The conference is still a year away, but it’s never too early to start planning!
GETTING TO ITHACA
By plane: Delta, US Airways, and Continental fly to Ithaca’s Tompkins Regional Airport. There are a number of great flight deals listed on their website: http://flyithaca.com/
By train and bus: Cornell University has a great website listing a variety of transportation options: http://www.cornell.edu/visiting/ithaca/directions_bus_train.cfm
For those of you coming into town from elsewhere for the big event, we recommend the following three hotels.
The William Henry Miller Inn
This hotel is a bit pricy (around $195 per night), but it was so highly recommended to us by experienced conference organizers at Cornell that both Susanah and I will be staying there. Breakfast is apparently fantastic and included in the price of the room, and there is a decadent dessert buffet in the evenings that is also part of the package. The owners seem like lovely people, and the location is great with a bus stop for the campus-bound #10 around the corner.
If you’re interested in staying here, book soon! They’ve only got 9 rooms and co-owner Lynette says that they fill up fast, so don’t delay. Their phone number is 607.256.4553, and they’re waiting to hear from you.
THE INN ON COLUMBIA
Our Cornell insiders also recommend the Inn on Columbia. Their rooms regularly start at $175, so they are only slightly cheaper the Miller Inn. They are located just minutes from The Commons, Ithaca’s downtown shopping area, so if you want easy access to some window shopping and people-watching this might be a good bet. Their phone number is 607.272.0204.
HILTON GARDEN INN
The third hotel recommendation from our trusted source was the Hilton Garden Inn. The prices seem to be roughly comparable to the two smaller hotels above (starting around $169 per night), and it is also located very close to downtown Ithaca. Their phone number is 607.277.8900.
If none of these options sound like what you’re looking for, there are plenty of other hotels and inns in and around Ithaca to choose from. Travelocity, Kayak, and Hotwire are my go-to sites when I want to find a good deal, and I’m sure there are many more out there.
TRANSPORTATION IN ITHACA
There is no need to rent a car when you arrive, unless you plan on doing some out-of-town exploring or staying far from downtown Ithaca. The airport is only 4 miles from the city, and you can catch a cab or a bus to your hotel without great expense. The Cornell University transportation website provides plenty of helpful information: http://www.cornell.edu/visiting/ithaca/directions_air.cfm
Catching a bus up to campus from downtown Ithaca won’t be a problem (there are many shuttles, or you can brave the steep hill and walk up!), or you can catch a ride with someone who has a vehicle.