Walkabout Northern California: Hiking Inn to Innby Tom Courtney
Europe is renowned for romantic inn-to-inn vacation opportunities on paths worn by centuries of travelers. Modern-day trekkers can hike the Alps or Southern France, explore the British Isles at three miles an hour, or pilgrimage through Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, stopping each night at a hostel or inn. Now adventurers in California are creating a… See more details below
Europe is renowned for romantic inn-to-inn vacation opportunities on paths worn by centuries of travelers. Modern-day trekkers can hike the Alps or Southern France, explore the British Isles at three miles an hour, or pilgrimage through Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, stopping each night at a hostel or inn. Now adventurers in California are creating a new tradition of multi-day treks from inn to inn in the U.S.
Walkabout Northern California: Hiking Inn to Inn describes twelve walks (or “walkabouts”) along the wild Pacific Coast, through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the Cascades and through the parklands around the San Francisco Bay.
Each walkabout, organized by individual chapters, contains all the information to create a memorable and invigorating vacation, with a sketch map, recommendations for optional maps, mile-by-mile details of the route, and logistical tips on places to stay and eat. Many trips contain variations for different lengths of time and budgets. With a light daypack and a few reservations, hikers can travel for days on California's breathtaking coastline or in mountain ranges.
Each day on a walkabout ends with a comfortable bed, a glass of wine, a good meal and maybe even a hot tub. Some of the hikes can take a week, but many can be enjoyed in a weekend. Some are challenging, but the majority are perfect for the casual hiker. The accommodations for the walkabouts include a B&B perched on the cliffs above the Pacific, a resort on the shore of a Sierra lake, a historic hotel in a coastal village, a hostel in a national park, and a retreat center that soothes the soul.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm a very fussy reader, but was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the writing. I have hiked a lot in Northern California and thought I knew a lot about the beautiful open spaces on the coast and in the Sierras. Tom opened my eyes to new places I knew nothing about, and a new way of exploring them. I'm really looking forward to trying some of the hikes he describes in this book.
What a fantastic idea. My husband and I are hikers, and we love staying in a beautiful inn or Bed and Breakfast for a special vacation. We took the Marin Walkabout for our honeymoon. It was a wonderful way to spend long, luxurious days together celebrating in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Thanks Tom Courtney!
Tom Courtney has written a delightful book about the joys of taking a walking vacation. The book is beautifully put together and easy to use with all the information you will need to plan your trip, from where to stay to details of the route. His accounts of twelve multi-day walks are infused with stories about the history of the areas and descriptions of the natural beauty. This book inspires us to leave the car behind, slow down, and enjoy the world at a walking pace.