When I started WTD seven years ago I had two very clear guiding principles. First, I wanted to do a lot of hiking around places I love. Second, I wanted to offer my clients the opportunity to experience the Dolomites as a local person would. This means sharing great accommodations and great food. These principles have served me and many enthusiastic hikers from around the world well.
There are plenty of great accommodations in the area, but some are better than others. Besides a clean room with a great bed to sleep in after a long day’s hike, I look for places operated by local owners committed to a distinctive and superior service. I always review all premises before each season starts. I always ensure that high standards are in place.
Food is part of our cultural heritage, and an important part of the WTD experience. Our local food is first-class throughout the trail, no exceptions. The restaurants we eat at are off the beaten track, but offer truly superior local cuisine and a choice of great wines.
This year we are doing something new: I have scheduled a cooking lesson after our visit to a Prosecco vineyard. A renowned chef will share with us a few secrets of the Veneto cuisine, As we cook our meal under his direction, we will have a chance to ask him questions. Then we will sit down and enjoy our meal together.