Hiking-enthusiast Tom Courtney, makes it easy to plan and enjoy self-guided inn-to-inn hikes from bed and breakfasts to resorts to hostels through some of the most beautiful country in Northern California.
“Leave the car behind, explore stunning wilderness on foot, and end each day with a comfortable bed, a glass of wine, a good meal, and maybe even soak in a hot tub,” said Courtney.
Walkabouts range from challenging hikes with occasional 15 to 20 mile days to leisurely strolls of five to seven miles. Each walkabout, a trip of its own, includes stories about the people of the area, descriptions of the flora and fauna, detailed route information, recommendations for places to stay, maps, and inspiration to simplify travel and reconnect with nature’s rhythm.
Hike the Marin Coast from the Headlands to Point Reyes, stopping each evening in a coastal village to explore the pubs and restaurants. Cross the Sierra in the footsteps of the pioneers and stay in cabins on the shores of clear mountain lakes. Take a romantic stroll along the breath-taking Mendocino Coast and enjoy gourmet cuisine at inns perched on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Hike Lassen, exploring mountain lakes, deep canyons, and other-worldly hydrothermal landscapes.
Tom Courtney teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and is a management consultant to nonprofit organizations. He and his daughter Emily started WalkaboutCalifornia.com in hopes of sparking an American inn-to-inn hiking movement. Thousands from around the world have visited the site, where they have shared their own walkabout experiences and purchased trip guides.
This event is FREE and everyone is invited.