Sunday, March 29, 2009

Famous Seattle Tour 1.0

Robb lead our first Famous Seattle Tour this past Sunday. Steve arranged a group to go along and a good (and educational) time was had by all. Here are a few of the pictures.

Friday, March 20, 2009

SAM's First Youtube video

On Twitter, I saw that Seattle Art Museum posted their first youtube video to preview an upcoming show. Gosh! Could Tours Northwest be far behind??

By the way, Tours Northwest just gathered up our 100th follower on Twitter. Our followers include the Fairmont Hotel, Starbucks, Theo Chocolate, Trophy Cupcakes, and even local news people. Check it out: toursnorthwest at

With this tool we can announce that we are, for example: 1. coming to Bellevue for pickups 2. sending another coach to SeaTac 3. have the capability for small groups to go on a hiking trip together 4. are supportive of other local businesses on Twitter, etc. etc.

Ivar's Clams JUST started following our twitters and we exchanged puns (good for both businesses). One exchange results in more action, including a lecture by my daughter, who is in New York, but loyally following Tours Northwest twitters.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

2009 Mariner Commercials

See all the very funny commercials for the 2009 Seattle Mariners here.

For old times sake - wait, this is timely - the Ken Griffey clone video from years past. Another related clip: Letterman's Top Ten re Griffey after he hit his 500th home run (note that DodgeBall was in theatres back then).

Friday, March 13, 2009

Long Term Planning 101

Who says we aren't on top of things?

Summer Signups? Coming soon.

Name and logo change? Coming soon.

New tour and tour manuals? Coming.

Company Summer Picnic? NAILED! Thanks to Liz.

We'll be having a Company picnic on Friday, July 17th at Tukwila Community Center. There will be a softball game; the gathering will be from 4 PM to 8 PM; game at 6 PM.

Do NOT say this isn't enough warning! 4 months+ !

Applications with resumes (or nominations) for team captains can be emailed in (cleverest team name coupled with fairest selection process will win.) Rumor has it that we have the best umpire on the West Coast lined up (although he probably will be selectable on one of the teams as well.)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Why Tourism Matters

Seattle Tours providd charter coach service to members of our Tourism community to go to Olympia, WA to visit the legislature and governor, March 9th. Visit the excellent web site maintained by our friend Meilee at Seattle Southside is All of this directly impacts our jobs and our abiding interest in the Pacific Northwest. Mark McCormick was our driver, and did his usual outstanding job of representing the company; he (and our coach) was filmed for a KCTS report, so keep your eyes open.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

All you can eat about Seattle's restaurants!

If you are interested in adding our new Famous Seattle Tour to your repertoire you should start reading Nancy Leson's blog every day. Is she manic, having too much fun, flaunting her perfect job, or what? In her blog she gives you an inside view of the city's best restaurants and chefs. We will be going by (pointing out) many of these; some we'll featuring in short videos. Learn the names, learn the fortes! Nancy is the restaurant reviewer from the Seattle Times (job security?) and also makes an appearance on KUOW on Weds. Her blog is different from her reviews.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Duwamish Tribe

We can all get behind the efforts of the Duwamish Tribe in their quest for recognition. They have a great web site and new Long House just a few miles away. Let's all make a point of visiting it soon! In Seattle Magazine this month there is a good article about their leader Cecile Hansen. Begin by watching the video on the web site.

Bathroom cleanliness is next to Godliness

Starting March 1st we will have current Seattle/Northwest information in the holder by the throne. ALSO, please note that we will have a regular, conspicuous cleaning of the whole bathroom by our morning staff. If you see any problems, this is one area you have my permission to HARASS us about.