10 Things to Do in Seattle While You’re Here for =LIFT(Social, 2015) Conference
On October 22nd, Simply Measured is hosting our first annual conference =LIFT(Social,2015)
dedicated to social media excellence in Seattle, Washington.
We have speakers from Microsoft, TechCrunch, Twitter, Alaska Airlines, Nordstrom, and many other high-caliber organizations. We’re offering highly practical lessons to help you hit goals when you get back to the office. At =LIFT(Social,2015), you’ll learn more about:
- Building and executing successful social media campaigns
- Keeping an eye on your competitors
- Benchmarking data on activities and results
- Designing a world-class social team
It is impossible to describe how excited I am, so I won’t even try. Get your conference pass while there’s still time…and start filling your calendar up with some of our favorite things to do while you’re here in the Emerald City for =LIFT(Social, 2015).
1. Indulge in Seattle Restaurant Week
Seattle Restaurant Week is happening between October 18-22 and October 25-29.
More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $30, and many also offer two-course lunches for $15. Click here to learn more.
2. Take a Hike
Are you the outdoorsy type? Get out of the city and go hike one of the many beautiful mountains which ring our city.
For an easy hike, we recommend Little Si, a moderately graded 4.7 mile trail located in the North Bend area.
For a moderate hike, take a trip up Wallace Falls. This is a wonderful hike for beginner hikers, experienced hikers, and everyone in between.
For a difficult hike, hit Mailbox Peak. Besides being the location in which one of our Simply family recently got engaged, this trail offers a steep climb and incredible views.
None of these calling your name? Washington Trails Association has trail suggestions for every preference or skill level.
3. Go on a Ballard Brewery Tour
It seems like a new and delicious brewery pops up in Ballard everyday. Some of our favorites? Reuben’s Brews, Stoup Brewing, and Peddler Brewing Company. Take an Uber or Lyft to the neighborhood and taste away to your heart’s content.
4. Yes, You Have to Visit Pike Place Market
We know it sounds like a tourist trap, but Pike Place still features some of the yummiest treats around, from exotically-flavored pastas to fish flying through the air.
It’s definitely worth a visit, even from a local’s standpoint. Pro tip(s): Buy a reasonably priced, super gorgeous bouquet of flowers, and make sure you indulge in as many free samples as possible.
5. Check Out the Experience Music Project
Don’t miss the Frank O. Gehry-designed Experience Music Project. Aside from the unique monumentality of the space itself, right now the EMP is hosting exhibits about Jimi Hendrix, science fiction, indie video games, Nirvana, and the Seattle Seahawks, among many others.
6. Take in the View
Check out the Sky View Observatory perched atop Columbia Center. It’s the highest public observatory on the West Coast, with 360 degree views of Mt. Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and the Space Needle.
7. See a Seattle Sports Game
While the Seahawks have a bye week, the Sounders play on their home turf on Sunday, October 25. If you’re sticking around, grab a green scarf and cheer ’em on!
8. Go Wine Tasting
The closest vineyards to Seattle are in Woodinville, which is about 30 minutes outside of the city, depending on traffic. Featuring a plethora of well-known wineries like Chateau St. Michelle, Woodinville is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, evening, or entire day. Be sure to grab a bite at The Commons for out-of-this-world comfort food and booze-infused milkshakes (!) if you’re in the neighborhood.
9. Take a Stroll at the Washington Arboretum
There is no prettier place to take a walk in Seattle than the Washington Park Arboretum. Enjoy the fall foliage and sublime water views.
10. Star in the Simply Measured Instagram Photo Booth
Yes, that’s right, our big party on October 22 will feature an Instagram photo booth. My dreams are coming true. If you don’t think this is just as worth visiting as the Space Needle, I don’t think we can be friends.
But, seriously, my social marketers: get your conference pass now if you haven’t already, and come and see all that Seattle has to offer. It’s a 2-for-1 deal you shouldn’t miss.
I’m the Head of Marketing Communications here at Simply Measured, where I'm responsible for our content program, social media marketing, PR, and comarketing ventures. I love yoga, The X-Files, peaty scotch, hiking, and poetry. If I were a social media channel, I’d want to be Instagram, but I think I’m Twitter.