Seattle Culinary Tour for Women

Seattle Culinary Tour

Tour Details

Seattle Culinary Tour for Women

Dates: May 27 - 31, 2018
Number of Days: 5


Sold OutWe’re sorry you missed this tour. Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the waitlist (if/when someone cancels) or if you would like to join us on a future Seattle tour. 


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HIGHLIGHTS for the Seattle Culinary Tour

* Take a private food tour of Pike Place Market
Enjoy a wide variety of exquisite Northwest food
* 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 cupcakes
* 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 Sunday 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

Day 1
Sunday, May 27, 2018
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. This weekend coincides with Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. You may want to stop in at this free event to hear some music!

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 while we Ride the Ducks on this 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.

Day 2
Monday, May 28, 2018
Meals: Breakfast, Snacks, 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. Note: there are a lot of samples included in today’s walk. Pace yourself or be ready to be full. 🙂

We’ll work off some of those calories consumed by walking to the Columbia Tower to take in the view from the top of the tallest skyscraper in the Northwest at the Sky View Observatory. (Insider tip: lines are shorter than at the Space Needle and the views just as breathtaking!) Afterward, we’ll visit Cupcake Royale, one of Beth’s favorite places for a treat.

We’ll take a break in the afternoon. 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 head 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 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! The tour of the Pike Place Market will give us an excellent overview of this iconic and thriving center, frequented by tourists and locals alike. We’ll be eating our way through the market, sampling some of the very best it has to offer, all while learning about its historical significance to the city.

Day 3
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Meals: Brunch, Lunch

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. (Psst – if you want to learn more about Diane, listen to Beth’s podcast with her!)

After our class, we’ll visit World Spice Merchants and Market Spice, all near or in 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 FareStart, considered one of the best places to eat in Seattle. At FareStart, not only will you have a delicious meal but you’ll help support the employees who are or were homeless, incarcerated or in recovery.

We’ll then head off 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. Admission to one of these (your choice) is included in your tour price.

If you’re interested, you may join the Underground Tour with others in the group (cost on your own).

Tonight dinner is on your own to give you some flexibility and to allow you to explore the many options the city has to offer!

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.

Day 4
Wednesday, May 30, 2017
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 load up in a passenger van and head to Fremont, the unofficial Center of the Universe. There we’ll visit the famed Fremont Troll and also take a tour of Theo’s Chocolates (yum!).

Seattle Group Troll

Afterward, we’ll stop in at Red Mill Burgers to sample their award-winning onion rings and the best burgers (including veggie!) in Seattle. 

You’ll have more free time in the afternoon before we enjoy a special dinner at the home of a Seattleite.

Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Rainier while dinner is prepared by a local chef.

Overnight at Hotel Andra.

HIGHLIGHT! Today you’ll be getting out of the downtown area to explore some other areas of the city and to take in some truly spectacular views. This will give you the chance to experience some other neighborhoods and get a better understanding as to what makes Seattle so special for residents.

Day 5
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Meals: Breakfast

This morning we’ll have one final meal together at Lola, a 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 Thursday night, May 31, please let us know!

** Itinerary and restaurants subject to change without notice.


Sold Out We’re sorry you missed this tour. Please contact us if you’d like to be put on the waitlist (if/when someone cancels) or if you would like to join us on a future Seattle 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.)

Booking and Payment Details

Price includes: Accommodation, no fewer than 8 meals, transportation in the city, activities as outlined above, 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.

This trip is limited to 14 women and requires a $300 deposit to secure your spot.

Minimum bookings required: 8 (minimum reached)

Final payment due no later than March 27, 2018.

We love checks as it helps keep our costs down by avoiding pesky credit card fees. If you’re able to pay the deposit or full amount by check or wire transfer, we’ll not only love you more but we’ll send you a free copy of one of Beth’s books (your choice which one). ** U.S. residents receive a print copy, international residents receive a PDF.

Here’s our mailing address:

PO Box 16102
Seattle, WA 98116


The fine print

Seattle Registration Form 2918 (tour closed)

Seattle Culinary Tour Itinerary 2018 (PDF)

We recommend Insure My Trip for travel and/or evacuation insurance.

For questions, please contact Beth at:
beth (at) wandertours (dot) com

Tour Leader
About Beth
Beth has lived in Seattle for 27 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 and For Women Traveling to India. She is also the publisher and founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick and WanderTours and hosts the Be Bold podcast which can be found through your favorite podcast provider.

She is also the founder of the WanderWorld Foundation.

Related Links:

Seattle’s Best Bakeries
Wineries of Washington State
Pike Place Market

Photo credits:
Dinner at Dahlia Lounge – John Hirtz
All other photos: Beth Whitman