Meet the family
Founded in 1994, Show Me Seattle is one of Seattle’s original city tour companies. With over 25 years of experience and tens of thousands of happy customers, we’ve built a reputation for delivering intimate and entertaining experiences that highlight the people, places and stories that make Seattle so unique.
Show Me Seattle is owned and managed by former tour guides, which helps it provide outstanding experiences to guests, while evolving and breaking new ground with tours designed to meet modern travelers’ tastes and desires.
We take pride in the quality of guides we employ. We understand the tour is as only as good as the guide therefore we go to great lengths to attract and retain the very best tour guides Seattle has to offer.
Michael founded Beeline Charters and Tours in 1996 while working for Show Me Seattle in the summers as a tour guide. In 2007, he founded Seattle Food Tours to share his passion for the history and tastes of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, creating one of Seattle’s very first walking foodie tours. In 2014 he purchased Show Me Seattle, buying the very company that introduced him to the industry almost 25 years ago. He folded Seattle Food Tours into the Show Me Seattle brand, and soon after acquired Seattle Express – offering airport hotel-to-pier transfers and tour services to guests embarking on cruises from the Port of Seattle.
Whether you’re looking for chartered transport, guided tours, or shuttle services, Michael’s “family” of companies – Beeline Charters, Show Me Seattle and Seattle Express can handle any request from the largest group to the single traveler.
“By definition I’m in the tour business, but to me it’s really the entertainment business, and I design services that reflect this ethos, crafting experiences that highlight a sense of place while creating memories that last a lifetime.”
Leslie Law, Operations Manager
Dan Lishner, Sales Manager
Leila Ali, Director of Business Development
OUR TOUR GUIDES
James Grindle [Boeing, City, Coffee Chocolate & Wine, Herban Adventure]
Dave ‘Elvis’ Groh [Boeing, City, Coffee Chocolate & Wine]
Inspired and influenced by some of Americas best storytellers, Mark Twain, Louis L’Amour and James A.Michener, I have traveled and explored various countries, vocations and cultures. My desire is to keep your adventure entertaining and accurate. Local Authors William Speidel and my personal friend Rick Anderson, provided local lore and fun facts that give my tours a little salacious kick, when appropriate. During the introduction I try to foster and promote a connection between guests and search for that wonderful 6 degrees of separation that enhances a sense of group enjoyment. My hope is that long after this one day of fun you will be talking about Seattle, that crazy Elvis tour guide, and keeping an eye out for friends you made along the way. With over 5 years of experience I have led well over a thousand tours and don’t think any two have been identical, no set script, I cater to the interests and abilities discovered by asking what you desire. Whether joining one of our many public tours or a private custom charter you can ask to have me, David V. Groh, AKA Cab Elvis.
Dave ‘DC’ Klugh [Boeing, City, Coffee Chocolate & Wine]
Dave ‘Lucky’ Lane [Boeing, City, Coffee Chocolate & Wine, Taste of Pike Place Market, French and German Language Tours]
Originally from San Francisco, Lucky holds 4 degrees, including 2 Masters’ with Honors from top schools. Formal education took him to Vermont, Boston, Manhattan, Florida, Arizona, Germany, Ukraine, and back to San Francisco.
When the DOT-COM boom turned to bust, Lucky moved to France, and bought an antique Dutch barge, which he renovated, lived-aboard, and cruised in the off-season, while working as a Tour Director on European Riverboat Cruises across 5 rivers and 20+ countries for almost 10 years. In this role, Lucky coordinated (and joined) hundreds of city tours with professional European guides, which provided a unique opportunity to learn how to give a great tour. Lucky now works in English, French and German.Returning stateside, Lucky lived on a classic wooden sailboat in San Diego before moving to Seattle, which has it all: it’s a real city (but not too big); close to nature, with access to excellent sailing, skiing (Lucky’s a certified Alpine instructor), an international
population, and most important: curious visitors!
Neil Lane [Boeing, City, Coffee Chocolate & Wine, Herban Adventure Tours, Spanish Language Tours]
Marcia Lyman [Taste of Pike Place Market, City]
I was born and raised in Seattle. My first public performance of story telling was at 5 singing as Suzy Spinach. My next role was at 7 playing the Second Ugly StepSister in Cinderella.
It seems that the word “Information” hovers over my head with an arrow pointing to me. I always have strangers coming to me asking for help. I started doing new employee orientation and tours at Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 1997 I took Seattle Walking Tour classes from Duse McLean (the Queen of Walking tours in Seattle). I enjoy giving my guests the gift of world class positive experience to make their day and create lasting memories.
Seattle is my home and I especially love the Pike Place Market where I have done over 500 tours. We have so much diversity in my city. I find devoting my days to educating and introducing my guests to the magical places of Seattle is worthwhile and very fulfilling for me. I bring over 35 years of professional experience and over 45 years of volunteer work.
In 2019 I had 58 five star reviews from my wonderful guests. I hope to see you on my tour soon!
Spencer Fairbanks [Boeing, City]
Jerry Weissman [Taste of Pike Place Market]
Once upon a time I leaned out a window of the Pioneer Building where I was re-painting an office. I was watching a Tour go by down on the street below and I found myself thinking “I can do that!” by which I meant: I would much rather GO TOURING than Continue Painting!
Enough Said. That pretty much sums up my life ever since (philosophically speaking). I’ve been leading tours in Seattle since 2007.
Factoids: I’ve lived in Seattle since 1983. I’m originally from New York by way of Los Angeles. This is the third place I’ve lived and (Surprise!) its the perfect balance point between NY and LA! Its a grand little place that suddenly got Oh So Big!
btw….I have a background in education, TV journalism, photography.
Living in Seattle Song Motto: “Catch a falling star/Put it in your pocket/Save it for a rainy day.”
A man of many talents. He’s toured many countries with Rick Steves’ Europe based out of Washington. He’s bilingual (Spanish) and currently he is shadowing all Show Me Seattle Tours on his way to becoming a Power Guide! We are so delighted to have him but here is Andrew in his own words: “I currently work for Rick Steves’ (since 2014) and I’m excited to work for Show Me Seattle too. I’m from Queen Anne originally and now live in Pioneer Square (the Smith Tower is my next door neighbor). I love sports, the beach and the mountains, live theater and the cinema, and our beautiful city.”
Sonya Stewart [City, Coffee Chocolate & Wine]