Last week, the Seattle Southside team set out on a Totally Seattle Tour with tour leader, Kay Rodriguez. Before the tour, she asked us if we wanted to change up the Seattle tour a bit and see any particular area. With all the new restaurants, bars, and breweries in Georgetown, we thought that might be a great place to start.
Kay picked us up in the Totally Tours mobile and we were off. The van that we rode in was very nice and had microphones built-in to the dash; so Kay’s voice came right out of the speakers, which was nice for those of us who sat in the back. Kay was very friendly and knowledgeable. She got to know us a bit on the drive to downtown so that she could cater the tour to our specific interests. We learned that she was the former Director of Communications at the University of Washington and that she moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C. in the early-70s, and fell in love with her new surroundings. I think it’s great to have someone that moved here years ago give a tour of the city because they don’t take any of the city’s authentic wonder for granted.
Just like we had requested, Kay immediately took us to Georgetown. She informed us that Georgetown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle, dating back to the mid-1800s. We got to see the new Sisters and Brothers restaurant with their signature Nashville hot chicken, the original Georgetown City Hall that has since been turned into a dentist’s office, and the famous Georgetown Brewery that was at one point, the largest brewery in the world!
After cruising around Georgetown for a bit, we made our way north to downtown Seattle. We started off at Pike Place Market where Kay showed us where to get all the best free samples! I loved the smoked salmon, dark chocolate cherries, and Beecher’s cheese…well, I pretty much loved it all. After Pike Place, Kay treated us to an architecture tour of Queen Anne and arguably, the best viewing spot in Seattle, Kerry Park.
After Kerry Park, we headed north to the Ballard Locks where Kay educated us on the lifespan of a salmon. We were also able to see a small boat travel from Lake Washington, through the Locks and into Puget Sound. It was pretty amazing to see the Locks in action. It had been years since I’d seen such a thing.
This entire tour took only three hours and we saw a whole lot of Seattle! Not to mention, Kay let us know that the tours can be given in other languages such as: Spanish, French, and Italian. I really like how customizable and unique these tours are. You could go on a Grey’s Anatomy tour, or a Twin Peaks Tour, or a whatever you want to see around Puget Sound tour! I would recommend Totally Seattle Tours to any group looking for an intimate, private tour of Seattle or anything specific in the surrounding area.