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Updated September 5, 2018

Plan Your Travel

The hoedown officially starts with an afternoon social in the Hospitality Suite on Thursday afternoon, with a dance on Thursday night.  Workshops will be scheduled from Friday morning through late afternoon on Sunday, and evening dances occur each night, Thursday–Sunday.

We recommend arriving at least by dinner time on Thursday if you can, earlier for the social or tourist opportunities.  Fortunately, you don’t lose as much time travelling west because of time zone shifts.  But the reverse occurs when travelling east — due to time lost when flying to the Midwest and East Coast, crossing time zones, we highly recommend that you not leave until Monday if you can, to take advantage of the full suite of hoedown events.  (Seriously: to arrive home on Sunday evening, you might have to leave before the brunch!)

The hotel will honor the convention rate for a couple days before and after the hoedown dates, so you can stay at the hotel longer and extend your stay into a longer vacation.

Getting to Seattle

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac, code SEA) is served by all major air carriers, many with direct or single-hop flights.  SeaTac is also the home base for Alaska Airlines, which flies direct between Seattle and many IAGLCWDC member club cities, and it is now a West Coast hub for Delta as well.  If you will be spending additional time in the Northwest beyond the hoedown, you may also want to check options for Portland (3 hours south), Bellingham (90 minutes north), and Vancouver (3 hours north, possibly a good option with a car rental, train, or Bolt Bus for Canadian attendees).

Check out your favorite online travel sites/apps — such as Kayak or Hipmunk — for good online and smartphone options for air travel shopping.

Amtrak may also be an option for your travel needs, with about a 4-hour trip from Portland or Vancouver and 24 hours from San Francisco.  The Amtrak depot is about a mile from the host hotel.

Bolt Bus runs between Seattle and both Portland and Vancouver, promising direct routes, more leg room, WiFi, and some great rates ($25 or less), with similar trip times to Amtrak.  The Bolt Bus stop is also about a mile from the host hotel, right by the train depot.

Getting to the Hotel from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

  • Link Light Rail is the easiest, most cost-effective transportation option from the airport.  It costs $3.00 each way and is available directly from SeaTac Airport, leaving every 10-15 minutes and takes about 35 minutes.  Exit at University Street Station, and the Renaissance is 5 blocks away (uphill, unfortunately; an Uber or Lyft ride from there is only a few dollars if you need it).
  • Bus service varies by time of day and distance you are willing to walk (up to 1/2 mile).  Cost ranges from $2.75 to $5.25 each way, takes about an hour (longer for routes wuth minimal walking), and requires transfers.  See the Metro Trip Planner.
  • ReachNow car shares are available at WallyPark at the airport and will cost $15–20.   Once you have reached the hotel, you can park the car share in any nearby legal space and not worry about parking costs.
  • Downtown Airporter costs $18 per person and up each way (with a discount for round trips), leaves the airport every 30 minutes, and takes about 50 minutes but goes directly to the hotel.
  • Taxi service costs around $45 (plus tip).  Follow signs from baggage claim — and don’t forget to buckle up!

Driving from the South: take exit 164A (Dearborn/James/Madison) off I-5, but stay on the exit ramp to the I-90 bypass (do not take the exit for I-90).  Take the Madison St./Convention Place exit, and turn left on Madison.  The hotel is at Madison and 6th Ave., just across the freeway.

Driving from the North: take exit 165A (James St.) off I-5 and merge onto 6th Ave. Turn left on Cherry St., left on 7th Ave., and then left on Madison St.  The hotel is at Madison and 6th Ave.

Please note: parking at the hotel is very limited and not cheap; we do not recommend renting a car just for getting to and from the hoedown, not unless you will be doing other driving during the weekend.

Getting Around Seattle

Limited on-site parking is available at the Renaissance Hotel, but it can be expensive and may be limited to hotel guests only.  Affordable surface pay lots are located just a couple blocks away, on the other side of the freeway at 7th & Marion, and some nearby parking garages also have reasonable daytime rates, but may not be accessible after dark.  To check out available parking options and prices, visit http://seattle.bestparking.com (or download the Best Parking app for your smartphone).  For the evening dances, street parking within a couple blocks from the hotel should be reasonably available, in addition to these lots.

Parking in downtown Seattle’s shopping district and on Capitol Hill can be a challenge on a good night.  Consider using the bus system, use a car chare (Car2Go, ReachNow), or taking a taxi or Uber/Lyft.  (Or even walk, if the weather is nice!  The hotel is 1.1 miles or less from the various gay bars.)  Most locations you want to go to are only a few dollars ride away from each other.

For bus information in Seattle and King County, visit the Metro Transit website.