**We wanted to remind you that if you want to fly in, you do NOT need to rent a car.
Nail Technicians from across the country have joined us in the past and we love that you find your way to the Northwest.
Probably the most asked question is about rental cars - You will NOT need to rent a car if you fly into Seattle if you can find someone else to get you to the facility! This isn't too hard, just go to ourNW NailTech Retreat Facebook page. Please request to join the group, and watch out for the posts about rideshare. There are many locals willing to pick you up at the airport or the hotel that people stay in Thursday night. Once you are at the camp, you won't be going anywhere until you head back to the airport.
The retreat begins Friday with registration starting at 10:30am, lunch at noon and the first class at 1pm. If you are flying from somewhere more than a few hours away, you may need to fly in the day before on Thursday. Post on NW NailTech Retreat Facebook page for others coming in early so you can room together that one night and keep down costs! In the past, many techs have stayed at The Coastal Gateway Hotelnext to the SeaTac Airport. There will be group discount arranged closer to the event date, and they are within the walking distance from SeaTac Airport or you can call to grab their airport shuttle. However many hotels near SeaTac offers free airport shuttles and some offers cheaper rate. We have lots of nail techs who are more than willing to pick up techs on the way to the ferry, and in past years these techs have formed awesome lasting friendships! It's a great way to meet someone right away who can be a little bit of a tour guide. These pick ups happen at the airport as well as nearby hotel. Don't let the travel portion stop you from coming, we are here to help you get here and enjoy this one of a kind Retreat! (For those who are planning to get a ride from locals, please be ready to pay for your ferry fare with cash. This helps the line on the ferry to move faster!)
If you are landing at SeaTac and will be getting picked by a fellow nail tech, just exit the doors right out of Baggage for curb-side pick up. If you are landing Thursday and need to take a shuttle to a hotel, please read this little bit of information a few times so it makes sense - and look at the pictures below. Once you exit your plane and grab your bags, you will need to take the escalator UP to walk over the skybridge to the parking structure. Once you are in the parking structure (you will be on level 4), you will want to take the Elevator DOWN to level 3 where the street is with the shuttles to pick up for hotels. Walk out of the elevator and cross the street, the courtesy phones for the hotels are there. Click here to see SeaTac airport map
A few techs have decided to come early Thursday so they could spend the day playing tourist in downtown Seattle! There is now a Link Light Rail train that will take you from the airport to downtown Seattle. To get to the light rail skybridge, walk to baggage claim 16 and go up the escalater (or if you have a luggage cart, take an elevator) and walk over skybridge 6. As you exit the skybridge you will see a sign pointing to the left for the skybridge to walk to the Link Light Rail. Its about a 3-5 minute covered walk over to the station. You CAN take your luggage "smart cart" over to the rail station and leave it there. Be sure to let us know your plans so we can make sure you are connected with a local nail tech that can pick you up from your Seattle hotel Friday morning and bring you to camp.