Travel, Accommodations, and Dining

Where is Hamilton College?

Hamilton College is located in central New York, one and one-half miles from the village of Clinton and nine miles southwest of the city of Utica.

Conference participants should be aware that the college is located on a hilltop outside of Clinton.  The walk into the village (@ 30 min.) is pleasant, but remember, you must walk back uphill.  Many do it, but it is a bit of a workout.  Conference participants will be able to park on campus for no charge.  At registration you will receive a parking pass to put in your vehicle.

Directions via Train, Bus, or Air

Amtrak provides daily service to Utica, where taxi service is available to Clinton.  Both Greyhound and Trailways offer bus service to Utica.  Syracuse Airport, located 45 minutes west of Hamilton College, is serviced by several airlines including American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Airways.  Albany Airport, located 90 minutes east of Hamilton College, is serviced by Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways.  See link below for information about local taxi service.  Transportation to and from the airports can be expensive, and the college cannot provide a shuttle for an affordable price.  However, participants will find it cheaper to rent a car for the conference.  We encourage people to connect with one another via the conference Facebook page to coordinate sharing rides -- either carpooling to the conference or renting a car together.  If 2-4 people share the cost of a rental, it will be a significant savings.

Area Information and Accommodations 


Conference participants are encouraged to stay on campus in college residence halls.  The first block of on-campus rooms is in Skenandoa House.  Each of the rooms in this residence hall has a private bathroom and air conditioning.  Most of the rooms in this Hall are single occupancy, but some are doubles.  Since there are a limited number of rooms in this residence hall, we encourage participants to share a double room if possible to maximize the numbers we can house in this space.  The other on-campus accommodations will be in South Hall.  This residence hall has a larger number of double occupancy sized rooms with private bathrooms and a common room;  this hall is not air conditioned, though fans will be provided.  A third location, Wertimer House, is available at a rate for those on a very tight budget.  This residence hall has double occupany sized rooms, a common room on each floor, and a shared bathroom on each floor;  this hall is not air conditioned, though fans will be provided.  All on-campus accommodations include linens and pillows (poor! - think about packing that nice one from home).  Wireless internet connections will be accessible in the residence halls as well as in the public buildings on campus.  Use the conference Facebook page to coordinate roommate arrangements.

Costs for On-campus Accommodations-

Skenandoa House:  $65/night, single occupancy;  $50/night, double occupancy per person 
South Hall:  $45/night per person
Wertimer House:  $35/night per person, double occupancy only

For additional room information click here

Off-Campus and Other Accommodations

A very limited number of rooms may be available on campus in the Bristol Campus Center for higher rates.  If you choose to stay in this location, you will need to make these reservations independently of the conference registration, and you will pay for these rooms directly, not through the conference registration web site.  These rooms are not "supported" by the conference, so any questions about this option should be directed to the Bristol Campus Center staff.

The two suggested off-campus accommodations are the Hampton Inn (New Hartford) and the Vernon Downs Casino.  Their contact information can be found under the Accommodations tab above.  In addition, you will find a list of other hotels as well as an assortment of local B&Bs.  The Arbor Inn at Griffin House is located the closest to campus on the hill, and there are several in the village of Clinton.

On-Campus Dining

Hamilton College uses Bon Appétit for food service.  The conference fee includes lunch.  The Saturday night banquet will be an additional cost.  For other meals, conference participants may eat in Commons Dining Hall, all you can eat (breakfast $4.50;  dinner $8.50).  Menu options are more limited during the summer (don't expect the sushi bar!), but there are typically two hot entrées, salad bar, pizza, beverages, and dessert.  See the links above for lists of local restaurants.  Be aware, however, that none are within easy walking distance of the college (remember the hill!), although they are easily accessible by car.