We are so excited you’re thinking of attending getAwareLive! 2019 that we want to appeal to your inner weekend buff. Packed full of timely and valuable training, breakouts, keynotes, sponsors and time spent together, this conference will be the best ever. And it’s situated in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) — an area full of activities and attractions capable of turning your business trip into a special memory. This article begins our exploration of these activities and attractions, organized into areas of interest for devotees, admirers, enthusiasts — let’s just call you buffs for short. Come for the conference, of course, but spare a day or two either side as a weekend buff.

Are you a sports buff, a coffee buff, or a science buff? Do you consider yourself a wine buff or a glass-blowing buff? Maybe the world of today is your buff and you would love to delve into how the PNW has influenced the entire country. Maybe you’re not a buff so much as simply looking forward to riding a ferry at sunset to an island in this maritime haven.

The selection we’ve assembled for this article is just a start.  There’s more to cover and more to come, so stay tuned!

 

Sports buff?

One of the biggest rivalries in American soccer will be playing out the Sunday before the conference. The Seattle Sounders Football Club is hosting archrivals the Portland Timbers in a full-stadium, nationally televised game that promises to be as loud and raucous as any NFL game! Next door are the Seattle Mariners, who will be at home during getAwareLive! 2019. Friday through Sunday before the conference, the Mariners host the Los Angeles Angels. Monday and Tuesday night, you could ride the Link light rail after pre-conference training and be at the stadium in time to watch the M’s take on the Texas Rangers. Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday you could cheer on the Mariners (of course you would!) as they battle the Detroit Tigers.

 

Coffee buff?

Sure, it might start with a visit to Starbucks’ headquarters, but you could also grab a selfie by the Starbucks’ coffee store on First and Pike, the first-ever Starbucks location. Head to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery at 1124 Pike Street for a unique coffee experience that includes a variety of brew methods such as the siphon brewer, Chemex, or pour over. All around Seattle are coffee houses, coffee roasters, coffee everything! The city boasts 35 coffeeshops per 100,000 residents. With a Starbucks on every other block, don’t make the mistake of organizing a get-together “at the Starbucks on James St.” Bring your smartphone, with a mapping app, and you’ll have no trouble satisfying your love for a well-brewed cup of coffee.

 

Science buff?

The Pacific Science Center sits in the shadow of the Space Needle, providing year-round exhibits on many PNW topics of interest. Housing a full IMAX theatre, a laser dome and a planetarium, in addition to a full butterfly house, and rotating exhibits like the VR Microtheatre (that’s the other VR: virtual reality), you can lose yourself for a day exploring and learning.

 

Wine buff?

While most of the growing takes place east of the Cascade mountain range, the commercial side of the business flourishes in the Seattle area. With long nights that will start out warm and finish with a gentle breeze, you can enjoy a of couple extra days in the PNW to sample our Cabs, Chardonnays, Rieslings, Merlots, and Syrahs. Explore on your own, and have a light rail driver bring you right back to our hotel. Or let the Wine Tasting Shuttle take care of the details.

 

Glass-blowing buff?

If you are, you already know that Dale Chihuly is a local persona. And you may already be planning time to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum in Seattle or his permanent collection at the Tacoma Art Museum. Awe and wonder await at both locations, and the Tacoma Art Museum offers free admissions Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. We’ll close the conference in time for you to make it there easily.

 

Pop Culture buff?

Seattle has had a special influence on pop culture, ranging everywhere from TV series like “Frasier” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” to music by legendary artists Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, to name just a few. These pop culture icons and many more are celebrated in unique style at the Museum of Pop Culture. Learn more and find out what exhibitions and events will be happening during your stay.

 

Outdoor buff?

Finally, you may be an outdoor enthusiast who wants a weekend to hike into our mountains and lakes, or the alpine meadows that nestle in the foreground of great vistas, or to sail our open waters in anything from personal water craft to the Washington State Ferries system for both foot traffic and vehicles. There is no shortage of outdoor experiences in Seattle.

 

If there was ever a time to combine personal travel with business travel, it is now. We’re crafting an amazing experience for you at getAwareLive! 2019, where part of that experience is the proximity to so many activities. No matter which buff you are, we look forward to hearing your stories from your weekend before the conference and your plans for after the conference.

In our next installment in this series, we’ll look closely at Pike Place Market, a central destination for anyone visiting Seattle. Until then, here’s hoping your travel plans can include time to explore some of what makes this area special.