If you’ve peeked at the conference program emerging inSched, on theconference website, you may have noticed that the social activities feature the mingling of the ARLIS/NA + VRA memberships.
The Joint Conference Committee has planned four social events to provide opportunities for conference attendees to enjoy food, drink, a few of Seattle’s architectural features and the opportunity to mix business with pleasure.
Heading to Portland or Pacific Coast beaches after the conference? Don’t pass by Tacoma, Washington without a visit for an afternoon of museums, sights, and food. Seattle’s neighbor 33 miles to the south is waiting for you at exit 133 off Interstate 5. Your destination is Pacific Avenue, Tacoma’s main downtown thoroughfare that has been re-energized by Sound Transit light rail and the University of Washington – Tacoma‘s adaptive reuse of industrial buildings.
As you stroll through this urban campus, don’t miss the recently-expanded library, which is housed in a former hydroelectric power plant from 1899 and features a chandelier by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly. The work of Chihuly and many other glass artists may be viewed across the street at the Museum of Glass.
Hungry after all of that culture? Beer and pub grub await at The Swiss, just a few steps from UW Tacoma campus.
And the car buffs in your car will not let you leave town without a stop
at The LeMay – the striking building just south of the Tacoma Dome that
bills itself as America’s Car Museum. It showcases a collection of 350 classic automobiles. Let’s hit the road!
Looking for reasons to extend your stay? Dust off your passport and head north to Canada, where the current US/Canadian exchange rate adds 30% to your spending power (if you’re using the “buck” rather than the “loonie”).
Only a few hours away from Seattle by train, plane or automobile, Vancouver ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world: ocean, mountains, food trucks, fine dining, craft breweries (yes, we have them too!), museums, galleries, music, theatre and much, much more!
“Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, just 2 hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada’s favourite year-round destination. There are 2 majestic mountains with a vibrant base village, epic skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, unbeatable shopping, restaurants and bars, accommodation to suit every budget, hiking trails, spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world.” — Whistler.com
The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is also just a few hours away from Seattle by boat or plane.
“Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Victoria’s British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens and tearooms. The city is now a cosmopolitan centre with a lively entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions.” – Hello BC
“Tofino will captivate your every sense. It’s the excitement you feel watching waves crash on rocky outcroppings. It’s the bobbing heads of surfers braving legendary swells on endless beaches. It is food so fresh that you often pass it on your morning stroll. It’s a warm and welcome break in the clouds on the heels of a misty morning beach walk. It’s salt bathed streets scattered with restaurants, galleries, and cabins constructed in true West Coast fashion. It’s living history nestled into surreal landscapes: this is Tofino, and you have to see it to believe it.” – Tourism Tofino
The Tour Committee of the ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference (Seattle, March 8-12, 2016) is pleased to announce general information about tours, to help you prepare for conference registration opening on December 1, 2015. This year, we will have three tour types to offer conference attendees.
Walking tours, usually 1 hour in length, will be held periodically throughout the conference. Many will be held in the morning (with one at lunch time and two in the afternoon) that will explore some nearby districts and sites close to the Westin in Downtown Seattle. These sites will include thePioneer Square neighborhood (a 2-hour excursion into the historic heart of the city), Freeway Park(a remarkable design by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin), South Lake Union (a booming area very close to the Westin, energized by the expansion of Amazon.com), Pike Place Market (a leading, fish-lobbing, visitor destination), and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park.
One tour will be a day-long excursion planned by University of Puget Sound Library Director, Jane Carlin, focused on book arts collections on Bainbridge Island. This tour will take a 30-minute ferry ride to Bainbridge, view the book arts collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and a nearby private collection and will feature a catered lunch.
Consistent with our Natural Connections theme, many of these tours are planned to take advantage of public transportation. So, when considering which tour to take, remember that most will require some walking and riding on streetcars or buses. Also, remember to bring raingear, umbrellas and waterproof jackets for these events.
We’re excited to show off our fantastic home city to VRA and ARLIS/NA members!
Joint Conference Co-Chair Seattle 2016
If you have a rental car and want a variety of Puget Sound experiences in a day trip, consider visiting Whidbey Island.
By taking a ferry and then driving the length of the island, you can make it a full tour with breathtaking scenery, and do very little backtracking.
Your trip begins with a 35-minute drive north of Seattle to Mukilteo, where you’ll catch a car ferry that takes you to the southern end of the island, at the Clinton terminal.
The charming town of Langley is just a short drive away and is a fine place to have coffee or a meal and browse the shops.
Further along Highway 525, you’ll reach the town of Coupeville and Penn Cove, home of the oysters that will grace your table at many of Washington’s seafood restaurants. You’ll also pass through a unique feature of the National Park Service, the farmland and landscapes of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve.
The Navy town of Oak Harbor is further north along the road, but your next destination will be Deception Pass State Park, a perfect place to stretch your legs and visit the forest and shoreline.
Deception Pass Bridge is a breathtaking way to leave the island as you pass over the rushing waters of Puget Sound. From here, it’s either off to the San Juan Islands ferry via Anacortes, or back to Interstate 5 for a trip through the Skagit Valley and then back to Seattle.
While you’re in the airport, take a look at the amazing public art on display, it’s well worth it. You can download the STQRY mobile app from the App Store, Google Play, or the Windows Store to explore all of the art in the airport or download a map.
Upon arrival at SeaTac Airport, conference attendees have a choice of ground transportation into downtown Seattle.
The easiest option is to take the Sound Transit Link Light Rail from the SeaTac/Airport Station to the Westlake Station, across from the Westin. This trip takes about 35 minutes and costs $3 each way.
Trains run from 5 am to 1 am Monday through Saturday and 6 am to midnight on Sundays, every 7.5 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day.
This map shows the path from the terminal to the SeaTac/Airport Station and other ground transportation options. You can also watch a short video detailing the route. Wheelchair service is available.
Purchase a single-trip or roundtrip train ticket prior to boarding the train in the Airport Station using the ORCA Card fare vending machines.
Upon arrival at Westlake Station, follow the signs to 5th Ave towards Olive Way and Stewart. The Westin Hotel is across the street from Westlake Center at the corner of 5th Ave and Stewart.
There is a Downtown Airporter busthat picks up passengers from the 3rd floor of the Airport Parking Garage and makes stops at major downtown hotels, including the Westin Hotel. Tickets are $18 one way or $31 roundtrip.
The Downtowner departs twice each hour between 6:30am and 9pm from SeaTac. Reservations are required from hotels and can be made online.
Shuttle Express is a ride share car service that operates between the airport and destinations throughout King and Pierce County. Passengers can pick up the service from the 3rd floor of the Parking Garage to get to their hotel.
There are also taxis and limo and car services available to and from SeaTac. Seattle Yellow Cab, limo, and town car services operate from the 3rd floor of the Parking Garage.
Attendees arriving by Amtrak in Seattle will need to travel from the King Street Station to The Westin.
Travel distance is approximately 2 miles to the Westin and will cost around $10 by taxi.
For attendees traveling by Greyhound, the terminal is located .37 miles from the Westin. Travelers can expect to pay approximately $10 by taxi to travel to the hotel.
The Greyhound Terminal is also on the Link Light Rail Line, Stadium Station stop. From the Stadium Station stop, travel to the Westlake Center Station and follow the signs to 5th Ave in the direction of Olive and Stewart. The Westin Hotel is across the street at the corner of 5th and Stewart.
The ARLIS/NA + VRA 2016 Joint Conference is just 18 weeks away.
Just think, as the rest of country struggles through the dregs of winter, you can legitimately visit Seattle, City of Flowers, just as the cherry blossoms peak. Enjoy breathtaking views of Puget Sound, the Cascade mountain range, Mt. Rainier, and the Seattle cityscape – all from your conference hotel room at the Westin Seattle.
In addition to inspirational speakers, information-packed sessions and terrific opportunities for making “Natural Connections” with colleagues and friends, old and new, the conference schedule allows you a free weekend at either end. Come early, stay late and check out what Seattle has to offer: stunning natural landscapes, unique architecture (from terra cotta decoration to the 1962 Space Needle), fabulous food & drink and a huge variety of cultural activities. Within an hour’s drive or ferry ride, you may find yourself at Bainbridge Island, on a trail, whale-spotting, or high above the city in the dome of the Space Needle. Pick your adventure, Seattle has it!
For the next 4 months, the Joint Conference publicity team will share highlights of the Joint Conference and Seattle, tips for traveling to and around the city, and insider tips only the locals know. Stay in touch with developments via the Joint Conference web site and blog, ARLIS/NA & VRA listservs, Facebook (ARLIS/NA FB and VRA FB) and Twitter (@ARLIS_NA and @VIsResAssn) feeds, and ARLIS/NA’s Pinterest & Instagram.
Registration opens December 1. Seattle in 2016 : Don’t miss it!
With excitement from your Joint Conference publicity chairs,
Stephanie Beene (VRA) and Sylvia Roberts (ARLIS/NA)