2018 Summit Resources
Click here for a tentative schedule of when we'll be meeting so you can plan your travel and activities.
Where the heck is bellingham, Washington?
Click here for an area map and short list of eats & drinks, plus outings & outfitters
Some coaches choose to find a house to rent together and enjoy even more offline time getting to know each other.
If you like/need your own space, feel free to check out some of these accommodations.
Recommended Hotels (with views of Bellingham Bay)
- The Chysalis Inn: 804 10th St. Bellingham, WA 98225 | (360) 756-1005
- Fairhaven Village Inn: 1200 10th Street Bellingham, WA 98225 | (360) 733-1311
- Hotel Bellweather: 1 Bellwether Way | Bellingham, WA 98225 | (360) 392-3100
Local options with a little more character - including AirBNB's or VRBO's
Heliotrope Hotel: 2419 Elm St Bellingham, WA 98225 | (360) 201-2914 | a 1950’s motel that's been transformed into a modern Pacific Northwest headquarters for hospitality, relaxation, and recreation.
Hamlet Hotel: Railroad Avenue, Bellingham, WA | https://www.bellinghamhamlet.com | Four fully furnished one bedroom suites located in the heart of the entertainment district. (Coming in late January 2018)
GOOD EATS & Drinks
Go enjoy local microbrews or ciders at some of my favorite spots in town like Elizabeth Station, Kulshan Brewing Company, Kulshan 2, Aslan Brewing, Wander Brewing, Stones Throw Brewing Co., Bellingham Cider Company or Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro.
Get your pacific northwest coffee buzz at Caffe Adagio (my goto for laptop work & meetings) Primer Coffee (upscale delicious coffee experience), Avellino Coffee (foo-foo-la-la drinks), Black Drop (total PNW hipster vibe...kick-ass coffee), Camber Coffee (food, beer, wine, tea, and yes...coffee)
Lunch ideas for in between our summit sessions: Grab food to-go or dine in upstairs at the downtown Community Food Co-op, try a sandwich or salad at Avenue Bread. Need a boost of juice? Check out Big Love Juice in the Bellingham Herald Building or Electric Beet Juice Co. located inside Tera Organica. Close to the Squalicum Boathouse are places like Kuru Kuru Sushi, The Lighthouse Bar and Grill at Hotel Bellweather, or The Loft which are all right on the water.
MASSAGE, Float, Mani-Pedi
Make time to take care of YOU during the summit. Schedule a massage, do a float session, go get a mani-pedi:
- Still Life Massage & Float (massage and float - offering summit coaches 10% off)
- Zazen Salon Spa (massage, skin care/facials, mani/pedis, hair care)
- The Spa at The Chrysalis Inn (Complete spa services including massage and mani-pedi)
- Prime Massage & Sports Medicine (massage & athletic training with my wife Kerry Gustafson)
- Jimmy's Personal Care (mani-pedi) in Fairhaven
Oyster Dome - 5 and 8 mile options off of Chuckanut Drive
Fragrance Lake - 5.5 mile roundtrip hike near Larabee State Park in the Chuckanuts (you'll need a Discovery Pass for parking)
Lake Padden - 2.6 mile smooth gravel loop around the lake; mostly flat
Lake Whatcom Trail - 6.6 mile out and back (go as long or short as you want); mostly flat
Whatcom Falls Park - 4.0 mile roundtrip hike near Lake Whatcom and Whatcom Creek
Stroll along the water between Boulevard Park and Taylor Dock
Go paddling with my good friend, Kristi Kucera of Moondance Sea Kayak
Go ride some of the world class mountain biking trails up at Galbraith Mountain
Ski or snowboard at Mt. Baker Ski Area
Indoor climbing at Vital Climbing Gym
Have I missed anything? Send an email to email@example.com and ask.
Too many choices of things to do and need to stay longer?
I know, right!? This place is amazing. So, we'd love to have you stay as long as you can.
Come early or stay late to relax and/or play.
- Use Bellingham as a jumping off point to go recruit up in Canada or around Seattle
- Add in a family trip and bring them along (We can help you find childcare, or figure out things they can do while you're at the summit...just ask sooner than later)
- Ask me about a bonus day before and/or after. I'll coordinate some additional logistics including hikes, yoga classes, or workouts with other coaches who are here too.
Let me know if you'd like to coordinate with other coaches during your bonus day(s) by clicking here - by March 15th for the April summit and by May 1st for the June summit.
Part of being a leader as a coach is learning to ask for what you want and need. It's not always comfortable to have this kind of conversation. Consider it part of your growth and development as a leader. Having the courage to bring this up with your head coach or administrator is a leadership opportunity. No matter what their response is, I always encourage coaches to initiate this conversation. You never know what resources might be out there that you don't know about until you ask the question - and get it on their radar.
That being said, I've had many coaches (too many to count) tell me their administration has eliminated professional development opportunities for coaches due to budget cuts. I have written a letter to coaches and administrators - on your behalf - highlighting several key talking points. If you believe a summit would be beneficial to your coaching career, I would recommend you schedule time to talk to your boss, print out the letter, and have a deeper conversation to explore creative ways to fund this experience.
Click here to download this letter for your head coach or administrator.
Would you like me to personalize this for you? Send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and boss's name.