Fran’s Chocolate in Georgetown, Seattle
To the left is the breathtaking renovated Union Station in Seattle. It’s no longer used as a train station (the current Amtrak train station, the King Street station, is across 4th Avenue from here). This building is the headquarters for Sound Transit and clean restrooms :-0 So, yes we stopped here before boarding the bus to Georgetown.
Georgetown is Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, established in 1852. Georgetown existed as an independent city from 1904 to 1910, when it was annexed by Seattle. In recent years this area (south of the SODO/Stadium district) has been revitalized and has become a hot-bed for artists and new restaurants.
The highlight of this trip was to visit the Fran’s Chocolate, which recently relocated to Georgetown. The factory is the original Rainier Brewery, built in 1892. (This was the brewery until the early 1900’s, when it moved just north of the Spokane Street viaduct).
The factory has a huge tasting room and gift shop as you enter the building. You are greeted at the door by their trademark chocolate covered salted caramel. Yum. There are plate glass window facing the production area, which is operational until about 1:00 pm. The day we were there three women were dipping macadamia nut candies into a swirling vat of chocolate.
A new feature of the factory is a tour of the facility, which includes tasting. The tour costs $10.00.
After viewing the chocolate making, we scattered to find lunch. Many were very happy with their meal at La Fonda Catrina, which is directly across the street from Fran’s. Here’s a sampling of what was for lunch! Brooke said they had the best mole’ EVER!
A few of us ate at the Square Knot, and had an excellent BLT salad. Others ate at the Hitchcock Deli, of Bainbridge Island fame.
After lunch we explored the neighborhood… finding lots of treasures spots. A favorite was the “District” an antique/consignment shop which also held a regular auction. Fun and unusual reasonably priced items. The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall was fun to look at, even though it is only open on weekends in the spring. Vintage trailers are used as storefronts. Fun idea!
We were ready to head home about 2:30, so we caught the bus which took us back to the International District bus tunnel. From there we walked to the Sounder Station to catch our train.
Another satisfying adventure!