• WeVenture Offers Seattle Tours

     
    FROM THE Fall 2022 ISSUE
     
    Photo credit: Victrola Coffee Roasters

WeVenture, a national tour operating company, has expanded its offerings to include four Seattle tours that immerse visitors in the city’s vibrant cultural scene. The company, which launched nationally earlier this year, has tours in 10 other U.S. cities including New York City, Miami, Denver, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. The Seattle tours can be an easy and fun add-on to any event in the Emerald City.

The tours include the Coffee Culture, Seattle Cocktail, Pike Place Market Food, and Preserving Pike Place Community tours. Guests can explore the evolution of the area’s coffee culture, learn about the city’s famed cocktail scene, or visit the iconic century-old Seattle farmers’ market—all while tasting local and international delights. WeVenture curates the guided tours to ensure guests have a memorable and stimulating Seattle experience.

One of WeVenture’s most popular Seattle tours is the Coffee Culture Tour. “I’d say the coffee tour is unique,” says Lee Dunlap, WeVenture Seattle destination manager. “It’s called the Coffee Culture Tour for a reason: It’s just as much about the history of the area as it is about the coffee itself. … When we built this tour, we looked for [cafes] that needed the business and, of course, were good. We were looking for small-batch roasters and unique offerings, [we were] talking to baristas. … Having those conversations was really helpful [in developing the tour].”

The scheduled tours can accommodate 12 participants, but the company can also customize tours for larger groups. Typical tours last two and a half hours and involve 1 mile of walking. They can be booked online and range in price from $54 to $89 per person, but arrangements and prices can be quoted for customized group tours. 

“There’s a lot of experimenting behind the building of these excursions,” notes Dunlap. “We pair unlikely combinations of activities and talk with local vendors to see how they can fit into our itineraries. Of course, we include the mainstream attractions, but [we] also include neighborhoods that have businesses we love and are in need of [more] customers.”

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