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“The Finer Things” Itinerary Unveiled: A Three-Day Luxury Adventure in Pierce County

A new, more luxe travel experience awaits visitors to Pierce County this winter. “The Finer Things,” a meticulously curated three-day itinerary, promises a blend of cultural sophistication, natural beauty, and indulgent leisure. Developed by the destination experts at Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier Tourism and Sports, this itinerary is designed to offer a seamless and enriching journey through the county’s finest attractions.

“This itinerary is a celebration of the finer aspects of life and luxury in Pierce County,” said Matt Wakefield, Chief Marketing and Data Officer, Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier. “This region’s adventurous side usually gets top billing, with all the opportunities for hiking, biking, and paddling that are available. But we also have a side that doesn’t mind being serenaded in a gondola, and winter is a great time to indulge in that.”

Day 1: Tacoma – A Visual and Culinary Delight

The journey begins in Tacoma, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in a world of artistic beauty and culinary excellence. The day features an exquisite waterfront dining experience, a visit to a renowned museum district boasting an array of art and history exhibits, and a delightful exploration of a vibrant public market. The evening culminates with a stay at a luxurious waterfront inn, ensuring a restful night with scenic views.

  • Copper and Salt: Are you even eating if there isn’t a gorgeous water view out the window? Copper and Salt serves up breakfast classics, but elevated: eggs benedict with ribbons of delicate lox salmon nestled underneath poached eggs, Macrina brioche french toast with fresh berries tumbling across the plate, and a dedicated breakfast cocktail menu in case a classic mimosa or bloody mary simply won’t do.
  • Museum District: Tacoma has the highest density of art and history museums, so whatever it is you’d like to see, rest assured Tacoma has it in the Museum District. Visit Museum of Glass for delicate works of art and glassblowers in action; Tacoma Art Museum to see local art as well as international gems such as a Renoir; LeMay – America’s Car Museum to drool over 100 years of stunning machinery; and the list goes on.
  • Tacoma Wine Merchants: After this morning’s delicious breakfast, we recommend a snack for lunch so you can go absolutely ham tonight at dinner. Tacoma Wine Merchants has options fit for even the most discerning palates, and cheese and charcuterie boards decked out with tasty accompaniments. As for what to order, why commit to a single wine when you can have an assortment? We recommend the champagne flight, maybe because F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”
  • The Public Market at Point Ruston: Graze the public market at Point Ruston, filled with top local growers, artists, artisans, and craftspeople. Walk in with hungry eyes, an empty stomach, and a shopping bag, and walk out with freshly baked cookies, locally roasted coffee, handmade glass art, tacos, soaps, artwork, and more! It’s fuel for the mind and body, and puts you in a good place for the rest of your visit!
  • Cuerno Bravo: Now that you’ve taken in all the beauty that Tacoma has to offer, it’s time to lay eyes upon one the most beautiful sights of all: the marbling on a real wagyu ribeye. Cuerno Bravo is a Mexican steakhouse, but we’re not talking about your average carne asada; take your pick from American wagyu from Snake River Farms, Australian wagyu, or even real Japanese wagyu. When they clear your plates, make sure you don’t miss the cheesecake!
  • Silver Cloud Inn Point Ruston: Time to retire to where you started your day! Head back to your room at the Silver Cloud where the water view will lull you into peaceful slumber.

Day 2: Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood – A Nostalgic Escapade

On the second day, the itinerary takes guests through Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, offering a blend of historical charm and contemporary luxury. Breakfast in a historic district sets the tone for the day, followed by visits to a legendary candy shop and a chic bistro renowned for its culinary creativity. The afternoon is dedicated to antique shopping, exploring exquisite collections of chandeliers and vintage furniture. The day ends with a stay in a historic castle-turned-hotel, providing an experience of opulent tradition.

Day 3: Gig Harbor – Coastal Elegance

The final day is dedicated to the coastal allure of Gig Harbor. Starting with a waterfront breakfast, the day unfolds with maritime adventures, including scenic gondola rides and engaging harbor tours. A seafood lunch at a renowned local eatery is followed by a visit to a celebrated distillery, renowned for its artisan spirits. The journey concludes with a gourmet dinner and a stay at a charming inn overlooking the harbor, offering a serene end to an exquisite adventure.

This itinerary is provided by Travel Tacoma. Please visit their website HERE to see the other two fully-planned days of this wonderful “finer things” itinerary.

November 13, 2023

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