Hello Region 8!
Your conference planning committee has been hard at work with the Coeur D’Alene resort planning the upcoming Region 8 conference, only 2 months away!
Yesterday, several of the planning committee members converged on Coeur D’Alene, ID (CDA) for our pre-conference site visit, and from that visit, I have a lot of cool stuff to share.
Coming to CDA, a majority of our members will be flying into Spokane International Airport. From there you will need to travel about 35 minutes to CDA. The CDA resort has provided our conference attendees a reduced shuttle rate of only $45.00 round trip! You can book the shuttle here. When booking the shuttle, you will input your flight information. The CDA resort will pick you up whenever you land. For your return trip after the conference, the shuttles leave every hour, and it is recommended you take a shuttle that leaves CDA at least two hours prior to your flight. It is also important that you book your shuttle in advance. If you wait to get on the shuttle once you get there, people who have booked will get priority, and you may need to wait for the next shuttle. If however, you choose to drive (like I did for this visit), self-parking is $17 per night.
Once I arrived at the CDA Resort, I was amazed at the view of Lake CDA, and the resort atmosphere. I checked into my room, and WOW, what a view. After speaking with the members of the resort, our conference membership will be placed in several different rooms styles. Either city or lake view, some with a balcony and even some with a fireplace. Make sure you book your room early, as the room block may fill up (but more on that later).
For lunch, I tried one of the CDA restaurants, Dockside. This restaurant has a great view of Lake CDA and one of the boat ports for the lake. The food was amazing, and for those on per diem, reasonably priced. I recommend the halibut fish and chips, and the clam chowder!
As the evening came to CDA, some of the planning committee ventured out on the town. Sherman Road, has a very nice shopping scene, and some quality restaurants. Your conference chair Andrew Brewick and I dined at the Crafted Taphouse. For beer and burger lovers, this is your place! I recommend the #42 burger, it was so good. And with 52 beers on tap, there is something for everyone. Your marketing and promotion chair, Kristi Overfelt went to the Grille from Ipanema, a Brazilian Steakhouse with all the meat you can imagine. Finally, your proposal co-chair Kyle Ross dined at the CDA resort, and Beverly’s, which once again came highly recommended and has an amazing wine selection. Seems like we can’t go wrong with food in CDA. Other food recommendations include Fire Artisan Pizza and Capone’s, which was featured on the Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. After our dining excursions, we all met for drinks at the CDA resort bar, Whispers. With their roaring fires and cool water features, this was a very relaxing end to our day.
The next day brought lots of work for the committee. We started with a tour of the resort, and oh, what a resort it is! First up, the pool, two hot tubs with different temperatures, and a full gym (I am not talking 3 treadmills and you’re done).
Then we moved to the spa. Now let me inform all the readers of this blog, which is that I am not a spa man…but this place m ay change my mind. From pedicures and manicures overlooking the lake, to standard massages, couples massages, water massages, and 18 head high pressure 18 head, high pressure shower shower, a barber room for men, and all the great spa features you would expect from a high class resort. Mud wrap anyone?
We then got to see our conference meeting space, and we will have tons of room. Your proposal committee is putting the final touches on the conference schedule now including 4 pre-conference sessions (at an extra cost) and 35 breakout sessions! There were over 85 proposals, so we have some great presentations. While the schedule isn’t set yet, we know that one of the pre-conference workshop sessions is the Best in Region winners from last year, Kerry Thomas and Nova Schauss Advising Students on Developing Resiliency as a Strategy for Academic Success! We also have presentations on proactive advising, technology in advising, student engagement and retention, and advising general education requirements, just to name a few!
Following that, we toured the rooms blocked out for our members. Remember, the room rate is only $109.00 per night! AMAZING! As mentioned, there are rooms with balconies, fireplaces, lake and city view and they are all amazing! Now for the serious part…TIME TO BOOK YOUR ROOM. We already have book 92 rooms out, which filled our original room block to secure our conference room rate. The resort has around 200 rooms left, and they will be giving them to our NACADA members in blocks of around 15. At a certain point, I bet they will run out. At that point they will have overflow rooms available at the sister hotel and transportation to and from the resort. But why wait? Secure your room now to make sure you are enjoying these amazing rooms.
We then linked up with the members of the planning committee who were unable to join us at CDA. We have some great news to share about our conference call. As mentioned, we have booked out 92 rooms and 77 people have already registered. Remember the early registration deadline is right around the corner on February 19th. We want to get attendance to AT LEAST 250…you can get there Region 8! Our hospitality and registration chairs also have a ton of fun stuff planned for our off time, including dinners on the town, hiking, and a ton of other events (which I can’t discuss now, but the surprise is worth the wait). They also have great swag items for all conference attendees. Our keynote chair confirmed that we have two keynote speakers, Michael Benitez Jr. and Charlie Nutt. This should be a great set of keynotes. That’s right, Charlie will be in CDA. For those who have never heard Charlie speak, it is a must see. We will also be recognizing our Region 8 award winners in CDA. Once again, congratulations to all of this year’s winners.
After a quick 24 hours, we closed our site visit with one more meal at Dockside. Andrew Brewick and others recommend the Dungeness Crab Artichoke Melt, and once again I recommend the Clam Chowder. Plus don’t forget to try a Gooey for dessert (apparently, it is a big deal).
If you take only a few things away from this post, it would be this:
- The conference is March 11-13th, 2015 in CDA, ID.
- CDA is gorgeous
- The room rate is only $109 for a breathtaking view at every angle.
- We have 4 pre-conference workshops and 35 general breakout sessions
- Book your room and airport shuttle now
- The food and all amenities at the resort are amazing!
I hope to see everyone in CDA in March!
P.S., a full schedule will be posted soon for those who need it to secure funding!
~Alex Kunkle, Communications Coordinator