2019 Summer Session: Getting Here

15th Annual Summer Session on
Contemplative Learning

Sunday, August 4 – Friday, August 9, 2019
Smith College
Northampton, MA


Getting Here: Traveling to Smith College

Attendees should plan to arrive between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday afternoon, and arrange to depart after 12 noon on Friday. Late arrivals can be accommodated; please contact Maya Elinevsky, event organizer, if you will be arriving later in the evening on Sunday.

When using GPS, the exact address of Cutter/Ziskind is:
79 Elm Street (Cutter) OR 91 Elm Street (Ziskind)
Northampton, MA 01060

Smith College campus map

From the South: Northampton is on Route I-91 in Massachusetts. Take Exit 18, and follow Route 5 north into the center of town. Turn left onto Route 9 (Main Street). Stay on Route 9 and go straight through four traffic lights (the road will curve to the right and go up a small hill).

From the North: From I-91 South, take Exit 20, and follow onto Route 5 south into the center of town. At the intersection of Route 5 and Route 9 (Main Street), turn right onto Route 9 west. Then follow the same directions as above.

From the East or West via the Massachusetts Turnpike: Northampton is on Route I-91 North (Mass Pike exit 4). Once on I-91, follow the directions above for visitors from the south.

Parking: A parking pass will be emailed to you. Please print it out and place it in your car window. The parking pass is valid for all white-lined spaces.

The closest airport is Bradley International (BDL). It is served by most major airlines and is located about 40 miles south of Northampton near Hartford, Connecticut; the driving route to Northampton is a straight shot north on I-91. Flying into Bradley rather than to Boston’s Logan Airport gives you a shorter drive to Northampton and spares you city traffic congestion. Allow at least 2 – 2 ½ hours to leave Northampton for your return flight: it takes about 40-50 minutes to drive to the airport (car rental returns may add 30 minutes), which leaves you ample time for check-in. Bradley Airport is a small, efficient operation, but peak travel hours may delay your check-in.

Transportation from airport:
Seemo Shuttle can be reached at 413-586-1120 or www.seemoshuttle.com.
Valley Transporter can be reached at (413) 253-1350. Rates are approximately $63 each way for shared service. The transporter runs from Boston, and it’s about $300; NYC is $385. www.valleytransporter.com
Alexus Taxi can be reached at (860) 869-5515 or lexustransportation@gmail.com.
Michael’s Limousine and Transport Services can be reached at (413) 583-6392 or (800) 533-8470.

Peter Pan and Greyhound serve the area. Most routes go to the main bus terminal in Springfield, where you can catch another bus to Northampton. Buses run almost hourly between Springfield and Northampton. Smith College is a 5-minute walk or a short taxi ride from the bus station; the taxi station is right next to the Northampton bus depot. www.peterpanbus.com; www.greyhound.com.

Amtrak (800-872-7245, www.amtrak.com) runs trains to Springfield and now Northampton from various locations. From Springfield you can take a bus or get van service to Northampton from Valley Transporter. Valley Transporter requires advance reservations; call (413) 253-1350 or (800) 872-8752; www.valleytransporter.com.


Rideshare Listserv

We will create a shared email list to help participants coordinate shared travel (shuttles, rental cars, rides offered, etc.) to and from Smith College. If you would like to join the list to request or offer a ride, you can send your request/offer message to summersession_rideshare@lists.contemplativemind.org.

If you would like to unsubscribe from the rideshare list, you can do so at the bottom of this page: http://lists.contemplativemind.org/listinfo.cgi/summersession_rideshare-contemplativemind.org. Or, let me know (maya@contemplativemind.org) and I’ll remove you as soon as I’m able.

Please understand that we cannot make travel arrangements for you, but we are happy to answer your questions and assist however we are able.