Seattle Culinary Tour for Women

Seattle Culinary Tour

Tour Details

Seattle Culinary Tour for Women

Dates: June 24 – 28, 2015
Number of Days: 5


Tour ClosedSorry you missed this tour. Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the waiting list if you’d like to be notified for the 2016 tour.

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HIGHLIGHTS for the Seattle Culinary Tour

donner bag from overland equipment* 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 ice cream shops
* This tour is suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike
* Every participant on a tour with a departure date in 2015 will receive either a free Donner or Madera Bag ($65 value!) from Overland Equipment in your choice of color. See details here.

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The tour begins on Wednesday for dinner. Arriving via Sea-Tac Airport, participants will make their own way to the hotel in downtown Seattle. A rental car is not necessary.

Day 1
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Meals: Dinner

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 Seattle Culinary Groupup the Seattle vibe prior to meeting up with the group. Consider visiting the Seattle Art Museum or some of the art galleries in the area.

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 dessert. You won’t regret it!

Overnight at Hotel Andra.

StarHIGHLIGHT! 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 you’ll ever taste.

Day 2
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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?

Dahlia Lounge HalibutWe’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 late afternoon, we’ll meet up for a trip to the 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.

Then, we’re in for a real treat as FareStart, a restaurant run by a nonprofit program that trains the homeless and disadvantaged to work in restaurant kitchens, is a holding a special gala event at the Seattle Center. We have secured special entry into this event and will be able to sample food from Seattle’s best chefs and enjoy the open bar. :-)

Overnight at Hotel Andra.

StarHIGHLIGHT! FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular will be an evening of nibbling on food from Seattle’s best restaurants and chefs and sampling drinks from local breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries. We are so lucky to be attending!

Day 3
Friday, June 26, 2015
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 the Pike Seattle Flowers Ballard MarketPlace 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 lunch, you can join Beth for another walk, this time to Pioneer Square, once the heart of Seattle. Now an area filled with galleries, shops, restaurants and quaint brick buildings.

In the evening, we’ll head down to the waterfront and dine at Bell Street Diner, a casual seafood restaurant that’s part of the Anthony’s family of restaurants. Bell Street has a wide range of options, including chowders, fish tacos, and delicious fish and chips.

After dinner, we’ll take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel for unparalleled views of the city.

Overnight at Hotel Andra.

StarHIGHLIGHT! 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.

Day 4
Saturday, June 27, 2015
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!

By mid-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.

Seattle Group TrollBecause it wouldn’t be a WanderTour without a sweet treat, we’ll make our way to West Seattle’s Husky Deli for some of the best ice cream in Seattle.

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 coastal tribes. We’ll enjoy salmon and other traditionally Northwest dishes with a great view of downtown Seattle and the lake.

Overnight at Hotel Andra.

StarHIGHLIGHT! We’ll get out on the water today for a short ferry ride to West Seattle. Prepare to be wowed by stunning city views.

Day 5
Sunday, June 28, 2015
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 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 Skillet Diner, a fantastic restaurant borne from a vintage Airstream trailer and one of Seattle’s first food trucks.

If you’d like to stay over on Sunday night, June 29, please let us know; we can book you for an additional night at the Andra at the rate of $310 (please note this is a busy weekend for Seattle and the Andra, therefore rates are a bit higher than normal).

** 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 waiting list if you’d like to be notified for the 2016 tour.

Land costs: 
Single supplement: 

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 24, 2015.

Price includes: Accommodation, no fewer than 10 meals, transportation in the city, local guides and tours.

Price does not include: Flights to/from Seattle, shuttle to/from airport, travel insurance, purchases of personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry, tips 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)

Seattle 2015 Registration Form

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.

Seattle Culinary Tour Itinerary 2015 (PDF)

Tour Leader
About Beth
Beth WhitmanBeth has lived in Seattle for more than 24 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.

Photo credits:
Seattle Skyline – Tanya Zagumenov
Dinner at Dahlia Lounge – John Hirtz
All other photos: Beth Whitman