Seattle Culinary Tour for Women
Dates: June 22 – 26, 2016
Number of Days: 5
Sorry you missed this tour! Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the list to be alerted as soon as the 2017 tour is posted!
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HIGHLIGHTS for the Seattle Culinary Tour
* Enjoy a wide variety of Northwest food and learn about Native American history
* Take a private food tour of Pike Place Market
* Partake in a cooking demonstration with one of the market’s most dynamic women
* Visit some of the city’s best sweet shops, including specialty chocolate and ice cream shops
* This tour is suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike
* A 5% discount for returning WanderTours participants
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The tour begins on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Arriving via Sea-Tac Airport, participants will make their own way to the hotel in downtown Seattle. A rental car is not necessary.
Seattle Culinary Tour Itinerary
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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.
In the afternoon, the group will meet in the lobby and walk to the starting point for our land and water tour of Seattle with Ride the Ducks! This 90-minute excursion on an amphibious vehicle will take us throughout the city’s neighborhoods with a guide who’ll give us the lowdown on Seattle’s history and quirky (and quack-y) neighborhoods, including Fremont—the Center of the Universe.
After a short break in the late afternoon, we’ll meet up in the evening and take a walk to the Wild Ginger, an award winning Asian-fusion restaurant and one of Seattle’s most popular dining spots. The Wild Ginger has been recognized by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in the world. You’ll soon learn why!
Overnight at Hotel Andra.
HIGHLIGHT! Who wants more fun in their life? You’ll find just that on the Ride the Ducks tour on your first tour day in Seattle. You’ll get a lay of the land and water all while being entertained by an excellent and knowledgeable local guide.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, we’ll walk to a local doughnut shop 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.
We might easily be full after a morning of nibbling (and perhaps purchasing some treats for yourself) so we’ll take a break after the market tour. If you like, you can join Beth to walk off some of those calories and head to the Seattle Sculpture Garden. If you’re still hungry, you might check out one of the nearby food trucks in the downtown area. Or, simply wander, shop, dine and experience Pike Place Market.
In the evening, we’ll reconvene for 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 a 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 24, 2016
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Get ready for a filling morning because 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, The Spanish Table and Market Spice, all near or in Pike Place Market. We may even have time for chocolate tasting at Fran’s Chocolates!
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.
If we’ve got room, we’ll then walk over to Beth’s favorite cupcake shop, Cupcake Royale, for dessert.
After a short break, we’ll meet up for a trip to Seattle Center—and we’ll get there on Seattle’s famous Monorail. While at 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, EMP 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 city.
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.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
This morning you’ll have the option of joining Beth for a walk around the city or sleeping in a bit and grabbing breakfast on your own. After a few days of wonderful meals, a long walk downtown might be just what you need!
In the late morning, we’ll take a cruise to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, the birthplace of Chief Sealth. In addition to a lunch of steamed clams and salmon, we’ll enjoy an afternoon of entertainment including storytelling and Native American dancing.
We’ll return mid-afternoon and have some downtime before heading to the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room for a private tour! Even if you’re not a huge coffee fan (gasp!), you’ll appreciate what goes into make some of the world’s most popular coffee. Afterward, we’ll make our way to Japonessa, a fusion restaurant that mixes Japanese cuisine with Latin influences. Here you’ll find everything from miso soup to sushi with jalapenos. Don’t worry – there are plenty of options for vegetarians and non-sushi lovers.
Overnight at Hotel Andra.
HIGHLIGHT! Our time at Tillicum Village will provide a truly Northwest experience where you’ll learn about the area’s native history and hear songs passed down through many generations.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
This morning we’ll have one final meal together at Lola, another Tom Douglas restaurant (which happens to be right next to Hotel Andra). Breakfast favorites include Mediterranean-inspired goodness such as kalamata fig and lemon scones, a variety of egg dishes as well as Tom’s famous made-to-order doughnuts. Yum!
If you’d like to stay over on Sunday night, June 26, please let us know; we can book you for an additional night at the Andra at the rate of $350.
** Itinerary and restaurants subject to change without notice.
* Sorry you missed this tour! Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the list to be alerted as soon as the 2017 tour is posted!
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? See this FAQ page for an explanation.)
Final payment due no later than April 22, 2016.
Price includes: Accommodation, no fewer than 9 meals, transportation in the city, local guides, tips and tours.
Price does not include: Flights to/from Seattle, shuttle to/from airport, travel insurance, purchases of personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry and beverages.
We recommend Insure My Trip for travel and/or evacuation insurance.
This trip is limited to 14 women and requires a $300 deposit to secure your spot.
Minimum bookings required: 8 (minimum reached)
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 do not need a PayPal account. Subsequent payments may be made through PayPal by sending to: beth (at) wandertours (dot) com.
Beth has lived in Seattle for 25 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.
Dinner at Dahlia Lounge – John Hirtz
All other photos: Beth Whitman