A Taste of the Pacific Northwest

A tour of the Pacific Northwest of America and Western Canada from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver BC.  A celebration of the good life... that's what living in the Pacific Northwest is all about.

Trip Overview:

  • Oregon’s wine country for a tasting tour of the fruit-enriched vintages at Hood River Vineyards.
  • Seattle’s Pike Place Market with an interpretive guide.
  • The Butchart Gardens in Vancouver, epicurean pleasures abound in cooking demos, chef-led market walks and at our farewell dinner.
  • Prices From $2,990 for 8 Days

Included:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Seattle’s Pike Place Market with an interpretive guide, featuring food tastings
  • A guided culinary walking tour through Victoria, British Columbia, meeting local chefs, vintners and food artisans
  • A “treetop adventure” through the canopy of a coastal rainforest, over a network of footbridges above a British Columbia river gorge
  • Cider tasting, expertly paired with a delicious savory tasting platter, at a British Columbia ciderhouse overlooking the sea
  • Tauck Exclusive dinner at the top of Seattle’s Space Needle with stunning views of the cityscape and mountains
  • Flightseeing by floatplane from The Butchart Gardens to Vancouver
  • A chef-guided tour through the Granville Public Market in Vancouver, an epicurean’s paradise
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 14 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners); service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

2012 Dates: June 16th, June 30th, July 21st, August 18th, September 15th October 6th

2012 Pricing

$2990 per person
Single Supplement $230

floatplanes.jpgDay 1: Savory treats begin in Portland

Day 2: Fruit of the vine and an epicurean walking tour

Day 3: It's all about Seattle

Day 4: To market, to market to buy...

Day 5: A ferry transports you to 19th-century Victoria

Day 6: Sensory pleasures at the orchard and the gardens

Day 7: Through the treetops of a coastal rainforest and an unforgettable evening at the market  

Day 8: A week well spent concludes...

Pike Place Public Market

A vast cornucopia of culinary delights in the heart of downtown Seattle! Take a walking tour through a nine-acre indoor farmers market where you'll meet the farmers, fishmongers, cheese makers, and food artisans who sustain the Northwest's burgeoning food culture. Food tastings with interpretations - an epicurean's dream!

Granville Island Culinary Walk

A chef-guided walking tour takes you through a gourmand's heaven of gastronomic delights at the Granville Island Public Market... rich aromas permeate the air - warm baked goods, fragrant spices, fresh flowers... all culminating in an exclusive farewell reception and dinner featuring cooking demonstrations and Pacific Northwest taste sensations.

Hood River Vineyards

You don't have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the full-bodied organic wines at this family-owned and operated vineyard in Oregon wine country. Learn the fine art of wine tasting and how the winery integrates locally grown fruit into specialty wines.

Afternoon Tea at The Butchart Gardens

Enjoy afternoon tea at the famous gardens, served in the elegant family residence in a traditional style that typically features seasonal fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, homemade sweets, berry jam and Devonshire cream, all locally produced.

 

Day 1

Savory treats begin in Portland

Tour begins: Portland, Oregon at 5:00 PM.   A transfer is included from Portland International Airport to The Westin Portland, a boutique hotel in the vibrant center of downtown, close to fabulous restaurants and entertainment. You've come to the right place to begin a unique culinary travel adventure! The Pacific Northwest is fast becoming a top destination for food lovers and world-class chefs for its emphasis on fresh, locally produced ingredients, and the region has an unparalleled bounty to draw upon in its abundant seafood, vineyards, and organic farms. Join us for dinner tonight at the Davis Street Tavern, where the menu showcases the best in Northwest cuisine and wines. 

Lodging: The Westin Portland (D)

Day 2

Fruit of the vine and an epicurean walking tour

Begin the day with an epicurean walking tour, exploring the best in locally produced food of every kind. Portland's food culture is rich, eclectic, and innovative, and its theme is Fresh, Local Organic, Seasonable, and Sustainable. "Taste" your way through some of Portland's trendiest neighborhoods while getting an excellent view of the city at the same time. Portland is "green," livable, and easy to get around in with its streetcars and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Head out of Portland to Mount Hood and the Timberline Lodge, a classic ski resort and a National Historic Landmark with breathtaking views of the mountains and the national park, for lunch. Built in the 1930s entirely from locally harvested wood and stone, the inside of the lodge is as impressive as the view, with great beams, lovingly restored details, and a menu that draws on the bounty of the region. On the return trip, wind through wine country, with a stop at Hood River Vineyards, where you'll learn the fine points of wine tasting and see how its vintages are crafted and bottled. This region is also famous for its tree fruit - especially pears, cherries, and apples - which Hood River integrates into the delicate flavors of its specialty wines. Drive back along a picturesque route that follows the river gorge and landscapes of awesome beauty. Get your camera ready for a stop at magnificent Multnomah Falls, cascading 600+ feet down the sheer face of Larch Mountain - steeped in Native American legend, its memorable! Return from this visual feast to your hotel, where the evening is free for you to explore and dine on your own. There's much to choose from... Bon appétit!

Lodging: The Westin Portland (B,L)

Day 3

It's all about Seattle

Your epicurean odyssey takes you across the Puget Lowland to Seattle, home to Microsoft, Starbucks, Frasier Crane, and a burgeoning food culture that rivals any place in America. Lunch at Salty's at Alki Beach in West Seattle, a landmark seafood restaurant, with floor to ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the mountains and city skyline. Seattle is a city of enclaves and neighborhoods of distinct culinary character; our small touring vehicles get you into the places that other visitors miss, including Ballard, a Scandinavian district that is becoming a local food attraction, and Capitol Hill, with its eclectic shops and historic houses. Your hotel is The Westin Seattle, in the heart of downtown. The evening is free to explore and dine as you please.

Lodging: The Westin Seattle (B,L)

Day 4

To market, to market to buy...

Established in 1907, Pike Place Market is the oldest continually operating farmers market in the country, and its vast arcade houses hundreds of stalls of produce vendors, fishmongers, local food artisans and craftsmen. Immerse yourself in the waves of aromas, tastes, and color as an interpretive guided tour takes you through this gourmand's paradise, and introduces you to the artisans, chefs and farmers that produce it. The market is in the commercial heart of the city, which you can explore at your leisure. Tonight, a Tauck Exclusive when you dine at the top of the famed Space Needle, and indulge your senses with stunning 360-degree views of the cityscape, the sound and the mountains that lies in all their sweeping splendor below. 

Lodging: The Westin Seattle (B,L)

Day 5

A ferry transports you to 19th-century Victoria

A ferry transports you across a narrow strait to Bainbridge, where the road will take you along the panoramas of Puget Sound to Port Angeles. Sail from here to Victoria, British Columbia, a picturesque city of beautifully restored 19th-century buildings and a food culture that is rich and discriminating. A guided culinary walking tour takes you on a taste excursion through the city's best eateries, where you will meet the local chefs, vintners, and food artisans - cheese, charcuterie, chocolates, tea, fresh produce...The evening is free for you to discover the sensory pleasures of this charming city from your hotel on the Inner Harbor. 

Lodging: Hotel Grand Pacific (B,L)

Day 6

Sensory pleasures at the orchard and the gardens butchart_gardens.jpg

If you thought apple cider was brown and ordinary, you are in for a surprise at Sea Cider Orchards in Oak Bay. This family-owned orchard turns its organic heritage apples into ciders that you might mistake for wine - clear, robust to delicate, still to sparkling, with sophisticated flavors and aromas. Discover them for yourself as you sip cider by the sea in tastings expertly interpreted and paired with food. You'll then arrive at The Butchart Gardens, family-run since the 1920s, and a major draw for garden aficionados from all over the world: 55 acres of floral shows, elegantly landscaped with statuary and fountains. Lunch today is afternoon tea at the original family residence, surrounded by floral splendor. On your return to Victoria, a floatplane will fly you to Coal Harbor, Vancouver, and right to the dock of your hotel: The Westin Bayshore on the waterfront, close to historic Stanley Park and the vibrant downtown city-life. 

Lodging: The Westin Bayshore (B,L,B)

Day 7

Through the treetops of a coastal rainforest and an unforgettable evening at the market
Vancouver has captured the attention of gourmands and superstar chefs all over the world. With its cornucopia of sea, farms and vineyards close by; Vancouver is an epicurean powerhouse, with diversity to suit every taste in an environment of staggering beauty. At the Capilano River a breathtaking "treetop adventure" offers you a squirrel's eye-view of the coastal rainforest: a cable suspension bridge takes you over the gorge into the capilano_river_suspension_bridge.jpgtreetop canopy, and along a footbridge network through the towering trees. You can get another view of the gorge from the cliffwalk, a pedestrian walkway along the side of the granite mountain with a view of the valley formerly available only to rock-climbers. Explore nature closer to the ground at Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world. Join us later for a trip to the Gastown district, the city's oldest historic district, and an up-and-coming foodie-magnet. Free time in Vancouver is followed by a visit to Granville Island Public Market for a chef-guided tour of its epicurean wonders: it is a farmers market brimming with fresh produce and artisan-made cottage-industry foods. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner - an extravaganza of gourmand delights, cooking demonstrations, and unforgettable Northwestern taste sensations that mark the conclusion of a fabulous week.

Lodging: The Westin Bayshore (B,D)

Day 8

A week well spent concludes...

Tour ends: Vancouver, BC. Fly home anytime. Transfers from The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver are included to Vancouver International Airport, or the train station. Allow three hours or flight check-in.                                 

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(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

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