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IWCCE 2017 (June 25-27, 2017)

Venue + Travel

Workshop Venue

The workshop will be held at the Cedarbrook Lodge, less than five minutes from the SeaTac International Airport and easily connected with the downtown Seattle through the Link Light Rail. The lodge is a four-star hotel that sits on eleven lush acres surrounded by seven additional areas of natural restored wetlands. The venue was selected for its superb amenities (Herman Miller chairs + 24/7 snack bar for overnight guests), proven customer satisfaction (5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor.com), and traveling convenience.

Accommodation

A block of rooms at the Cedarbrook Lodge is reserved for the workshop attendees and their guests for $202/night + tax. Summer is a popular season for out of town tourists in Seattle and the rate is competitive with an excellent overall value. Please book early. Our limited room block is available first-come basis through June 2, 2017. To book lodging:

  • ONLINE: Use code ASCE when booking online at www.cedarbrooklodge.com
    Go to the “make a reservation” and click on “check availability”, put the code in the far left box under Group Code along with the dates of stay and then hit continue. The UW College of Built Environments – ASCE group rates will show up for the guests to book.
  • PHONE: Guests are also able to call Cedarbrook’s central reservation number at 206-429-4197 and book under the UW College of Built Environments – ASCE group with the same code of ASCE. The block cutoff date is Friday June 2, 2017.

Transportation

The address of Cedarbrook Lodge is: 18525 36th Avenue South, SeaTac, Washington, United States.

With hundreds of flights in and out of Seattle/Tacoma’s international airport, travel arrangements are a snap. The event venue Cedarbrook Lodge provides free shuttle pick-up services as well as free daytime parking. A light rail system connecting the airport area and downtown Seattle is accessible through the venue’s free shuttle. Renting a car and driving to the venue will not be necessary. For public transportation, use the King County Metro trip planning tool to obtain detailed directions.

Tours

Tours to local destinations can be booked separately with Tours Northwest. Should there be a sufficient number of reservations, Tours Northwest will arrange pick-up and drop-off at the workshop venue Cedarbrook Lodge.

PROMO CODE: Any conference attendee who enters the promo code IWCCE17 when booking online will receive a 10% discount for tours which take place between June 24th – 28th, 2017.

About Seattle

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(excerpts from Foders.com and wikitravel.org; photo credits for the left image: Nai-Wen Chi)

Seattle is a city of many neighborhoods: Eclectic, urban, outdoorsy, artsy, gritty, down-to-earth, or posh—it’s all here, from the quirky character of the Seattle Waterfront and the eccentric “Republic of Fremont,” to hipsters walking baby carriages past aging mansions on Capitol Hill. There’s something for just about everyone within this vibrant Emerald City.

Eat

Fresh seafood is found in abundance at both markets and restaurants. Seattle also has a wide variety of Asian cuisine, including two of the six U.S. branches of Din Tai Fung, ranked by Forbes and many others as having the world’s greatest dumplings.

Drink

Few, if any, American cities can challenge Seattleites’ love of coffee. Seattle’s love of coffee is perhaps signified best by Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee (now owned by Starbucks), and Tully’s as they each have expanded all over the country and world, but locals aren’t satisfied by these internationally-recognized chains alone, evidenced by hundreds of good locally owned coffeehouses. Microbreweries and beer in general are a Northwest specialty, and Seattle has many to offer for beer enthusiasts.

Landmarks

In downtown, the Pike Place Market is Seattle’s largest tourist area, and it’s the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the United States. It is home to the famous fish market, original Starbucks Coffee shop, and a large indoor and outdoor market. Many other attractions in downtown are within walking distance of Seattle’s biggest tourist area making it the perfect place to start any sightseeing trip of the city. A short monorail ride away from downtown is Seattle’s most iconic landmark, Space Needle. While expensive to ride to the top, the Space Needle is a “must see” for visitors on a nice day.

Tours

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is Seattle’s most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire. The tour begins above ground in a restored 1890s saloon, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, before plunging underground for a time-capsule view of the buried city. As seen in Bon Appétit Magazine, USA Today, and Frommer’s Travel Guide, Savor Seattle Food Tours is ranked #1 for the best things to do in Seattle! Offer award-winning food tours that explore the exciting history, culture, and food that makes Seattle a top culinary destination.

Museums

Seattle is home to a number of top-notch museums. Downtown is home to the renowned Seattle Art Museum. In the Central District is the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Additionally, The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is in Chinatown/International District is the only Asian Pacific American museum in the nation. Nearby is the Frye Art Museum, a small private collection featuring 232 paintings by Munich-based artists. Surrounding the Space Needle on the grounds of the Seattle Center are several more big museums, including the Pacific Science Center, an interactive science museum, the Experience Music Project, a Rock & Roll museum with a special Jimi Hendrix exhibit, and the Science Fiction Museum, home of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. On the north end of South Lake Union is the newly reopened Museum of History and Industry, called MOHAI for short. Downtown is home to the popular Seattle Aquarium. The University District holds the Henry Art Gallery, one of the biggest contemporary art galleries in Washington. Also on the university campus is the Burke Museum, a combination natural history/archaeology museum. Further out in Georgetown is the Museum of Flight, with a large collection of aircraft ranging from wood and fabric crates to the sleek Concorde.

Parks and Outdoors

Seattle is peppered with parks, from small urban squares to large forested areas with views of the Puget Sound. Cycling, boating, hiking are among the more popular outdoors activities in the summer.