4 Super Cool Things To Do While at the Stronger Together: Fitness Conference.


Hopefully, you have your ticket for the Stronger Together event (get your ticket here). You might even have your Airbnb booked, too. But did you know there are other things in Seattle you can do to pass your time when you aren’t learning from the world’s best in the fitness industry? Trust me, there are. In true online writing and marketing jargon, here’s a list of 4 things you can see and do while you’re up here.

  1. Museum of Pop Culture

Clocking in at only a half mile away from The Collective, the Museum of Pop Culture or MoPOP highlights the contributions of popular culture and its impact on our way of life. Seattle is rife with pop culture itself, being home to some of the greatest musicians in the world, like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. Not only is there the music, but Rainn Wilson aka Dwight Schrute on The Office was also a Seattle native. If you were into the WWE in the 80s and 90s, you might remember Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, who also happens to be a Seattle native. So the city itself is full of pop culture, and the museum typifies it. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s an entire exhibit devoted to Prince called “Prince from Minneapolis.”

MoPOP, photo courtesy  visitseattle.org .

MoPOP, photo courtesy visitseattle.org.

2. The 5 Spot

A mile and a half away from The Collective, you can get a taste of a rotating regional menu at The 5 Spot. In addition to the rotating menu, they also serve pancakes, a damn fine cup of coffee, and liquor, if that’s your jam. One of the highlights is their chicken and waffles, which happens to be one of Sarah’s favorites, along with their Bloody Mary. But more important than that, it’s the atmosphere.

Despite The 5 Spot being a bustling restaurant, it’s a delightful place to go unwind, chat, and hang out with friends and catch up on the news of the world, or talk about what you learned at the conference that day. Plus, breakfast food and so much more.

5 Spot, photo courtesy  chowfoods.com .

5 Spot, photo courtesy chowfoods.com.

3. Pike Place

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the market at Pike Place. It’s just a mile away from The Collective and, after all, the market is home to the original Starbucks, there is always a line there. But besides Starbucks, Pike Place has floors of shops and boutiques like:

  • The Market Magic & Novelty Shop, for your sleight of hand and prankster needs.

  • Piroshky Piroshky, for all your stuffed pastry desires.

  • Radiator Whiskey, which has some of the best crushed red potatoes ever along with their copious whiskey selection. You’ll want to get a reservation here, it’s usually busy. But it’s worth it.

  • Storyville Coffee, a local chain is also there, and the lines aren’t even close to the brutal wait like you’ll find at the original Starbucks.

Basically, you got options.

Pike Place Market. Photo courtesy  pikeplacemarket.org

Pike Place Market. Photo courtesy pikeplacemarket.org

4. The Staircases of Queen Anne

You’re into fitness, in some capacity. That means you like running, right? Or getting your heart rate up, at least. Well, there’s good news. You can take it to the next level. See, The Collective is located right next to the Queen Anne neighborhood. So named for the style of Architecture, Queen Anne has one other feature you might like: 150+ public staircases.

Wilcox Wall stairs. Photo Courtesy  wikimapia.org .

Wilcox Wall stairs. Photo Courtesy wikimapia.org.

The roads here are such that they don’t always connect, so driving them can actually take you out of the way to get to where you’re going. So walking can give you a clear shot to where you need to go, most of the time. And where the driving road drops off, you’re left with the staircases. In fact, Peter Baker, one of the speakers, walks seven flights of those public stairs to get to the gym everyday [Editor’s Note: I absolutely do not, most of the time, I take a longer walk to avoid the stairs because nobody wants to walk seven flights of stairs, but if you never have, the views are wonderful].

So, there you have it. In addition to your action packed weekend of learning and socializing with the best of the best (with honors), you can meet your fun quota in the best climate in the country.