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Important Locations

All events are held in brief walking distance from each other, on Friday and Saturday, in Alderman Library, Harrison-Small Special Collections Library, and the Garden Room, Hotel E.  On this pdf of UVA Grounds, the venue for Friday dinner, the Garden Room, is beneath the label for Central Grounds.  We will guide everyone to this upstairs room (there is ramp access by prearrangement). Central Grounds Parking Garage is the P symbol near the word Bookstore, between Clemons and Harrison-Small.

(Pictured above: campus map, with the Garden Room circled) 


The conference will provide breakfasts, lunches, and coffee breaks, and Friday evening, you can expect to enjoy your evening meal at the reception in the Garden Room, which is circled on the map. But it’s possible you will be here before Friday or will want to explore the area. We offer a list of recommended restaurants near this area. For Saturday evening, we have made reservations at six restaurants for six-eight people each: sign up for reservations . Most of these are for 6 pm, Saturday November 16. We ask you to sign up by November 14, since we need to manage the reservation numbers. These are pay your own way. 

 On Saturday afternoon (or anytime you're free), you might consider taking a self-guided literary arts tour of Charlottesville.

Travel to Charlottesville, Virginia

By Air:

We have a regional airport, CHO. It is about 20 minutes by car (that’s the only way you’d want to do it) from the airport to the University.  Getting in and out of the airport is usually pretty quick; security lines are only long in the early morning. Rental car places are right in the terminal. Taxis charge $25 flat rate to the University. There are Uber and Lyft.

There are direct flights from Chicago (ORD), Atlanta, Charlotte, NY (LGA) or DC (IAD). (But why would you fly if you’re setting out from DC, a 2.5 hour drive or train ride?)  Otherwise you will need to change planes to get to CHO. In our opinion, better to avoid LaGuardia, and sometimes Dulles isn’t as reliable as the other airports.

Richmond airport (RIC) can sometimes save you from having to take a second flight, but you should allow one and half hours to drive to Charlottesville.

Dulles Airport (IAD), for international as well as domestic flights, is two and half hours’ drive, and Reagan National (DCA) is at least three hours’ drive.

By Train:

The Amtrak station is .6 miles walk along Main Street toward the University, with the conference hotel, the Graduate, on your right. About three trains arrive there daily; be wary, as sometimes the “train” is actually an Amtrak bus. We recommend the Northeast Regional trains, which are usually more reliable than the Cardinal or the Crescent, which come from further away.

By Car:

OK, use your GPS. Yes, the roads within Charlottesville have a charming, eighteenth-century tendency to change their names when continuing straight, or to abruptly turn. The main highway from west (e.g. from I-81) and east (e.g. from Richmond) is I-64. Exit 118 (US 29 Business) from I-64 brings you to Ivy Road; you will turn right or East; which, after some traffic lights, becomes University as it passes some tennis courts on the right. This route becomes “Main Street” about where you can see the Rotunda on your right (which is very near Alderman and Harrison-Small buildings, the venues of our conference). After a light at the intersection of 14th St, under a railway bridge, you will see The Graduate Hotel on your left.  

From Washington, DC, you will take Route 29 South for the last part of your journey, known as Emmet Street as it approaches Grounds from the North. At the intersection where Ivy Road-University intersects with Emmet Street, you will turn left/uphill on University, past the tennis courts, and proceed till you are nominally on Main Street and the hotel will be in your left.

Although public transportation isn’t strong within Charlottesville city and the surrounding Albemarle county, you can get around without a car during the conference; downtown Charlottesville is accessible from the Grounds via a free trolley, which picks up right near our conference meeting locations and passes the Graduate Hotel and train station. 

Trolley Service Hours

Monday - Saturday 6:35 AM - 11:32 PM

Sunday 8:00 AM - 5:47 PM

Parking: Central Grounds Parking Garage is on Emmet Street, see map.  There are kiosks to pay by cash or check (!).  Please check what is current re parking payment and rates; the rates below seem to be on a current chart from Parking and Transportation. I saw different categories of payment, ahd Sherri saw that you can pay by cash, credit card, and ParkMobile.

Day Rate (8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday): $2.00 per hour 

Night Rate (5:00 pm -10:00pm, Monday-Saturday)$1.00 per hour

Lost Ticket Fee: $20

Returned Check Fee (Non-sufficient Funds): $30

No overnight parking

A few accessible parking spots are available on McCormick Road in front of Alderman Library: IF you get there by 7:30 am or are quite lucky. Handicap-symbol spots also are in Central Grounds Parking Garage.


The Graduate

1309 West Main Street

Charlottesville, VA 22903

We have reserved a block of rooms for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at $189 rate per night (plus tax and fees). You will make your own reservation at this site.  The cutoff date for releasing the block is October 15. Don’t wait, since the hotel fills up on Fall weekends, and generally. 

For General Inquiries Call: 434 295 4333, or email info@graduatecharlottesville.com

Valet parking is available there for $16 + tax per night. 

For students or those on limited funds: We may be able to put you in touch with graduate students who could host you. Charlottesville has  Airbnb options. Hotels within walking distance include: Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites, and the Oakhurst Inn. The Omni Hotel is on the downtown mall, and you could get back and forth by trolley.