About Mendocino Insider Tours



With experience in people-oriented tours
of all kinds on the Mendocino Coast

Mendo Insider Tours is a locally-owned business, specializing in intimate small group excursions to Mendocino County’s most interesting cultural and natural destinations. Our tours focus on taking discerning travelers beyond the places that visitors typically go, exploring the best our region has to offer through personalized small group and genuinely fun experiences of some of the most beautiful and interesting locations this region has to offer.

We are dedicated to the tenets of responsible tourism with minimal impact.

Owner and Tour Coordinator David Lipkind has been enjoying the coastal life here in Mendocino since the 80′s. Originally from Boston, David was drawn to Mendocino by the diverse natural wonders and most of all, the free spirited people living here.

“I’ve done a fair amount of traveling myself, and to me, the memorable experiences are the ones where I connected with people in the community and got beyond the “Main Street” experience.” David first started thinking about his own tour company after returning from a trip to Paracho, Mexico where he traveled to purchase a custom made Cuban Tres guitar.  “The personal experience of drinking cafe con leche with the guitar maker and his family and seeing the workshop was a standout moment in my travels.”
When David returned to Mendocino, he saw it with new eyes, not just his home of over 20 years, but as a destination where other travelers come to experience art and nature.  “I started to think about how I could help local travelers share the kind of experience I had in Mexico. While Mendocino Village is beautiful and a place everyone should come and see, there is more to the coast, and we help people find that unique experience.”
The artists and guides that make up Mendo Insider Tours are long time locals, and are involved in many aspects of life here on the coast. Some of us have known each other as friends or acquaintances over the years, but all of us are committed to working together to give visitors an “Insider” experience here in our backyard.

We are a dog-friendly business. We do everything we can to accommodate travelers with dogs.

Happy Trails!


We’re looking for professional drivers!

We hire individuals with current California Class C and California Commercial Class B Drivers Licenses. Applicants must have a clean driving record and be willing to submit to an initial drug test and random screenings. Familiarity and competence driving larger vehicles, such as Sprinter and Transit vans required.

If you’re interested in driving for us, send us an email at info@mendoinsidertours.com and we’ll schedule a time to talk to you and set up an assessment drive.