Monday, June 09, 2008

Planning Ahead: A Tall, Sweet Trip

Don’t miss an opportunity to see farther than you ever have or to tempt that sweet tooth during our upcoming National Conference in Seattle. Planning ahead is key so you can take full advantage of everything the city has to offer. Be it tall or chocolaty, attending has its privileges.

Tall, Dark with Legs of Steel?

If you are looking for tall, fairly dark, with a strong frame—legs of steel and a stout upper body—this guy loves to entertain. In fact, he entertains guests by the dozen and his New Year’s Eve parties are explosive. He knows no strangers! Seattleites call him a “well known symbol in the city.” Interested? I hope so, as the 606 foot Space Needle or Seattle Center has been the symbol of this glorious city since the 1962 World’s Fair. (Check out the view here!) Don’t forget to pay him—you can warm-up with him during the day or cuddle with him at night for a mere $20. For that price, you’ll get a 360 degree unobstructed view of the Seattle-Tacoma area. (Photo credit:

How Sweet It Is

Another must see and do while in Seattle is for those chocolate lovers, take the Seattle Chocolate Tour! Yes, there is actually a “Tour de Chocolat” in Seattle. In honor of Seattle’s other bean—the cocoa bean—the Chocolate Box, near Pike Place Market, has launched this three-hour tour that includes five local chocolatiers. This tour is not for the faint-of-heart as it includes a gift bag chock full of samples from each chocolatier. As you know, chocolate is expensive and this tour will cost $65, but isn’t your sweet tooth worth it? Don’t tell your dentist though.

Be it sweet or possessing a sweet view, Seattle will be a great host city this September. Either before or after the conference, you will want to explore all the city has to offer. There is much to this Northwestern city by the Sound—Puget Sound that is—so learn, relax and revitalize—not necessarily in that order—in Seattle, a city that has it all.

And if you haven't registered for the conference yet. . . do it now!

Until next time,
Brian K. Smith

Brian K. Smith is the Senior Associate Director of College Counseling at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. He's never lived in Seattle, but he's visited on several occasions while traveling in college admissions. This year's conference will mark Brian's 10th time as an attendee.