There are no rooms set aside specifically for this conference, but there are many options for lodging that are within walking distance or a short drive of the two campuses. The places listed below are in Amherst proper, but you can also find a number of hotels-including a Courtyard Marriott, a Holiday Inn Express, and others-in nearby Hadley, Massachusetts, a few miles from the two campuses.
The Amherst Inn This small bed and breakfast is across the street from the Emily Dickinson House and a short walk to the Amherst campus. It is a longer walk (or a short drive) to the University.
257 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Amherst Inn website
The Lord Jeffrey Inn The newly renovated "Lord Jeff" is located in Amherst's Town Center. It is only a few blocks away from Amherst College. It is a long walk (or a short drive) to the University.
30 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Lord Jeffrey Inn website
UMass Hotel and Conference Center This hotel is located in the heart of the UMass campus. It is a short trip by car or bus to the Amherst College campus.
Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003
UMass Hotel and Conference Center website
University Lodge Amherst This motel is located a few blocks from Amherst Town Center. It is within walking distance of both UMass and Amherst College, though the latter is further.
345 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
University Lodge website
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Both campuses are easily accessible by automobile. See the websites below for detailed directions.
Amherst College access
University of Massachusetts access
The nearest airport is Bradley International in Hartford, Connecticut. Bradley is served by most major airlines. It is approximately 50 minutes by car from Amherst. Bradley International Airport website
Valley Transporter operates a shuttle between Bradley and Amherst. Valley Transporter website
Participants from the Boston area may find the bus—which runs from South Station to Amherst via Springfield—to be a viable option. There are stops in both Amherst Town Center and UMass.
Peter Pan Bus website
Amherst is also a stop on Amtrak's Vermonter Line, which connects New York City, southern and central Connecticut, and much of Vermont. It is a short walk from the station to Amherst's Town Center.
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Parking at Amherst College
Parking is unrestricted on almost the entire Amherst campus on weekends.
The most convenient strategy is to park in the Alumni Parking Lot, which is directly behind the Alumni House and the Lord Jeffrey Inn. The lot is bounded on its other three sides by Spring Street, Seelye Street, and College Street (Route 9). If you walk across College Street/Route 9 and through the central door and hallway of Valentine Hall, you will emerge on the other side of the building onto the Val Quad. You will see Chapin Hall up on a small hill directly ahead of you and Fayerweather Hall ahead and to your left. The two buildings are practically right next to each other. All panels will be held in these two buildings. (Lunch will be served in Lewis-Sebring dining room inside Valentine Hall.)
Theoretically you could park closer to these buildings if you hunt around campus for a spot, but they've begun work on the new Science Center, which will probably interfere with traffic and parking on parts of campus during the fall, so we recommend the Alumni Parking Lot.
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Directions from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1.5 miles)
From the Alumni Lot, turn right onto College Street/Route 9 and proceed straight for a few blocks to the light at the intersection of College Street and (North) Pleasant Street. Turn right onto (North) Pleasant Street and proceed through Amherst Town Center.
After you have passed through Town Center, a light and intersection will mark the point at which (North) Pleasant Street branches off into East Pleasant Street and North Pleasant Street. Turn left to continue onto North Pleasant Street.
Continue until the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and North Pleasant Street. Stay straight on Massachusetts Avenue until the lights. At the lights turn right on to Commonwealth Avenue. For free parking in lot 65, turn on Holdsworth Way until you reach lot 65. After you park, walk around Stockbridge Hall until you reach a road (Campus Center Way) and then proceed toward the center of campus until you reach the Campus Center.
To park at the Campus Center garage (hourly fee) turn off Commonwealth Avenue on to Campus Center Way. Park in the parking garage, and then exit toward the campus center. The Lincoln Campus Center has underground parking at the rate of approximately $1/hour. Parking in other lots on campus is free and unrestricted on weekends.
The reception and dinner for NEAAS is on the 10th floor of the Lincoln Campus Center.
There are several buses that can take you from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts. Bus 38 (UMass-Mt Holyoke) will take you to Haigis Hall in front of the Fine Arts Center. From there, take the path on left of the building to the Campus Center. The bus departs from the Converse Parking Lot (next to Converse Hall), on College Street/Route 9. The buses will display the "UMass-Haigis Mall" sign and will drop you off in front of the Fine Arts Center at UMass. There is also Bus 43 (UMass-Northhampton) which will charge $1.50 if you do not have a Five Colleges identification. It also drops off at the Fine Arts Center.
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