Here's what some of our guests have to say about their experiences on Bredeson Outdoor Adventures tours. (Additional comments and reviews from our guests are also posted with each trip on this website, on our Facebook page, on LinkedIn, and on the Adventure Travel Trade Association website.)
General Feedback :
"Bredeson Outdoor Adventures provides the best-planned, most enjoyable trips one could ask for. Deborah Lewis takes care of all the details and allows you to experience the best your trip has to offer. She is detail-oriented and meticulous in planning every facet of your trip, from guide selection and travel routes to meals and weather preparation. In short, she does whatever it takes to guarantee an outstanding outdoor experience."
"Deb, we have had the best times of our lives traveling with the Walkers & Talkers. Thank you for the memories and the smiles along the way."
"Yea to our favorite guide - no matter what part of the world that we are in!!"
U.S. Trip Guest Feedback :
“We enjoyed Deborah Lewis’s personality, her excellent knowledge of the area with commentary along the way, and a different landscape than California, one we had enjoyed as children and one with which could identify with pleasurable memories…. Deborah is a very humorous, energetic and knowledgeable trip and hiking guide. And we had lots of fun with Deborah!” (Maine Hiking Trip)
“We had a really wonderful week; thank you so much for your great planning. I loved it all and especially appreciated those little surprises along the way. The rocky climbs were more than balanced out by the spectacular views on top. ..Well done, Deborah! We'll look forward to joining you again - in fact, I would do this trip again! : )” (Maine Hiking Trip)
"Just got back from an amazing trip to Maine with Deborah! The Maine Wilderness hut to hut snowshoeing trip is incredible! Highly recommend it!" (Maine Wilderness Hut to Hut Snowshoeing)
"Fabulous!! Would absolutely do it again!" (Maine Wilderness Hut to Hut Snowshoeing)
""It sure was beautiful out there in the wilderness of Maine and what a fun experience! Thank you." (Maine Wilderness Hut to Hut Snowshoeing)
"Thank you for a great tour." (Maine Wilderness Hut to Hut Snowshoeing)
"We loved our Maine trip with you! It was an overall outstanding trip. We chose it because it matched the time frame and place we wanted to travel and your website and phone assistance were very personal, appealing and informative. We are much beholden to you for a memorable and delightful introduction to Maine. Your enthusiasm and energy and love of what you do made it special. We'll look forward to keeping informed about what Bredeson is up to through Facebook or visits to your webpage. We will certainly recommend you to others looking for guided hiking adventure travel. The personalization you offer is "amazing" :-)." (Guided Hiking Tour of Maine)
"Wow! Wow! Wow! My recent Maine Bredeson Outdoor Adventures hiking tour lead by Deborah Lewis was outstanding and exceeded my expectations in SO many ways. The pre-trip information covered extensively what to bring, how to prepare, and sights we'd see. So well done... The hiking itself was varied in a way that took us to trails many take to almost "secret" trails, guided with Deborah's extensive knowledge especially of history. Love it. And the food...excellent and the overnight accommodations. Excellent. And the surprises.. outstanding. Our guide Deborah was always fun, always professional, always looking out for us. She always had a Plan B in case of a Plan A issue, always provided information, and was always prepared for the unexpected, and always showed the best that Maine has to offer. As you must surmise by now, a trip with Bredeson is highly recommended. Try them! You'll be so glad you did. WOW!" (Guided hiking tour of Maine)
"I just finished a fabulous guided (by Deborah Lewis) tour in Maine filled with wonderful hikes, hidden gardens, historic inns and great food ... also great fellow travelers. Thank you Deb. (Guided hiking tour of Maine)
"Thanks so much for a great snowshoe weekend! Everyone really had a great time! The inns we stayed in, and our hosts were so friendly, and told us a lot of fun stories.Thanks for putting together all the logistics, and for guiding us on the first day.We made it to the General Store in Ripton, and also to Robert Frost's house, and Middleberry before we headed home. Thanks again. Hope to do another trip with you in the future." (Inn to inn snowshoeing in Vermont)
"Thank you again for an absolutely wonderful week. I've been singing your praises to everyone here. I just loved my time in Vermont, and you made the trip so interesting and enjoyable. I think I may be hooked on this kind of travel." (Guided Vermont hiking trip)
" Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, sensitivity and sharing your expertise and love of the mountains with us. We will treasure our experience in the Vermont mountains in the fall for years." (Guided Vermont hiking trip)
"Thank you for making our Vermont experience especially informative by sharing your passion for your adopted state and its history. Your love of literature enriched each turn. Wishing you all life's best as you continue to forge your many talents and interests in ways that enrich the experiences of others." (Guided Vermont hiking trip)
"Thank you for a perfect introduction to Vermont. It was a superb experience." (Guided Vermont Hiking trip)
"If you want a great time and a super guide ask Deborah to plan an adventure for you. I just got back from a wonderful trip in Maine. As always Deborah took us to places that showed authentic Maine. She is right on with places to visit and accommodations and trails to hike and food to eat. Enjoy!" and "Once again you have given me a bunch of memories and experiences I will relive with joy and happiness for many years to come. Thanks for all your planning ahead of time and your care and information along the way. I know a little more of Maine now and have such a warm spot in my heart for beautiful Acadia." (Maine hiking trip guest and organizer of an annual trip with Bredeson Outdoor Adventures)
" Thank you, thank you thank you! My visit to Maine was fabulous, awesome and fantastic! It was so much better because we were able to share it and be guided by you. You are fabulous! I look forward to many more adventures." (Maine hiking trip guest)
"Thanks so much for a beautiful and memorable week in Maine. You bring the history of the place alive for us and always make each of your guests feel special." (Acadia National Park Maine guest)
"Thank you so much for another fantastic trip! I loved every minute, every adventure, every bit of scenery. Again, thank you so much." (Maine hiking trip guest)
"Thank you so much for such a spectacular week of hikes, scenery, interesting information and the pleasure of your company. I had a wonderful week -- thank you again for indulging me and allowing a second visit to Thuya." (Acadia National Park Maine guest)
"We have very much enjoyed every hike - including the back side of Hogback but most particularly the trip up to Rattlesnake Cliffs. Your expertise as a guide gave us the confidence to follow you through "thick and thin" and up and down. You clearly love sharing your love of the outdoors-- your knowledge of the history of this area and your love of Frost's poetry with others. Thank you!!" (Vermont fall foliage hiking trip guest)
"Thank you for a wonderful week! It was delightful spending time with you. The hikes were wonderful, the accommodations were lovely and the food superb. We will remember this week for a long time." (Vermont fall foliage hiking trip guest)
"We would like to thank you for such a wonderful week. We really loved the hiking, new friends and most of all -- the colored leaves. I can say now that we are true "leaf peepers." We also loved the Robert Frost cabin; that was an unexpected treat - and as you know, Deborah, we loved the poetry. Many thanks for sharing your love of Vermont with us. We love it also." (Vermont fall foliage hiking trip guest)
Feedback on a family self-guided snowshoeing trip in Moosalamoo, Vermont: " Deborah, thank you so much for such a terrific trip. It just could not have been better! Except that I didn't want to come home! Thanks very much."
Feedback on a guided snowshoeing trip for a couple in the Woodstock, Vermont area: " Thank you again for guiding us through Vermont. You were excellent and we had a wonderful time. The pre-trip support was excellent and the pre-trip information packet very thorough. Both outings were excellent adventures, if you will. However the third day of backcountry snowshoeing was really something special. I personally really appreciated how accomodiating you were as far as our start times were concerned. You understood we were on vacation. Thank you."
Feedback from the "Leaf Ladies," a group of adventurous women from Iowa and beyond regarding their fall foliage hiking trip to Vermont:
"The gals were all absolutely delighted with the trip. I think you just blew their minds with the places you chose and the level of professionalism you displayed as our guide. We would all go anywhere you would like and I am anxious to plan more trips with you...I feel certain other of my friends and friends of all the Leaf Ladies are going to be anxious to join any trip in which you are involved as our guide/friend. I am so thankful I had the good fortune to travel with you and you were willing to take us on. You listened to what I wanted for the group and were so attentive to the needs of all of us. We got to see what the true Vermont is like through the eyes of someone who really loves it. It couldn't have been better. I heard from talking with others at the airports that they felt the same and we all really thank you for it."
"What great fun we have had! Wonderful hikes, stories and factoids that have enhanced our leaf tour. You have made this a memorable experience for us all."
"Thank you for a wonderful week. Each day was perfect and just what I wanted to do. This trip and your wonderful job as a guide made me fall in love with Vermont. I hope you enjoyed us as much as we enjoyed you."
"Deborah, you have been an energetic breath of fresh air to us all! Thank you for the time and devotion you put into giving us a grand tour of Vermont!"
"Your gentle, caring and knowledgeable leadership has made Vermont come alive for me. Thanks for everything, including surprises and your sense of humor."
"Thank you so much for a fantastic first "guided" trip ever! My fantastic experience cannot be put into words and I have you to thank for that -- a new adventure every day of this trip. Again, thank you."
"You have given me my very best travel experience! Thank you from the bottom of my sore feet (just kidding about the feet.) You should be elected Chairperson of the Promote Vermont Council -- better yet -- governor of the state. I found out I may be able to "adopt a moose" through the Moosalamoo Preservation Association. I am going to do so and name him/her after you."
"You made my dream of Vermont come true in ways I hadn't even thought of. You are one in a million! I cannot thank you enough."
"What a fabulous week! It's been so wonderful to see Vermont through your eyes. You are truly a gifted guide and obviously love what you do. Thanks for sharing!"
"Because of you the beauty of Vermont will hold special memories for me. Thank you for sharing your vitality and love of Vermont."
"Thank you fur using your generous and creative expertise to provide such wonderful vacation experiences. I enjoyed this one immensely thanks to you."
Feedback on a self-guided inn-to-inn hiking trip in Stowe and Moosalamoo, Vermont: " It was wonderful. Can't thank you enough. I just wanted you to know how pleased we were with the trip you mapped out for us -- the trails, maps, instructions, details, inns, restaurants, etc. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
"Deborah is an outstanding guide in every respect."
"I liked Deborah Lewis a lot. She was intelligent and "read" the group."
"It was a terrific vacation. We had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for your excellent preparations and suggestions. The only downside was I put on one or two pounds despite walking every day. All the elements were flawless -- the inns, the hikes (well calibrated to our condition), the guide -- all due to your incredibly thorough preparations. A wonderful vacation. Thanks much." (Hybrid (guided and self-guided) hiking trip in Stowe and Moosalamoo, Vermont).
"Christina and I had a wonderful time in Vermont thanks to you. Thank you for our wonderful, skillfully guided tour of the Green Mountain State. The hiking, swimming, and all the various sights made this trip most enjoyable! We learned a lot and appreciate all that you did to make this such a nice trip!!" (Mother and daugher on a "girl friend" trip)
" We had a wonderful time in Vermont - many good memories! Again, I really appreciate your expertise and your friendly, energetic personality." (Guided "girlfriend" trip)
"Thanks for being a wonderful guide! We truly enjoyed our visit to Vermont."
"Thanks, Deborah. It was a real treat to be with someone who enjoys her calling as much as you do."
"Thank you Deborah for taking care of our every need and so much more. You've helped me have a new appreciation for the beauty and rich history of Vermont."
"Thank you so much for enriching our Vermont trip this past fall. Mom and I were looking forward to spending time together and gaining the bond that occurs when experiencing something new. We were thrilled to have learned so much from all the other women on the trip. However, our guides really gave the trip a finishing touch. I loved your wit and was captivated by all or your stories."
"Thank you so much for an enjoyable (snowshoeing) trip. Your personal touches during the trip made me feel like I truly got to know some of Vermont's rich history. I will definitely be back when it's warmer! Thank you."
"Thank you so much for guiding us through a truly wonderful weekend! We had an excellent time."
"Thanks so much for being such a wonderful guide and making my Vermont experience so special. You really are the best guide I've traveled with and are truly inspiring. I hope to be able to hike in all the places you have."
"Thank you so much for sending these (photos). What a full service guide you are! We really had an excellent time and would highly recommend this trip to anyone and everyone that will listen. You made the trip so much fun for us and it has been one of our best short vacations. Thanks again for all the planning and thought you put into each day."
Self-guided bicycling trip: "We had the best time ... what a fund adventure! The inns were outstanding. Each of the inns was unique and charming. The innkeepers were terrific -- helpful and friendly. The bike routes were beautiful. We really liked the different options that you gave us each day. The scenery was magnificent -- every day was a little different. The first day gave us breathtaking views of the mountains and countryside, the second day took us through some beautiful countryside and the third day was a spectacular ride around Lake Dunmore. ..The packet you sent was great. It was very helpful to get the packing list; the information about the history of the area and the description of the inns really made us excited for the trip. The cues sheets were very organized and the mile markers were spot on, which made them easy to follow....The service you provided was outstanding -- from the time I expressed interest in the trip, you kept me very well informed. Everything was well-planned, well organized and you were a delight to work with. I'm so happy that I found your company on the internet and will definitely recommend you to others interested in an outdoor adventure.!"
"Thank you for sharing these photographs -- they are terrific! I love the way you caught the group and the character of Vermont. The photos are great. Thanks again for all of your help and friendship. You made the trip very special for me, and I suspect, for all of us. You are a great guide, and I hope our paths cross again in the future."
"Thanks so much for a wonderfully memorable trip. Your caring and accessible ways -- not to mention local lore, poetry and a certain irony -- added so much to our experience. We're very appreciative."
"Thank you so much for making our Vermont trip so special and enjoyable. Your love of the state was so infectious and makes us want to return!"
"Thanks so much for bringing me back to the New England I fell in love with as a seventeen year old."
"I will remember your voice as you read and recited Robert Frost -- such perfect memories you have created for me. Thank you."
"Thank you so much for making this a great week. You did a terrific job organizing the walks and seeing to all of our individual needs. And you made the trip interesting and fun for both of us. We'll give this a "10" on a scale of 1-10."
"Thanks so much!!! You have made my adventure an enjoyable and fun experience. I had a wonderful time. I really appreciate the care and thought that you have put in planning the hikes! With all the different personalities, etc. You were awesome. You did a great job and made it look easy! You have a very good heart. 'Til the next adventure!"
"What wonderful memories! Thank you so much for everything! The use of your walking sticks saved my bacon, but your passion for your stomping grounds and willingness to share the secrets of it was the most precious gift. We would love to hike with you again and again!"
"You really are a gracious host. You have a great sense of humor!"
"Thank you so much for all the amazing work that you do. You are definitely one or our very best."
"We reminisced about the trip all the way back. We had a blast. I'm so excited my son and I are on our way to go look at mountain bikes."
“ We had a grand time and appreciated your thoughtfulness and your interesting historical information. We hope our paths will cross again. We thank you.”
"Thanks so much Deborah for sharing the photos. It was a wonderful trip for me and will not be forgotten. You were a great guide, full of enthusiasm and expertise, and I appreciated your friendliness.”
"Deborah was great. It was easy to catch her enthusiasm for both the activity, and for Vermont."
"Thank you. It was a fabulous vacation."
"I had a wonderful time and want to thank you so much for sharing your love of the Brandon/Goshen/Ripton area of Vermont. I will definitely go back again -- it's such a special place."
Europe Trip Guest Feedback:
“We just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time we had on the trip. We have been raving about the experience to our friends. Consequently, some of them are interested in possibly doing the trip. I have given your name (Bredeson Outdoor Adventures) to two couples, who may be contacting you. Thank you again for putting together a fantastic adventure for us. It went so smoothly and we appreciate the detail you put into planning the trip. Have a great weekend!” (Self-guided Tour du Mont Blanc)
"This trip gets a 5-star rating and is one I could do all over again. The hotel was wonderful, the hikes through the beautiful Lake District unforgettable, and Deborah/the hiking guide the very best!" (Guided Lake District England)
"Just a quick note to say thanks. The trip was in all respects delightful, each hike different from the others and all a lot of fun. Once again, thank you for putting together a truly excellent trip." (Self-Guided Peaks and Valleys Pyrenees)
"We LOOOOOOOOOVed the Haute Route Adventure. Christine and Tom made every step so enjoyable. We will definitely will use and recommend Bredeson Outdoor Adventures again." (Guided Haute Route trip)
“Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful week of hiking! We did such a wide range of hikes, including visiting Spain. Thanks for being such a great leader.” (Guided Pyrenees hiking trip)
“After planning two unforgettable adventures with Bredeson Outdoor Adventures, it was really great to not only meet you in person but to share the adventure with you. We greatly enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to future adventures.” (French and Spanish Pyrenees)
"I especially enjoyed the variety of trails, and, of course, the incredible vistas. Thanks again for all the wonderfully helpful planning." (Self-Guided Norway trip)
"I'll be up all night if I read everything you sent. It all looks great and I'll look forward to looking at the maps. We will have a wonderful trip, thanks to you. Again, thanks for a great job." (Self-Guided Norway trip)
"Deborah - your name was mentioned many times on our WONDERFUL trip about all the good things you arranged for us." (Self-Guided Norway trip)
"Deborah - it couldn't have been better and we so appreciate that you were able to arrange such beautiful weather for us. Thanks again for all your help. (Self-Guided Norway trip)
"The Haute Route with Bredeson Outdoor Adventures was a tremendous experience: high places, superb views, great fun!" (Guided Haute Route trip)
"The Haute Route trip was fantastic and the Bredeson Outdoor Adventures' guides were great." (Guided Haute Route trip)
"What a great trip you arranged! You're right about missing the 5-course meals and (especially) the pastry buffet. We also can't believe we've returned home to NO MASSAGES and NO HOT TUBS! Lee and I want to thank you so much for the extraordinary effort you put in every year planning our trip. Your work really shows -- in the selection of guides, hotels, trails and activities -- and we look forward to many more adventures with you!" (Guided hiking trip in Zell am See Austria with side trip to Berchtesgaden Germany)
"Thanks again for the absolutely fabulous week in Zell am See. Everybody raved about the location, hotel, and experience. Again, as always, we could not be more grateful for your great organization and guiding of our trip." (Guided hiking trip in Zell am See Austria with side trip to Berchtesgaden Germany)
"With a dozen friends we enjoyed a spectacular week in the Austrian Alps in the summer of 2011, on a trip planned to perfection by Deborah Lewis. This was our seventh vacation organized by Deborah and Bredeson Outdoor Adventures. Each trip has been great and we are looking forward to more." (Guided hiking trip in Zell am See Austria with side trip to Berchtesgaden Germany)
"The trip was everything I had hoped for and more. The scenery was straight out of "The Sound of Music". The variety of activities (hiking, biking, swimming, health club, and the historical trip) was perfect for our group." (Guided hiking trip in Zell am See Austria with side trip to Berchtesgaden Germany)
"Last year I said Wengen was the best! And now it's Zell and the incomparable Salzburgerhof! It is always a pleasure to be under your tutelage. Enjoy the rest of the summer!" (Guided hiking trip in Zell am See Austria with side trip to Berchtesgaden Germany)
"Thank you for a fabulous trip, up to your usual standard. The photos are wonderful." (Guided hiking trip in Crete and Santorini)
"Deb- a truly great trip, and thanks again for the great organization and conduct of it. You are the master!" (Guided hiking trip in Crete and Santorini)
"Thank you again for your wonderful assistance and guidance before, during and after our trip through the Alps this summer. Your detailed and hands on knowledge of the locales, suitability of the intended hikes for our family and an understanding of our exact requirements were spot on. With two little boys in tow and an ambitious schedule spread out over three areas in two weeks, we needed to have the details in hand with no worries. You gave us not only what we asked for but also suitable alternatives to be able to make decisions on the fly if schedules, enthusiasm or weather changed. Your ability to listen and then tailor an appropriate schedule is the mark of a true professional who enjoys what they do. Your passion for it shows and we would have no hesitation to use your services in the future or happily endorse your services to others." (Self -guided family trip in Chamonix, Zermatt and Wengen)
"Our trip to Cinque Terre was the best trip we have ever taken. The beauty of the location was certainly a factor, but, in retrospect,Deb organized and designed a week that far exceeded our expectations. Once we became part of the trip, we immediately began to receive pertinent information-"walk,bike,lift weights every day"-not quite, but she was getting us in shape for the trip that lay ahead.The detailed list of items that we would need was given to us with plenty of time to acquire them.The itinerary provided us an exact time table from landing in Europe to heading back out. Where and when we would be staying, eating, hiking, railroading,ferrying, having options-nothing was missed. Deb's attention to every detail of the organization and flow was flawless. Beyond that, Deb's knowledge of the area and her sense of humor -we would follow her anywhere. With enormous appreciation." (Guided Cinque Terre Trip)
"We had a wonderful time. Both Francesca and Marco were excellent guides, as well as very nice people. They are both so knowledgeable, answering every question we had, both so considerate, and flexible. We loved the hikes with Marco up into the mountains. The climbing and heat made it slow going, but Marco was excellent, and slowed our pace. The views and terrain were spectacular...all so beautiful!! We loved every bit. We can't thank you enough. We followed your itinerary, and any down time we had we were on and off the trains, and boats to see all of the villages along the coast. We swam every day, and Audra kayaked...she loved it. Our hotel accomodations were fine, and so close to the water and village of Monterosso...the family running the hotel were so nice to us, as well as the breakfast every morning. The plane/bus/train instructions were great, and worked out well. It was wonderful. We can't thank you enough. We will refer our friends to you that are interested in hiking, etc. It is such a beautiful area and coastline....thank you again so much for all your help, trip packet and wonderful suggestions. Bongiorno, my friend, ciao." (Hybrid guided/self-guided Cinque Terre, Italy trip)
"Where do I begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our Alpine experience!!!!!! We are so so so very very much impressed with the thoroughness of your plans and details. .... Each hotel experience was wonderful. ..
I again thank you so much for this wonderful experience - we couldn't have done this without you. I will surely spread the word as to your expertise!" "Again, I am so overwhelmed by the exceptional job you did in creating such a memorable vacation for my son and me. You made what may have been a stressful vacation into an effortless treasure. I never would have been able to come up with such a great itinerary. ....Deborah, thank you again for all your hard work and amazing attention to details. Marc and I will remember this trip forever -- we had a blast!" (Self-guided mother/son trip to Austria and Bavaria: the mom)
" We had a very enjoyble trip. Really enjoyed the countryside. All the hikes were beautiful. The hotel and food were exceptional." (Self-guided Lake District England hiking trip)
"We are having an amazing time. Your trail recommendations are perfect. This is a very special time for my mom and me and we wanted to thank you very much." (Self-guided mother/son trip to Austria and Bavaria: the son)
"A heartfelt Thank You for the outstanding job you did putting this trip together!! The preparatory work you put in on it really showed and made all the difference, we're convinced, in making this an unforgettable trip, rather than just a memorable one. Thanks again." (Romania)
"I would have to give you an A plus for all the work you did in making sure everything worked, and it did... I've just had an opportunity to review your photos of our trip to Romania. What great pictures -- and they bring back such great memories of green and unspoiled hillsides and walking through fields of wild flowers! As always, you did a marvelous job as our guide -- and you're great fun to have around too! Thanks again for all your work." (Romania)
"As always, I think your organization, mailings pre trip were great. I know it was a challenging trip for you to organize. You have a unique capacity to attend to details and always be attuned to the situation." (Romania)
"It would have taken us hours of planning (including potentially expensive phone calls) to find out the information Deborah did. And, EVERYTHING she arranged worked perfectly (which has not always been the case in our experience). I think she is exceptional at what she does." (Guided and self-guided Switzerland family trip)
"I wanted to send you an extra note of thanks for the great vacation. You did an excellent job of guiding and keeping us on schedule. The hotels were all fantastic and different in their own way. I came home with some great new hiking tips, such as traversing the trail instead of going straight down, keeping a steady pace without stopping and using my poles in the proper way. Your knowledge of the places we passed was extensive and you really do your research well." (Tour du Mont Blanc)
"You are the best guide we have ever had. You gently urged, nudged, whatever it took to get us through one of the best trips we have ever taken. Any other guide would have given up." (Cinque Terre)
"We had a fantastic time. And YOU deserve a great deal of credit. THANK YOU. What a trip, the huts were great. The thrones were remarkable too. We had a wonderful time -- great work. Oh, my goodness. What a time we had! Many thanks." (Father son, self-guided hut to hut trip in Bavaria)
"Thank you for organizing such a first class trip. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, not to mention the wonderful weather that you turned on for us." (Austria/Bavaria)
"Deborah, Thanks for your expertise. I had a great time!" (Cinque Terre)
"Deb, you did an outstanding job. Thanks."
"I thoroughly enjoyed your organization, attention to detail, care for everyone, and your infectious enthusiasm. This is a big group with lots of balls to juggle because of it. What was so vivid in my mind were these points and how smoothly you executed them. My trip (with another organization) was a far cry from the excellent care and service you gave us. You're a great guide and certainly this group loves you -- with every good reason." (Dolomites)
"I cannot begin to tell you what a good time we had. Many many thanks for your expertise and good humor."
"I'm not sure how to express how wonderful our (Switzerland family hiking) trip was. You certainly know your stuff! We have just all had the best time ever."
"As always, everybody raved about the Italy trip and really appreciated all that you did to make it so successful. You're the one!" (Dolomites)
"The trip was magnificent."
"You have always provided a wonderful trip for us and we feel honored to have you. A very big hug to you." (Dolomites)
"Everything was terrific about this trip. Really. I had no idea Cortina would be so beautiful and the mountains so majestic. The hotel was especially wonderful. I loved sitting out in the front. Thanks again for doing your usual super job!"
“ What fun it was in Pontresina! Thanks again for organizing and guiding such a great week. You are the best!”
“ Thanks for all your work. We had a wonderful time in Switzerland and also with the ladies in Italy.”
“ We feel great about the whole trip. Many thanks for your wonderful planning and guiding.”
“ Thanks for being such a wonderful group guide. The trip was splendid in all respects.”
“ Deb – a mighty thanks for the really great week in the Engadine. It was fabulous in all respects – hikes, hotel, meals, discussions, and conviviality. You were absolutely marvelous in preparing us for the hikes and then in guiding us on the trails. Thanks again, and we look forward to working with you again in 2007.”
“ I had an absolutely wonderful trip, and I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work, preparation, and advice. I’m still dreaming at night that I’m up on the footpaths through sheep meadows with all of you, so that’s kind of nice. Again, thanks for everything!”
“ Deb – Many thanks. Your attention to both the big picture and fine detail is amazing.”
"Thank you very much for a well thought out and wonderful trip. The mountains were fantastic and all the weather unbelievable. Every day was a highlight -- and that isn't easy to achieve! Topped off with the terrific meal on the roof! Many thanks for a wonderful experience. May all your trips be as good as this one." (Austria/Bavaria)
"You are to be congratulated on providing such a great itinerary with good, diversified walks and for arranging such nice hotels and wonderful weather. I had a great time with too many WOW moments to record." (Austria/Bavaria)
"We were thrilled with all the “extras” you provided, which made it much more than a grand hiking trip, but most of all, it was your caring and fun-to-be-with nature that leads us to ask, “Where to next?” We would follow your hat to another fun trip in the future.”
“All four of us agree that our time in Switzerland was our favorite vacation of all time. Much of that we owe to you – for your knowledge, your engaging and thoughtful company; and, of course, to your ability to control the weather…. We have some guests here and we have already begun to try to convince them to do the same trip with you next year. As for us, we’re thinking about the next exotic place we can visit with you. Again, many thanks for a memorable vacation.”
“This has been an absolutely wonderful trip – not only because of the places we’ve been, the wonderful hikes we’ve had, including our “cultural tour”, but because of your consummate skill as a group leader – your enthusiasm and kindness are truly wonderful. Thank you for everything.”
“This trip has been one surprise after another – just what I had hoped for .. and even better. Your trip has given me a wonderful first view of a country (Norway) I can’t wait to return to. It has been a delight traveling with you and I hope our paths will cross again soon. Thank you!”
“A wonderful week with a great guide, great ladies, and a gorgeous setting. Thanks so much for all you did.”
"Her language skills are superb, her ability to attend to the needs of the individual, as well as making the group as a whole happy, are remarkable. She has a great enthusiastic spirit, and remarkable leadership ability. She played a key role in facilitating communications between our group and the Swiss co-guide. In my opinion, she has all the attributes of a perfect guide: leadership skills, verbal acumen, enthusiasm, and still makes the trip fun and memorable for the people she is accommodating."
“Speaking for the ladies who went on the walking trip in England, we absolutely loved it. The hotel was outstanding with a menu to die for. The hikes were great.”
“Thanks for making this an absolutely fabulous week of hiking, conversation, travel and friendship. Your guiding and organization of our wonderful days in Norway will never be forgotten. For all of us, it has been a great moment in our lives.”
“We had such a wonderful trip, and as I tell everyone, the guide made all the difference! Our past hiking exploits have been wonderful, but we spend so-o-o much time figuring it all out! It was so wonderful to just follow the “green hat”!"
"We were thrilled with all the “extras” you provided, which made it much more than a grand hiking trip, but most of all, it was your caring and fun-to-be-with nature that leads us to ask, “Where to next?” We would follow your hat to another fun trip in the future.”
“We look forward to our trip to Switzerland next summer. Thank you for introducing us to such wonderful experiences.”
“I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the Norway Fjord hiking trip. Deborah was a wonderful guide – caring, joyful and so easy to be with.”
“Thanks again for your great guiding in Norway. Everybody has been raving about what a great week it was.”
“We had a fabulous time in Norway. It was wonderful to browse through the photos. Everyone had a wonderful time. It will be hard to top. We all thought you did a great job.”
“This has exceeded my wildest dreams. Thank you for a wonderful and diverse experience in Norway. It was unforgettable. With my best wishes for your continued delight in the natural world.”
“How can we ever thank you for a wonderful hiking trip to Norway –you were a wonderful guide who became a friend.”
“Deborah – Norway has become “my favorite” country. Thanks to all the wonderful things we did, saw, and learned about it. You’ve been a terrific guide and planner. We all feel lucky to have had you as our guide. Thanks a million.”
"We were impressed with her experience as an Alpine guide. Her interpersonal skills were truly outstanding. Every member of the group enjoyed this special association."
"Her knowledge of the outdoors and hiking abilities were impressive and her fluency in German was a huge advantage, but equally important, I think, was her ability to adapt so quickly to the varied personalities in a group of people whom she did not know when the trip began. She was a resourceful and diplomatic problem-solver and decision-maker when necessary, and if she was ever angry or frustrated with anyone in the group, it never showed. I expect the entire group would agree with me that Deborah was a great leader and a good friend to everyone."
“You have a gem in Deborah Lewis! We were very impressed with Deborah’s conscientious preparations for our hikes and the “extras” (history, literature, art, music, etc.) for each place we visited. It’s remarkable, all that we saw and did in two weeks! What we expected was a great hiking experience in a beautiful setting; what we got was all that and so much more! The church concert in Pontresina, the Giovanni Segantini Museum in St. Moritz, the parade and festival in Wengen, reading Mark Twain’s Jungfrau story, the Grand St. Bernard Museum, historical photos of Verbier and the Bellevue Hotel, the historic tour of Zurich, and so on, all added up to a fantastic learning experience. And we were laughing all the way! Thank you for an amazing tour.”
“Thank you again for making my first trip to Europe so rewarding. I enjoy the history you incorporate into our hikes. It gives depth and meaning to the places we visited and helped fix them forever in my mind.”
“We recently returned from your Switzerland hiking, and I wanted to tell you what a fantastic experience we had. The three venues were all charming, and the day hikes out of all three were nothing short of spectacular. The views of mountains and glaciers, and the profusion of wildflowers everywhere we went, left us with visual memories (as well as countless photos) that will last for a very long time. Our guide, Deborah Lewis, was absolutely terrific – an amazing combination of competence, energy, hard work and good company. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.”
“I just wanted to take a minute to thank you so much for being such a fabulous tour guide. We had the best vacation. Thank you for making it so special. We have been singing your praises to all our friends and family.” (Switzerland family hiking trip)