Tour DetailsDestination: Seattle
Type: Women-only Tours
Dates: Summer 2014
Number of days: 5
Itinerary dates: June 25 – 29, 2014
Tour Leader: Beth Whitman
We’ve recently had a spot open up on this tour. Please contact us if you’re interested in joining us!
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HIGHLIGHTS for the Seattle Culinary Tour
* 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 Pike Place Market
* Partake in a hands-on cooking class
* Visit some of the city’s best sweet shops, including specialty chocolate and cupcake shops
* This tour is suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike
* Every participant on a tour with a departure date in 2013 and 2014 will receive a free Donner Bag ($65 value!) from Overland Equipment in her choice of color. See details here.
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The tour begins on Wednesday afternoon. Arriving via Sea-Tac Airport, participants will make their own way to the hotel in downtown Seattle. A rental car is not necessary.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Upon arrival in Seattle, you’ll make your way to Hotel Andra, a stylish boutique hotel situated right 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 and local history comes alive.
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 won the James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurateur in 2012. The Dahlia Lounge was one of the first restaurants in Seattle to feature what has become known as Pacific Northwest cuisine and serves up some of the best desserts in the city. Save room for something sweet. You won’t regret it!
Overnight at Hotel Andra.
HIGHLIGHT! Tom Douglas is Seattle’s very own celebrity chef and Dahlia Lounge is arguably his best restaurant. You’ll enjoy dinner in a private room with a sampling of the best menu items including possibly the most amazing coconut cream pie.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, we’ll walk to a local bakery to sample some of the best breakfast treats in the city and enjoy a wonderful espresso drink. After all, Seattle is famous for its caffeinated beverages. Skinny half-caf latte, anyone?
We’ll then walk over to famous Pike Place Market, Seattle’s heart and soul, where we’ll take a private food tour of the Market with Savor Seattle. We’ll meet some of the Market’s characters and denizens, while sampling treats along the way.
After some light nibbling (and perhaps purchasing some treats for yourself), the group will break for lunch. There is no shortage of options, from food stalls to sit-down restaurants. Wander, shop, dine, and experience Pike Place Market.
In the evening, we’ll have dinner at FareStart, a restaurant run by a nonprofit program that trains the homeless and disadvantaged to work in restaurant kitchens. There is a weekly guest chef on Thursday nights so we’ll have surprise treat with a local chef, likely from one of Seattle’s top restaurants.
Overnight at Hotel Andra.
HIGHLIGHT! FareStart meals are top-notch as the staff strives to provide a first-class experience for all diners. Great food, yes, but the restaurant has an undeniably positive atmosphere. This is a place of culinary enjoyment, but also a place of help and new starts for many.
Friday, June, 27, 2014
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Get ready for a filling morning because this morning we’ll have a private cooking class at Diane’s Market Kitchen, where we’ll enjoy a brunch created from local produce and other products straight from Pike Place Market.
After our class, we’ll visit World Spice Merchants and The Spanish Table, both near Pike Place Market, for shopping or browsing.
We’ll have some time to wander around the Market before heading to lunch at Matt’s in the Market. Here, we’ll enjoy tasty cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients, served up with a view of the Market, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains.
After lunch, we’ll walk over to Beth’s favorite cupcake shop, Cupcake Royale, for dessert.
In the afternoon, we’ll meet up for a trip to the Seattle Center – and we’ll get there on Seattle’s famous Monorail. While at the Seattle Center, we’ll take a break from group activities so you’ll have time on your own to visit the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Experience Music Project, Science Fiction Museum, or simply wander the grounds of the Seattle Center. Some attractions do charge admission and these are not included in the overall tour cost.
In the evening, we’ll head down to the waterfront and Elliott’s Oyster House, famous not only for oysters but also Dungeness crab. Elliott’s has a great lineup of appetizers, including a delicious a wild mushroom strudel for our vegetarian tour participants or those who don’t eat seafood.
After dinner, we’ll take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel for unparalleled views of the sunset.
Overnight at Hotel Andra.
HIGHLIGHT! Everyone loves Diane from Diane’s Market Kitchen. She’ll not only regale us with fascinating life stories but. also teach us how to make a couple of yummy brunch dishes. Cupcake Royale is a pretty good highlight of the day, too!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
This morning you’ll have the option of joining Beth for a yoga class! After a few days of wonderful meals, isn’t this what we all need?
Later in the morning, we’ll head down to the Seattle waterfront, where we’ll board the West Seattle Water Taxi, which will ferry us over to West Seattle. We’ll have a late brunch/early lunch at Marination Ma Kai, which grew out of a successful woman-owned, Hawaiian-themed food truck.
Because it wouldn’t be a WanderTour without chocolate, we’ll make a stop on Seattle’s chocolate trail after lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll head over to Woodinville, Seattle’s wine country, where we’ll taste Washington wines and learn about the varietals for which Washington State is famous.
We’ll have dinner at a Seattle classic, Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union, built in the style of the cedar longhouses of the Northwest coast tribes. We’ll enjoy salmon and other traditionally Northwest dishes with a great view of downtown Seattle and the lake.
Overnight at Hotel Andra.
Sunday, June 28, 2014
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Greet the morning with a very light breakfast with samples of some of the best pastries in Seattle from Bakery Nouveau. Then check out of the Hotel Andra, where you can store your bags.
Then, we’re off to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, where we’ll tour the Ballard Farmer’s Market. After that, it’s time for a farewell lunch at The Whale Wins, the latest restaurant from acclaimed Seattle chef Renee Erickson. The Whale Wins made Bon Appetit’s list of best new restaurants of 2013!
If you’d like to stay over on Sunday night, June 28, please let us know; we can book you for an additional night at the Andra at the special WanderTours rate of $235.
** Itinerary and restaurants subject to change without notice.
* We’ve recently had a spot open up on this tour. Please contact us if you’d like to join us.
Land costs: $1,625
Single supplement: $600
Interested in sharing the cost with another traveler? We do our best to pair up 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 your deposit as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this benefit. (Why a single supplement charge? (Why a single supplement charge? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)
Final payment due no later than April 25, 2014.
Price includes: Accommodation, no fewer than nine 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 trip is limited to 12 women and requires a $300 deposit to secure your spot.
Minimum bookings required: 6 (minimum reached!)
Read Booking Terms & Conditions
Registration Form Seattle Culinary Tour 2014 (PDF)
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 23 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.