Seattle Tours following ASI Conference

Culinary Tour of Pike Place Market

See fish fly, cheese being made, and the original Starbucks! Join us for a tour of Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, with tasting samples, an insider's eye on the Market vendors, and background on the Market's rich history and culture. Pike Place Market opened its gates on August 17, 1907, serving over 10,000 people on that first day, and it hasn't slowed down since. The modern market hosts nearly 200 businesses, about 190 craftspeople, and some 100 farmers, and sells everything from rutabagas to incense. Artisanal food crafts include doughnuts, cheese, wine, coffee, smokes salmon, crepes, chowder, yoghurt, tacos, you name it. The tour can accommodate vegetarian food requirements but not gluten-free eaters. Come prepared for a certain amount of walking and some stairs, as well as a lot of tasty treats! $50

Scheduled for Saturday morning, May 2.
Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:45 a.m. We will depart at 9 a.m.

Seattle Underground Tour

Seattle's first European settlers must have landed at low tide, because the first city was constructed on mud flats that flooded with depressing regularity. Eventually its inhabitants grew tired of wading through their city, especially after it not only flooded but then burned and collapsed into the flood, and decided to rebuild in brick and stone - at least eight feet higher than the old town. The streets were raised by building retaining walls on each side and then filling in the gap, leaving the old sidewalks and what remained of the buildings on the original ground level. Shoppers climbed ladders to reach the sidewalks and shopfronts from the street. Gradually the old sidewalks were bridged, shops were moved to the new ground level, and the old city was forgotten—but it's still there. Discovered by Bill Speidel in the 1950s, taverns, stores, residences, and a monumentally bizarre lavatory arrangement can be viewed by modern tourists. Completely historic, highly amusing, and incredibly entertaining. Warning: the underground milieu is moderately rugged, with six flights of stairs, uneven terrain, and spotty lighting. Wear comfortable walking shoes. $20

Scheduled for Saturday afternoon, May 2.
Meet in the hotel lobby at 12:45 p.m. We will depart at 1 p.m.

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