Our countdown to CEBA Connect: Spring Summit clock is just about to flip to single digits — and that is definitely not my suitcase already by the door. If you’re as excited as we are you’re probably already registered, but if not — get on that and register now!
We all know the CEBA Connect: Spring Summit is the top thing to do in Seattle May 9-11. You will network with energy industry peers, collaborate on customer-driven clean energy, and solve for the current market barriers. While you’re in Seattle, plan to take those connections and partnerships outdoors and experience the city in these fun ways.
1. Troll hunting at the Aurora Bridge
Trolls have been spotted under the Aurora Bridge since 1932. You may have seen the current resident in The Twilight Saga, Death Note, or Sleepless in Seattle — or perhaps you’ve seen him on Facebook? Take a picture with the Fremont Troll — we heard he’s a fan of all the electric cars driving over his bridge recently. Pop over to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront of Puget Sound for more large outdoor art — with free admission!
2. Spit your gum out at Pike Place Market
For unique outdoor art, head over to the Pike Place Market’s Gum Wall. Don’t forget to grab some gum on your way over, because anyone can add to the art down Post Alley.
Established in 1907, Pike Place Market has more than 500 small businesses, from fresh fish, to chowder and donuts, to upcycled hand-made crafts, there’s something for everyone. Before you leave, don’t forget to take a picture with the iconic Public Market Center clock sign.
3. Get active at Gas Works Park
Interested in outdoors sports? Try kayaking, sailing, and bicycling at Gas Works Park, or climb the central hill for some amazing views.
Looking for water activities, but don’t want to paddle because your arms are tired from taking so many notes at Spring Summit? Try the Brainbridge Island Ferry. We’ve heard some lucky travelers see the Southern Resident orcas on the 35-minute ferry ride! While in Bainbridge, try the local wine, hand-made ice cream, or pick up a used book to read on the ferry back to Seattle. Fun fact about the Washington State Ferries (WSF) — they are transitioning to an emission-free fleet through a hybrid electric ferry system!
4. Take in the views from Kerry Park
Stroll over to Kerry Park for panoramic views of the skyline with the Space Needle, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and Mt. Rainier. Pro tip: Sunset is the best time to see the city glow and the ferry lights glide over the water.
Looking for a good trail run? Try the Washington Park Arboretum. Prefer a more meditative quiet experience in nature? The Japanese Garden is an urban sanctuary with plenty of benches to sit and reflect on the learnings and sharings of Spring Summit.
Find your crew, make your plan, but most importantly – register for Spring Summit now!