Greet, Eat, and Meet Activities
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Pike Place Market Foodie Tour
sweetest local fruit offerings of the season. See the “original” Starbucks store and taste the memories of childhood with piping hot cinnamon-sugar doughnuts fresh from the oldest continuously operating doughnut stand in
This introduction to Seattle features sightseeing of the city’s most famous locations including drive by viewings of Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Fisherman’s Terminal, the waterfront, the famous Sleepless in Seattle Floating House, and the Arboretum. A brief history of Seattle’s neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to Chinatown help to define the boundaries of this unique town. A stop at the iconic Space Needle provides a bird’s eye view of the entire city.
Treasures of Seattle: Art and Glass
Take a walk on the artistic side of Seattle on this exploration of Northwest visual arts. The day begins with a tour of the world famous Seattle Art Museum (SAM). A private tour of SAM’s most notable works will showcase the best of Northwestern art, as well as, works from around the country and around the world. A special exhibition, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London, is a selection of approximately 50 masterpieces from the collection, on their first American tour. Among other treasures, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Rembrandt’s late Self-Portrait (1665), which has never before left Europe.
The next stop on the tour focuses on one of Seattle’s favorite sons, an icon of glass work, Dale Chihuly. The Chihuly Glass and Garden Gallery is one of the newest, most spectacular galleries to grace a city known to embrace visual arts. This incredible gallery explores the themes and inspiration behind Chihuly’s instantly recognizable work. The tour concludes with a light lunch at the Chihuly inspired Collections. This restaurant, attached to the Chihuly Exhibit, features custom built tables designed to show off Chihuly’s personal, eclectic, and sometimes bizarre collections of folk art and bric-a-brac.
Departing from the town of Everett, located only 30 minutes north of Seattle, this gray whale adventure is guaranteed to amaze. April is a great month for spotting gray whales in the calm and protected waters of the
Sound. In addition to whales, guests are likely to spot harbor seals, Stellar and California sea lions, Harbor and Dall’s porpoise, Bald Eagles and a wide variety of seabirds. On board the well-appointed 110 ft. Island Explorer 3, boxed lunches will be provided. Dress warmly for this outdoor adventure and don’t forget your camera!
Wine, Vine, and Washington's Woodinville
excellent wines under the guidance of expert winemakers.
The tour begins at the De Lille chateau, a boutique winery producing some of the country’s finest Bordeaux-style wines. A reserve tasting will be arranged for guests in the main tasting room. From here it’s on to Chateau Ste. Michelle, one of Washington’s largest and best known wineries. A customized tasting of Ste. Michelle’s best wines, including reserve labels, will be held in the spectacular tasting room.
The Purple Café is an institution in Seattle and the Woodinville location is the perfect place to conclude a day of tastings. The tradition-meets-modern décor reflects a menu inspired by the best local produce and a long history of Northwest flavor traditions.