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MEETINGS’ PLANNER Guide 2013–14 Welcome. Cover2 Visit Seattle Meeting Plannersâ€™ Guide 2013-14 nick hall photography visitseattle.org 1 CONTENTS 79 19 17 35 7 11 FEATURES sections ON THE COVER 4 5 Why you should meet in Seattle Praise and awards for the Emerald City Top 5 Reasons 13 Seattle’s Icons Attendees love our iconic attractions 19 Convention Facilities 35 Accommodations 63 Venues 79 Restaurants & Private Dining 91 Travel & Transportation 97 Services & Suppliers 107 Things to See & Do 117 Maps 118 Index Seattle Accolades At Your Service Get Inspired 14 Find a Restaurant 15 Go Green Easy ways to green your meeting Seattle has dining options for everyone 6 7 Meet the friendly Visit Seattle team Pacific Northwest reception ideas 16 Voluntourism Turn volunteering into a group activity 8 What’s happening around town in 2014 Calendar of Events 17 Team-Building Tours Build camaraderie with fun tours 10 Hotels & Venues 11 Transportation Getting to and around Seattle Accommodations and spaces for all 18 Pre & Post Excursions Wine tasting, island hopping, and more Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center Photo courtesy Chihuly Garden and Glass 2 Visit Seattle Meeting Planners’ Guide 2013-14 clockwise from top left: courtesy kenmore air / michael bertrand, richard huston, courtesy washington state convention center, courtesy seattle department of transportation, shutterstock.com, courtesy hyatt at olive 8 Published By Visit Seattle One Convention Place 701 Pike Street, Suite 800 Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: 206-461-5800 Fax: 206-461-5855 visitseattle.org Seattle Visitor Center & Concierge Services 866-732-2695 or 206-461-5840 email@example.com Locations Upper Pike Street Lobby of the Washington State Convention Center at Seventh & Pike Daily 9am–5pm Pike Place Market at First & Pike Daily 10am–6pm Facebook.com/visitseattle Twitter.com/visitseattle Published in Conjunction With SagaCity Media President Nicole Vogel Publisher Rob Scott Vice President, Custom Media Jeff Adams Account Executives Kelly Barrett, Nola Palmer Sales Coordinator Danielle Williams Senior vice president, Editorial & Operations Bill Hutfilz Senior Editor Julie H. Case Associate Editor Angela Cabotaje Copy Editor Margaret Seiler Art Director Chuck Kerr Production Manager Mary Bradford Visit Seattle Meeting Planners’ Guide is a publication of SagaCity Media in conjunction with Visit Seattle. For advertising inquiries contact Jeff Adams at 206-454-3007. For editorial inquiries contact Julie H. Case at 206-454-3028. All rights reserved. visitseattle.org 3 Top five 1 Reasons You Should Meet in Seattle Welcome to Seattle 2 4 Walkable, Compact Downtown With Seattle’s safe, vibrant, compact downtown, meeting planners and their attendees can enjoy the convenience of major hotels, attractions, restaurants, and meeting facilities all within walking distance of the centrally located Washington State Convention Center. Along with having everything nearby, attendees can maximize their time in town and enjoy significant savings on transportation costs. Attendees Love Seattle Seattle and its unique character appeal to everyone. In fact, many meeting planners see a boost in attendance when they move their events to Seattle. Attendees can entertain themselves before, during, or after the event with renowned restaurants and bars, a bevy of shopping choices, outdoor recreation options, and cultural attractions and museums all within a stone’s throw of world-class hotels and meeting venues. 3 4 Dedication to Green Plan your convention, meeting, or event in a city that eats, breathes, and is green. Seattle is at the forefront of the green movement, with forward-thinking efforts in recycling, composting, conservation, alternative energy, and eco-friendly transportation. Attendees can stay in a LEED-certified hotel, drink from 100 percent compostable water bottles, or ride a hybrid bus. For more ways to green your meeting, contact Visit Seattle or the Washington State Convention Center. 5 Online Planning Toolkit Our expert Convention Services team has gathered useful resources and tools online so you can plan your event whenever you want. With the click of a button, meeting planners can order brochures and visitor guides, search for services and suppliers, download maps, easily submit an RFP, request photos and videos for event collateral, or get tips on how to make the event a success. Find all of these convenient tools and more at visitseattle.org/meetings-and-conventions. Visit Seattle’s online planning toolkit Acclaimed Expertise and Support An award-winning destination marketing organization, Visit Seattle has been recognized for its outstanding service by meeting planners and media alike. We are your go-to resource for facilitating exceptional events and meetings from beginning to end. Our knowledgeable, well-qualified staff can help with all of your needs, including site selection, destination literature, attendance promotion, convention planning, liaison with civic officials, housing services, local publicity, and much more. Visit Seattle Meeting Planners’ Guide 2013-14 No. most popular city in America —Public Policy Polling, April 20, 2012 1 —MSNBC, April 24, 2012 ACCOLADES Second most literate city in the United States —USA Today, February 7, 2013 Seattle No. 4 city that takes the environment seriously —SheKnows Travel, April 16, 2013 Third most peaceful metropolitan area (SeattleBellevueEverett area) in America 4 Fifth best U.S. city to travel car-free Seattle-area hotels named to Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels list for 2013 —Walk Score blog, April 18, 2013 No. 1 best city for tech jobs —Forbes, May 17, 2013 —Travel + Leisure magazine, December 2012 Best “Settle Down” city for the LGBT community in 2011 —GayCities, January 2012 Seattle’s airport (Sea-Tac) is the world’s no. 2 airport for departure performance – FlightStats, October 2011 Third smartest city in North America for “pushing the envelope of technology, sustainability, and better living conditions,” according to Fast Company’s Co.Exist —Fast Company, December 2012 Praise for Visit Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center BOTH PAGES: shutterstock.com 2013: Visit Seattle is named Washington Wine Awards’ Tourism Champion of the Year by the Washington State Wine Commission. 2012: Visit Seattle is awarded Meetings & Conventions 2012 Gold Service Award by Meeting & Conventions meeting planner subscribers. 2012: Visit Seattle receives an award for outstanding service by Corporate & Incentive Travel, Insurance & Financial Meetings Management and Association Convention & Facilities magazines. 2012: Visit Seattle is named the most-favored convention and visitors bureau/destination management organization in the Watkins Research Group 2012 Survey of Veteran Meeting Planners. The survey registered responses from 730 meeting planner professionals for 46 major cities in the U.S. and Canada. 2011: The Washington State Convention Center is named Best Green Event Venue by Northwest Meetings & Events Readers’ Choice. visitseattle.org 5 At Your Service Visit Seattle is your go-to resource for meetings and events. Our friendly, well-qualified staff can help with whatever you may need, be it finding a banquet facility with the perfect view or getting the word out to local media about your event. Weâ€™re ready to help. SALES Marco Bloemendaal Senior Vice President, Convention Sales & Services Troy Anderson National Account Director Anne Cleveland National Account Director Susan Hutton National Account Director Joan Magnano-Damm National Account Director Chris Mueller National Account Director Kelly Saling National Account Director Anne Santistevan-Daly National Account Director Alison LaFollette, CMP Director, Sales Washington, DC Office Kireem Swinton National Account Director - Washington, DC Office Kelly Peiffer, MBA National Account Director - Midwest Region Roxanne Townsend National Account Director - Midwest Region Julia Smith Research Analyst Joanna Franco Executive Assistant Sian Barbieri Convention Sales Coordinator Hannah Hawkins Convention Sales Coordinator Ashley Stimpson Convention Sales Coordinator SERVICES Katy Willis Director, Convention Services Suzanne Allbee Convention Services Manager Lindsay Saeed Convention Services Manager Li Cerizo Convention Services Coordinator, Reservations & Housing 6 Visit Seattle Meeting Plannersâ€™ Guide 2013-14 courtesy visit seattle Call us at 206-461-5800 or email us at conventions@ visitseattle.org Dungeness crab When it comes to your reception, get creative with decor, food, and entertainment that’s all about the Pacific Northwest. Food & Drink In Get Ins Inspired s There are 151 breweries and more than 750 wineries in the state. Pour a regional brew or vino at your reception so guests can toast the host city in local style, or craft a Seattle-inspired cocktail featuring locally distilled spirits. You can also serve coffee from local coffeehouses like Fuel or nationally recognized Starbucks. Stick to a Pacific Northwest theme with regionally sourced plates from one of Seattle’s farm-to-table restaurants or catering companies (see page 79). Fresh seafood dishes—salmon, oyster, geoduck, and Dungeness crab—showcase the best of the region, and bites brimming with apples, rhubarb, and cherries let Washington’s crops shine. Flowers at Pike Place Market Favors Send attendees off with personalized gifts that have a Seattle twist. Middle Fork Roasters fills personalized bags with roasted coffee beans, and Theo Chocolate can package one-ounce chocolate bars in a custom wrapper specifically for your event. Easier still, set up a candy buffet with Chukar Cherries, Almond Roca, and other regional sweets for guests. Or purchase locally made gifts—handblown glassybaby votives, handmade Little Shirley vases, or Julep nail polish—as a stylish Seattle take-away. Chukar Cherries Decor Floral arrangements from Pike Place Market make stylish centerpieces, while evergreen seedlings in barkwrapped vases mimic the city’s beautiful surroundings. Attendees may enjoy other nods to Seattle, including glass art displays, techie or aviation-inspired decorations, Space Needle motifs, and emerald accents. Make your reception truly memorable with unique touches: Offer themed food stations based on famous Seattle musicians, movies, or attractions; order custom napkins and plates with a special Seattle design; or create a replica of the iconic Pike Place Market sign to put on display. FroM toP: shutterstock.coM, shutterstock.coM, courtesy chukar cherries, courtesy MuseuM oF Flight Venues Host your event in the Space Needle’s 100-foot-high Skyline Level, and give guests free access to the observation deck on the top. For the waterfront experience, book an Argosy Cruises boat for a private reception on Puget Sound or Lake Union. Other impressive venues include the Museum of Flight, where aviation artifacts from around the world are on full display; Chihuly Garden and Glass, which showcases Dale Chihuly’s breathtaking glass art; and any of the local tasting rooms and breweries. Entertainment Book bartenders to put on a festive demonstration while mixing your attendees a custom drink. Ask a singer and guitar player to stroll through the venue and put on a busker-style performance, or hire a local dancer, opera singer, or acrobat. Museum of Flight Almond Roca 800-445-9020; brown-haley.com • HArgosy Cruises 888-623-1445; argosycruises.com • HChihuly Garden and Glass 206-753-4940; chihulygardenandglass. com • HChukar Cherries 800-624-9544; chukar.com • Fuel 206-329-4700; fuelcoffeeseattle.com • Hglassybaby 206-568-7368; glassybaby.com • HJulep 877-651-3292; julep.com • Little Shirley 206-512-9254; material-good.com • Middle Fork Roasters 425-753-6242; middleforkroasters.com • HMuseum of Flight 206-764-5706; museumof flight.org • HPike Place Market First Ave and Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org • HSpace Needle 206-905-2180; spaceneedle.com • HStarbucks starbucks.com • HTheo Chocolate 206-632-5100; theochocolate.com • HFor more info on Visit Seattle venue, service, and attraction partners, go to pages 63, 97, and 108. visitseattle.org 7 Taste Washington CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2014 January 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival 1448fest.com Festál – Tet Festival: Vietnamese Lunar New Year Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Seattle Boat Show CenturyLink Field and South Lake Union, seattleboatshow.com Seattle Chamber Music Winter Festival Benaroya Hall, seattlechambermusic.org What's happening in and around Seattle March Best of the Northwest Magnuson Park, nwartalliance.com Emerald City Comicon Washington State Convention Center, emeraldcitycomicon.com Festál – Irish Festival Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Seattle Jewish Film Festival seattlejewishfilmfestival.org Moisture Festival moisturefestival.com Taste Washington CenturyLink Field Event Center, tastewashington.org Moisture Festival moisturefestival.com Skagit Valley Tulip Festival tulipfestival.org Seattle Maritime Festival seattlepropellerclub.org Syttende Mai – Ballard 17thofmay.org University District Street Fair udistrictstreetfair.org Olympic Music Festival olympicmusicfestival.org Pride Festival Seattle Center, seattlepridefest.org and seattlepride.org Seattle International Dance Festival seattleidf.org Seattle International Film Festival siff.net Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon runrocknroll.competitor.com/ seattle May Festál – A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – Spirit of West Africa Festival Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle Center, nwfolklife.org Opening Day of Boating Season seattleyachtclub.org Sasquatch Music Festival (The Gorge) sasquatchfestival.com Seattle International Film Festival siff.net June 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival 1448fest.com Festál – Festival Sundiata: African-American Celebration Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – Iranian Celebration Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Fremont Fair fremontfair.org Northwest New Works Festival On the Boards, ontheboards.org February Northwest Flower and Garden Show Washington State Convention Center, gardenshow.com Seattle Improvised Music Festival seattleimprovisedmusic.us Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival Hyatt Regency Bellevue, acousticsound.org July Ballard SeafoodFest seafoodfest.org Bellevue ArtsFair Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum, bellevuearts.org/fair Bite of Seattle Seattle Center, biteofseattle.com Bon Odori Seattle Buddhist Temple, seattlebetsuin.org courtesy visit seattle April Festál – Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, langstonarts.org 8 Visit Seattle Meeting Planners’ Guide 2013-14 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Capitol Hill Block Party capitolhillblockparty.com Chinatown-International District Summer Festival cidbia.org Festál – Bastille Day Celebration Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – Naturalization Ceremony Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festival of American Fiddle Tunes – Centrum Fort Worden State Park, centrum.org Jazz Port Townsend – Centrum centrum.org Kirkland Uncorked Marina Park, kirklanduncorked.com Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival The Center for Wooden Boats, cwb.org Olympic Music Festival olympicmusicfestival.org mitch reinitz SEAFAIR Torchlight Parade seafair.com SEAFAIR Torchlight Run seafair.com Seattle Chamber Music Festival Benaroya Hall, seattlechambermusic.org Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival Volunteer Park, greenstage.org/sotf Sequim Lavender Weekend visitsunnysequim.com West Seattle Summer Fest wsjunction.org/summerfest Nordic Heritage Museum Viking Days nordicmuseum.org Olympic Music Festival olympicmusicfestival.org PAX Prime Washington State Convention Center, prime.paxsite.com SEAFAIR Airshow & Hydroplane Races seafair.com SEAFAIR Navy Fleet Arrival seafair.com Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance & Improvisation Velocity Dance Center, velocitydancecenter.org Umoja Family Festival Judkins Park, umojafamilyfest.com Festál – Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Fremont Oktoberfest fremontoktoberfest.com Olympic Music Festival olympicmusicfestival.org Washington State (Puyallup) Fair Puyallup Fairgrounds, thefair.com November Best of the Northwest Magnuson Park, nwartalliance.com Festál – Hmong New Year Celebration Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Seattle Marathon seattlemarathon.org 20Something – The New Vintage thenewvintage.org October ArtsCrush artscrush.org Earshot Jazz Festival earshot.org Festál – Croatiafest Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – Dia de Muertos Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – TurkFest Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival threedollarbillcinema.org December Argosy Christmas Ships Festival argosycruises.com Garden d’Lights Bellevue Botanical Garden, gardendlights.org Holidays in Seattle holidaysinseattle.com Urban Craft Uprising urbancraftuprising.com Winterfest at Seattle Center Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/winterfest August Bumbershoot Seattle Center, bumbershoot.org Chief Seattle Days suquamish.org/ chiefseattledays.aspx Hempfest hempfest.org Festál – Tibet Fest Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal September Decibel Festival dbfestival.com Festál – Italian Festival Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal Festál – Seattle Fiestas Patrias Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/festal SEAFAIR 4th of July Festival seafair.com SEAFAIR Milk Carton Derby seafair.com visitseattle.org 9 Hotels for All ACCOMMODATIONS Seattle is one of the few cities to feature a major convention facility with a variety of hotels close by, all located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown core. About 3,500 committable guest rooms are within a five-block radius of the Washington State Convention Center, and approximately 5,000 committable rooms are located within the downtown area. Seattle also has robust and varied offerings. From cost-effective hotels that fit any budget to four-star and four-diamond establishments, the wide variety of accommodations in Seattle makes it easy to plan for economic, midrange, or highend stays. For more info on local hotels, go to the Accommodations section on page 35. W Seattle Diverse Spaces VENUES For more info on area meeting spaces, go to the Venues section on page 63. Olympic Sculpture Park 10 Visit Seattle Meeting Planners’ Guide 2013-14 from top: courtesy w seattle, BEN BENSCHNEiDER. Opposite page, from top: courtesy sound transit, shutterstock.com No matter if your event is large, intimate, simple, or elaborate—for 10 people or 10,000—Seattle has a venue for everyone. The convention center and dozens of meeting spaces are all within our compact, 1.5-square-mile downtown area. Here, Seattle’s Pacific Northwest spirit manifests itself in world-class venues of all shapes and sizes. Get inspired by classic theaters, art-filled museums, waterfront facilities, eclectic urban spaces, and more. Outside the city center, just a 20-minute drive away, the offerings continue with wineries large enough for massive groups and small enough for team-building activities. Mountain retreats are just an hour away, and cultural island experiences are easily accessed by ferry and can entertain up to 1,500 people. Seattle is Closer than You Think SeattleTacoma International Airport GETTING HERE Seattle-Tacoma International Airport by the numbers: • Served by 23 airlines • Nonstop flights serving 75 domestic cities • Nonstop flights serving 20 international destinations • About 800 flights arriving daily • Served 33 million passengers in 2012 • About 20 minutes away from downtown Seattle by car averaGe fliGht time comparisoN for NoNstop domestic service (iN hours) CITY SEATTLE SAN FRANCISCO SAN DIEGO chicago dallas new york Washington, dc 4.25 4.25 6 6 4.5 4 6.25 6 4.25 3 6 6 Source: U.S. Department of Transportation’s Consumer Fare Report Interstate 5 provides access to Seattle approximate drive times from Nearby cities CITY DISTANCE (MILES) TIME yakima, Wa Vancouver, bc, canada Portland, or spokane, Wa Victoria, bc, canada Walla Walla, Wa *Partially via ferry 143 141 174 279 106* 273 2 hr 15 min 2 hr 30 min 2 hr 50 min 4 hr 10 min 4 hr 15 min 4 hr 25 min visitseattle.org 11 Link Light Rail Airport and In-City Transportation Once attendees arrive, they can easily navigate to and around Seattle with a variety of transportation options. Public Transit Link Light Rail makes trips from the airport station to downtown Seattle between 5am and 1am, Monday through Saturday, and from 6am to midnight on Sunday. Trains arrive every 7.5 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and take less than an hour each way. The oneway fare for adults ranges from $2 to $2.75. Visit soundtransit.org/schedules/central-link-lightrail for more information. King County Metro Transit buses also provide affordable public-transit options. Stops are located on International Boulevard (SR-99) and South 176th Street, by the Link Light Rail station. Timetables and route maps are shown on the bus stop signs and are available at the Ground Transportation Information booth on the baggage claim level, near door 16. Attendees can also plan their trips online at metro.kingcounty.gov. In Seattle, the South Lake Union Streetcar makes 11 stops through the South Lake Union neighborhood near shops and restaurants. Streetcars arrive every 15 minutes and run from 6am to 9pm (Monday through Thursday), 6am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday), and 10am to 7pm (Sunday and holidays). The adult fare is $2.50. Visit seattlestreetcar.com for more information. 12 Visit Seattle Meeting Plannersâ€™ Guide 2013-14 GETTING AROUND Car Services All car rental companies providing service at Sea-Tac are located in the new car-rental facility. Dedicated shuttle buses run 24 hours a day to pick up passengers outside baggage claim at the north and south ends of the main terminal. Within Seattle, attendees can rent vehicles by the hour from Zipcar or by the minute from Car2Go, which has a fleet from top: courtesy sound transit, Courtesy Seattle Department of Transportation Taxi, Town Car, and Ride-Sharing Services of fuel-efficient Smart cars. Visit zipcar.com or At Sea-Tac, taxis are available on the third floor seattle.car2go.com for more information. of the parking garage. One-way rides between the airport and downtown range from $32 to Shuttles and Courtesy Vehicles $50, depending on the exact pick-up or drop-off Hotel courtesy shuttles pick up and drop off paslocation. To arrange for a limo, town car, or taxi sengers on the third floor of the airport parking ride in advance, call from a curbside phone, use garage at islands 1 and 3. Shared-ride vans and any of the Travelersâ€™ Information boards in bag- airporter services are available outside door 00 gage claim, or visit the Ground Transportation at the south end of the baggage-claim level. Information booth on the third floor of the parking garage. For more info on travel services, go to the In downtown Seattle, ride-sharing compa- Transportation section on page 91. nies, such as Sidecar, Lyft, and South Lake Union Streetcar Uber, offer in-city transportation from local drivers. All rides can be scheduled using smartphone apps. Seattle’s Icons Want to boost your meeting attendance? Promote all of the iconic sights and mustdo attractions here in Seattle. Space Needle & Seattle Center Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the country. Attendees can ride an elevator to the top, where they’ll encounter panoramic views of snowcapped mountain ranges (Olympics to the west, Cascades to the east) and glistening Puget Sound. Plus, the Seattle Center, a vibrant entertainment destination surrounding the Space Needle, is home to the newly renovated Seattle Center Armory with a slew of brand-new eateries, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Pacific Science Center, and the EMP Museum. Guests can hop on the Seattle Center Monorail from here to take a short ride to the Westlake shopping center downtown. Pike Place Market A trip to Seattle isn’t complete without a visit to this Pacific Northwest staple. Pike Place Market offers the ultimate sensory experience, from its fresh seafood and tempting aromas to its entertaining buskers and colorful produce vendors. Guests can explore on their own or with a tour operator to see the original Starbucks, flying fish at Pike Place Fish Market, and Rachel the Pig. Waterfront On the west edge of downtown, the vibrant waterfront offers a vast array of attractions. Attendees can stroll the piers, take a ferry ride or an Argosy Cruises tour, enjoy fantastic skyline views from the Great Wheel (one of Seattle’s newest Pike Place Market attractions), get lost in a sea of absurdities and oddities at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and meet the Pacific Northwest’s native aquatic residents at the Seattle Aquarium. Smith Tower What was the tallest building on the West Coast is now one of Seattle’s secret gems. Though eclipsed by the Space Needle, Pioneer Square’s Smith Tower offers equally stunning, less-crowded views of the city and Puget Sound from the 35th floor. Better yet, meeting planners can book the observation deck and historic Chinese Room for a private event. Stadium District Seattle’s stadium district (more commonly known as SoDo) is top turf for any sports-lover. Before or after your event, attendees can catch a Mariners game under Safeco Field’s retractable roof or become part of the 12th Man during a Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. Prefer the other kind of football? The Sounders FC transform CenturyLink into a soccer pitch from March through October. Kerry Park This tucked-away perch on Queen Anne Hill offers postcard-worthy vistas of the Seattle skyline. With Puget Sound to the west, the city to the south, and majestic Mount Rainier on the horizon, the views here beckon to visitors looking for that perfect snapshot. Alki Beach During summer, the hustle and bustle never ends at Alki Beach in West Seattle. Attendees can join volleyball players, runners, and beachgoers on this sandy shore. From Pier 50, it’s a 10- to 15-minute ride on the Water Taxi. Safeco Field from top: istockphoto.com, ben van houten Alki Beach 1702 Alki Ave SW; seattle.gov/parks • HArgosy Cruises 1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55; argosycruises.com • HCenturyLink Field 800 Occidental Ave S; centurylinkfield. com • HChihuly Garden and Glass 305 Harrison St; chihulygardenandglass.com • HEMP Museum 325 Fifth Ave N; empmuseum.org • HGreat Wheel 1301 Alaskan Way, Pier 57; seattlegreatwheel.com • Kerry Park 211 W Highland Dr; seattle.gov/parks • HPacific Science Center 200 Second Ave N; pacificsciencecenter.org • Pike Place Fish Market 86 Pike Pl; pikeplacefish.com • HSafeco Field 1250 First Ave S; seattle.mariners.mlb.com • HSeattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59; seattleaquarium.org • HSeattle Center and Armory 305 Harrison St; seattlecenter.com • HSeattle Center Monorail 400 Pine St (Westlake Center) and 305 Harrison St (Seattle Center); seattlemonorail.com • HSmith Tower 506 Second Ave; smithtower.com • HStarbucks 1912 Pike St; starbucks.com • HWest Seattle Water Taxi 801 Alaskan Way, Pier 50; kingcountyferries.org • HYe Olde Curiosity Shop 1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54; yeoldecuriosityshop.com • HFor more info on Visit Seattle attraction partners, go to page 108. visitseattle.org 13 Attendees can relish fine, fresh fare at Seattle’s hundreds of bars and restaurants, more than 50 of which are within walking distance of the convention center. Canlis overlooks Lake Union P rovide your group with meals as delicious as the mountain and water views. Be it dishes made with Northwest ingredients or Washingtongrown wine, beer, and coffee, the unique flavors of Seattle can be found anywhere you look. Here’s a taste of our impressive culinary stats: • 102 wineries, wine bars, and tasting rooms • 97 farm-to-table restaurants • 57 organic restaurants • 33 Zagat celebrity chef restaurants • 23 restaurants by James Beard Award– winning chefs • 3 OpenTable top 50 wine lists Find a Restaurant for Any Taste Attendees can relish fine, fresh fare at Seattle’s hundreds of bars and restaurants, more than 50 of which are within walking distance of the convention center. There’s something for every attendee. Seattle’s eateries specialize in seafood, The Cheesecake steak, classic American, pizza, Italian, Factory Mediterranean, French, Mexican, Japanese, Pan Asian, South American, Spanish, and everything in between. And the city has one-of-a-kind local establishments, such as Tom Douglas’s Northwest flagship Dahlia Lounge and earth-to-plate-inspired Terra Plata, as well as familiar favorites, like The Cheesecake Factory, The Melting Pot, and Hard Rock Cafe. Seattle also has plenty in terms of private dining. Various establishments offer rooms and outdoor spaces for groups, including the world-renowned Canlis restaurant and historic Melrose Market Studios. HCanlis 2576 Aurora Ave N; 206-298-9550; canlis.com • The Cheesecake Factory 700 Pike St; 206-652-5400; thecheesecakefactory.com • HDahlia Lounge 2001 Fourth Ave; 206-682-4142; tomdouglas.com • HHard Rock Cafe 116 Pike St; 206-204-2233; hardrock.com/seattle • Melrose Market Studios 1532 Minor Ave; 206-661-7979; melrosemarket studios.com • HThe Melting Pot 14 Mercer St; 206-378-1208; meltingpot.com/seattle • HTerra Plata 1501 Melrose Ave; 206-325-1501; terraplata.com • HFor more info on Visit Seattle dining partners, go to page 87. 14 Visit Seattle Meeting Planners’ Guide 2013-14 Team-building with EverGreen Escapes F courtesy evergreen escapes, COURTESY VISIT SEATTLE. opposite page: courtesy canlis, courtesY THE cheesecake factory Lessen Your Meeting’s Environmental Impact rom forward-thinking recycling and composting efforts to LEED-certified buildings to all-about-sustainability tour operators, Seattle embraces a green lifestyle. Here are a few easy ways you can reduce your event’s footprint. the Hyatt at Olive 8 offers a truly sustainable overnight stay. South Lake Union’s Pan Pacific Hotel offers guests the option of offsetting carbon emissions for its meeting spaces and hotel rooms, boasts a property-wide composting and recycling program, and uses toxin-free cleaning products, lowflow faucets, and compact fluorescent lighting. The Edgewater features 100 percent recyclable key cards, phosphate-free laundry soap, paperless check-in and check-out, a linen and towel reuse program, and hotel-wide recycling. GO GREEN Meet Green The Washington State Convention Center makes it easy to green your meeting with energy-efficient lighting, compostable water bottles, eco-friendly cleaning products, sustainable food preparation, and chairs made entirely out of recycled water bottles. The LEED-certified Conference Center, a new meeting space connected to the convention center, also follows the same green standards and features conference tables made from reclaimed 800- to 1,000-year-old wood. Sleep Green Book a room block at a hotel that practices green standards to lessen your meeting’s impact. With a living roof, the eco-friendly Elaia spa, and bragging rights as the first LEED-certified hotel in the city, Several other restaurants—Urbane, Sitka and Spruce, and TASTE Restaurant, to name just a few—use Pacific Northwest ingredients to create true farm-to-table experiences. For a quick meal, Homegrown’s new downtown location serves up sustainable sandwiches, salads, and soups made with local, all-natural, organic ingredients. Tour Green Encourage attendees to go the green route for their pre- and post-event excursions. Guests can tour the Bullitt Center, the world’s greenest commercial building. At six stories, the 50,000-square-foot-building has a minimal impact on the environment with photovoltaic panels, composting toilets, and rainwater harvesting. EverGreen Escapes’ naturalist guides lead corporate team-building retreats focused on sustainability in the lush Cascade region. Not only does this tour operator employ a fleet of biofueled Mercedes vehicles, it also offers activities like sightseeing, kayaking, and wine tasting for half-day, full-day, or overnight excursions. Guests can take an environmentally friendly Segway tour from Seattle by Segway to see the city sights, including Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and the International District. Eat Green Another way to green your meeting is to hold a reception or team dinner at a local restaurant that prides itself on using sustainable, all-natural ingredients. The name says it all: Local 360 sources 95 percent of its natural ingredients from local farmers (within a 360-mile radius of Seattle) for its menu of modern comfort foods. Schedule a meeting or reception in its private dining room, which accommo100 percent dates up to 75 people. compostable water bottle Bullitt Center 1501 E Madison St, bullittcenter.org • HConference Center Eighth Ave and Pike St; wscc.com/our_space/conf_center.aspx • HThe Edgewater Hotel 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, edgewaterhotel.com • HEverGreen Escapes evergreenescapes.com • Homegrown Second Ave and Marion St, eathomegrown.com • HHyatt at Olive 8 1635 Eighth Ave, olive8.hyatt.com • HLocal 360 2234 First Ave, local360.org • HPan Pacific Hotel 2125 Terry Ave, panpacific.com/seattle • Seattle by Segway seattlebysegway. com • Sitka and Spruce 1531 Melrose Ave, sitkaandspruce.com • HTASTE Restaurant 1300 First Ave, tastesam.com • HUrbane 1639 Eighth Ave, urbaneseattle.com • HWashington State Convention Center 800 Convention Pl, wscc.com • HFor more info on Visit Seattle convention, accommodation, venue, and restaurant partners, go to pages 19, 35, 63, and 79. visitseattle.org 15 W Give Back with Voluntourism ant to give back to the host city or turn team-building into a charitable opportunity? Visit Seattle offers useful resources for meeting planners and attendees who want to embrace the growing voluntourism trend. Here’s how your attendees can come together to give back: Seattle Works In partnership with Visit Seattle, local nonprofit Seattle Works is a leading community service organization that creates innovative, turnkey volunteer opportunities. Using your input, Seattle Works selects a project, coordinates logistics with the project host, greets and checks in volunteers on site, provides photos and a debrief report for your marketing materials, and organizes meals and transportation. Your attendees can plant trees, sort donations, clean up schools and senior centers, or give back in another way that’s tailored to your event’s unique focus or interest. Whether it’s for 10 people or 1,000 participants, Seattle Works makes it easy to add a custom teambased volunteer project to your event schedule. seattleworks.org For more information, contact Visit Seattle Convention Services at 206-461-5800. MORE WAYS TO HELP 1 Join a work party at a local park or hiking trail. Seattle Parks and Recreation seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm Washington Trails Association wta.org/volunteer/volunteering 2 Sponsor a charitable drive at your event. Dress for Success dressforsuccess.org Northwest Harvest northwestharvest.org FamilyWorks familyworksseattle.org Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness homelessinfo.org 3 Collect unused materials from exhibitors and presenters to donate to local schools, foster organizations, or shelters. 4 Order catering for your event from FareStart, a local nonprofit providing job training to disadvantaged men and women. FareStart farestart.org 5 Build a volunteer project into your meeting’s educational component. courtesy SEATTLE WORKS Seattle Works at Golden Gardens Park 16 Visit Seattle Meeting Planners’ Guide 2013-14 Kenmore Air above Lake Union S from top: courtesy kenmore air / michael bertrand, courtesy savor seattle Team-Building Tours econd in the nation for quality wine production and home to three national parks, five major composite volcanoes—including Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens—and an entire archipelago, Washington state offers a taste of something for everyone. Want whale-watching? We have it. Looking to team bond in a floatplane high above Puget Sound? We do that, too. Best of all, Visit Seattle’s staff and concierge team can advise how to play hard before, after, or during any convention. organizations such as Puget Sound Brewery Tours, or bike and imbibe (be sure to obtain a permit first) aboard the Cycle Saloon. For insight into the city’s distilling scene, attendees can sign up with Road Dogs and Local Craft Tours. The next day, caffeinate and sip different roasts and brews during a 2.5-hour coffee crawl with Seattle By Foot. Savor Seattle Watch Whales Cavort Attendees can take off in a floatplane from Lake Union with Seattle Seaplanes or Kenmore Air, touch down 45 minutes later in the San Juan Islands, then hit the water. San Juan Safaris, Mystic Sea Charters, Orcas Island Eclipse, San Juan Outfitters, and Victoria Clipper are just a few of the outfitters that get visitors close to orcas. Eat the City With Savor Seattle, epicurious guests can dine on choice seasonal, organic eats at seven local establishments on the three-hour Gourmet Seattle tour, more than 15 different sweet tastes on the Chocolate Indulgence tour, and everything from pork belly mac and cheese to spicy Korean pork tacos on the two-hour Hip on the Hill tour. Seattle Food Tours, Seattle Bites, and White Moustache Urban Adventure Co. also let foodie attendees taste the town. Drink and Be Merry Want to know what makes Washington syrah special, or just taste some great riesling? Seattle Wine Tours, Bon Vivant Wine Tours, and Shuttle Express/Barrel Wine Tours are just a few of the guides who pick visitors up at downtown hotels and deliver them to the region’s best wineries. Those more into suds than syrah can indulge in personally crafted beer tours from Peak Adventures Tours Northwest and Customized Tours of Seattle are among those offering explorations of Mt. Rainier National Park. For those in search of winter adventure, EverGreen Escapes even provides guided snowshoe trips at the iconic stratovolcano. Get Eccentric Before or after your meeting, attendees can explore the city’s underbelly—literally. Beneath the Streets and the Underground Tour (hint: there’s an adults-only version, which includes a cocktail) take your guests on a below-thepavement adventure. Of course, fall and winter are especially prime for more unnatural things, like otherworldly tours from Spooked in Seattle or Market Ghost Tours. 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