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7 Ways to Do Good While Visiting San Francisco This Winter

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If you’re lucky enough to be visiting San Francisco during the most wonderful time of the year, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to fun festivities to get into. Along with hosting holiday outings and lively group dinners, one of our favorite ways to get festive during the holidays is to volunteer in the communities around our hostels in San Francisco. It’s a nice reminder to keep a little perspective and to show our appreciation for the people and places that make the City by the Bay so great. 

Help prepare and serve meals at St. Anthony’s 

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

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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.

Great Hostel Give Back

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At HI USA, we believe in the power of travel to open minds and the power of community service to open hearts. Above all, we believe that these experiences should be rewarding – not costly. That's why, for the sixth consecutive year, we are offering groups across the country free overnight stays at HI USA hostels in January and February 2016 through our Great Hostel Give Back (GHGB) program.

What is GHGB?

Artist in Residence: YouBeen Kim at HI San Francisco City Center Hostel

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From National Park land to downtown streetscapes, hillside perches to coastal lighthouses, HI USA hostels are located in some of the most beautiful settings Northern California has to offer. So perhaps it’s not surprising that so many staff members across our hostel network are talented (and prolific) artists: they’ve got a lot of inspiration to work with!

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 

What You need for Northern California Holiday Meal

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Whether you’re used to celebrating Thanksgiving, or all you know about it comes from American T.V. and movies, the best way to describe the holiday is that it’s a time to surround yourself with good company.  If you happen to be staying at a hostel like HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse, you’ll usually end up celebrating the most delicious day of the year with other travelers from around the world.

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