Travel/Hotel Information

Location and Travel Information

The conference will take place at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, located in the scenic Connecticut River Valley. Amherst is served by major airlines through Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (about 1 hour by car) and Logan Airport in Boston (about 2 1/2 hours by car). Rental car and bus services are available from both airports. The Valley Transporter provides a shuttle service to and from both airports. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for the Valley Transporter, call (800) 872-8752 or (413) 253-1350 for details.

For directions to all the locations on campus please visit http://www.aux.umass.edu/directions.php

If you are planning to drive to campus please park in the campus center parking garage on Monday.  If you are driving to campus the remainder of the week please park in Lot 33 on campus.  You will need to get a parking pass for this lot when you register.  For a map of parking on campus please visit http://www-parking.admin.umass.edu/images/maps/mapvisitorparking.pdf

Accomodation Information

Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. We recommend you make reservations early, as it is a busy time of year in the area. A block of hotel rooms are on hold at the Campus Center Hotel the room rate is $107 for single and double rooms Sunday through Thursday and $140 Friday and Saturday.  The cut off date for this room rate is May 29, 2009.  To make reservations, telephone the hotel directly at (413) 549-6000 -you must identify yourself as affiliated with the UMass Chef Conference- Group Code CHEFSC.  If this hotel is sold out there is also a block of rooms reserved at the Courtyard Marriott.  The rates for these rooms are $112.99 for single and double rooms Sunday through Thursday and $149.99 for Friday and Saturday.  The cut off date for this room rate is May 29, 2009.  To make reservations, telephone the hotel directly at (413) 256- 256-5454 -you must identify yourself as affiliated with the UMass Chef Conference.

Parking Information

Discounted parking passes can be purchased for $5.00 per day at Registration. The parking pass entitles the bearer of the pass to park in the Campus Center Parking Garage. Parking passes entitling conferees to park in Lot 33 near the conference workshop facilities will also be available at registration.

If you are planning to drive to campus please park in the campus center parking garage on Monday.  If you are driving to campus the remainder of the week please park in Lot 33 on campus.  You will need to get a parking pass for this lot when you register.  For a map of parking on campus please visit http://www-parking.admin.umass.edu/images/maps/mapvisitorparking.pdf

Equipment to Bring

Chefs are encouraged to bring their own tools and knives for the cooking workshops.  Please check with your airline for knife transportation.  Chefs are also encouraged to bring their cameras.