Tour DetailsDestination: North America
Dates: Summer 2013
Seattle Culinary Tour for Women
Number of days: 4
Itinerary dates: June 27 – 30, 2013
Tour Leader: Beth Whitman
* This first tour is sold out, however, we’ve added a 2nd concurrent tour with a similar itinerary – meaning some activities may be different due to limited space for some venues.
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* Enjoy food from some of Seattle’s best (and most iconic) restaurants
* Sample wines from the region’s nearby wine country
* Take a private food tour of the Pike Place Market
* Partake in a hands-on cooking class
* Visit some of the city’s best sweet shops including specialty chocolates, popcorn and cupcakes
* This tour is suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike
* Every tour participant on a tour with a departure date in 2013 will receive a free Donner Bag from Overland Equipment in their color choice. See details here.
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The tour begins on Thursday afternoon. Arriving via Sea-Tac Airport, participants will make their own way to the hotel in downtown Seattle (a rental car is not necessary).
Thursday, June 27, 2013 (Meals: D)
Upon arrival in Seattle, you’ll make your way to Hotel Andra, a stylish boutique hotel conveniently located in downtown Seattle.
Depending on your arrival time, you may have a chance to walk around the downtown or Belltown areas to soak up the Seattle vibe prior to meeting up with the group. Consider visiting the Seattle Art Museum or venturing to Pioneer Square where art galleries are plentiful.
In the evening, the group will meet in the lobby for the short walk to the Dahlia Lounge for a welcome dinner. This is the first restaurant opened by famed Seattle restaurateur, Tom Douglas, who now has a small empire of restaurants in Seattle and who recently won the James Beard award Outstanding Restaurateur in the U.S. The Dahlia Lounge was one of the first restaurants in Seattle to feature what has become known as Pacific Northwest cuisine and is home to some of the best desserts in the city
Overnight at Hotel Andra.
Friday, June 28, 2013 (Meals: B, D)
This morning, you’ll walk to a local bakery to sample some of the best breakfast treats in the city and to a enjoy a wonderful espresso drink (for which Seattle is so famous). Skinny half-caf latte, anyone?
You’ll then take a short walk over to famous Pike Place Market, Seattle’s heart and soul, where you’ll take a private food tour of the Market with Savor Seattle. You’ll meet some of the Market’s characters and denizens, while sampling treats along the way.
Once you’re done sampling, you’ll head over to a food truck. These are becoming a popular aspect of Seattle’s food culture. (This day’s lunch is on your own as you may be full from the food tour!)
In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to walk off some of the food you’ve enjoyed during a walking tour of Seattle, which will include a ride on the Monorail, a stop at Seattle Center and time enjoying the sculptures and fantastic views at the Olympic Sculpture Park. (Please note that entrance fees to the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and other sights are optional and not included in the tour.)
In the evening, you’ll have dinner at Tutta Bella, home of Seattle’s first certified Neopolitan pizza place. Overnight at Hotel Andra.
Saturday, June, 29, 2013 (Meals: B, L, D)
Get ready for a filling breakfast today because this morning you’ll head back to the Market for a private cooking class at Diane’s Market Kitchen, where you’ll enjoy a breakfast prepared from local produce and other products from the Pike Place Market.
Because it wouldn’t be a WanderTour without chocolate, we’ll make a couple stops on Seattle’s chocolate trail after breakfast.
You’ll have some time to wander around the Market and shop before the group heads to lunch at Matt’s in the Market, where you’ll enjoy chef Chester Gerl’s tasty cuisine made from fresh, local Market ingredients, served up with a view of the Market, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
After lunch, you’ll walk over to Beth’s favorite cupcake shop, Cupcake Royale, for dessert.
After a break for shopping or relaxing, the group will drive to nearby Woodinville, Seattle’s wine country, where you’ll taste Washington wines and learn about the varietals for which the state is famous.
Tonight’s dinner will be a fabulous seafood (or vegetarian) feast at Flying Fish, where you’ll enjoy signature dishes (such as salt and pepper Dungeness crab) from James Beard award-winning chef Christine Keff. Overnight at Hotel Andra.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 (Meals: L)
Today we’ll be enjoying brunch so you can grab a light breakfast bite on your own if you like (we’ll give you a few suggestions) before checking out of the Andra (where you can store your bags at the hotel).
First stop is Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, where you’ll tour the Ballard Farmer’s Market with a local chef. Then it’s time for a farewell brunch at Golden Beetle, where you’ll enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from James Beard award-winning chef Maria Hines.
Depending on the time, after brunch you’ll stop at one or two more spots for some of Seattle’s favorite sweet treats, getting you back to the Andra by 1:30 p.m. for your transfer (on your own) to the airport. (Note that we recommend that you book your flight for 4:oo p.m. or later.)
If you’d like to stay over on Sunday night, June 30, please let us know; we can book you for an additional night at the Andra at the special WanderTours rate of $215 plus tax.
** Itinerary subject to change without notice.
*This first tour is sold out, however, we’ve added a 2nd concurrent tour with a similar itinerary – meaning some activities may be different due to limited space for some venues.
Single supplement: $390
Interested in sharing? We do our best to pair up same-sex travelers so as to avoid the single supplement. However, priority is given to the first deposits received. If you’re interested in sharing – PLEASE send in deposit as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this benefit. (Why a single supplement charge? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)
Final payment due no later than April 27, 2013.
Price includes: Accommodation, no fewer than 7 fantastic meals, transportation in the city, local guides and tours.
Price does not include: Flights to and from Seattle, shuttle to/from airport, travel insurance, purchases of personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry, tips and beverages.
We recommend World Nomads for travel and/or evacuation insurance.
This unique journey is limited to 12 women.
This tour requires a $300 deposit.
2nd tour added!
For deposit and payments, please make payable and mail check to:
PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116
For questions, please contact Beth at:
info (at) wandertours (dot) com
It’s easy to register by making your deposit of $300! Simply click on the Register Now button below and you’ll be taken to PayPal where you add your debit or credit card information. You don not need a PayPal account. Subsequent payments may be made through PayPal by sending to: beth (at) wandertours (dot) com.
Seattle Culinary Tour Packing List: Provided upon registration
Beth has lived in Seattle for more than 22 years and, despite the occasional grumble about the weather, has loved every moment. She makes a point to sticking around the city in the summer time, when the weather and views are absolutely stunning. She is thrilled to be sharing her city and its delectable treats, with this group!
Beth is the author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, For Women Traveling to India and is the publisher of Traveling with Kids. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours.