10 Reasons to Get to Know SoDo and Georgetown

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There’s a plethora of neighborhoods within downtown Seattle, which is located right outside your vacation rental home doors. You’ll want to spend some time getting familiar with one of the most vibrant neighborhoods: SoDo and Georgetown districts.

Located just south of downtown, these Seattle neighborhoods are teaming with late industrial grit, modern Boehme style, and innovative ideas. Originally dubbed SoDo because it was south of the now demolished (King) Dome, it now lives on with the moniker by its proximity to Seattle alone. Settled in 1851, Georgetown is Seattle’s flagship neighborhood and remains as avant-garde as ever. These two areas have had a resurgence in popularity recently, and for good reason.

Here’s a cheat sheet of 10 facts that make the SoDo/Georgetown travel goals for your next downtown Seattle trip.

#1 Cheers – Rainier Brewing Company first opened its doors in Georgetown in 1882, and it seems to be that history really does repeat. Places like Georgetown Brewing Company, and Lowercase Brewing have kept this rich, hoppy tradition alive and tanked.

#2 Come watch some serious sportball – Major league baseball, soccer, and football are all played at nearby Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field.

#3 Check out a show – Downtown Seattle’s sister concert hall, Showbox SoDo is a fantastic venue to see a variety of indie shows and musicians.

#4 Get SpaceyGeorgetown’s Museum of Flight has all the aviation. From a space shuttle trainer model, right up to a full-sized Concorde, you will have an interactive glimpse at the history of flying.

#5 Gold Rush Fever – A visit to the Klondike Gold Rush museum is a wealth of historical information about the famous American treasure hunt. FIlson has everything you need to get decked out as a true pioneer settler…or a hipster.

#6 Shopping QuirkyYe Old Curiosity Shoppe and Georgetown Trailer Park Mall offer the finest kitsch and oddities you will find in Seattle and quite possibly all of Washington State.

#7 Eat all the foods – The Seattle neighborhood offers food choices as varied as the inhabitants of SoDo. You can find everything from the all-vegan soul food Georgetown Liquor Company, to down home BBQ at Jack’s. It even offers an upscale dining experience with James Beard Award-winning chef Matt Dillion at The Corson Building.

#8 Actively Entertained – Getting a workout has never been more adventurous than in the Sodo area. The School of Acrobatic and New Circus Acts lets you be the tightrope walker you always dreamt about, and Emerald City Trapeze will teach you to fly though the air with (relative) ease. Pole Fitness Seattle is more than meets the eye, offering aerial art instruction as well as the full-body pole-dancing workout.

#9 Hands on Art – Glass blowing is a mysterious art, but taking a class at Rainier Glass Studio or Seattle Glassblowing Studio is a first step in learning how to become a gaffer in your own right.

#10 A Whole New View – The Sky View Observatory is located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center building in the heart of Seattle. Go see how downtown Seattle moves during the day or twinkles at night. The panoramic views will leave you in awe if it’s your first trip to Seattle or you’re a native Seattleite.

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