna Trail into the wooded hills, the Muddy Hollow Road trail into the wetlands, or the flat and easy Coast Trail straight to the beach and its sandy coastal cliffs.
Elsewhere in the park, see the largest population of Tule elk in California, watch the gray whale migration, spot spawning Coho salmon, or listen to the powerful trumpet of elephant seals. Of course you'll also find plenty of wildflowers, birds of all shapes and sizes, and other native California flora and fauna.
Looking to protect its pristine surroundings, the hostel -- a Certified Green Business -- is dedicated to sustainable practices: linens and towels are hung to dry in the California sunshine, composting, recycling, and refillable water bottles are encouraged, and we use environmentally friendly cleaning products and pesticides. Other hostel amenities include a fully equipped guest kitchen, comfortable lounges with park views, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, a patio with a grill and picnic tables, free parking, and bag and bike storage.
In the nearby town of Point Reyes Station, a handful of locally owned shops and restaurants line the small Main Street. Toby's Feed Barn and Point Reyes Books regularly host small events and the weekly summer farmers market, and there's a cute community garden in the center of town. This small town is famous for culinary treats -- check out Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery, Pine Cone Diner, or head to one of the nearby oyster farms for a picnic of the day's catch.