I came to Youth Hostelling late, never venturing into one until well past youth but over the last few years we have found them a very good way to get away relatively inexpensively. I've never used them outside the UK but here you can all stay in a family room as long as the youngest member of the family group is under 18. Its also a relatively green way of staying away as you take your own towels and toiletries and the only bedlinen that needs to be washed after your visit is the sheet sleeping bag. Also the occupancy rate seems to be high, this weekend it was full, so thats a lot of people sharing facilities - lounge, self-catering kitchen etc.
As you might expect in February, the weather wasn't perfect but we managed to dodge the showers.
On Friday we enjoyed an out of season walk along the beach at Exmouth.
On Saturday we drove up to Dartmoor and scrambled over a couple of Tors (granite outcrops on the moor).
Then today we explored the town of Topsham which is on the Exe estuary on the outskirts of Exeter. In the past it had dutch trading links and these houses were built at around that time and are still known as the Dutch Houses.
We'll all be back to the normal school/work routine tomorrow but I'm sure the weekend did us good.