Oct 05, 2016 - All day - Oct 09, 2016
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Download the Conference Program here. Registration online, by fax and mail is now closed. Anyone may register in person at the Conference Registration Desk in the Sheraton Hotel Seattle.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5
8:20AM – 3:00PM
Ferry to Suquamish Tribal Museum, Tribal Court and Beach Glass Café lunch at Tribal Casino
Travel by Washington State Ferry across Puget Sound to beautiful gift shop and exquisite museum reflecting tribal history and culture; Court and jurisdictional discussion with NAWJ member Chief Suquamish Judge Cindy Smith. Prepayment of $35 required includes ferry, shuttle bus, & museum admission (lunch separate at Tribal Clearwater Casino overlooking Puget Sound, approx. $15). http://suquamishmuseum.org/ and http://www.clearwatercasino.com/dining/beach-glass-cafe/. Deadline to register is September 28, 2016. Contact Sue Koptieff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to sign-up.
Consignment & Boutique Shopping
Includes lunch aboard limo bus and stops at boutiques and upscale consignment shops who have included special offerings. Sign up here! Deadline to register is September 15, 2016.
Tour of Seattle Municipal Court
Art, architecture, probation and social services, and the latest technology and security design. Tour will include appetizers and refreshments. No fee to attend this tour. Deadline to register is September 28, 2016. Contact Sue Koptieff at email@example.com for more information, or to sign-up.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
All tours on Saturday will depart and return during the afternoon free time (approximately 12:15-3:30PM), leaving enough time to get ready for the Gala.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitors Center
The Center is located in the Seattle Center. NAWJ has booked a tour for a small group. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Visitor-Center. Deadline to register is September 28, 2016. Contact Sue Koptieff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to sign-up.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Visit the museum in the Seattle Center dedicated to the art and glass of Dale Chihuly. http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/. Deadline to register is September 28, 2016. Contact Sue Koptieff at email@example.com for more information, or to sign-up.
Wind down with a few hours at some great Washington wineries near Seattle. Shuttle/bus and guides provided by Butler Tours. Fee is $144. Click here to sign up and for more information. Deadline to register is September 28, 2016. Contact Sue Koptieff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Sheraton Seattle Hotel will serve as the conference’s host hotel.
Rooms at The Sheraton Seattle Hotel have been guaranteed at the rate of $229 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes, single or double occupancy.
For reservations online click here or call 888-627-7056 and state that you are with the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). Reservations must be made on or before September 16, 2016 to guarantee the conference rate. Occasionally room blocks fill before the cut-off date; early booking is recommended.
Alaska Air Discount
Alaska Air is offering conference attendees a 7% discount on travel to, and return from, Seattle. The discount are on travel between October 2, 2016 and October 12, 2016 Travelers may book online at www.alaskaair.com and use this code: ECMX122.
Vice President of Districts Report
Vice President of Publications Report
Projects Chair Report
Immediate Past President Report
International Director's Report
Executive Director's Report
DISTRICT ONE - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island
DISTRICT TWO - Connecticut, New York, Vermont
DISTRICT THREE - Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virgin Island
DISTRICT FOUR – District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
DISTRICT FIVE – Florida , Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
DISTRICT SIX - Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
DISTRICT SEVEN – Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia
DISTRICT EIGHT - Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky<
DISTRICT NINE - Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin
DISTRICT TEN - Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
DISTRICT ELEVEN - Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas
DISTRICT TWELVE - Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
DISTRICT THIRTEEN - Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana
DISTRICT FOURTEEN - California, Nevada
Hon. Susan Owens, Washington State Supreme Court
Hon. Mary E. Fairhurst, Washington State Supreme Court
Hon. Barbara A. Madsen, Washington State Supreme Court
Hon. Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Washington State Supreme Court
Hon. Debra Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court
Hon. Karen M. Donohue, Seattle Municipal Court
Hon. Maggie Vail Ross, Pierce County District Court
Ellen Conedera Dial, Esq.
Nancy Dykes Isserlis, Esq.
Hon. Marilyn Paja, Kitsap County District Court
Registration online, by fax and mail is now closed. Anyone may register in person at the Conference Registration Desk in the Sheraton Hotel Seattle.
Tentative schedule, subject to change
NAWJ education sessions have been approved by The Washington State Bar Association for 11 maximum credit hours per person earned from physically attending any combination of sessions for the duration of the conference. Sign-in sheets will be available outside each session’s room. Please ensure that you sign-in in advance for each session, or immediately after at the NAWJ conference registration desk..
Wednesday, October 5
|8:20 AM – 3:00 PM||Ferry to Suquamish Tribal Museum, Tribal Court and Beach Glass Café lunch at Tribal Casino
Travel by Washington State Ferry across Puget Sound to beautiful gift shop and exquisite museum reflecting tribal history and culture; Court and jurisdictional discussion with NAWJ member Chief Suquamish Judge Cindy Smith. Prepayment of $35 required includes ferry, shuttle bus, & museum admission (lunch separate at Tribal Clearwater Casino overlooking Puget Sound, approx. $15). http://suquamishmuseum.org/ and http://www.clearwatercasino.com/dining/beach-glass-cafe/
|9:30 AM – 2:30 PM||Panache206 Shopping Excursion
$129 fee includes box lunch by Ingallina's, complimentary shopping bag with toiletries, and 'Tips & Secrets - the Art of Shopping'. Registration closes September 15, 2016. Click here to register.
|11:30 AM-4:00 PM||NAWJ 2015-2016 Board of Directors Meeting|
|1:00 PM-3:00 PM||Tour of Seattle Municipal Court
Art, architecture, probation and social services, and the latest technology and security design. Tour will include appetizers and refreshments. Prepayment of $10 required.
|4:00 PM-5:30 PM||First-Time Attendee/Mentor/Mentee Meeting|
|4:00 PM-5:30 PM||International Judges Meeting|
|6:00 PM-8:00 PM||WELCOME RECEPTION|
Thursday, October 6
|7:00 AM-8:00 AM||PIKE PLACE MARKET WALK|
|7:00 AM-8:00 AM||Breakfast and NAWJ Committee Meetings|
|8:15 AM-9:00 AM||OPENING CEREMONY|
|9:00 AM-10:30 AM||Plenary: Challenges of Aging: Proactive or Reactive Response
• Professor Rawle Andrews, Jr., Regional Vice President, AARP Community, State and National Mega 7 States Group
• Presiding Judge Patricia Banks, Elder Law & Miscellaneous Remedies Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
• Stacy L. Rodgers, Chief of Staff, Social Security Administration
• Page Ulrey, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney's Office of Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse
|10:45 AM-12:00 PM||CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Justice for Vets
Ethical Issues for Judges in Dealing with Human Trafficking
|12:00 PM-1:45 PM||KEYNOTE LUNCHEON
Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephanie Coontz, History and Women's Studies, The Evergreen State College
|2:15 PM-3:30 PM||CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Water Knows No Borders; New Challenges in Balancing State, Federal and Tribal Water Law Interests
Community Supervision of Female Offenders
|3:45 PM-5:00 PM||Plenary: Gender and Race in Law and Movies
Speaker: Justice Eileen Moore, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District
|6:00 PM-8:00 PM||FREE EVENING - DINE AROUND|
Friday, October 7
|7:00 AM-8:00 AM||PIKE PLACE MARKET WALK|
|7:15 AM-8:00 AM||District Meetings|
|8:00 AM-9:15 AM||Plenary: Breakfast and a Conversation With the Law School Deans
Moderator: Hon. Debra L. Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court
• Dean Annette Clark, Seattle University School of Law
• Dean Jane Korn, Gonzaga University School of Law
• Dean Kellye Y. Testy, University of Washington School of Law
|9:15 AM-10:45 AM||Plenary: Sexual Assault on College Campuses
• Tricia Boerger, Esq., Former Assistant Attorney General, University of Washington Division
• Professor Judith Resnik, Yale Law School
• Brenda Tracy, Survivor, Advocate
• Lisa Wayne, Esq., Law Office of Lisa M. Wayne
Sponsored by the Sponsored by Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission
|11:00 AM-12:00 PM||CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Many Faces of Trafficking - Labor Trafficking: Underground Economy Workshop
Ensuring Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Tribal State Court Consortiums
|12:00 PM-1:45 PM||FRIENDS LUNCHEON
Keynote Speaker: Karen K. Narasaki, Independent Civil and Human Rights Consultant
|2:15 PM-3:30 PM||Plenary: Implicit Bias and Cultural Awareness
Speaker: Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Whatcom County Superior Court
|3:45 PM-5:00||DISTRICT DIRECTORS MEETING|
|6:00 PM-8:00 PM||RECEPTION: EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT MUSEUM|
Saturday, October 8
|7:45 AM-8:45 AM||Breakfast and NAWJ Annual Meeting|
|9:00 AM-10:30 AM||Transgender People and the Courts: Ensuring Respect and Fairness
• Spencer Bergstedt, Esq., North Sound Law
• Marsha Botzer, Founder and Board Co-Chair Ingersoll Gender Center
• Aidan Key, Gender Specialist, Gender Diversity
• David Ward, Esq., Legal & Legislative Counsel, Legal Voice
|10:45 AM-12:00 PM||Plenary: Incarcerated Voices: The IF Project
• Detective Kim Boguski, Co-Founder, The IF Project
• Female Offenders
|12:15 PM-3:30 PM||EXCURSIONS: All tours on Saturday will depart and return during the afternoon free time (approximately 12:15-3:30PM), leaving enough time to get ready for the Gala.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitors Center
Chihuly Garden and Glass
|12:30 PM-3:00 PM||NAWJ 2016-2017 Board of Directors Meeting|
|3:00 PM-4:00 PM||NAWJ Resource Board Meeting|
|5:30 PM-6:30 PM||RECEPTION|
|6:30 PM-10:00 PM||GALA BANQUET AWARDS CEREMONY
Featuring: Unexpected Productions - An Evening of Legal-Themed Improv
Sunday, October 9
|8:00 AM-10:00 AM||Farewell Breakfast|
|9:00 AM-10:30 AM||PIKE PLACE MARKET WALK|
NAWJ education sessions have been approved by The Washington State Bar Association for 11 maximum credit hours per person earned from physically attending any combination of sessions for the duration of the conference. Sign-in sheets will be available outside each session's room. Please ensure that you sign-in in advance for each session, or immediately after at the NAWJ conference registration desk.
• Challenges of Aging: Proactive or Reactive Response
• Justice for Vets
• Ethical Issues for Judges in Dealing with Human Trafficking
• Stephanie Coontz
• Water Knows No Borders; New Challenges in Balancing State, Federal and Tribal Water Law Interests
• Community Supervision of Female Offenders
• Gender and Race in Law and Movies
• Conversation With the Law School Deans
• Sexual Assault on College Campuses
• Many Faces of Trafficking - Labor Trafficking: Underground Economy Workshop
• Ensuring Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient and Near and Hard of Hearing
• Tribal State Court Consortiums
• Karen K. Narasaki
• Implicit Bias and Cultural Awareness
• Transgender People and the Courts: Ensuring Respect and Fairness
• Incarcerated Voices: The IF Project
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6
9:00 AM-10:30 AM
1. PRESENTATION - Growing Concerns of Elder Abuse
2. PRESENTATION: Challenges of Aging - Legal and Ethical considerations for the Bench and Bar
3. Elder Abuse and neglect Benchcard
4. Legal Access for Elder: A Workable Court Model in Cook County, Illinois, Hon. Patricia Banks
5. Elder Protection Courts: Judicial Perspective, Holistic Approach, Jon. Patricia Banks, Hon. Julie Conger, Hon. Joyce Cram
6. Judicial Determination of Capacity of Older Adults in Guardianship Proceedings: A Handbook for Judges (American Bar Association, American Psychological Association, National College of Probate Judges)
7. Cook County Elder Justice Center Mission Statement
8. Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division Cook County Brochure
9. Case for Specialized Elder abuse Prosecutors, Page Ulrey
This seminar will examine estate and care planning issues, namely long-term care and advance directives; benefits, specifically Medicare and Social Security; and methods to identify and avoid financial exploitation. It will highlight the courts response to elder law issues, as well ethical concerns resulting from court accommodations that increase access to justice for older adults. The impact of elder law issues on baby boomers, with women being the largest demographic, will speak to attendees on both a professional and personal level.
1. Acquire a greater understanding of estate planning tools including trusts, wills, transfer on death deeds, advance directives and powers of attorney and how best to use these and other tools to insure end of life requests are implemented
2. Identify common financial frauds and scams that target seniors including identity theft, investment fraud and abuse of powers of attorney
3. Increase understanding of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid benefits and how they factor into the cost of long-term care
4. Explore accommodations that address access to justice issues in the court and the ethical parameters of implementation
5. Better understanding of the nature and extent “breadth and depth” of elder law issues
6. At the end of this session, attendees will have gained valuable tools that will aid them both in and outside of the courtroom.
10:45 AM-12:00 PM
This panel will explore issues women veterans have in their contacts with civilian courts and how the courts can better serve this population. Learn about challenges facing our veterans and how military service can lead to, or impact, involvement with the court system. Discover how to ensure justice for veterans by becoming aware of the myriad ways in which their military service can negatively affect their cases.
1. PRESENTATION: Ethics of Human Trafficking
2. Human Trafficking Ethics Scenarios
3. Ethical Issues For Judges And Courts In Processing Human Trafficking Cases, Steven Weller, Center for Public Policy Studies
This session will address two main areas of ethical concerns of judges in handling cases where human trafficking may be an issue: ethical concerns for judges in the adjudication process; and ethical concerns for judges in extra-judicial activities.
With regard to ethical concerns in the adjudication process, a judge presiding over a criminal, juvenile, family, or probate case where human trafficking victims may be involved may have to decide what steps are appropriate to identify and protect participants in the trial whom he has reason to suspect may be trafficking victims. Some of the actions of a judge to assist or protect trafficking victims can raise ethical issues, including problems of ex-parte communications and the appearance of bias in favor of or against a party. The session will consider circumstances in which judges can act on information obtained in the context of the trial process, including when a judge may take steps to protect a person who appears to be a victim of human trafficking.
With regard to ethical concerns in extra-judicial activities, as community leaders, a key issue for judges is the extent to which a judge can work with other organizations in a community to develop resources for victims without creating an impression of bias, including participation on a Human Trafficking Working Group. Juvenile judges in particular are often urged to go out in the community and create programs that will assist at risk youth to include children who are victims of commercial and sexual exploitation. Juvenile judges may also encounter unique ethical issues because of their leadership in the community. The session will consider how judges may become involved in activities aimed at improving responses to human trafficking and the circumstances where judge’s participation might raise an appearance that the judge is unable to carry out his or her judicial duties impartially.
12:00 PM-1:45 PM
Author Stephanie Coontz is a leading voice on the history of marriage, women and families. Justice Kennedy relied on her work in the Supreme Court's 2015 same sex marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, debunking the myth of the "traditional family." A dynamic speaker, Professor Coontz will discuss how we must move beyond nostalgia to see the challenges that threaten contemporary relationships and better understand what it means to be a family.
2:15 PM-3:30 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS1. Basic Principles of American Indian Water Law, Robert T. Anderson
2. PRESENTATION: Indian Water Rights, Robert T. Anderson
This session will cover the basic principles of Indian reserved water rights in comparison to state prior appropriation law and federal reserved water rights. In addition, speakers will review cutting edge issues now in litigation in cases involving Indian water rights in the West -- including issues related to protection of fisheries habitat. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of water management by Indian tribes, states and the federal government, as well as ideas for intergovernmental cooperation and the global right to water. In all matters, the role of the courts will be considered.
Criminal justice strategies have traditionally focused on the male offender population, which commits the vast majority of crimes. However, because women’s pathways to the justice system are fundamentally different, the effective utilization of criminal justice resources benefits from gender-informed strategies. Those strategies for women offenders must address needs such as ongoing dysfunctional intimate relationships, more extensive histories of trauma and abuse, parenting responsibilities, higher rates of substance abuse and mental illness, and greater economic marginalization.
In this session, we will begin a conversation around the unique legal issues that women pose and explore the impact of incarceration on women offenders. New social science research as well as practical experience shows that justice-involved women have unique supervision and treatment intervention needs. An acknowledgment of that reality poses an opportunity for positive intervention in the lives of justice-involved women and great community safety.
3:45 PM-5:00 PM
1. Referenced Cases and Movies
Associate Justice Eileen C. Moore, California Court of Appeals, has written two award winning books Race Results: Hollywood vs the Supreme Court; Ten Decades of Racial Decisions and Film and Gender Results: Hollywood vs. The Supreme Court: Ten Decades of Gender and Film and will lead an interactive and thought provoking program comparing gender and race biases in Hollywood films and Supreme Court decisions.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
8:00 AM-9:15 AM
Hear about the paths these Deans took, and the challenges they faced as women in a traditionally male dominated role. They will talk about the changes and innovations in legal education and the role women and minorities play in those changes, including law school enrollment and legal careers in our changing profession.
9:15 AM-10:45 AM
1. Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, Fiscal Year 2015
2. Trading the Megaphone for the Gavel in Title IX Enforcement: Backing off the hype in Title IX enforcement, Commentary by Janet Halley, Harvard Law Review Forum
3. ALI Project on Sexual Assault and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus: Procedural Framework and Analysis
4. John Doe v. Brandeis University, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
5. John Doe v. Washington & Lee University, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
6. John Doe v. University of Southern California, State of California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four
7. Prioritizing School Safety: A New Curriculum for Colleges and Universities to Address Sexual Assault
8. Hon. Judith C. Chirlin, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Retired), Daily Journal Newswire article
A survivor of a campus rape turned advocate, a defense attorney, an attorney general for a college and a Professor from Yale will discuss their different perceptions on sexual assault on college campuses and what judges need to know and what they can do.
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Labor trafficking is a growing concern in our nation. In a mini-lecture, quick-fire partner discussion and group discussion format, this program will explore who will prosecute, who will conduct the investigations, what are the statistics regarding labor trafficking, where are resources. The program will also discuss some of the civil and criminal remedies you might see in your courts?
1. Ensuring Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Appellants, by Professor Gillian Dutton
One of the most difficult aspects for Administrative Law Judges and others is language access. This session will discuss several areas of concern, such as what are interpreter/translator qualifications? How do judges assess communication barriers that arise prior to the hearing? How can judges ensure that your decisions are communicated effectively to LEP and DHH parties? How you can use technology in your court to improve access to justice.
This session will discuss the process that led to the creation of the Washington Tribal State Court Consortium, as well as its continuing development. Early collaborative efforts between tribal and state court judges resulted in a court rule requiring state courts to give full faith and credit to tribal court orders. After a period of inactivity, discussions between tribal court judges and state court judges led to a renewed effort to create a Tribal State Court Consortium. Members of the Consortium will discuss the steps taken to create the Consortium and the ongoing collaboration between tribal court judges and state court judges.
12:00 PM-1:45 PM
Remarks By Karen Narasaki
Karen K. Narasaki is an American civil rights leader and human rights activist. In July 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Narasaki to serve as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She is the former president and executive director of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Commissioner Narasaki will address what has been happening to voters in the jurisdictions covered by the strongest provisions of the Voting Rights Act in the three years since the 5-4 decision in Shelby County v. Holder and the implications for democracy in America.
2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Differences arise between culture, cultural identify and race. Learn how these differences impact us nationally and internationally. We will explore basic concepts, individual identity and judges' implicit bias, how bias works, and what it means for judicial officers.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
9:00 AM-10:30 AM
1. Transgender Terminology
3. Biological - Anatomical Sex
4. The Dynamic of Representing Transgender Clients, Lucy Sharp and David Ward, Bar Bulletin, March 2015
5. Transgender Terminology - National Center for Transgender Equality
6. Transgender People and the Courts: Ensuring Respect and Fairness - A Resource List
Transgender people face many barriers to justice, often based on myths, misunderstanding, and fear. Judges need to develop cultural competence to ensure appropriate and respectful treatment of transgender people who appear before them and to understand the unique issues and challenges that this population faces.
1 Build cultural competency to ensure respectful treatment of transgender people in legal proceedings;
2. Address myths, misperceptions, and misunderstanding about transgender people;;
3. Explore some unique legal issues and challenges that transgender people face in the court system and how judges can address them appropriately.
10:45 AM-12:00 PM
Seattle Police Detective Kim Bogucki, co-founder of the IF Project, will discuss the project which is a collaboration of law enforcement, currently and previously incarcerated adults and community partners who focus on intervention, prevention and reduction in incarceration and recidivism. This project is based on the question: If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?
Perkins Coie Foundation
Regina and Charlie Cheever
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Pacifica Law Group Seattle
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP
Keller Rohrback L.L.P
Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc. P.S.
Summit Law Group
Washington State Association for Justice
Calibre CPA Group
Jameson, Babbit, Stites & Lombard PLLC
King County Bar Association
Lisa Kinoshita, Jewelry Designer
Mills Meyers Swartling P.S.
Washington State Bar Foundation
A helpful jingle to keep track of Seattle streets, south to north: “Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest,” an acronym for Seattle’s James, Jefferson, Marion, Madison, Spring, Seneca, University, Union, Pike and Pine streets.
GETTING AROUND BY BUS
his is very easy to do by using Google Maps and clicking on the bus icon to plan your trip, or by using King County Metro’s tripplanner.kingcounty.gov. Pay with exact change or pick up an Orca card to use on mass transit at the vending machine at Westlake Station at the transit tunnel mezzanine level at 4th and Pine.
GETTING AROUND BY CAR
Seattle is highly congested and parking is expensive. One option that might work if you are not renting is Zipcar (zipcar.com). Taxi services include Yellow Cab (seattleyellowcab.com), Orange Cab (orangecab.net), Farwest Taxi (seattle-taxiservice.com), Uber (uber.com) and Lyft (lyft.com). Among the additional options for airport transfers are Shuttle Express (shuttleexpress.com 18$ each way) and light rail from the airport (soundtransit.org).
GET ON THE WATER
Seattle is surrounded by bodies of water, not least of which is Puget Sound. One way to experience the Sound is to walk down to Colman Dock (southeast on 6th, right on Union, left on 1st and right on Marion) and hop a Washington State ferry to either Bremerton or Bainbridge Island. Ferries leave often. The walk on price is about $8/adult, the food on board isn’t bad and the view is incomparable. The website is www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries . Another option is Argosy Cruises, which offers pleasant cruises from its terminal on the waterfront at 1101 Alaskan Way (variety of cruises from 1 hour to 2 ½ hours long, for $25/person upward, argosycruises.com,
888-623-1445. At the time of this writing the waterfront area is under construction so the usual ability to stroll on foot alongside it may be limited, but still accessible among other waterfront attractions are the Seattle Great Wheel Ferris wheel, located at 1301 Alaskan Way (seattlegreatwheel.com, 206 623 8607, $13/adult) and the Seattle Aquarium at 1483 Alaskan Way (seattleaquarium.org, 206 386 4300, $22/adult.)
SAVOR SEATTLE TOURS
Savor Seattle offers a variety of 2-3 hour tours oriented around food and drink in Seattle neighborhoods, including Pike Place Market, Chocolate Indulgence, Hip on the Hill, Booze and Bites, and Gourmet Seattle tours. Prices range from $40-$70 per person, depending on the tours, which all include some food and drink sampling. All meeting locations for the various tours are walking distance from the Sheraton. You can book and also see a lot more information at savorseattletours.com or call 206 209 5485.
A well rated option for sightseers who would like to get some nice pictures of the Seattle area, this outfit has at least a couple of tour options which are feasible from Seattle, including a Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour (about four hours, about $65/person) which leaves from Pike Place Market and a longer Mt. Rainier tour (about $129/person) which picks up from downtown Seattle hotels in the early AM. The website is shuttertours.com and the telephone number is 425 516-8838.
EVERGREEN ESCAPES CASCADIA
This outfit has a number of tours. One of interest is the Explore Seattle Half Day tour ($75/person), for a maximum group size of 10. The tour picks up and drops off from Seattle hotels. There are many other tour options, including Seattle oriented kayaking, craft brewery, photography and seaplane tours, as well as tours further afield, including wine tours, cycling tours, and tours of Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Saint Helens. The website is evergreenescapes.com and phone number is 866 203-7603.
SEATTLE FREE WALKING TOURS
These tours, for which you only “pay what you feel,” include an hour walking tour of Pike Place Market called The Market Experience, and a two-hour tour called Seattle 101. Tours start from the corner of Western Ave and Virginia, walking distance from the Sheraton. Reservations are strongly recommended. The website is seattlefreewalkingtours.org and the phone is 425 770-6928.SEATTLE BY FOOT
These tours include Seattle’s Original Coffee Crawl ($30/person if booked online, 2 ½ hours), Downtown By Foot ($20/person if booked online, 2 hours), a beer oriented Pub Tour (3 hours, $30/person if booked online) and private/customized tours. Again, best to book in advance. The website is seattlebyfoot.com and phone is 206 508-7017.PIKE PLACE MARKET
The market (walking distance from the Sheraton) is fun on your own but there is plenty to see there. If you’d like a tour to point out the many points of interest, you may want to consider, among others, the well rated Public Market Tours (private groups only, $232 total for 1-16 people, one hour, publicmarkettours.com, 206 582-3504), a self-guided tour using the maps you can find at pikeplacemarket.org, or a history/haunting oriented tour with Market Ghost Tour (seattleghost.com, 206 805-0195, $15-$17/person, 1 to 1.25 hours). Check Trip Advisor (tripadvisor.com) for many more, including food oriented, market tours.PIONEER SQUARE
If you want a self-guided tour of this historic part of Seattle, check out this map and highlighted points of interest from National Geographic: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/seattle- walking-tour-1/ .
There is a similar tour you can explore at the seattle.gov website, under the “Visiting Seattle” tab. For a look at the history that literally lies under the surface, you might like Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour (75 minutes, $18/adult, undergroundtour.com, 206 682-4646) or you might enjoy the formerly living history angle of the Spooked in Seattle tour of this area (spookedinseattle.com, 90 minutes, $16/person,
The Seattle area and Washington State in general has a thriving wine industry, and one way to find out more about it is to take one of the tours offered by this company. The tour lengths range from 4 hours to overnight, depending on how far afield you want to go. Three more locally oriented tours include the Wine and Snoqualmie Falls, the Seattle Wineries and Big View, and the Woodinville Wineries tours. This may be a good activity to plan and reserve in advance for a group of 10-12. In terms of pricing, a four-hour tour for about 12, including wine tasting, will run about $82 per person. The website is seattlewinetours.com and the phone number is 206 444 WINE (9493).
RIDE THE DUCKS
This is a lively, humorous 90-minute tour of Seattle via amphibious vehicles, which costs about $29/person. Group tours are available if booked in advance. Tours depart daily from Westlake Center, located at 400 Pine Street; about 4 minutes’ walk from the Sheraton. The website for the tour is ridetheducksofseattle.com, and the phone number is
206 441- DUCK (3825).
There are Starbucks stores, complete with free Wi-Fi, all over downtown Seattle, but two locations are of particular note. One is the very tiny original Starbucks tucked into in the Pike Place Market between Western and Virginia. Expect a 30-minute wait in line and a chance to buy some beans and mugs with the original logo. So, is it really the first Starbucks? Actually no, that was a coffee bean company, which began in 1971 at a now vanished location at 2000 Western, but this store did open early, in about 1976. And then there is the new spiffy Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room (http://roastery.starbucks.com/) at 1124 Pike Street, which debuted in December 2014 and also includes a great Tom Douglas pizza place, Serious Pie. To get there from the Sheraton, walk eastward on Pike for a third of a mile, then turn left on Melrose.CINERAMA
There is no movie theatre like the Cinerama, one of the gems in Paul Allen’s crown. It is an easy walk from the Sheraton, at 2100 4th Avenue. The seats are large and leather, and pre-assigned by row and number – you book online in advance. The sound system is incredible, as is the screen. Movie memorabilia decorates the lobby. The concession stand is like no other, serving local products like amazing chocolate popcorn, Full Tilt ice cream, Cupcake Royale cupcakes, Uli’s Famous Sausage, artisanal quality beer on tap, wine, cider and more. Check what is playing and buy your tickets at Cinerama.com.
There are too many wonderful shopping locations in Seattle to list, including the stalls of Pike Place Market pikeplacemarket.org), which runs north and south from Pike Street and First Avenue, and the stores and art galleries of Pioneer Square, which runs south from 100 Yesler Way. Neither area is far from the Seattle Sheraton. In addition, quite near the Sheraton are some sophisticated shopping locations, including Westlake Center at 4th and Pine, Pacific Place shopping center at 6th and Pine (pacificplaceseattle.com), City Centre at 1420 Fifth Avenue, and the downtown Nordstrom store at 5th and Pine.
Seattle has many great museums, and a few are quite easy to get to from the Sheraton. Consider visiting the eclectic and often impressive collection at the Seattle Art Museum, a fairly short walk away from the Sheraton at 1300 1st (seattleartmuseum.org). A brief bus ride away is the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience at 719 South King Street in the International District. In the Seattle Center area, easy to reach via a quick bus ride or by taking the Seattle Monorail (seattlemonorail.com) from Westlake Center, is the Pacific Science Center (pacificsciencecenter.org, 200 2nd Ave N), which has an Imax Theatre, the Chihuly Garden and Glass (chihulygardenandglass.com, 305 Harrison Street), Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project (EMP) (empmuseum.org) and, of course, the Seattle Space Needle (spaceneedle.com) which is not a museum but has quite the view and a decent, if pricey, restaurant. Further afield but readily reachable by bus is the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave, fryemuseum.org), the Seattle Asian Art Museum (1400 East Prospect Street, seattleartmuseum.org) and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (University of Washington, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th, burkemuseum.org). Even further away but doable via a bus ride, a tour or by car is the wonderful Museum of Flight (museumofflight.org).
Seattle is a big city with many neighborhoods, only one of which is the downtown core where the Seattle Sheraton is located. Each neighborhood has its own personality, great restaurants, and points of interest. But this is the Emerald City and there are parks everywhere, and many passionate gardeners. There are less green spaces in downtown, but you can walk from the Sheraton to the Olympic Sculpture Park (seattleartmuseum.org, 2901 Western). Readily accessible by Metro bus are some of Seattle’s loveliest parks, of which a few are Waterfall Garden Park, a tiny tranquil oasis in the Pioneer Square area (219 Second Ave South),
Kerry Park (beautiful views of downtown from small Queen Anne park, 211 West Highland Drive), the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (3015 54th NW, also adjacent to the Carl S. English Botanical Garden), Gas Works Park (3300 Meridian Ave N, and also located in the inimitable, funky, lively Fremont neighborhood), the remarkable Volunteer Park Conservatory (1402 E. Galer, located within beautiful Volunteer Park), the Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Drive East, 230 lovely acres including a visitor’s center and the exquisite Japanese Tea Garden at 1000 Lake Washington Blvd.), a hidden gem in South Seattle, the Kubota Garden (9817 55th Avenue South), and of course Green Lake Park, where there is always more happening than in a Brueghel painting (7201 East Greenlake Drive) and rugged, spectacular Discovery Park, pride of the Magnolia neighborhood (3801 Discovery Park Blvd). And if you really feel like some recreation on your vacation, consider renting a bike and helmet from one of the new downtown Pronto Bike Seattle kiosks (prontocyclesshare.com) -- there is one close to the Sheraton at 7th and Union. Or you could rent a kayak to paddle, for example at Lake Union at Northwest Outdoor Center (nwoc.com, 2100 Westlake Ave N, 206 281 9694). You can also hop a streetcar to Lake Union from Westlake Center, which is very close to the Sheraton. The website for the streetcar service is seattlestreetcar.org and the price is $2.25/adult.
Seattle has a thriving musical community, and it is impossible to list all the venues. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Here are a few which are walking distance from the Sheraton: the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall (seattlesymphony.org, 2nd and University), Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley (jazzalley.com, 2033 6th Ave), the Triple Door (tripledoor.net, 216 Union Street), the Highway 99 Blues Club (highway99blues.com, 1414 Alaskan Way), The Crocodile (thecrocodile.com, 2200 2nd Ave) and The Showbox (since 1939! Showboxpresents.com, 1426 1st Ave.) Slightly further afield but accessible by bus or taxi is the piano bar, Keys on Main (keysonmain.com, 11 Roy Street) and, for those who like dance with their music, Pacific Northwest Ballet (pnb.org, 301 Mercer St.). This is merely a sampling: there are busy music clubs, often with cutting edge bands, in Pioneer Square, on Capitol Hill, in Fremont, and in Ballard, to name a few more neighborhoods near downtown.SHOWS AND PLAYS
Seattle has one of the most active off Broadway theatre scenes, and plenty of more traditional musical theatres as well. Some of the locations that are close to the Sheraton Seattle include the 5th Avenue Theatre (classic musicals, 5thavenue.org, 1308 5th Avenue), the Moore Theatre (live acts of all types in Seattle’s oldest theatre, stgpresents.org/moore, 1932 2nd Ave.), and the Paramount (since 1928! Broadway shows on tour, stgpresents.org/paramount, 911 Pine St.). Also fun is Teatro ZinZanni, (like a campy, comic circus, zinzanni.com, 222 Mercer St.) There are almost too many live play venues and companies to list, but two worth considering are the Seattle Repertory Theatre (seattlerep.org, 155 Mercer St) and ACT – A Contemporary Theatre (acttheatre.org, 700 Union St.) If you like your drama sung, consider the fabulous Seattle Opera (seattleopera.org, 321 Mercer St.). And Seattle has plenty of comedy clubs, including Parlor Live Seattle (parlorlive.com, 1522 6th Ave) and Comedy Underground (comedyunderground.com, 222 S. Main St.)
TOM DOUGLAS RESTAURANTS
Tom Douglas, who may be Seattle’s most famous chef and won the 2012 James Beard restaurateur award, owns several delightful downtown Seattle restaurants (website for all is tomdouglas.com), including the Dahlia Lounge (famous, 2001 4th Ave.), the Palace Kitchen (a favorite of mine, 2030 Fifth Ave), Serious Pie (seriously great pizza, seriouspieseattle.com, at 1124 Pike, 401 Westlake Ave and 316 Virginia), Lola (remarkable breakfasts AM and Mediterranean food PM, 2000 4th Ave), and Etta’s (very good seafood and breakfasts, 2020 Western Ave.)
FX McRory’s Steak Chop and Oyster House (including a renowned whiskey bar, and an oyster bar, fxmcrorys.com, near Qwest field at 419 Occidental Ave S.,) Daniel’s Broiler (schwartzbros.com, closest of the three locations is Lake Union, 809 Fairview Place N), Brooklyn Seafood Steak and Oyster House (classic and always good, thebrooklyn.com, 1212 2nd Ave), the Metropolitan Grill (where the professional ballplayers eat, themetropolitangrill.com, 2nd and Marion), El Gaucho (some think it the best steakhouse in town, elgaucho.com, 2505 1st Ave.), and four outposts of high quality chain steakhouses, Sullivan’s Steakhouse (sullivanssteakhouse.com, 6th and Union), The Capital Grille (thecapitalgrille.com, 1301 4th Ave), Ruth’s Chris (ruthschris.com, 727 Pine St.) and Morton’s (mortons.com, 1511 6th Ave.).RESTAURANTS IN OR QUITE NEAR THE SHERATON
Consider Loulay (especially well rated for breakfast and dessert, thechefinthehat.com, 601 Union), Tulio (Zagat rated Italian and brunch, tulio.com, 1100 5th), Palomino (always tasty, palomino.com, 1420 5th) , Blue Water Taco Grill (fresh fast Mexican and breakfast, bluewatertacogrill.com, 600 University St.), Barolo Ristorante (well rated Italian, baroloseattle.com, 1940 Westlake Ave), Andaluca (top notch Mediterranean, andaluca.com, 407 Olive Way in the Mayflower Hotel), Japonessa (“fanciful” takes on Japanese cuisine, japonessa.com, 1400 1st), RN74 (global takes on US and French food with a big wine list, michaelmina.net, 4th & Pike), Shuckers (classic seafood, fairmont.com, 411 University), Purple (wine bar and small plates, purplecafe.com, 1225 4th) , Icon Grill (comfort food including breakfast, surrounded by tasteful kitsch, icongrill.com, 5th and Virginia), Sazerac (a delicious Southern take on Pacific NW food, sazeracrestaurant.com, 1101 4th), Assaggio (good Italian, assaggioseattle.com, 2010 4th), and FareStart (every Thursday a local chef produces a 3 course meal with homeless and disadvantaged culinary students, farestart.org, 7th & Virginia.)
CLASSIC DOWNTOWN SEATTLE RESTAURANTS
Besides the Metropolitan Grill and Dahlia Lounge, listed above, well established restaurants include Il Bistro (Italian, with a cozy bar, ilbistro.net, 93 Pike in the Pike Place Market), Place Pigalle (artfully seasonal with a killer view, placepigalle-seattle.com, 81 Pike Street in the Pike Place Market), The Georgian (traditional French, with a nice breakfast too, in the beautiful Fairmont Olympic hotel, fairmont.com, 411 University), The Hunt Club at the Sorrento (A classic restaurant in a classic lovely hotel with an exceptional cocktail lounge area, hotelsorrento.com, 900 Madison St.), The Pink Door (longstanding favorite for casual Italian or drinks on the deck, thepinkdoor.net, 1919 Post Alley), Wild Ginger (Pacific Rim cuisine, wildginger.net, 1401 3rd), Café Campagne (French, nice brunch too, cafecampagne.com, 1600 Post Alley), and Shiro’s (remarkable sushi in Belltown, shiros.com, 2401 2nd).
CLASSIC (BUT NOT DOWNTOWN) SEATTLE RESTAURANTS
All of the following are well loved and established Seattle restaurants, though these are not located downtown and reservations well in advance are highly recommended for most: Canlis (tops for over 50 years, canlis.com, 2576 Aurora Ave N), Palisade (lovely seafood and view, palisaderestaurant.com, 2601 W. Marina Pl), Il Terrazzo Carmine (wonderful Italian food, ilterrazzocarmine.com, in Pioneer Square at 411 1st Ave S.), The Herbfarm (a remarkable food experience including herb garden tour, with prices to match, theherbfarm.com, 14590 NE 145th St. in Woodinville), Salty’s (seafood and a famous brunch with a view, saltys.com, 1936 Harbor Ave SW), Ray’s Boathouse (seafood on the water, rays.com, 6049 Seaview Ave NW), Café Lago (Italian, founded 1990, cafelago.com, 2305 24th Ave), the Wedgwood Broiler (time travel to the 1970s, wedgwoodbroiler.com, 8230 35th Ave NE) and the divey Beth’s Café (since 1954, featuring all you can eat hash browns and 12 egg omelets, bethscafe.com, 7311 Aurora Ave N).
SOME HOT NEWER DOWNTOWNISH RESTAURANTS
Too many to list! These include Boat Street Café (French techniques and local ingredients, boatstreetcafe.com, 3131 Western Ave) Umi Sake House (sushi, umisakehouse.com, 2230 1st), Chan (Korean fusion, chanseattle.com, 86 Pine St.), Lecosho (European influenced locally sourced food, lecosho.com, 89 University, midway down the Harbor Steps), Shaker and Spear (modern seafood, shakerandspear.com, 2000 2nd at the Palladian Hotel) and Lark (locally sourced foodie, larkseattle.com, 952 East Seneca.) Slightly further afield from downtown are Altura (foodie Italian, alturarestaurant.com, 617 Broadway East), Mistral Kitchen (foodie American, mistral-kitchen.com, 2020 Westlake Ave, Nue (very hip takes on world street food, nueseattle.com, 1519 14th on Capitol Hill), Spinasse (well reviewed foodie Italian, spinasse.com, 1531 14th) and Omega Ouzeri (classic and modern Greek small plates, omegaouzeri.com, 1520 14th on Capitol Hill). If you want to try two of the best places in super-hip Ballard, consider The Walrus and the Carpenter (oyster bar plus seafood, no reservations taken, thewalrusbar.com, 4743 Ballard Ave NW) or Staple and Fancy (Italian inspired, make reservations way in advance and always opt for the “fancy,” the chef’s choice menu, ethanstowellrestaurants.com, 4739 Ballard Ave NW.)
MORE GREAT RESTAURANT CHOICES
Some additional options include ART Restaurant and Bar (classy Pacific NW cuisine, artrestaurantseattle.com, 99 Union), Six Seven (Pacific Northwest cuisine with a beautiful view and notable brunch, edgewaterhotel.com, 2411 Alaskan Way in the Edgewater Hotel), Branzino (warm seafood focused Italian bistro, branzinoseattle.com, 2429 2nd), La Fontana Siciliana (delicious Sicilian cuisine, lafontanasiciliana.com, 120 Blanchard,), Aqua by El Gaucho (top rated seafood and view, elgaucho.com, 2801 Alaskan Way. Two side by side restaurants with the same owner in the Seattle Center area are worth a special visit, for brunch, drinks, lunch or dinner – they are Toulouse Petite (inspired by New Orleans cuisine, toulousepetite.com, 601 Queen Anne Ave N., and Peso’s (inspired by Mexican cuisine, pesoskitchenandlounge.com, 605 Queen Anne Ave N). Also worth a try is the Tilikum Place Café (tasty takes on seafood and meat, tilikumplacecafe.com, 407 Cedar St.)
Other memorably wonderful downtown but more casual Seattle places to eat include but are not limited to Armandino’s Salumi (remarkable soups and sandwiches, salumicuredmeats.com, 309 3rd Ave S.), Le Panier (French bakery, lepanier.com, 1902 Pike Place), Ellenos (Greek yogurt, ellenos.com, Pike Place and Pike St.), Tat’s Deli (tatsdeli.com, 159 Yesler Way), Bakeman’s Restaurant (ultimate turkey sandwiches, bakemanscatering.com, 122 Cherry), The Frankfurter (hot dog heaven, thefrankfurter.com, 1023 Alaskan Way), Ivar’s Acres of Clams (fried seafood the way everyone in Seattle used to eat it and great clam chowder, ivars.com, 1001 Alaskan Way), Matt’s in the Market (tasty lunches, mattsinthemarket.com, 1st and Pike), Zaina (great falafel and other Mideast “street food,” zainafood.com, 109 Pine St.), Top Pot Hand Forged Doughnuts (toppotdoughnuts.com, flagship store at 2124 5th Ave.) and Gelatiamo (ice cream, gelatiamo.com, 1400 3rd Ave).