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Hiking the Alsace Wine Route

My wife and I are putting together a walking tour following Cassandra Overby's excellent book, "Explore Europe on Foot: Your Complete Guide to Planning a Cultural Hiking Adventure." (She has been featured in a recent TV show and several radio hours with Rick Steves.) We are particularly interested in the 4-day hike along the Alsace Wine Route in late May 2022.

I have two question to pose to the forum:

  1. Not being hard-core hikers, we would like to take advantage of a luggage transfer service to move our bags from place to place along the route. However, my cursory web search did not produce any useful results. Are there any recommendations on how to arrange this or whom to contact?

  2. The tour overnights are scheduled in Ribeauvillé, Damach-la-Ville, Obernai, and Molsheim. Any recommendations on lodging in any of these towns? (Some of these towns are listed in Rick Steves' France book, but there are no lodging recommendations.)

Of course, we'd love to hear from any of you about restaurants, wineries, and other great things to see or do?

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The drawbacks of using guidebook for lodging choIces are several. First, given the length of time it takes to publish, the recommendations may be out of date. Also, you are limited to the opinion of one or very few employees of the publisher. They may have quite different standards from yours.
To search out lodgings, I go to booking.com. You can see a wide range of options. The reviews are legit; only people who have actually stayed in the places have access to placing reviews. I usually check the hotels’ own websites to see whether they have a better deal, but most times I do wind up reserving through booking.com.

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What show was Cassandra Overby on? I'd like to record it if I can find it.