INCS 2013

Charlottesville, Virginia, March 14-17, 2013

Travel and Accommodations

Overview

This page offers logistical and tourist information for conference participants.  It will be updated with further information as the conference approaches.  For additional information, please email incs2013uva@gmail.com.

Hotel

The INCS 2013 Conference will be held at the Omni Hotel, located on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA.

The conference room rate is $159 per night from March 14-17.  The Omni will reserve a block of rooms at this rate until February 21.  After this date, rooms may be available, but must be booked at the Omni’s usual rate.

To reserve a room, please visit the Omni Hotel’s INCS Conference reservation site.

If you are interested in a room share, please contact incs2013uva@gmail.com.

Maps & Directions

HOTEL ADDRESS

212 Ridge McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

BY CAR

From East or West, via I-64
Exit 120; Follow 5th Street North 2 miles to Historic Downtown; Hotel is located on the right.

From North, via Route 29-South
Take Route 29 South into Charlottesville to Route 250 Bypass East. Take 250 Bypass East to third stoplight, turn right onto McIntire Road. Go 7/10 mile to the second stop light. Go through the stoplight and the hotel is on the left.

From South, Via Route 29 North
Take Route 29 North to Route 250 Bypass East (29 North will turn into 250 Bypass East). Take 250 Bypass East to third stoplight, turn right onto McIntire Road. Go 7/10 mile to the second stop light. Go through the stoplight and the hotel is on the left.

BY AIR

From Charlottesville Airport (15 miles)
Make a right off of Airport Road. Follow route 29 South for 8 miles to Route 250 Bypass East. Take 250 Bypass East to third stoplight. Turn right on McIntire Road. Go 7/10 mile to the second stoplight. Go through the stoplight and the hotel will be on the left.
Taxi Service: Approximately $25 – $35 per way

From Washington Dulles Airport (105 miles)
From the airport take 28 South to 29 South for 90 miles to route 250 Bypass East. From Route 250 East go to third stoplight. Turn right onto McIntire Road. Go 7/10 mile to the second stoplight. Go through stoplight and the hotel is on the left.

BY TRAIN

The Charlottesville train station (CVS) is located only a few blocks from the Omni Hotel.  To get to the hotel, head east on West Main Street toward 8th Street NW.  Turn left onto Ridge McIntire Road.
Taxi Service: Approximately $5-$10

Dining

ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL

The Omni sits at the end of the pedestrian-only Downtown Mall.  The following restaurants are along the Mall itself; on Water Street, just one block south; on Market Street, one block north; or on the intersecting cross streets.  All are within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Bizou.  119 West Main Street (434-977-1818).  Solid American cuisine served in a retro atmosphere.  Lunch and dinner seven days a week.  $15-25.

Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar.  120 East Main Street (434-295-1223; www.bluelightgrill.com).  Traditional seafood and Asian dishes served in an eclectic, posh atmosphere.  Dinner seven days a week.  $15-30.

C&O.  515 East Water Street (434-971-7044; www.candorestaurant.com).  Expensive, but reliable and highly praised in recent years.  Dinner only.  Sunday-Thursday 5-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 5-11 pm.  Reservations necessary.  $25 and up.

March & Luca’s Noodle Shop.  115 West Main Street (434-295-3855).  Serves a handful of items – soup, cold noodles, pan-fried dumplings – at impressively inexpensive rates.  Cash/check only.  Monday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday 10:30 am – 8:30 pm, Friday 10:30 am – 10 pm.  $3-10.

Mono Loco.  200 West Water Street (434-979-0688; www.monolocorestaurant.com). Cuban/Mexican cuisine.  Full bar.  Tends to be noisy.  Outdoor seating.  Dinner only.  Sunday-Wednesday 5-9 pm, Thursday 5-9:30 pm, Friday-Saturday 5-10:30 pm.  $10-20.

Monsoon.  113 West Market Street (434-971-1515).  Unpretentious, flavorful Thai, as hot as you want it.  Cozy house setting.  Dinner only.  Daily 5-10 pm.  $5-15.

Revolutionary Soup. 108 2nd Street.  Soups and sandwiches made with organic, local ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian friendly.  Lunch and dinner.  Weekdays 11 am – 8 pm; Friday and Saturday 11 am – 9 pm.  $5-10.

The Whiskey Jar.  227 West Main Street (434-202-1549).  Traditional southern cuisine focused on local and organic sustainability.  Lunch 11 am – 2:30 pm, dinner 5:30-10 pm; Sunday breakfast/brunch 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.  $5-25.

For a full list of restaurants and shops on the Downtown Mall, please visit www.downtowncharlottesville.net.

ON THE CORNER

The Corner is a collection of shops and restaurants on University Avenue, directly across from the UVa Grounds.  The restaurants listed here are convenient stops for those visiting the University.  The area is also about a half hour’s walk from the Omni Hotel and only a few stops by the trolley.

Lemongrass.  104 14th Street NW (434-244-8424; www.lemongrassuva.com).  Flavorful Thai, with several vegetarian and vegan options.  Tuesday-Friday 11 am – 2:30 pm, 5-9 pm, Saturday-Sunday noon – 9 pm.  $10-15.

Michael’s Bistro & Taphouse.  1427 ½ University Avenue (434-977-3697; www.michaelsbistro.com).  Classic American with a wide selection of microbrews and many beers on tap.  Lunch and dinner.  Monday-Saturday 11:30 am – 2 am, Sunday 5:30 pm – 2 am.  $10-25

Sushi Love.  12 Elliewood Avenue (434-202-0187; www.sushiloveva.com).  Extensive selection of sushi/sashimi rolls, as well as hibachi, noodle bowl, and bento box options. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11 am – 2 pm.  Dinner: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 5-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 5 – 10 pm.  $10-20.

Attractions

Charlottesville boasts many local attractions.  The following represents a small sample of the wide variety of sites and activities available to visitors.

Monticello sits on a little hill three miles (as the crow flies) from University Grounds.  Cab fare from UVa to Monticello is about $20 each way.  With half a million visitors a year, Monticello is the fourth or fifth most frequently visited house in America – and with good reason.  The house and its grounds are well-run and beautifully interpreted by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, a private non-profit.  For more information about visiting Monticello, consult www.monticello.org.

In addition to Monticello, Albemarle County sports another presidential home, Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland.  The property is now a historic house museum, 535-acre working farm, and a performing arts site (www.ashlawnhighland.org).  Two additional presidential residences – Madison’s Montpelier and Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace – are in nearby Orange County and Staunton, respectively (www.montpelier.org; www.woodrowwilson.org).

Albemarle County offers some of the most impressive wineries on the East Coast today.  Excellent topography and climate have allowed winemakers to develop a striking variety of wines and have transformed Charlottesville into the fifth largest producer of wine in United States.  Most wineries offer tours and tastings, and almost all are within easy driving distance of the Omni Hotel. For more information, see www.monticellowinetrail.com.

On the Downtown Mall itself, The Paramount Theater – a renovated historic theater – presents a wide variety of entertainment, including music, comedy acts, and film screenings.  For more information, see www.theparamount.net.  Also on the Downtown Mall, the volunteer theater Live Arts offers drama, dance, comedy, music, and performance art.  For forthcoming performances, see www.livearts.org.

For further information, consult:

City of Charlottesville: www.charlottesville.org
Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.visitcharlottesville.org
Charlottesville Guide: www.charlottesvilleguide.com