2019 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.

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. Use the code ‘SUMMIT’ to get the special summit rate. Rooms are not blocked out - so be sure to contact the hotel soon if you’re interested in staying here!

Other Recommended Hotels (with views of Bellingham Bay)

Local options with a little more character - including AirBNB's or VRBO's

Hamlet Hotel: Railroad Avenue, Bellingham, WA | https://www.bellinghamhamlet.com | Four fully furnished one bedroom suites located in the heart of the entertainment district.

GOOD EATS & Drinks

Go enjoy local microbrews or ciders at some of my favorite spots in town like Elizabeth StationKulshan 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)

Have a sweet tooth? Try Mallard's Ice Cream, Rocket Donuts, or Pure Bliss Desserts (who made our wedding cake).

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. on State Street.

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:

Yoga classes

Here are two great places to do yoga before, during, or after your coaching summit:

  • Yoga Northwest (where Erica teaches) - 1440 10th Street Bellingham, WA 98227 | (360) 647-0712

  • 3 OM's Yoga - 1319 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 | (360) 671-3510


Fragrance Lake - 5.5 mile roundtrip hike near Larabee State Park in the Chuckanuts (you'll need a Discovery Pass for parking)

Oyster Dome - 5 and 8 mile options off of Chuckanut Drive

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

Rent bikes to ride around town or demo a mountain bike for the trails from Fairhaven Bicycles or Jack's Bicycles.

Ski or snowboard at Mt. Baker Ski Area

Indoor climbing at Vital Climbing Gym

Go workout at one of the amazing gyms in our area like Apex Fitness NWTerrain, Trailhead Athletics, or Kulshan Crossfit to name just a few. You can also use the gym at Prime while you’re here.

Have I missed anything? Send an email to coachquam@whocoachesyou.org 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 and figure out things they can do while you're at the summit...just ask me about this 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.

Financial Support

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 this 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 coachquam@whocoachesyou.org with your name and boss's name.