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.umass.edu/visitorsctr/directions

For directions to the Courtyard® by Marriott® 423 Russell St Hadley, Massachusetts 01035 USA please visit the website https://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/bdlhd-courtyard-hadley-amherst/

If you are planning to drive to campus please park in the campus center parking garage on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. 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.umass.edu/visitorsctr/sites/default/files/maps/map-2015.pdf

Accommodation 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. Rooms have been set aside for Chef Culinary Conference attendees at The UMass Hotel.

Hotel UMass at the Campus Center – This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the UMass Amherst campus. The rate is $145/night for single and double rooms. The cutoff date for this special rate is May 5, 2017. To make reservations, you may book online at www.hotelumass.com using Group Code CHC17C or you may telephone the hotel directly at 877-822-2110. You must also reference the same group code when booking over the phone in order to receive the discounted rate. If you would like to come earlier than June 4th or stay later than June 10th you cannot make your reservation online and will need to call the hotel directly to book your room. Directions to Hotel UMass can be found at hotelumass.com.

The Courtyard by Marriott Hadley – This property is a three-minute drive from the UMass campus. The room rate is $139/night for single and double rooms. The cutoff date for this special rate is May 4, 2017. To make reservations you may book online or you may telephone the hotel directly at (413) 256-5454. You must identify yourself as being affiliated with the UMass Chef Conference 2017 in order to receive the discounted rate.

Parking Information

Free parking will be available in the Campus Center Garage which is connected to the Campus Center. There will also free parking in lot 33 across the street from Hampshire and Berkshire Dining Commons. If you plan to drive to the UMass campus each day please park in the Campus Center parking garage on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. For the remainder of the week please park in lot 33. Each of these two parking locations requires parking passes. Please indicate the parking passes that you will need when you register on-site.

Check the travel information section of the conference website for maps and directions. Please note that parking in restricted lots will result in unwanted ticketing and/or towing. For a map of parking on campus please visit http://www.umass.edu/visitorsctr/sites/default/files/maps/map-2015.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.