Every second Saturday of the month, the Georgetown Steam Plant in Seattle is open to the public for free from 10am to 2pm. It can be a little confusing navigating how to get there, but if you see this crazy leaning tree, you’re really close! The entrance is right near it.
I enthusiastically suggest a visit if you’re into history at all or architecture… or steam… or ya know, power plants… maybe?
You get the idea. I won’t bore you with the historical details. You can obviously find that information elsewhere. Besides, I also don’t know all that much except its prominence in powering the streetcars in Seattle.
After stepping foot into the place, I was immediately distracted by how large the plant is and could definitely see the appeal of photographers and filmmakers renting the space for their creative endeavors. I mean… really!
So yeah, I’ll admit I barely listened to our tour guide. I think maybe five people were actually listening while many others were actively wandering away to take photos. I at least waited until the end of the dude’s talk before I just walked away from the group to snap a few frames. But, of course, I’m a slightly more respectful person.
Why yes, I do think I am better than pretty much everyone. Thank you for asking. ;)
Aside from groups showing up for the free guided tour at 11pm and 1pm, there were photographers aplenty with their tripods and large formats. So be forewarned, it may be a little busy.
As you can see, the light was pretty much perfect that afternoon.
The husband and I visited on Valentine’s Day, and yes, my witty husband had a punny already in his back pocket for his FB check-in about how we were having a “steamy” Valentine’s Day. Annnd… now you know why I keep him around.
After the guided tour was over, we moseyed around for a few moments snapping a few photos and looking at all the gadgets and gizmos. We then decided to walk into downtown Georgetown for a brewery visit. We came across The Hangar Cafe, which is super cute, cozy, and tucked away from the street. It’s about a half mile from the steam plant.
Obviously, it’s pretty inviting. So we stopped in for brunch, and it is as yummy as it is cute. I had the Hangar Crepe… delicious and highly recommended from yours truly. The side of potatoes were so so good.
After brunch, we wandered through downtown Georgetown, sampled a few beers, and had a lovely Saturday afternoon.