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Get hands-on with science at Discovery Place

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Get hands-on with science at Discovery Place
Get hands-on with science at Discovery Place

Discovery Place is dedicated to the exploration of the natural and social world through exhibits and educational programs. The museum inspires curious thinkers to discover science, technology and nature in new ways. 

Discovery Place, Charlotte, N.C.
Discovery Place, Charlotte, N.C.

“Our energetic, trained educators will engage your group in hands-on activities and minds-on fun,” said Lydia Evans, director of group sales. “It’s a perfect mix of education and entertainment sure to build memories to last a lifetime. Discovery Place has been an integral part of the growth of uptown Charlotte. It’s a way to connect with the city and participate in educational fun.”

Discovery Place is a network of four hands-on museums in three different cities: Discovery Place Science and Discovery Place Nature in Charlotte; Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville; and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham.

At the science location, groups can connect with the world in a new, interactive way. “World Alive,” an exhibit celebrating Earth’s biodiversity, allows groups to view unique species from ecosystems around the world in an aquarium, including moon jellyfish, sea urchins, tangs and cuttlefish.

Groups also can explore the laws of physics in the “Cool Stuff” exhibit by lying across a bed of 5,000 nails unharmed, or by being lifted in the air by a vacuum-powered Air Chair.

The nature facility gives groups the opportunity to explore the outdoors in an immersive way.

On the Paw Paw Nature Trail, groups can stroll through the woods and identify flora and fauna, from seasonal wildflowers to barred owls. In the “Creature Cavern” exhibit, groups can go nose-to-nose with small animals like flying squirrels, chipmunks and snakes.

The Discovery Place Kids locations are children’s museums that promote interactive learning through imagination and fun, with locations in Huntersville and Rockingham.

Evans encourages groups to book visits in advance. Discounts are offered for groups of 15 or more.

For more information, call 704-372-6261 or visit discoveryplace.org.

Photos sell tours

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Whitewater rafting, Pigeon River, Hartford, Tenn.
Whitewater rafting, Pigeon River, Hartford, Tenn.
Whitewater rafting, Pigeon River, Hartford, Tenn.
Whitewater rafting, Pigeon River, Hartford, Tenn.

Photos are a powerful tool in helping you sell a travel experience. Since 90 percent of the information transmitted to our brains is visual, and since visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text, it is vital to use photographs in every step of marketing your business.

Social media is important to travel brands; studies have shown that up to 49 percent of people are inspired to book travel after seeing photos on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Seeing how photo-worthy a location is heavily influences travel-plan decisions. Using pictures in email messages has shown to increase click-through rates by 42 percent; higher click-throughs mean more website traffic.

Finally, photos on your website gives the first impression of your business to visitors. For all of your marketing channels, select photographs that help you establish your brand identity and inspire travelers to book with you.

Be creative. You are selling specific experiences; your photos should reflect the destinations and activities you offer. Use scenic shots in moderation, instead feature people to help evoke emotions to website visitors. People connect with people. To give travelers an idea of what to expect from a tour, show people who resemble your target audience. If you serve all ages make sure to include a mix of ages whenever possible. Additionally, include candid shots of your team interacting with groups; doing so will show their personality and their expertise. 

Avoid using stock photos. They are less authentic and can lead to feelings of mistrust. If you have to use stock photos, look for more unique images that are consistent with your brand and look natural rather than staged. There are many stock photo providers online that feature royalty-free images. Unsplash, iStock and Pixabay are three that have a wide variety. Remember to make sure to use stock photos legally by knowing the terms of the licensing agreement, for example, some photo websites do not allow image altering. Always provide photo credit for images that you do not own.

In an effort to avoid using stock photography, consider other options for collecting photos for your marketing endeavors. The most obvious is to hire a professional photographer to showcase your business, however this option comes with a price tag. A better investment is in a quality smartphone. Most smartphones have camera tools that are designed to help you take great photos. Options like auto focus, burst-mode for action shots and grid lines to help visualize the photo’s composition are just a few ways you can take professional-looking pictures at every destination. Finally, ask travelers in your groups to share their photos with you, with the understanding you will re-post the best shots. Using shared photos lends to authenticity of your tours and will keep a steady stream of fresh images for you to feature. Keep in mind that quality counts, especially on your website. Use only high-resolution photos; do not use grainy or distorted images.

A picture is worth a thousand words; for travel planners a picture can be worth thousands of dollars!

Step into musical history at the American Jazz Museum

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Step into musical history at the American Jazz Museum
Step into musical history at the American Jazz Museum

Showcasing sights and sounds of jazz through film and interactive exhibits, the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, is the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, advancement and exhibition of jazz music. 

Horace M. Peterson III Visitor Center, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
Horace M. Peterson III Visitor Center, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo.

“Our engaging museum tours bring Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to life,” said Marissa Baum, interim director of operations at the museum. “When groups come to the museum, we have the opportunity to share this great story with them, and cultivate jazz lovers for life.”

With a variety of interactive experiences, the American Jazz Museum is engaging for groups with different musical backgrounds. Touch-screen interactives, custom mixing boards and listening stations immerse groups in a musical experience.

Neon signs, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo.
Neon signs, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo.

Among the exhibits are collections of photographs, sheet music and posters. Some artifacts include Charlie Parker’s Grafton saxophone, a sequined gown worn by Ella Fitzgerald and one of Louis Armstrong’s trumpets.

Within the American Jazz Museum is the Blue Room — a multifaceted exhibit featuring musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” and a venue for local, international and national jazz musicians to perform.

“At the Blue Room, it is so easy for groups to celebrate the experience of jazz as an original American art form — at one of the world’s greatest jazz crossroads — 18th & Vine,” Baum said. “Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz.”

Weekly, groups can join in or take in the sounds of the Blue Monday Jam — a well-known Kansas City jam session. Aside from the Blue Monday Jam, live music is offered four nights a week at the Blue Room.

Admission discounts to the museum are offered for groups of 25 or more.

For more information,  call 816-474-8463 or visit americanjazzmuseum.org.

Sponsored | Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras Bash, 5 experiences you won’t want to miss

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Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras Bash, 5 experiences you won’t want to miss
Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras Bash, 5 experiences you won’t want to miss

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier at the Red River Mardi Gras Bash

Let the good times roll at the 2019 Red River Mardi Gras Bash during the Krewe of Centaur Parade XXVIII in downtown Shreveport on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. This rockin’ tent party offers the VIP treatment for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are $40 each and include a great view of the parade, live music, Louisiana cuisine, a commemorative bead and T-shirt, access to a climate-controlled party tent and more. 

In Shreveport-Bossier, there’s no shortage of Mardi Gras fun. Here are five experiences you won’t want to miss.

1. Krewe of Centaur Float-Loading Party

Photo: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Shreveport-Bossier, La.
Krewe of Centaur Float Loading Party, Shreveport-Bossier, La.

The night before the big parade, the Krewe of Centaur will open their den to the public for their annual Krewe of Centaur Float-Loading Party on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The party will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Krewe of Centaur Den. Attendees can mingle with krewe royalty, collect exclusive beads and throws, and view the colorful Mardi Gras floats up-close before the parade. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the event. Admission is free.

2. Lilah’s Bakery King Cake Making Class

Photo: Lilah’s Bakery, Shreveport-Bossier, La.
Lilah’s Bakery King Cake, Shreveport-Bossier, La.

It’s not Mardi Gras without king cake! King cakes date to 12th-century France and honor the Three Wise Men. The cake tastes like a hybrid of a coffee cake and a French pastry and is traditionally stuffed with cream and topped with icing and purple, green and gold sprinkles. The rule is whoever finds the plastic baby Jesus inside of the king cake gets to be king or queen for the day. Groups can learn how to make their own king cakes and take a tour of a king cake bakery during a private class at Lilah’s Bakery

3. Casinos

Photo: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Shreveport-Bossier, La.
Eldorado Resort Casino, Shreveport-Bossier, La.

Shreveport-Bossier’s six riverboat casinos and horse racing track offer 24-hour gaming, exciting nightlife, decadent dining and posh accommodations. Whether rolling the dice, watching a heart-pounding horse race, or lounging poolside, guests are treated to award-winning hospitality, amenities and player perks.

4. Us Up North Food Tour

Photo: Jim Noetzel
Chef Hardette Harris’ Famous Greens, Us Up North Food Tour, Shreveport-Bossier, La.

Join Chef Hardette Harris as she shows off the wonderful flavors of North Louisiana during the Us Up North Food Tour. Begin each tour by enjoying a sample of Chef Harris’s famous greens and cornbread. Next, board a shuttle with Chef Harris and visit local restaurants serving up the best dishes that Shreveport-Bossier has to offer.

5. Tubbs Hardware and Cajun Gifts

Photo: Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, Shreveport-Bossier, La.
Tubbs Hardware and Cajun Gifts, Shreveport-Bossier, La.

Pick up all of your Mardi Gras essentials before heading to the parade at Tubbs Hardware and Cajun Gifts. The store is stocked floor-to-ceiling with Mardi Gras souvenirs like jumbo Mardi Gras beads, masks, T-shirts, Louisiana snacks, spices, cook books, fleur-de-lis accessories and more.

For more information, please visit our website. To book tickets for the Red River Mardi Gras Bash, contact Erica Telsee, tourism sales manager, at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, at 800-551-8682 ext. 104 or etelsee@sbctb.org.

Illinois itinerary: Central Illinois, the heart of Amish Country

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Amish Country, Champaign County, Ill.
Amish Country, Champaign County, Ill.

We invite you to slow down and enjoy life’s simple pleasures just south of Champaign County as you enter the Amish Country in Tuscola and Arthur, the oldest and largest settlement in Central Illinois.

You’ve arrived when horse-drawn buggies join you on the road, or you see many people out on bicycles, traveling to work or to the store. These slower modes of transportation are just some of the visual representations that you’re surrounded by a different culture.

The people of Amish Country will also usher you into a different mindset. From the woodworkers to bakers to farmers, you’ll meet the kindest individuals, ready to welcome you into their world.

“Groups will be accompanied by a step-on guide to showcase a different way of life, from one-room schoolhouses to woodworking and heartwarming food,” explains Caitlyn Floyd, Visit Champaign County. “This is truly an Outside of Ordinary experience in the Midwest.”

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Dinner in an Amish Home

Photo: Arthur Area Tourism, Arthur, Ill.
Amish Home, Champaign County, Ill.

Step back in time as you enter the home of an Amish Family. As your host guides you through their living space, take notice of the handmade items, as well as the similar lifestyle that the home reflects. After you’ve taken a moment for a silent prayer, your host will begin serving your delicious home cooked meal! You’ll also venture through the family’s farm to witness their daily work.

EXPLORE
Amish Buggy Shop

Photo: Scott Wells Photography
Amish Buggy, Champaign County, Ill.

Visit a local Amish buggy maker as you experience and in-depth tour of his buggy shop. See the ins and outs of creating the undercarriage, the buggy body, and listen as he discusses the old art of wheel making. Finish up the tour with a short buggy ride, completing the true Amish experience.

EXPERIENCE
Flesor’s Candy Kitchen

Photo: Scott Wells Photography
Flesor’s Candy Kitchen, Tuscola, Ill.

Sisters Ann and Devon Flesor revived their grandfather’s Candy Kitchen, which originally opened in 1901, to bring candy and ice cream back to Tuscola. Groups can learn from Devon, who creates small-batch, sugary confections, while Ann hand-dips the candies. As they don’t use preservatives, the candy is made daily, with thousands of pounds of candy being produced annually. Enjoy lunch on-site and enjoy their homemade ice cream and their old-fashioned soda machine!

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Walking Tour & Shopping

Photo: Scott Wells Photography
The Vault Art Gallery, Tuscola, Ill.

Arthur and Tuscola combine history and local shopping to create a unique experience for all! Stroll the streets of downtown Arthur, where you’ll find a variety of gift shops, unique craft shops, furniture stores, antiques, restaurants and more! In downtown Tuscola, you’ll find various antique shops as well as The Vault Art Collective, a gallery featuring over 50 local artists. Pick up something old or something new to remember your trip!

ASK
Visit Champaign County
Caitlyn Floyd, Director of Sales
800-369-6151 | caitlynf@visitchampaigncounty.org 
Tourchampaign.com

Georgia itinerary: Marietta

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Marietta, Ga.
Marietta, Ga.

Welcome to Marietta, Georgia. Its proximity to downtown Atlanta and its quick access to the North Georgia mountains make Marietta the perfect destination for group tours. Experience Marietta’s Southern charm while indulging in delicious cuisine, or by discovering the city’s rich history at one of many museums. While groups are exploring town, they can shop locally owned shops and boutiques, and bring back a piece of Marietta for loved ones, or have it serve as a reminder to come back and visit. Groups will quickly see that Marietta offers something for everyone.

Marietta Visitors Bureau shared these four spots for groups to experience everything the unique Georgia city has to offer.

TOUR
William Root House Museum & Garden

Photo: Marietta Visitors Bureau
William Root House Museum & Garden, Marietta, Ga.

Take a tour of the historic William Root House Museum & Garden, which offers a glimpse at the lives of an 1850s merchant and his family. This modest 1840s house is more typical of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions popularized by Gone With the Wind. 

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Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

Photo: Marietta Visitors Bureau
Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, Marietta, Ga.

Step back in time to Atlanta during the Civil War and Reconstruction at the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum. The museum is a must-see for fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Academy Award-winning film. The museum is a top stop for tourists wanting to explore the South’s antebellum history.

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Marietta Square

Photo: Marietta Visitors Bureau
Marietta Square, Marietta, Ga.

Experience the beauty of Marietta while exploring Marietta Square, where groups will find delicious food, gorgeous scenery and friendly locals. The square offers visitors the charm of a small city along with a stimulating urban environment. With nearly 30 restaurants, groups are sure to find something to tempt the taste buds.

LEARN
Marietta Museum of History

Photo: Marietta Visitors Bureau
Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Ga.

Take a step back in time and discover the history of Marietta and Georgia’s Cobb County at the Marietta Museum of History. The museum houses multiple galleries and exhibits featuring collections on Marietta’s general history, home life and the military. Guided tours are offered for groups of 10 or more.

ASK
Marietta Visitors Bureau
770-429-1115
mariettasquare.com

Get inside history at Eastern State Penitentiary

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Get inside history at Eastern State Penitentiary
Get inside history at Eastern State Penitentiary

Walk the same halls that notorious criminals did in the past at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. 

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pa.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pa.
Photo: Eastern State Penitentiary

In its day, the penitentiary was the most famous and expensive prison in the world. It was known for its strict discipline as well as its architecture.

“As soon as groups arrive at Eastern State Penitentiary, with its 30-foot stone walls wrapping around an entire city block, the tone is set for a unique museum experience,” said Francine Schiffman, senior specialist of group sales and guest support at Eastern State Penitentiary. “Visitors are fascinated hearing the stories of the inmates and guards who once called Eastern State home.”

The prison can be experienced through a guided tour that is led by staff who will share history and stories and answer questions.

“Groups especially enjoy exploring the site of the doomed 1945 tunnel escape and peering into the lavish cell of famous mobster Al ‘Scarface’ Capone,” Schiffman said. “We even offer a specialty private tour focusing on the Prohibition era, which culminates with a 1920s-style cocktail at Al Capone’s cell.”

Hands-On History is an interactive option that groups can experience. The interactive experiences last about five minutes (a few take longer) and take place throughout the facility. An example of an activity includes how to open a prison cell.  

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pa.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pa.
Photo: Eastern State Penitentiary

A group visit consists of a guided tour that lasts about one hour, but groups should plan for an additional 30–60 minutes for exploration time since there is more to see. If planning for extra time during the visit, groups can tour the newly restored hospital wing, view artist installations or see the “Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration” exhibit.

The penitentiary staff does its best to accommodate last-minute requests but would prefer that reservations for a group visit be made at least three weeks in advance.

For more information, call 215-236-3300 or visit easternstate.org.

Ohio itinerary: Explore Lake Erie Shores & Islands

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Explore Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Explore Lake Erie Shores & Islands

History or heritage, fishing or sailing, culinary or wine, cruising or hiking, performance or educational — the Lake Erie Shores & Islands has something to create an amazing group experience for any interest. With more than 90 attraction choices, participants can enjoy multiple days of exploration.

Group gatherings in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands are certainly a great value. Group discounts, complimentary parking and conference services ensure the experience won’t put a strain on your wallet. Let Lake Erie Shores & Islands help with a customized itinerary to make group planning as easy as a Lake Erie breeze.


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Island Transportation and Put-in-Bay Tour Train

Photo: Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Island Transportation and Put-in-Bay Tour Train, Put-in-Bay, Ohio

After arriving on South Bass Island via ferry (Miller Ferry, Jet Express or Goodtime), enjoy a one-hour narrated tour of the island before making stops at various attractions of your choice. Island Transportation can package transportation (including a ferry), lunch and attraction tickets for one price. Enjoy island wineries, caves and other amazing attractions, as well as the shopping and entertainment of downtown Put-in-Bay.


LEARN
Liberty Aviation Museum

Photo: Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Liberty Aviation Museum, Port Clinton, Ohio

Learn the aviation history of the Tin Goose Ford TriMotor and the shortest commercial airline in the country at this museum showcasing operational, historical aircraft and vehicles, including Georgie’s Gal, a WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber; a U.S. Navy WWII TBM Avenger; and a PT-boat. Witness the restoration of a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and dine in the 1950s-era Tin Goose Diner.


EXPLORE
Lakeside Chautauqua

Photo: Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Lakeside Chautauqua, Chautauqua, Ohio

Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes groups year-round to the Lake Erie shore to participate in a summer experience dedicated to nurturing the mind, body and spirit. Lakeside’s historic community offers spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts, performances and recreational activities during its 11-week summer programming season and Memorial Day weekend. Quaint shopping, unique restaurants and a variety of accommodations complete the experience.


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Common Ground

Photo: Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Common Ground, Oberlin, Ohio

Experience your own group adventure in the beautiful Vermilion River Valley while immersing in nature on zip lines, aerial bridges and spiral staircases. Several group programing options are available.

ASK
Lake Erie Shores & Islands
419-625-2984
groups.shoresandislands.com

New York itinerary: Lake George Area in the Adirondacks

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Revolution Rail Co., North Creek, N.Y.
Revolution Rail Co., North Creek, N.Y.

Rails, sails, treasures and trails

The Lake George Area is home to America’s Original Vacation, a time-honored excursion to the pure waters and magnificent mountains of New York’s Adirondacks. Lake George hotels grace the wandering shoreline, with comfortable rooms overlooking both white-sand beaches and busy streets bustling with things to do and places to explore. 

With around-the-clock fun in an unbeatable location, this isn’t going to be your typical getaway. First-time travelers and longtime globetrotters agree — there’s nothing like a Lake George Area group tour. 


Day One

Photo: Warren County Tourism Department, Lake George, N.Y.
Prospect Mountain, Lake George, N.Y.

Arrive in the Lake George area for the most spectacular 100-mile view of Lake George and the mountains beyond at the top of Prospect Mountain. Motorcoaches can travel the 5-mile memorial highway to the 2,030-foot summit, stopping at its three overlooks for photo opportunities and different vantage points of the 32-mile-long lake. The mountain’s pinnacle offers fabulous views of the Adirondack High Peaks, Vermont’s Green Mountains, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and on a very clear day, the Laurentian Mountains of Canada.

Head into the Village of Lake George for a cruise aboard one of Lake George Steamboat Company or Lake George Shoreline Cruises’ sailing vessels (lunch is optional). Whether it’s the famous sternwheel steamship Minne Ha-Ha or the intimate Horicon, your group is sure to enjoy the lake breezes and stately homes and resorts dotting the shores of “The Queen of American Lakes.”

The afternoon offers free-time to explore Lake George’s streetscape. Challenge your newly-made tour friends to a round of miniature golf, peruse the gift shops, stop into the Adirondack Winery & Tasting Room or Lake George Olive Oil Company for a sample of locally produced wine and food products, or just relax in one of the shady lakeside parks.


Day Two

Photo: Warren County Tourism Department, Lake George, N.Y.
Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, Pottersville, N.Y.

Rise and shine for a morning filled with history. In September of 1901, Teddy Roosevelt learned he was to be the 26th president of the United States when he reached the North Creek Train Station at dawn after hiking in the Adirondacks. The North Creek Depot Museum at the North Creek Station warmly reunites the past and the present with exhibits that tell the tale of Teddy’s midnight ride to the station, the impact of his presidency on American life, as well as the history of the Adirondack Railroad and its effect on the Gore Mountain Region. Interested in traveling on a track never before open to passengers? Try rail biking along the Hudson River with Revolution Rail Co. Pedal through scenic woods and over the Hudson River on a 200-foot trestle bridge before you wander the shops of quaint Main Street. Lunch and optional customized programs can be enjoyed at the rustic Adirondack-style, Garnet Hill Lodge.

There are many more options for Adirondack, soft adventure in the afternoon. Take a self-guided or guided trail walk at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, home of the largest marble cave entrance in the Northeast, or enjoy breathtaking views on the Northwoods Gondola at Gore Mountain. 

Treasure seekers can visit the world’s largest garnet deposit at Barton’s Garnet Mine and Mineral Shop to learn the history and geology of the mine. Guides will explain and demonstrate how to find garnet gemstones, large garnet crystal faces and beautiful, museum-quality mineral specimens to take home.

ASK
Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks (Warren County Department of Tourism)
518-761-6575
Tanya Brand, group tour promoter: brandt@warrencountyny.gov
visitlakegeorge.com

Seattle Bites Food Tours indulge in Pike Place Market nosh

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Seattle Bites
Seattle Bites
Chowder, Seattle Bites Food Tours, Pike Place Market, Seattle, Wash.
Chowder, Seattle Bites Food Tours, Pike Place Market, Seattle, Wash.
Photo: Seattle Bites Food Tours

This year, Seattle Bites Food Tours is celebrating its 10th year of supplying tours in Pike Place Market, the oldest continuously operating public farmers market and Seattle’s most popular tourist destination.

“We are a small mom-and-pop business and have purposely kept Seattle Bites small so we can provide the finest group experience available,” said Mark Breitfuss, owner of Seattle Food Tours. “The market has become known for mongers throwing fish and farmers selling brilliant, locally-grown flowers at ridiculously low prices. But with estimates as high as 18 million visitors to the market annually, it must have more to offer than just fish and flowers — and it does.”

During a 2½-hour guided walking tour with Seattle Bites, guides share the story of how and why Pike Place Market was created. And let’s not forget about the food; talented cooks and chefs from all over the world share their culinary skills during an eating odyssey.

Groups get to try generous portions at eight to nine merchant stops, including fresh gourmet sausages hand-crafted by a German master butcher; Paris-inspired fruit and Nutella crepes; decadent Alaskan king salmon, fresh and house-smoked for 12 hours by “The Cod Father”; mom-inspired chicken tikka masala from a classically French-trained South Indian chef; and many other dishes.

“While the food is a big part of the Seattle Bites experience, we strive to see that every guest, whether it be your first or one of many visits to the market, feels significantly different about the market after experiencing its fascinating story,” Breitfuss said. “Even locals are surprised and thrilled to hear about it.”

Breitfuss said Seattle Bites is the only market tour to offer audio equipment for ease of listening, which is helpful during the busy days of summer. The company can customize a group’s tour around meeting times, and for specific historical content

For more information, call 425-922-9872 or visit seattlebitesfoodtours.com.

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