Winter Wander

Winter Wander

What is Winter Wander? Winter Wander is a free, neighborhood scavenger hunt especially for residents (and friends of residents) of West Seattle.

The FIRST ANNUAL Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt ran from Dec. 5-13, 2020 and owes it’s genesis to the pandemic.

With so many cherished traditions and events being disrupted and canceled due to shut-downs, local REALTOR®, Alice Kuder, decided to create a new free, community event to add some joy to an otherwise bleak holiday season.

It was so well received that she has already committed to renewing the event for next year. Mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE now! The second annual Winter Wander will run from Dec. 4-12, 2021. Once again, it will be FREE and open to all West Seattle residents with a prize drawing for those who submit selfies of their participation.

Check out this amazing PDF showing how one team, who dubbed themselves, “Beyond the Disaster”, documented their participation. they were one of two teams to solve all 36 clues.

Here are the results of Winter Wander 2020.

CONGRATULATIONS to Terri C. of West Seattle! She, her husband and daughter did a great job of solving 13 Winter Wander clues and won the drawing for $200 in gift cards from local merchants. The businesses they chose are Northwest Art and Frame, Paper Boat Booksellers, and Coastal Surf Boutique.

Winter Wander scavenger hunt winners pose in front of Capers and check off matching clue.
Drawing winners solve a clue

12 groups submitted a total of 193 selfies for the contest, and countless other groups played just for fun!

Many thanks to the 15 neighborhood businesses and institutions who agreed to participate as solutions to our clues. We hope you will pay each of them a visit and express your gratitude as well. They are:

Wildwood Markethttps://wildwoodwestseattle.com/

The Birdhouse

Seattle Fish Company

Cherry Consignment

A la Mode

Curious Kidstuff

Capers

Wing Stop

Indu!ge

Vatsana’s Thai Restaurant

Leaps and Bounds

Paper Boat Books

Peel and Press

BedHead Coffee

Highland Park Improvement Club

Desmond Hansen Artwork

Seattle Fire Department Station #11

Mark your calendar now for the SECOND annual Winter Wander, which will take place Dec. 4-12, 2021.

Special thanks, as well, to The West Seattle Blog, for helping us promote this free, community event, sponsored by Alice Kuder, REALTOR® and Preparedness Coach with Just in Case.

Winter Wanderers pose outside The Birdhouse coffee shop

Two young women pose in front of a wreathed door.
More Wanderers!

Winter Wanderers Vanessa and son
Winter Wanderers!

Wanderer poses near Santa Homer Simpson
Ho-Ho-Homer

Wanderer poses near a row of candy canes
Candy canes galore!

List of scavenger hunt clues
Winter Wander 2929 Clue Sheet

Following is the original announcement:

Hey, West Seattle, let’s start a new holiday tradition. Winter Wander is a free, neighborhood scavenger hunt and everyone is invited.

It will run from 5PM, Friday, December 4, 2020 until 7PM, Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Download the details about how to join the Winter Wander here.

Download the official clue sheet here.

Download the clue map here.

Sponsored by Alice Kuder, REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, AND Just in Case: Disaster Preparedness Services.

NEWS UPDATE: If you’ve been participating in the Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt, but need a second clue for some of the tougher ones, there’s good news! We are now offering just that (upon request). Just call/text/email me and tell me which clues have you stumped and I’ll provide another hint. (My contact info is listed on the flyer image below.)

details about West Seattle scavenger hunt
Winter Wander is free and open to all West Seattle residents.

4700 42nd Ave SW, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98116

10 thoughts on “Winter Wander

  1. This is great! We noticed the Scavenger hunt signs at parks today. If anyone needs there are printed clue sheets in a box Located near the soccer fields on 30th btwn Thistle and clover dale .

    1. Thanks for helping spread the word! If anyone needs printed copies but can’t get to the flyer box at the soccer field, there is also a supply located in the lobby of Jefferson Square (4700 42nd Ave SW — below Bartell’s) or contact me. Alice

  2. You are SO thorough and organized, Alice; I’m proud to have been a helper!! Happy Birthday on Sunday!!!!

    1. Hi Anna, if the selfie correctly identifies the solution to the clue, it qualifies! If you didn’t find the correct house/business, I’ll let you know so you go search again. Thanks for playing!

      1. Maybe what you really wanted to know was what to do with the selfies? Send them to WinterWander2020@gmail.com.

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