Enjoying Communal Living in Marin Headlands Hostel in Sausalito
The Marin Headlands Hostel, a creaky, turn-of-the-century building in Fort Barry at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, has an airy and cozy community kitchen that comes alive, particularly at breakfast. Families vacationing on a budget, solo visitors, and backpackers cook pancakes, pour bowls of granola, and share quarts of milk. In the eating area—a setup reminding you of your days at camp—guests sip coffee, read guidebooks, and chat with others before they head out to hike in the woods or cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. In the kitchen, visitors are urged to conserve, recycle, clean up their waste, and help wash dishes, and—since the hostel's atmosphere is laid back and pleasant—everyone happily participates.