Get to know Pretty Gritty Tours. Meet Tawny: owner/social media manager.
Q1: Your favorite hidden gem in Tacoma?
I'm going to take this question in the literal sense. If you didn't know it existed, Five Mile Drive would be quite the hidden gem. While it's technically part of Ruston, I think the trails and gardens are frequented by many Tacoma residents. It's a great place to immerse yourself in nature and catch gorgeous views of the sound.
Q2: Best bar for a drink?
Hands down, Devil's Reef. I love the cocktails (warning: they are strong) and the whole Tiki-bar ambiance.
Q3: When did you fall in love with Tacoma?
I didn't really appreciate Washington state until I left. After living in South Korea for two years, I realized how much I missed the greenery of the west side. I love seeing Mount Rainier in the distance and how the world seems so fresh and rejuvenated after a good rain.
Q4: What is your South Sound connection?
My family moved to Washington when I was in my youth. It's the place that we've lived for the longest amount of time and I ended up attending Pacific Lutheran University (Go Lutes!). After I graduated, I spent roughly ten years as a travel writer but found myself wanting to keep Washington as a home base.
Q5: Best view in town?
I personally think the best view can be found while walking along the Ruston waterfront. If you're headed east on a sunny day, you'll have the water on your left and Stadium district's outline in front of a looming Mount Rainier. It takes my breath away every time.
Q6.) One building you really want to get into?
I would love to get into the Weyerhaeuser Mansion. The decrepit-looking greenhouse calls to me every time we drive by. I would love to clean it up, add more plants, and make it a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Q7.) Anything you wish people knew about the 253?
I wish people realized just how much Tacoma has to offer. We have an incredible assortment of breweries, restaurants, family friendly activities and more. The city has changed so much in the last ten years and I'm proud to showcase its progress. - 30 minutes ago