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Join WanderTours on a delicious guided food tour of Seattle's culinary scene, including the famous Pike Place Market, as you explore the back alleys, narrow corridors, and tiny storefronts in search of your new favorite places. Tantalize your taste buds with Pacific Northwest seafood, delicious treats and much more! During your visit, you will even have the chance to partake in a private cooking class, allowing you to return home with a few extra recipes as well.
Hotel Andra is a sophisticated, stylish downtown Seattle hotel offering world-class service and a charming boutique hotel atmosphere. Step into our "Living Room" lobby and you will be transported from bustling Fourth Avenue to a relaxing oasis in the heart of Seattle. Hotel Andra is within walking distance of such iconic destinations as Pike Place Market, the Seattle waterfront, and downtown Seattle's thriving retail core. Boutique shops, retail stores, and some of Seattle's finest restaurants abound under the looming edifice of the famous Space Needle. Hotel Andra is an acclaimed boutique hotel with a perfect downtown location where hotel guests can discover the quintessential Seattle experience in optimal comfort and style.
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 culinary 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 the land and water tour of Seattle with a ride on the ducks. This 90-minute excursion on an amphibious vehicle will take you throughout the city’s neighborhoods with a guide who will give you 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, you will meet up in the evening and take a walk to Etta’s Seafood for a welcome dinner. This restaurant is one of many from 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. Etta’s specializes in fresh-caught seafood but you’ll want to save room for Tom’s famous coconut cream pie. You won’t regret it!
Meal plan: Dinner.
This morning, you will 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. You will then walk over to the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle’s heart and soul, where you will take a private food tour of the market with Savor Seattle. You will meet some of the market’s characters and denizens, while sampling treats along the way.
You might easily be full after a morning of nibbling (and perhaps purchasing some treats for yourself) so there will be 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, on your own terms.
In the evening, the group will 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. 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.
Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.
Get ready for a filling morning because you will take part in a private cooking class at Diane’s Market Kitchen, where you will enjoy a brunch created from local produce and other products straight from Pike Place Market. After the class, you will visit World Spice Merchants, The Spanish Table and Market Spice, all near or in Pike Place Market. There may even be time for a chocolate tasting at Fran’s Chocolates!
You will have some time to wander around the market before heading to lunch at Matt’s in the Market. There, you can enjoy tasty cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients, served up with a view of the market, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. If you've still got room, the group will then walk over to Beth’s favorite cupcake shop, Cupcake Royale, for dessert.
After a short break, the group will meet up for a trip to Seattle Center, by Seattle’s famous monorail. While at Seattle Center, you will be taking a break from group activities so you will 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, the group will head down to the waterfront and Elliott’s Oyster House, famous not only for oysters but also Dungeness crab. Elliott’s has a great line-up of appetizers, including a delicious wild mushroom strudel for vegetarian tour participants or those who don’t eat seafood. After dinner, everyone will take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel for unparalleled views of the city.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This morning, you will 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, the group will head down to the Seattle waterfront, where you will board the West Seattle water taxi, which will ferry everyone over to West Seattle. A late brunch/early lunch will be served at Marination Ma Kai, which grew out of a successful woman-owned, Hawaiian-themed food truck.
Because it wouldn’t be a WanderTour without a sweet treat, you will make your way to West Seattle’s Husky Deli for some of the best ice cream in Seattle. In the late afternoon, the group will take a cruise to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, the birthplace of Chief Sealth. In addition to a dinner of steamed clams and salmon, you will enjoy an evening of entertainment including storytelling and Native American dancing.
Meal plan: Lunch and dinner.
This morning, the group will say its farewells as you 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!
Meal plan: Breakfast.
Seattle, on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and encompasses thousands of acres of parkland (hence its nickname, "Emerald City"). It’s home to a thriving tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon.com headquartered in its metropolitan area. The futuristic Space Needle, a legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair, is its most recognizable landmark.
Seattle has the best coffee (actually, espresso). Some of the best coffee hot-spots include Vivace, Cafe Ladro, and Victrola.
During the first day, you will enjoy dinner with a sampling of the best menu items, including possibly the most amazing coconut cream pie you’ll ever taste. FareStart meals are top-notch as the staff strives to provide a first-class experience for all diners.
Everyone loves Diane from Diane’s Market Kitchen. She’ll not only regale you with fascinating life stories, but also teach you how to make a couple of yummy brunch dishes. 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.
Attend local events
Explore the city on your own
Rent a bike and go cycling through the streets
Sample local cuisine
Visit the pubs
The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).