Transportation & Lodging

Nearby Airports and Airport Shuttle Service

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the closest major airport. Located seven (7) miles from downtown Philadelphia, is a 45-minute drive from the University of Delaware’s Newark, DE campus.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI): Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is a 75-minute drive from the University of Delaware’s Newark, DE campus.

Delaware Express Shuttle Service serves both airports.
http://www.delexpress.com or phone (302)454-7800, toll free (800) 648-5466

The Greater Wilmington Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau offers Delaware Express discounts http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/visitors-and-residents/transportation

Train Service

AMTRAK national train system
Visit the Amtrak web site
(800) 872-7245

Amtrak serves both Wilmington, DE and Newark, DE. Wilmington is a major stop on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, DC, with frequent trains. Note that there is only a single Amtrak train daily in each direction that services Newark, DE. Travel by train to Wilmington, followed by shuttle service, taxi, or rental car transport to Newark is recommended.

The Greater Wilmington Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau offers Amtrak discounts.
Visit the Bureau web site

SEPTA regional trains

Visit the SEPTA web site
* see “Wilmington/Newark Line”
(215) 580-7800

Regional trains can be relied on for travel between Philadelphia, Wilmington DE, and Newark DE. Note that the Newark Train Station is a small one with no taxi stand. The Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites Hotels are within walking distance (5-10 minutes).

Automobile Rental

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Visit the Enterprise web site
1-800-261-7331

Enterprise has locations at the Philadelphia International airport, the Wilmington DE train station, and Newark DE, in addition to numerous other locations.

The Greater Wilmington Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau offers Enterprise discounts
Visit the Conventions and Visitor's Bureau web site

Driving Directions to Symposium Venues

* note that transportation to symposium venues is included in the full price of registration, but registration is discounted for those driving themselves

Directions to the University of Delaware Marriott and Clayton Conference Center

From the north: Take I-95 South to Delaware Exit 1-B — Route 896 North, which becomes South College Avenue at the intersection of Route 4. Continue straight on South College Avenue for approximately two and a half miles, past such landmarks as the Bob Carpenter/Sports Convocation Center, the Delaware Stadium, and through the main University of Delaware campus. Take a left onto Main Street, then the next right onto 896 North (New London Road). The UD Marriott and Clayton Conference Center will be on your right in .4 miles.

From the south: Take I-95 North to Delaware Exit 1 — Route 896 North, which becomes South College Avenue at the intersection of Route 4. Continue straight on South College Avenue for approximately two and a half miles, past such landmarks as the Bob Carpenter/Sports Convocation Center, the Delaware Stadium, and through the main University of Delaware campus. Take a left onto Main Street, then the next right onto 896 North (New London Road). The UD Marriott and Clayton Conference Center will be on your right in .4 miles.

From the west: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike East to Route 283 South. Continue on Route 283 South, which becomes Route 30 East outside of Lancaster, to Route 896 South. The UD Marriott and Clayton Conference Center will be on your left after you cross the Pennsylvania state line and enter Newark.

Location of and Directions to Other Symposium Venues

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348
(610) 388-1000; http://www.longwoodgardens.org/PlanYourVisit_1_3_1.html

Chanticleer, 786 Church Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087
(610) 687-4163 http://www.chanticleergarden.org/directions.html

Winterthur Estate and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware 19735
(800) 448-3883 http://www.winterthur.org/?p=520

Mount Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Delaware 19707
(302) 239-4244 http://www.mtcubacenter.org/directions/

Lodging: conference hotels

Courtyard Marriott

Located on the University of Delaware’s campus directly adjacent to the Clayton Hall Conference Center, the Courtyard Marriott Newark - University of Delaware offers impeccable service coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Nicely-appointed guestrooms offer all the comforts of home, and feature well-lit workstations, as well as complimentary wired and wireless internet service. The hotel provides free parking, a gym, and a pool. There is a breakfast buffet or hot items cooked to order. Lobby lounge and dinner service are available 7 days a week. Shops and restaurants on Main Street, Newark, are easily accessible on foot.

The special conference room rate is $159.00, double or single occupancy. Breakfast is included for registered guests who are conference attendees. Room rate does not include state and local occupancy taxes, currently 8%.

Reservations may be made by phone. Please mention THE “EARTH PERFECT?” symposium in order to ensure receiving discounted conference rates. Local phone number is 1-302-737-0900. The toll-free number for all Marriott Hotels is 1-888-236-2427, and if using this number, please be prepared to specify the Newark, Delaware location.

Homewood Suites

Located 2.44 miles from the Clayton Hall Conference Center, the Homewood Suites by Hilton, Newark-Wilmington South, offer comfortable suites with a full kitchen and ample living space. Every suite includes a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, twin-burner stove, coffee maker, dishwasher, cooking utensils, pots, pans, china, and flatware as well as a dining table, telephones with voice mail, and television.

A hot, full breakfast is included in the room rate, as is complimentary dinner, including wine and beer Monday through Thursday (as well as complimentary grocery shopping). The hotel also offers free, onsite parking, a workout room, a swimming pool, a laundry facility, one-day valet cleaning, and an on-site 24-hour convenience store. There is wireless internet access as well as a business center with computer, fax, photocopying, and printing facilities. Additionally, there is free shuttle service anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel.

The special conference room rate is $139.00 for a King or Queen Suite, based on double occupancy. Additional adults are $15.00 per night. Room rate does not include state and local occupancy taxes, currently 8%.

Reservations may be made online (http://bit.ly/EarthPerfectSymposiumHW) or by phone at 1-302-453-9700 or toll-free at 1-800-CALL-HOME. Please mention the "EARTH PERFECT?" symposium, code EPS, in order to obtain special conference rates. If using the toll-free number, please specify “Homewood Suites Newark, Wilmington South."

Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites by Hilton, Newark, is located adjacent to the Homewood Suites and across the street from the University of Delaware’s major sports complexes. This hotel features spacious two-room suites with a private bedroom and separate living room. Other amenities include wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, WiFi and two flat screen televisions with cable and in-suite movies.

Embassy Suites offers free cooked-to-order breakfast, as well as lighter fare that may be enjoyed in the hotel or packed "to go."

There is also a complimentary Manager's Reception every evening, offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, along with light appetizers, in the hotel’s open-air atrium.

Additional hotel amenities are a full fitness center and swimming pool as well as a Business Center offering complimentary 24/7 access to a variety of convenient services like WiFi, printing and faxing. There is free shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotel.

The special conference rate for Queen and King Suites is $139.00 based on double occupancy. Each additional adult is $15.00 per night. Room rate does not include state and local occupancy taxes, currently 8%.

Reservations may be made online or by phone at 1-302-368-8000 or toll free 1-800-EMBASSY. Please mention the "EARTH PERFECT?" symposium, code EPS, in order to obtain special conference rates. If using the toll-free number, please specify "Embassy Suites Newark, Delaware".